Studio Receives Prestigious Chapman Price

Studio in a School Association is honored to be the recipient of the 2018 Chapman Prize from the Council on Foundations at its upcoming Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 28. Read the Council on Foundations’ press release below:

New York-Based Arts Program Studio in a School to Receive Chapman Prize


Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – The Council on Foundations today announced that Studio in a School Association, a New York City-based program that serves young people by integrating visual arts into teaching and learning, will be awarded the Chapman Prize at its upcoming Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 28.

As the winner of the award, Studio in a School will receive a cash award of approximately $100,000 from The Daniel and Barbara Chapman Trust.  Virginia natives, Colonel Chapman and Mrs. Chapman died in 2011 and 1998, respectively. At his death, Colonel Chapman established the Trust to recognize and honor the efforts and achievements of individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to American society in the prior year. The Council on Foundations serves as administrator for this award.

Studio in a School (SIAS), which was nominated by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, was chosen by the Trust’s Beneficiary Selection Panel after reviewing scores of applications. In 1977, SIAS was created in response to New York City’s financial crisis, during which public school arts education budgets were dramatically cut. Today, the organization serves more than 30,000 school children annually in all five boroughs of New York City, and operates programs nationally through the Studio Institute.  Among its many activities, SIAS brings artists into underserved schools to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpting and more.

Said Gregorian: “The Studio in a School began with the vision of a great philanthropist and lover of art, Agnes Gund, who wanted to reach out and help students and artists in their quest for creativity. It is uplifting to see The Chapman Prize recognizing the public need for art and encouraging imaginative philanthropic endeavors in the public domain.”

“Studio in a School has transformed the arts experience for nearly one million students,” said Gene Cochrane, interim president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “The Chapman Prize award will go a long way towards cementing the organization’s ability to enrich the lives of children in New York and provide much-needed resources to reach economically disadvantaged populations throughout the area.”

Studio Institute President & CEO Thomas Cahill will accept the award at a November 28 ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Burke & Herbert Bank serves as the trustee for The Daniel and Barbara Chapman Trust. As trustee, the Bank worked with the Beneficiary Selection Panel and is helping to ensure that the Chapman Prize creates the lasting legacy that Daniel and Barbara desired.  Burke & Herbert Bank is a community bank headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia offering a full array of financial products and services.  Trust and estate planning services are provided through Burke & Herbert Trust Services.

The Chapman Prize, which focused this year on contributions in arts and culture, will focus on a different theme each year. Later years will highlight contributions around economic prosperity, educational success and health and wellness.

Other winners to be honored in November include recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking and the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications.  To learn more about the awards or to register to attend the November Awards Ceremony, please visit


About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations (, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good. With members from all foundation types and sizes, the Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today’s toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally