Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund

This fund will enable GRAM to strategically grow its collection and present more inclusive stories that are relevant to our community.

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About the Fund

Building a collection that represents the diversity of our community and our world is on ongoing effort that will take collective, concerted efforts to achieve. GRAM seeks to strengthen the diversity of its collection objects by addressing the current imbalance caused by decades of systemic exclusion. Historically, GRAM’s collecting agenda typically normalized a white, masculine, heterosexual perspective while excluding other voices and subjects. Rebalancing the collection will be accomplished by concentration on areas where inequity is most identifiable, namely: gender, sexual orientation, race, and culture of origin. 

For the past decade, GRAM has made concerted efforts to battle this systemic exclusion by presenting exhibitions featuring a myriad of voices and diverse perspectives, providing opportunities for dialogue around important societal issues, and prioritizing the purchase of art by artists from marginalized communities. However, a lack of funds for acquisitions has limited the museum’s efforts in this area. 

The fund will support the purchase of works in all media by Black artists, artists of African, Native American, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Indigenous and Middle Eastern descent as well as works from women, LBGTQIA+ artists, and other artists that are subsequently identified as marginalized, oppressed, or underrepresented in the museum’s permanent collection.


Diversity and Equity Acquisition Fund Founding Donors

  • James Aldrete
  • Frank Coronado and Mary Awdey
  • Michael Belligan
  • Adrianne and Benjamin Braun
  • Patricia Brewer
  • Christopher Bruce-Karel
  • Laura and Jon Bull
  • Ryan Crawley
  • Corinne and Scott Curtis
  • Kayem Dunn
  • Wendy and David Falb
  • Carolyn Ferrari
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Cindy and Sean Foley
  • LaSandra and Arlen Gaddy
  • Erin Gravelyn
  • Sarah Green
  • Carol Greenburg
  • Jeffrey Gurney and Xuesi Li Gurney
  • Lux Love from Drink & Draw
  • Marcus A. Jackson
  • Molly LaBeff
  • Veronica Leshan
  • Kay M. Losey
  • Edgar and Wendy Marty
  • Two Eagles Marcus and Nina Vizard
  • Tanasia Najaé
  • Marissa Norris
  • Monroe A. O’Bryant
  • Cary and Isidore Okoro
  • Amber Oudsema
  • Kara Peltier
  • Kelli Jo Peltier
  • Alfield Reeves
  • Madeline Schaab
  • James Schipper and Jane Frey
  • Paul and Amy Skentzos
  • Sylvia Taylor and Rachel Rhoades
  • Eddie Tadlock
  • Joan Murphy Tolley
  • Wendy VanWoerkom
  • Margaret Vega and Tom Erdall
  • Jeremy and Julie Walser
  • Jennifer and Sean Wcisel
  • Keith Winn

For more information, contact Laura Bull, Director of Advancement Operations, at 616.831.2907 or