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J. Paul Getty Trust Overview

Los Angeles, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1954
Nonprofit Organization
Grantmaking Foundations
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Founded by industrialist J. Paul Getty in 1954, the Getty started as a small museum in Malibu. Today we are the world's largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Through ambitious projects in Los Angeles and around the ... Read more

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The Getty preserves, studies, and interprets the world's artistic legacy for the benefit of present and future generations.

The J. Paul Getty Trust is the world's largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts. Through ambitious projects in Los Angeles and around the world—including conservation work, publications, exhibitions, grant initiatives, and training programs—we work to make a lasting difference in conservation practice, art historical research, and museology and to promote knowledge and appreciation of art among audiences of all ages.

J. Paul Getty viewed art as a civilizing influence in society and strongly believed in making art available to the public for its education and enjoyment. Acting on this belief, he gave significant pieces to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art starting in 1948. In 1953, he decided to establish his own museum to provide public access to his personal collection. He opened the J. Paul Getty Museum to the public in 1954. This small museum, established in his ranch house in Malibu (today, Pacific Palisades), housed collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, 18th-century French furniture, and European paintings.

Most of Mr. Getty's personal estate passed to the Trust in 1982, after his death in 1976. The Trustees sought to make a greater contribution to the visual arts by expanding the Museum and its collections, and created a range of new programs to serve the world of art.

During his lifetime and thereafter, Mr. Getty's philanthropy enabled the construction of the Villa in Pacific Palisades and the Getty Center in Brentwood, the expansion of the collections of the Museum, and the creation of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

Mission

The J. Paul Getty Trust is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy.

Through the collective and individual work of its constituent programs—the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute—the Getty pursues its mission in Los Angeles and throughout the world, serving both the general interested public and a wide range of professional communities in order to promote a vital civil society through an understanding of the visual arts.

Vision

The Getty and its four programs are dedicated to the proposition that works of art are windows onto the world's diverse and intertwined histories, mirrors of humanity's innate imagination and creativity, and inspiration to envision the future.

To this end, the Getty works to:

  • Enhance understanding of art through innovative, digitally driven research, shared for the benefit of the widest possible audience,
  • Strengthen and broaden our collections to provoke the curiosity of scholars and visitors alike,
  • Chart a new course for how art, humanities, and cultural and public policy can together foster a more inclusive, vibrant civil society,
  • Serve as a convener and catalyst in the cultural life of Los Angeles, and
  • Offer transformative experiences for visitors to our collections, gardens, and facilities at the Getty Center, the Getty Villa, and the Getty's presences online, free of charge now and forever.

Information about the benefits available to Getty staff may be found at Getty Benefits.

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