Grantee Profile

National Museum of Mexican Art

Grants to National Museum of Mexican Art

  • $50,000

    2016 (Duration 2 years)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The National Museum of Mexican Art is the largest Latino cultural organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1982, the Museum has curated more than 100 exhibitions and acquired 7,500 works of art for its permanent collection. Currently it is the only Latino museum in the country that is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The National Museum of Mexican Art is the only major museum in Chicago that is free to the public.

    The Museum participates in an artist residency exchange between Chicago and Havana, Cuba. Artists from each city take part in a two-week, reciprocal residential exchange, highlighting the similarities and differences of Latino artists within the two cultures. This is the National Museum of Mexican Art’s first International Connections Fund award.


  • $75,000

    2016 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) presents, preserves, and cultivates Mexican arts and culture. The Museum is a member of an inaugural collaborative of 14 cultural arts organizations and three foundations to launch Enrich Chicago, a cross-cultural sector initiative that promotes greater racial and cultural equity in the arts in Chicago. With a primary focus on creating new pathways for African, Latino, Asian, Arab and Native American (ALAANA) peoples, Enrich has three main objectives: 1) to expand anti-racism organizing and awareness; 2) to increase leadership opportunities for non-white arts administrators; and 3) to increase funding opportunities for ALAANA cultural arts organizations. This award supports anti-racism training provided to the arts community in Chicago, an arts administration pathways program for Chicago high school students, and initial research on the local funding landscape for ALAANA organizations. 

  • $315,000

    2013 (Duration 5 years)

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The National Museum of Mexican Art (until 2006 the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum) is the largest Latino cultural organization in the United States. It is the only Latino museum in the country that is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The Museum works to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture, develop a significant permanent collection of Mexican art, encourage the development of Mexican artists, and provide arts education in the community. Last year it hosted 160,000 visitors from over 60 countries at its facility in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood. The Museum’s educational outreach programming serves over 70,000 K-12 students annually.

  • $100,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support communications, marketing, and a new individual donor fundraising initiative (over two years).

  • $40,000

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support the International Roundtable Series as part of the Year of Mexico in Chicago.

  • $50,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the Chicago-Chiapas Connection and the Oaxaca Arte Popular Projects.

  • $300,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $150,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of general operations (over five years).

  • $50,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the exhibition "Mexicanidad," enhancing the Museum's technological resources and initiating a distance-learning program (over two years).

  • $300,000

    2002 (Inactive Grant)

    Arts & Culture in Chicago

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In support of the exhibition "Mexicanidad," enhancing the Museum's technological resources and initiating a distance-learning program (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded National Museum of Mexican Art $1,430,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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