Museum for African Art
Dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation for African art and culture, the Museum for African Art is recognized worldwide as the pre-eminent organizer of exhibitions and publishers of books devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary African art. Fried Frank is working with the Museum in its efforts to construct a new home, and is assisting in efforts to acquire a portion of the designated site from the City of New York as well as helping to attain other necessary lend-use approvals.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA)
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) serves as the largest provider of pro bono legal services, education and advocacy to the New York arts community. Delivering pro bono and low-cost legal representation and support to more than 6000 clients annually, VLA supports artists through innovative programs and provides advocacy on First Amendment and freedom of expression issues. The Firm's New York attorneys are currently working on a number of VLA matters including artist contract negotiations, intellectual property matters and employment contract disputes, and in 2004, New York partner Brad Eric Scheler was elected to the VLA Board of Directors.
The Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
The Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) supports artistic expression and creative innovation by providing legal services and programs to the arts community in Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Through a referral by WALA, Fried Frank successfully represented artist Alexandra Vitalis in her dispute with a gallery to which she had lent several pieces of her work. The Firm successfully brokered a settlement on her behalf resulting in the return of the majority of her collection.
The Kitchen, located in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, is an internationally renowned cultural and artistic center dedicated to the support of emerging and established artists from a wide variety of disciplines. Since 2001, Fried Frank has advised The Kitchen in various capacities, and has represented this venerable creative institution in real estate, copyright and intellectual property matters.
New York Partner Arthur Fleischer, Jr., serves as director emeritus.