The Frick Collection Announces Two Major Grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in Support of Three Key Programs

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The Frick Collection is pleased to announce that it has received two major grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of three separate projects.  One grant will enable the Frick to restore a pre-doctoral curatorial fellowship program, which had been discontinued for a number of years.  The other, unrelated grant is part of a special fund established by the Foundation to assist New York City cultural and performing arts organizations that were directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001.  This second award will be used in two ways: first, to restore to the Frick’s Fall 2002 exhibition schedule an important show of paintings from The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio – which was cancelled last year as a result of a tremendous downturn in the number of visitors and related income after September 11 – and, second, to establish a year-long pilot program to introduce evening hours for the public.  The latter program – an important component of the institution’s ongoing efforts to increase its accessibility was delayed last year because of similar budgetary concerns.  With the generous grant from the Mellon Foundation, this long-desired plan to offer the public the added convenience of evening hours, once a week, has been initiated and will begin Friday, May 31, 2002.