About the Jerome Foundation

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 in the broadest sense. We support a diverse 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. We support a diverse range of artistic disciplines and forms, created in a variety of contexts and for different audiences. 

Innovation/Risk: We support artists and organizations that push the boundaries of their respective disciplines, and applaud unconventional approaches to solving problems.

Humility: We support artists and organizations whose work serves a higher or larger purpose, be that social or artistic, beyond ego gratification or material success and are thoughtful about the impact they hope their work will have in the world. We work for artists (rather than the reverse) and artists and organizations are the best authorities to define their needs and challenges.

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.


New Grant Programs: The Foundation will announce its new grant programs in late-May 2017.

The application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program is now open. The deadline is August 24, 2017.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application will open September 1, 2017. The deadline is December 7, 2017.


Upcoming Events

June 1, 2017, Abrons Arts Center

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