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Topic: Diversity

May 7, 2020

Washington, Texas, South Carolina, Vermont: State CARES Act Arts Programs

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act included $75 million in COVID-19 relief funds to be distributed through the National Endowment for the Arts. To achieve broad and inclusive access to federal funds, Congress requires 40% of the Arts Endowment’s grant budget to be allocated to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations—a…

April 7, 2020

Maine, Arizona, Colorado: COVID-19 Grant Adaptations

State arts agencies are making rapid changes to their grant programs to help the arts field adjust to unforeseen circumstances stemming from COVID-19. These tactics include accelerating grant payments, extending deadlines, waiving matching requirements, converting project awards to operating support, and revising budget parameters to allow more flexibility in how award dollars are used. Some…

March 2, 2020

California: Innovations + Intersections

Photo by Michal Czerwonkan, courtesy of CAC grantee SCI-Arc The California Arts Council (CAC) recently announced a new Innovations + Intersections pilot program. This unique grant program offers funding for arts organizations to fuse technology or wellness into arts projects addressing society’s most urgent challenges. The initiative aims to use the…

December 2, 2019

Nevada: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Workshop

Participants describe a grant they created for ADA Compliancy and Community Development. Photo courtesy Michelle Patrick The Nevada Arts Council conducted a workshop entitled Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) through Reconciliation, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs. This program was specifically designed for arts…

November 6, 2019

Rhode Island: Arts and Health Network Artist in Residence Program

Jazzmen-Lee-Johnson, 2019 Arts and Health Network Artist in Residence Program The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) have partnered on a new Artist in Residence Program. This residency program embeds artists within the state department of health to drive creative arts…

November 6, 2019

Hawai'i: Young Artists of Hawai'i

Photos from recent Young Artists of Hawai’i exhibits, courtesy State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Young Artists of Hawai’i is an annual student art competition and exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawai’i’s students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This exhibit is presented by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture…

September 9, 2019

North Carolina: Come Hear NC

Come Hear NC partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s campaign to save Nina Simone’s childhood home with an unforgettable performance by Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh. Photo by Sandra Davidson The State of North Carolina, through the North Carolina…

September 9, 2019

Maryland: Teaching Artist Credentials

Carien Quiroga and Dwight McNair share their artistic responses to a creative process map. Photo by Lillian Jacobson The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is collaborating with the Fine Arts Office at the Maryland State Department of Education to offer a new series of professional development courses designed to strengthen the…

August 5, 2019

Massachusetts: DEI Plan

Bianca Leigh and MJ Rodriguez in Trans Scripts, Part I – The Women. Photo courtesy American Repertory Theater; image by GretjenHelene.com Recognizing the increasing diversity of Massachusetts as a civic, cultural and economic asset, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) adopted a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan. The plan guides…

April 29, 2019

Indiana: InstaGrant

InstaGrant nominees at the 2018 Indiana Arts Homecoming. Courtesy of the Indiana Arts Commission Crowdsourcing is helping the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to surface, highlight and share—as well as reward—exemplary arts activities during its annual constituent convening. Through its InstaGrant program, IAC awards $2,500 to an arts organization or project determined…

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