Frankenthaler Climate Initiative

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Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962, oil on canvas, 69 3/4 x 120 inches (177.2 x 304.8 cm). ©2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.
Photo credit: Rob McKeever, courtesy Gagosian.

As climate change has emerged as a defining issue of our day, museums and cultural institutions can take a leadership position in demonstrating that climate action is within reach. The cost of energy is the second-largest component of museum budgets. Energy efficiency improvements are the best opportunity for museums to reduce emissions and save money.

The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is an energy and climate granting program launched by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI and Sustainable Museums. It is the first program of its kind in the U.S. for the visual arts and is the largest private national grant-making program to address climate change through cultural institutions.

The Foundation staff and board are so pleased with the response to this funding opportunity. Clearly there is a major unmet need to support museums with visual arts collections to plan for and implement projects that will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, and save money from reduced energy use.

During the first week of May, 2021, we will share invitations to apply for funding. Sustainable Museums is so very glad to be partnering with Rocky Mountain Institute and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to do this work. The Foundation’s ground-breaking initiative is a forward-looking, generous approach to creating a safer, healthier, more just planet for all to thrive. The team looks forward to others joining us in the contribution to the cultural sector and the future for all.