After the Story, Comes the Critique
Session 6 of the 2019 Webinar Series.
Grantmakers in the Arts is a community of practice with a shared vision of investing in arts and culture as strategy for social change. One of the major issues we are exploring is dominant and/or mainstream narratives that continue to live on and perpetuate racialized practices and outcomes. As we consider narrative and how existing narratives come to life, the storyteller has an equally as powerful role as the critic. The storyteller offers a narrative and shared experience that consumers can connect to, while critics can intercede with a counter story, offer deeper historical exposition, or highlight an alternative shared experience while advocating for silenced voices. But how does this change when critics from the ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) community offer perspective? How does this impact both the arts and culture community and mainstream media on various scales? How can funders be a part of this impact?
Join us as we close GIA’s narrative change series on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 3pm EDT/11am PDT with Chi-hui Yang, program officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation, and Elizabeth Méndez Berry, director, Voice, Creativity and Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation. In this webinar they will lead discussion on media critique, speak to their collaborative project Critical Minded, and share thoughts on how funders can lead narrative change.
Our presenters leave us with these fiinal words as we end the 2019 narrative change series.
Narrative change through arts matter lens:
- Recognize the role that all kinds of cultural production—from “high art” to pop culture—plays in reinforcing dominant narratives
- Consider the power of gripping storytelling for better and for worse
- Consider the most potent narratives you’ve absorbed in your life, and some of the cultural vehicles that reinforced them
- Keep artists at the center
- Consider the power of both building positive new narratives and dismantling negative narratives
- Explore realistic goals around reach and scale: what audience are you targeting?
- Think about under-invested artists, sectors and geographies
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