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J. Paul Getty Trust

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Purpose and Activities

The grant making arm of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Foundation, supports individuals and institutions committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. The majority of its funding is through initiatives that target a particular issue or region, and that are carried out in collaboration with the other Getty programs–the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute. The foundation focuses on the following four broad areas: Access to Museum and Archival Collections, Art History as a Global Discipline, Advancing Conservation Practice, and Leadership and Professional Development.


Operating trust established in 1953 in CA as J. Paul Getty Museum; Grant Program established in 1984 - Founded by J. Paul Getty, who was the founder of the Getty Oil Company, and who viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for its education and enjoyment. He opened the J. Paul Getty Museum to the public in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu, housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings. Fascinated with the ancient world of the Mediterranean, he later built a Roman-style villa, modeled after the Villa dei Papiri of the first century A.D. When most of Mr. Getty's personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, the Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts through an expanded museum as well as a range of new programs. The Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Grant Program were founded in the 1980s. The Getty Center opened in 1997 and the Getty Villa in Malibu, the original location of the J. Paul Getty Museum, reopened in early 2006 with a new mission as an educational center and museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The J. Paul Getty Trust, which is a private operating foundation, continues Mr. Getty's vision, supported by directions from his will, which calls for "the diffusion of artistic and general knowledge." As one of the largest supporters of arts in the world, the J. Paul Getty Trust is an international, cultural, and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions. The Getty serves both the general public and a wide range of professional communities in Los Angeles and throughout the world through the work of the four Getty programs—the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The Getty is based in Los Angeles, California, and welcomes nearly 1.8 million visitors each year to its two locations, the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu. J. Paul Getty Trust is a private operating foundation and most of its qualifying distributions are paid out for administration of operating programs and not for grants. Total giving includes only grants and grant-related expenses as reported


J. Paul Getty Trust

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1200 GETTY CENTER DRIVE Los Angeles, CA United States 90049

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