Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer, 1962, oil on canvas, 69 3/4 x 120 inches (177.2 x 304.8 cm). ©2021 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo credit: Rob McKeever, courtesy Gagosian.


The Frankenthaler Climate Initiative is an energy and climate granting program launched by Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute) and Environment & Culture Partners. It is the first program of its kind in the U.S. for the visual arts and is the largest private national grant-making program to address climate change through cultural institutions.

The Foundation staff and board were so pleased with the response to this funding opportunity, that it awarded a full three years of potential funding, $5M, in 2021 alone. Clearly there is a significant unmet need to support museums with visual arts collections as they plan for and implement projects to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and save money on energy costs.

Our Role

Sarah Sutton was a co-designer and co-manager of the project alongside staff from RMI and the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Next Steps

The Foundation Board has committed a further $5M to be distributed during 2022 and 2023. More information will be released in early 2022.