Our Mission

Young Arts Patrons believes in the collective impact of under 40 arts patrons, philanthropists, and artists to support the local arts ecosystem. We ask <40 to give, teach them to become informed donors, and encourage forging lasting relationships with artists, non-profits, and institutions we introduce them to.

Our collective giving works by,

  1. Cultivating emerging artists and early-stage innovative art projects and organizations through the Art Seed Fund and Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair
  2. Creating philanthropic initiatives that support art, culture, and creativity in the community through programming, partnerships, events, and special discounts/invitations.

About Us

Young Arts Patrons (YAP) is a leading-edge, nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel a creative and innovative arts community. Founded in 2015 by entrepreneur and arts enthusiast Whitney Hardy, Young Arts Patrons believes in designing sustainable programs and financial models based around collective philanthropy.

Why we do this

Innovation is driven by under 40 thought leaders and creatives. See our programs and projects page for details.
Start-up arts organizations, collectives, emerging artists, etc are more often underfunded, under capitalized, and under resourced, therefore less likely to focus on their mission/artistic practice or exist past 3 years.
We believe anyone can be a philanthropist, and the individual is the key to a healthy arts ecosystem.