Current Programs (2012-13)
We are currently funding programs in London, Florence, Rome, Philadelphia, and a worldwide sustainable travel program.
As of April 2013, Context is a proud sponsor of the Tevereterno in Rome. Founded by American artist Kristin Jones in 2004, Tevereterno began as a way to create cultural happenings that drew from the potential of Rome’s Tiber River. This project has now expanded to work with urban planners and architects to help renew the area. This year William Kentridge is starting a 3-year project with the hopes to gain funding for the requalification and restructuring of the area surrounding Porta Portese.
A scholarship at the Arti e Orafi school for jewelry and artisanship, located in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence. Economic changes in Florence, fueled by the tremendous rise of mass tourism, have put serious pressure on the silversmiths, woodworkers, paper makers, and other traditional craftsmen who have defined the Oltrarno as a center of Italian artisanship for more than a century. In conversations with many of these artisans, with whom Context Florence works as part of their walking seminars there, we discovered that their difficulty in keeping apprentices longterm who can learn these crafts and eventually become masters in their own right poses a serious threat to the existence of these artisans, their work, and Florence. To mitigate this danger, we fund a scholarship and internship at the Arti e Orafi Jewelry School and Academy. The recipient of this annual prize is given the opportunity to study at a local artisan in Florence as part of his or her hands-on education.
In collaboration with St. HOPE organization, which has transformed the inner-city community of Oak Park, Sacramento and established a new standard for public education and economic revitalization of urban communities in the U.S., we sponsor a yearly travel scholarship for a high-achieving student. The scholarship includes travel and accommodations in Europe, plus a week-long study trip with the scholars in the Context network. The program is intensive and includes six days of seminars, classes, workshops, and other programs, capped by a writing project.
The Foundation underwrites a partial scholarship in the Easel Paintings Conservation program at the Courtauld Institute in London, recognizing the vital role that this institution plays in the continued viability of European cultural heritage.
TOURS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
In an effort to broaden and deepen understanding of the culture of cities, we fund a series of tours to off-beat places and other unique on-site educational experiences offered for low- or no-cost to the general public. This series of “Tours in the Public Interest” includes such experiences as a walk of Public Art in Philadelphia or visits to the Jewish Catacombs in Rome. With funding from the Aramark Charitable Fund, we organize many of these for local school children and inner city youth.