Locust Projects was founded in 1998 by a trio of Miami-based artists: Elizabeth Withstandley, Westen Charles, and COOPER - the organization was among the first to open in a converted warehouse in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. A grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2oo6 allowed the organization to hire its first full-time Executive Director and subsequently supported the relocation of Locust Projects to the Miami Design District in May 2oo9. Local, national and international artists are encouraged to create site-specific installations as an extension of their representative work. Locust Projects supports the local community through educational initiatives and programming that are free to the public - located at 3852 North Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida 33127.
The primary focus of the Warhol Foundation's grant-making activity has been to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature. The program has been pro-active in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists. The Warhol Foundation is also considered to be the preeminent contemporary art grant maker in the country located at 65 Bleeker Street in New York, New York 1oo12.