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History

Camille Utterback | Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Responding to several years of declining support for artists and new art works, The Columbia Foundation, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Miriam and Peter Haas Fund, and Walter and Elise Haas Fund launched the Creative Work Fund in September 1994. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded $12.1 million in grants for collaborations between artists and organizations to create new art works.

Currently, the Creative Work Fund is a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by a generous grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.