ICYMI: A Farewell And Thank You To Adriana Griñó

"Adriana Griñó, Arts Program Officer, has announced she will leave the Kenneth Rainin Foundation effective January 20. Adriana joined the Foundation as Program Assistant in 2014. She was promoted to Program Associate, which was followed by her appointment to Program Officer in 2017," said the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. "Her decision to leave the role comes after over eight years of service in advancing the Foundation’s goal of enabling Bay Area artists to thrive. Over the years, Adriana has developed meaningful connections with grantees, peer funders, partners and staff, and has strengthened the Foundation’s contributions and impact in the field."

"Adriana has led the New & Experimental Works (NEW) Program, which provides unrestricted and support for artist fees to enable Bay Area artists to produce visionary projects relevant to the communities they serve. She also managed our Open Spaces Program, which funds temporary public art installations in San Francisco and Oakland. Adriana hosted over a dozen grant proposal workshops, processed hundreds of applications and stewarded over 150 grants over the past five years. Beyond grantmaking, Adriana supported the Arts Program’s strategic shifts to center individual artists. She helped launch the prestigious Rainin Fellowship in 2021 in partnership with United States Artists, which administers the program. Four Arts Fellows selected annually receive a grant of $100,000 plus tailored supplemental support in recognition of their superior artistic contributions and leadership in the Bay Area."

"At the height of the COVID pandemic, Adriana worked with the Arts Team to provide emergency relief support to grantees and raised funds from peer foundations to enable three rounds of awards for individual artists through the East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation. This program has distributed over $1.6 million to over 1,000 artists throughout the Bay Area over the past three years."

Read the full farewell here.