Guidelines

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation awards program-specific grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations serving the five boroughs of New York City. While the Foundation recognizes the importance of lifelong learning in the arts for all ages, priority is given to programs serving young people under age 18 and/or in grades PreK-12. Please note that the Foundation does not fund individuals, nor does it fund an organization’s operating expenses.

Arts and Arts Education Grants

New Inquiries:

The Foundation is now accepting Letters of Inquiry through December 31, 2019. We encourage applicants to submit in advance of this date, when possible.
Letters of Inquiry can be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal. Please click here to log into the system. To view instructions on how to create an account and access the LOI, please click here. LOIs will be carefully reviewed by Foundation staff and a selection of new applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Please note that LOIs received outside of this process will not be considered.

Renewal Process:

Current grantee organizations will be contacted by Foundation staff with information about the renewal application process and guidelines.

Arts Education Impact Grants

Applications for this program are by invitation only. Each year, the Foundation identifies potential grant recipients through an internal research process centered on a chosen art discipline. Selected organizations are invited to submit proposals to be reviewed in a competitive process by a panel of arts education professionals to determine grant award(s). The Foundation does not accept or respond to unsolicited inquiries or applications for this program.

Arts Education Schools Choose Grants

Applications for this program are by invitation only. A cohort of grantee schools is selected every five years through an internal research process. The Foundation does not accept or respond to unsolicited inquiries or applications for this program.

 

 
 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse in their New York City home.
Photograph by Hans Namuth for Connaissance des Arts, February 1987.


 

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Tana Matisse enjoying the company of Joan Miró at the artist’s home in Mallorca, circa 1980


 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse with Marc Chagall at a reception at The Art Institute of Chicago, 1977


 

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Pierre and Tana Matisse visiting Balthus and Setsuko Ideta in Rossinière, Switzerland, circa 1988

 

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Tana Matisse and Zao Wou-Ki in his studio, ca. 1992

  

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The entrance of the Pierre Matisse Gallery in the Fuller building in NYC where Pierre Matisse maintained his gallery for over 50 years