National Performance Network (NPN) recently announced inaugural awardees of the Take Notice Fund, a pilot program awarding $5,000 grants to artists and culture bearers of color living and working throughout Louisiana whose bodies of work represent excellence, dedication to their practices, and contributions to this country’s discourse about racial equity and cultural preservation.
Instead of fundraising for its own budget, this year’s Laundromat Project’s annual “People-Powered Challenge” campaign “will ‘pay it forward,’ distributing $50,000 to support the work of other orgs led by people of color,” states a recent article in Hyperallergic.
3Arts, the Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, recently expanded funding in response to increasingly stringent times for women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists.
The Mosaic Network and Fund Funder Learning Intensive 2021-2022, a one-year online learning intensive aimed at supporting a cohort of up to 100 New York City-based arts funders in their efforts to normalize racial justice concepts and implement racial equity practices at their organizations, is seeking participants.
The American Rescue Plan Act: All policy is cultural policy
In this podcast we would like to elevate the voices of funders who’ve been leading in this area and those who’ve been pushing for more progressive creative worker policies. We are glad to have Gonzalo Casals, commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Deborah Cullinan, CEO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA); Randy Engstrom, collaborative arts leader and board member of Grantmakers in the Arts; and Emil Kang, program director for Arts and Culture, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Hyperallergic writes about the Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA), a new bipartisan bill in Congress that proposes a $300 million federal grants and commissions program for art workers. “The act is a joint effort between hundreds of cultural organizations to stimulate the creative economy through public art projects across the United States,” states the article.