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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

New York: Excelsior Digital Pass for COVID-19 Status

Numerous states are debating the economic, public health, equity and privacy aspects of passport systems that enable individuals to share proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. New York is the first state in the nation to launch such a digital vaccine credential. In an effort to fast-track safe reopening of arts, sports, entertainment and other…

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,…

May 3, 2021

Nebraska: Winding Down Workshop Series

Many arts organizations have experienced significant setbacks from the pandemic. While some organizations will be able to bounce back, others must grapple with existential questions related to their financial stability, mission impact and ultimate survival. Numerous nonprofit organizations will be closing their doors for good, and cultural groups are among the most vulnerable. With a…

April 5, 2021

South Carolina: Public Health Poster Series

“Plan Your Vaccine” illustration by artist Amiri Geuka Farris Washing hands. Social distancing. Wearing masks. Self-care. Loving and thanking community. Getting vaccinated. These are all parts of public health messaging that evolved over the past 12 months. The Art of Community: Rural SC, a creative community development initiative of the South…

April 5, 2021

Kansas: Reimagined Spaces

The new façade of the reimagined Sunflower Theatre in Peabody, a grantee of the Reimagined Spaces program. Photo courtesy of the Sunflower Theatre The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) is encouraging creative community development through its innovative Reimagined Spaces grant program. The program combines the arts with the repurposing of…

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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