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Topic: Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

October 4, 2021

Maryland: Equitable Funding Model for General Operating Support

A theatre in Cumberland, Maryland. This still image was taken as part of MSAC’s Wide Angle Youth Media video series, Arts Across Maryland. Photo Courtesy Maryland State Arts Council As part of Maryland State Arts Council’s (MSAC) push for greater equity in the arts, it has adopted a new funding model…

October 4, 2021

Oregon, West Virginia: Artist Relief Funds

In March 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received $135 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 to support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Forty percent…

September 1, 2021

New Jersey, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Vermont: Virtual Art Exhibitions

2021 New Jersey Arts Annual: ReVision and Respond exhibition featured artist Beatrice Stenta, 500,000 and Rising (originally 350,000 and Rising), 2020. Collage, 36 x 36 x 1½ in. (91.44 x 91.44 x 3.81 cm.). Image courtesy of the artist. Multiple state arts agencies (SAAs) are offering virtual arts exhibitions to increase…

August 3, 2021

Idaho: Mexican Music Project

 Musician Damian Rodriguez features in this mini-documentary film as part of the Mexican Music Project with Idaho Commission on the Arts. Video courtesy Idaho Commission on the Arts The Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) is dedicated to creating meaningful, authentic relationships with traditional arts communities across Idaho. As part of this drive, the…

June 2, 2021

Florida: Grant-making Task Force

Many state arts agencies across the nation are assessing their grant programs and practices to identify ways to make funding more equitable and improve access to arts resources. The work undertaken by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in this area is a recent example. In January 2020, DCA appointed a Grant-making Task Force…

June 2, 2021

Louisiana: Bayou Culture Collaborative

Janie Luster is a master palmetto basket weaver and cultural preservationist of the United Houma Nation. Photo courtesy Louisiana Division of the Arts Louisiana is facing the most acute coastal erosion crisis in the nation. Every 100 minutes, an area equivalent to a football field disappears from the Louisiana coastline. In…

June 2, 2021

Vermont: CreateVT Action Plan

A growing body of research demonstrates the power of the creative economy as a catalyst for growth and change, particularly in rural places and in times of crisis and recovery. To harness this power for the benefit of the entire state, the Vermont Creative Network—a collective of organizations, businesses and individuals that is backed by…

May 3, 2021

Wyoming: Native Art Fellowship

James Dewey, Northern Arapaho, demonstrating his beadwork. Photo by Josh Chrysler, courtesy Wyoming Arts Council/Wyoming Folklife Collection For many years, the Wyoming Arts Council has awarded annual fellowships that recognize visual, literary and performing artists. That portfolio is now expanding to include the Native Art Fellowship. This program, new in 2021,…

April 5, 2021

Iowa: Iowa Keeps Creating: Digital Stage

The Iowa Arts Council (IAC) launched the Iowa Keeps Creating: Digital Stage initiative to support and promote local artists by showcasing their works through IAC’s digital platforms. The program is inspired by the exceptional challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and a reinvigorated civil rights movement in the past year. It underscores the fact…

March 3, 2021

Pennsylvania: Equitable Operating Support

Children at the Taller Puertorriqueño’s Art Education Programs for Children and Youth. (Taller Puertorriqueño is a long-time Arts Organizations and Arts Programs grantee of PCA’s, located in Philadelphia). Photo by Senia Lopez The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) recently announced a new grant-making strategy designed to increase funding equity for…

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