I am writing to let you know about two “firsts”: a partnership between Franklin Furnace and ARTstor, their first with an “alternative space”; and our first grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Please consider joining Franklin Furnace at this critical juncture.

ARTstor, as you may know, is a non-profit educational initiative launched not long ago by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its main goal is to develop a digital archive of art images for use in educational settings. www.artstor.org is now available at 600+ art schools and museums in the U.S., from large research universities to community colleges, and is actively planning to become available internationally.

It has always been the ambition of Franklin Furnace to embed the value of ephemeral art practice in art and cultural history. As slide libraries are becoming extinct, Franklin Furnace will be working with ARTstor to digitize images as well as artists’ statements, press releases, and other materials. Franklin Furnace’s grant from the NEH will enable us to undertake systematic digitization of our event archives, starting with our first decade, 1976 to 1986. Our collaboration with ARTstor will build on this work, making our materials widely available for non-commercial educational and scholarly use. Low-resolution images will still be available for free at www.franklinfurnace.org

Your tax-deductible membership contribution will help match our two-year, $124,000 grant from the NEH, and further our mission to make the world safe for avant-garde art. Please let us hear from you soon!

With warm regards,

Martha Wilson
Founding Director