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Lannan Foundation


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 05/17/2018

At A Glance

Lannan Foundation

313 Read St.

Santa Fe, NM United States 87501-2628

Telephone: (505) 986-8160


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Established in 1960 in IL - In 1960 J. Patrick Lannan, Sr., entrepreneur and financier, established Lannan Foundation. A self-educated scholar and liberal thinker, he believed strongly in the social importance of charitable programs and in the cultural importance of innovative and controversial forms of visual and literary art. During his lifetime, Mr. Lannan assembled an extensive collection of contemporary and modern American and European art. Mr. Lannan died in 1983 at the age of 78. In 1986 Lannan Foundation received a substantial endowment from his estate. Under the leadership of J. Patrick Lannan, Jr., the foundation continued its expansion of the collection and instituted national programs for grantmaking in contemporary visual and literary arts

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is a family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. The foundation recognizes the profound and often unquantifiable value of the creative process and is willing to take risks and make substantial investments in ambitious and experimental thinking. Believing that globalization threatens all cultures and ecosystems, the foundation is particularly interested in projects that encourage freedom of inquiry, imagination, and expression. The foundation supports this mission with long-term special projects requiring multi-year commitments of funding and technical assistance in the areas of contemporary visual art, literature, indigenous communities, and issues of cultural freedom.