An Interview with James D. McDonough Executive Director of Alphawood Foundation Chicago
Alphawood Foundation is a private foundation that awards grants to organizations, primarily in the areas of advocacy, architecture and preservation, the arts and arts education, promotion and protection of the rights of LGBTQ persons and people living with HIV/AIDS, and other human and civil rights. Since the early 1990s, Alphawood Foundation has made grants totalling over US$120 million to the arts, art education, architecture and historic preservation. The foundation’s sponsorship of Asian art and architecture exhibitions at Wrightwood 659, a non-commercial art space in Chicago created by Alphawood Foundation Chicago’s founder Fred Eychaner, is a natural extension of its deep commitment to the field. Orientations spoke with the foundation’s executive director James D. McDonough about its projects.