Fountain House Gallery
Program: Arts in Health
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Artist Studio Program
Since 1948, Fountain House has supported people living with mental illness to overcome social isolation and build the community and the resilience needed to thrive in society. Through its innovative approach – also known as the Clubhouse model – Fountain House serves more than 900 people each month, between its two sites in Manhattan and the Bronx, and has an active annual membership of over 2,000 individuals from across all five New York City boroughs. Fountain House has become the most widely replicated community-based model for people living with mental illness. Today, more than 300 affiliated programs serve over 100,000 people in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world.
Purpose: To support Fountain House Gallery and its Studio Program.
The Illumination Fund supports Fountain House Gallery in Manhattan and its Studio Program in Long Island City, Queens, which hosts artists in residence. The program aims to deliver exposure for member artists, build their professional skills, and break the stigma associated with serious mental illness. Programs in 2020 will include approximately 6 exhibitions and 25 artist workshops.
Each exhibition in its midtown Manhattan gallery attracts between 800 and 1,500 people from the greater New York City community. Artwork created in the Studio and workshops can be submitted for exhibition at Fountain House Gallery or used to build an artist’s portfolio. Artists work in the medium of their choice, basing their work on the themes of the upcoming Gallery exhibitions. Studio One workshops provide training and supplies to participants, many of whom live below the federal poverty line and would not have the resources to create art without these supports.