Mission

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts was started in 1963 by visual artists in a spirit of community, hoping to assist and encourage innovation, experimentation and potential in the arts.

Since then, exhibitions and sales of works donated by over 900 artists have made possible our program of non-restrictive grants to individuals working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry and the visual arts. Grants are also given to presenting organizations, and we maintain a modest fund to help artists with unexpected emergencies related to their work.

The FCA continues to support its grant programs through the sale of artists' works and through direct financial contributions. In fact, the concept of a benefit exhibition originated with founders Jasper Johns, John Cage and others who were involved in those early days.