Giving and the Arts
Americans support the arts and use them for the common good in many ways. Artists have given their time, talent, and resources to causes for the benefit of others. Their contributions have complemented philanthropy for culture and the arts, and givers have long appreciated the power of the arts to advance their causes.
Benjamin West created this painting as a gift for Pennsylvania Hospital. The hospital exhibited the painting for paying visitors. As one of the first art shows in the United States, the display helped nurture Americans’ interest in art.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical highlights the orphan asylum founded by Eliza Hamilton and others in 1806. Their endeavor became the child welfare agency known as Graham Windham, which the cast now supports.