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Topic: Diversity, Equity And Inclusion

December 1, 2021

Massachusetts: Racial Equity Plan

The cover of Mass Cultural Council’s Racial Equity Plan features a still image from the film Drip Like Coffee by Anaiis Cisco, 2021 Mass Cultural Council Film & Video finalist. Photo courtesy Mass Cultural Council and Anaiis Cisco Mass Cultural Council has just published its first-ever Racial Equity Plan, which outlines…

December 1, 2021

California and Colorado Artist Workforce Initiatives

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant income losses for independent artists and creative workers, especially those reliant on gigs and contractual jobs. This trend is concerning not only because of the hardship it caused for these workers and their families, but also because the creative economy relies on the robust production and engagement of artists across…

November 1, 2021

Florida: African American Cultural and Historical Grant

In partnership with the Division of Historical Resources, the Florida Division of Arts and Culture has launched the African-American Cultural and Historical Grants program. Legislatively created by Senate Bill 2500, the program has up to $30 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds available for capital project grants. The grants will support projects that construct…

November 1, 2021

Michigan and Ohio: Reconnecting Arts and Communities

The isolating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of the arts as a vehicle for restoring human connections, building social capital and helping communities heal after difficult experiences. State arts agencies are encouraging this kind of public engagement by supporting projects that embed the arts in civic practice to contribute to the…

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…

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