Help us welcome our first visitors to the new Whitney.
The perfect gift for any art enthusiast:Memberships start at just $85.
— Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, on the occasion of its opening, 1931
Today, art and the creative process are more important than ever, as artists use current events as a springboard to create new work and react to the world around them. The Whitney depends on unrestricted grants to open its doors to nearly half a million visitors per year. These funds are applied to every department, from education to performing arts and curatorial research projects. Through these grants, the Whitney is able to carry out its mission of championing modern and contemporary American art.