Introducing Moving Arts’ New Teen Space!

The Thoma Foundation sends their congratulations to Moving Arts Española on both the opening of their new teen programming wing, Bowie’s Backstage, and Executive Director Salvador Ruiz’s naming as a UniVisionario. Two years ago, we first had the honor of meeting co-founders Sal Ruiz and Roger Montoya, whose leadership, dedication, and passion for serving their community is positively contagious.

The entrance to Bowie’s Backstage.

Thoma Foundation Awards $200,000 to Empower Schools

The Thoma Foundation has awarded $200,000 to Empower Schools. The two-year grant funds the pilot of the LeadRural Fellowship, a coordinated and intentional effort to identify, cultivate, and support rural leaders and to give those leaders the ideas, resources, network, and partners to be successful in designing and implementing new solutions in their communities.

The first LeadRural cohort

Thoma Foundation Awards $1 Million to Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative

The Thoma Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Arizona Student Opportunity Collaborative (AzSOC) to support the expansion of the organization’s college & career advising offerings. AzSOC is a virtual platform created by rural educators for rural students, offering students in Arizona the chance to take advanced courses with top teachers from across the state.

Ian (left) and Violeta (right) are two seniors are taking Calculus and Novels & Film through AzSOC at their rural Arizona high school. Ian is headed to ASU to study biomedical engineering and Violeta aims to be a thoracic surgeon. Both are taking AzSOC’s FAFSA course funded by the Thoma Foundation.

Message from Our Planet Traveling Exhibition

Twenty software, video, and light-technology artworks from nineteen international artists and artist groups working at the forefront of digital and electronic art will be exhibited in Message from Our Planet, a traveling exhibition curated around the idea that media technologies – from vintage devices to cutting-edge digital algorithms – offer distinct ways for artists to communicate with future generations, encapsulating the artifacts and ambitions of contemporary society.

Rezaire, Tabita (1989- ) | Sorry for Real | 2015 | Single-channel HD video (color, sound) | Projector | Tabita Rezaire | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation

Curatorial Fellow In Art of the Spanish Americas

The Thoma Foundation is accepting applications for a Curatorial Fellow in Art of the Spanish Americas to join our team! The Curatorial Fellow will lead all aspects of our Arts of the Spanish Americas (ASA) collection including research, documentation, acquisitions, and promotion of the collection, oversee fellowships and work collaboratively with other departments within the foundation to coordinate loans and advise on grants related to the collection.

Unidentified artist | Saint Rose of Lima's Vision of the Virgin and Child | 18th century | Oil on canvas | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection

Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation is proud to be supporting the exhibition Federico Solmi: Joie De Vivre at the Morris Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Morristown, NJ.⁠ Federico Solmi is a multimedia artist who examines the absurdities of the human experience through the lenses of colonialism, nationalism, religion, and consumerism.

Federico Solmi (1973 - ) | “Douche Bag City,” 2009-10 | 15-channel digital animation | Collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation⁠. Image © Federico Solmi, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, photo by Jamie Stukenberg

Shifting Tides: Art in the 18th-Century Caribbean

The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation has given a grant of $25,000 in support of Shifting Tides: Art in the 18th-Century Caribbean, a symposium and study day to be hosted at the Winterthur Museum in April 2023. The organizers note that, “Histories of colonial and viceregal American art tend to privilege art produced in continental spaces as they came to be organized as nation states, overlooking the interrelatedness of early Caribbean and continental colonies and the significance of the Caribbean region.”

Unidentified artist | Saint Michael the Archangel | 18th century | Oil on canvas | Public domain | Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation | Jamie Stukenberg

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The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation recognizes the power of the arts to challenge and shift perceptions, spark creativity, and connect people across cultures. We lend and exhibit artworks from our collection and support innovative individuals and pivotal initiatives in the arts.

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