Legacy Advocacy

ABOUT THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR


Richard (Rick) Fisher has unique expertise obtained from thirty-five "real-world" years of uniting beneficiaries and benefactors in support of culture. He served on numerous boards including Brooklyn's NURTUREart, Georgia Tech's Museum of Papermaking, and chaired committees that include those for the Cultural Olympiad, the United Nations Environment Programme, The Art-In Architecture Program of the U.S. General Services Administration, and the Federal Reserve Bank. He held visual art and education management positions for The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The South Carolina Arts Commission (State Art Collection), South Arts (National Endowment for the Arts Individual Visual Artist Fellowship Program and Traveling Exhibitions Program serving nine states), and for the third-largest arts organization in the nation, Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center, (Community Education Outreach Director). He has produced art exhibitions internationally.

 

Under the auspices of the Institute for Venture Philanthropy which he founded in 1999, Mr. Fisher has facilitated a range of legacy projects for institutions that include the New York Times Agency, the Arts Council of Switzerland, and The Committee of 100 for Tibet in collaboration with the Dalai Lama Foundation. Beneficiaries include City University of New York's Godwin-Ternbach Museum, the University of Southern California's Fisher Museum of Art, The College of William and Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Miami University Art Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Weisman Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, Emory University's Visual Arts Gallery, the Atlanta Modern Design Festival, and the Atlanta Initiative for Affordable Housing's social enterprise re:loom, among others. The Institute's Culturevore Program has a roster of over 200 participating institutions that include the Smithsonian and the Museum of Contemporary Art - San Diego. He began his professional career teaching college. Mr. Fisher holds a Master of Arts degree in Painting and Post-Masters Certification in Arts Advocacy.


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The DO IT YOURSELF movement inspired Rick Fisher to develop direct support to artists and culture-based institutions and programs, In 1999, Mr. Fisher originated a high-impact means of networking and capacity-building assistance. Benefactors of the Institute for Venture Philanthropy's "LegacyAdvocacy" are as diverse as the Arts Council of Switzerland, and the New York Times Agency. The beneficiaries are as varied as: USC Fisher Museum of Art, University of Southern California; Muscrarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary; the Weisman Art Museum; and the Atlanta Modern Design Festival; among others.


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His interest in innovation is very personal, creatively contributing "pay it forward" thought leadership to the providers of culture, natural resources, and well-being.