Over 50 Percent of Americans Live and Work in Suburbs. Are 50 Percent of Them Arts Leaders?
Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager for the city of Bellevue, Washington, posts to AFTA’s Artsblog:
If equity and inclusion are of concern to you, then the suburbs should demand your full attention. Almost one-third of the nation’s poor live in suburbs; by 2008, the suburbs were home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country. Brookings calls this the “suburbanization of poverty.” And while minorities only represent 35 percent of suburban residents, more than half of all minority groups in large metro areas live in suburbs. They call this the “melting pot suburbs.”