In an atypical approach to support for the arts, the Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative (SFC) recently announced $3.15 million in grants supporting 81 high-quality summer programs that serve youth from low-income families living in Baltimore City.
Through a $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies expanded its Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program to seven new cities. The program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of more than 200 small and midsize cultural organizations in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., Bloomberg Philanthropies announced in a press release.
From presidents, to directors, to curators, women have taken the torch in leadership changes at museums as a recent article in The Guardian addressed.
The National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University (NCAR) has found the majority of arts and cultural organizations have "precariously low levels of working capital," or resources available to cover day-to-day operating needs.
The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), a coalition of 35 global cities, recently announced it will bring together cultural leaders from nine cities to take part in its first Leadership Exchange Programme. Together, they will collaborate and develop creative solutions to urban challenges, from climate change and threats to affordability to community engagement, establishing the role arts and culture serve in advancing cities and shaping public policy.
The Trump administration’s plan to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census has raised concerns that it would prevent accurate recording and discourage noncitizens, especially immigrants without legal status, from participating. As The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported recently, grantmakers are raising concerns that the White House plan could distort the results of this population count.
"What was the original goal of the arts education policy and advocacy grantmaking work?" That is one of the questions the education and policy firm, Education First, tackled after the Hewlett Foundation commissioned an evaluation of its arts education grantmaking over the past decade.
The Open Society Foundations recently awarded the first recipients of the Soros Arts Fellowship, an initiative to support artists confronting threats to open society through the use of public space. The eight fellows, from seven different countries, will each receive $80,000 to work on a socially engaged art project over the next 18 months.
The newly released report Racial Equity and Arts Funding in Greater Pittsburgh is "an effort to uncover the facts of how arts funding has been and is distributed by race," according to Mitch Swain, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) CEO.
The deep conversations on race and some of the written pieces the movie Black Panther has inspired set the stage for an article in Hyperallergic that explores why cultural critics of color can help elevate and amplify significant cultural debates to better understand them or, at least, discover them through a different light.