Focus Areas

Shaping Change

Arts & Culture

The Foundation has long supported artistic and cultural expression as a building block of healthy, strong, and vibrant communities. We believe in a thriving and accessible cultural life for all and aim to foster innovation, creativity and personal expression through our grant making. 


By making timely and often unrestricted gifts to cultural institutions and projects, the Foundation supports an environment where artists have the opportunity to create works that shift expectations, provide social and political context through creative acts, and contribute to new ways of experiencing the world.

The Foundation supports a wide range of cultural endeavors.  Special emphasis is given to:

Arts & Culture grants are made at the discretion of Joan W. Harris. In keeping with the Foundation’s relationship-based approach to grant making, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.