The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.
Nurturing exploration and experimentation by emerging artists diversifies the seeds of creativity and leads to rich experiences. Central to the Foundation's review of each proposal is an assessment of the quality of the artistic work. The Foundation seeks to encourage the potential for excellence.
Diversity: We consciously embrace diversity as a core value, affirming our intent to be inclusive in supporting a wide range of artistic disciplines, operating in and from a wide range of traditions, created in a wide variety of contexts and intended for different audiences.The Foundation consciously works to insure that we are supporting a wide range of artists and organizations, including but not limited to those of diverse cultures, races, sexual identities, genders, generations, aesthetics, points of view, physical abilities, and missions.
Innovation/Risk: We support artists and organizations that push at the boundaries of their respective disciplines, and applaud unconventional approaches to solving problems and making progress.
Humility: We support artists and organizations that recognize their work serves a higher or larger purpose, be that social or artistic, beyond ego gratification, and that are thoughtful about the impact that they hope their work will have in a larger context or world.
As a foundation, we hold ourselves accountable for modeling the values we support in our grantmaking.
We consciously embrace diversity in our leadership, staffing, panel composition, grantmaking and approaches to handling challenges.
We work to create initiatives or funding programs that expand or push at the boundaries of traditional funding practices, and seek to be bold in our choices of grantees.
And we believe that we work for artists and the arts (rather than artists and the arts work for us), that we are driven by service rather than by expectation of or opportunity for recognition and visibility, and that we look to our grantees to help us understand, refine and change the impact of our procedures, applications, reporting processes, etc., on them and their audiences.
While articulating these values may be seen as a shift in direction for Jerome, we believe these simplify clarify and articulate the very best of what the Foundation has always done.Consciously recognizing them now asks us to always keep them explicitly at the front of our thinking and set standards for which we should aspire: it also allows us to be publicly explicit about what drives us and, in doing so, set forth of standards that might be of use to other foundations and the arts community.