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The Vilcek Foundation

Established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants to the United States from the former Czechoslovakia, the mission of the Vilcek Foundation was inspired by the couple's respective achievements in biomedical science and art history, its growth and development a tribute to their appreciation for the opportunities they found as newcomers to the United States.

Through its prizes and other programs, the Vilcek Foundation publicizes the far-reaching influence of immigrants on the professional, academic, and artistic communities across the United States. Linking the arts and the sciences in this way gives the Vilcek Foundation a unique and distinctly positive voice in the ongoing and often controversial dialogue over immigration in this country.



The Foundation actively supports the work of a large number of cultural and educational institutions. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $4 million to support an array of research initiatives and cultural and learning institutions around the United States. Among them:

Vilcek Foundation Headquarters

Now home to the Vilcek Foundation, 167 E. 73rd Street, in New York City, was originally a carriage house, built in the early twentieth century. Renovated in 2008, under the guidance of award-winning architect Peter Tow, the building retains its historic Beaux Arts-style facade; inside, it has been extensively renovated to accommodate both the Foundation's offices and its exhibit and event spaces. Here, year-round, the organization welcomes the public to film screenings, exhibitions, musical performances, and lectures. The Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District recognized the Vilcek Foundation for the high standard of quality upheld during the restoration of this historic structure.