As part of The Redford Center's investments in storytelling strategies that respond to the urgency of today’s crises, the center introduced a new category of impact grants as part of their expanded grantmaking strategy.
Grantmakers in the Arts
Rooted in Vibrant Communities (RVC) will host a webinar on October 21 about equitable grantmaking and steps grantmakers can take to meaningfully address systemic injustice and turn their goals and values into actionable strategies.
A blog post published by the Wallace Foundation explains "Five Things State and District Leaders Need to Know Now" about the American Rescue Plan, the federal government’s third major COVID-19 relief bill that "provides nearly $2 trillion to support the nation’s efforts to reopen and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Included is more than $126 billion for K-12 schools and additional funding for early childhood and higher education."
A new toolkit, "The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing transitions and preserving assets," published by the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER), seeks to guide arts leaders through significant transitions they are likely to face during their organization’s life: structural shifts, loss of key staff/leadership, and creation of artistic and physical assets which deserve preserving.
A Hyperallergic article discusses how Julia Weist, one of four 2019–2020 New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs's Public Artists in Residence, was paired with the Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) and in doing so, "she dedicated herself to parsing the relationship between the city and its artists as documented in these vast municipal archives."
A recent article in Next City discusses how residents of Grand Marais, Minnesota "faced the loss of their only major highway due to necessary but disruptive construction" and how "seeking ways to support the residents during this disruptive process, the local government brought in artist Amanda Lovelee to turn the project into something productive for the community.
As Next City writes, "while the idea of scientists collaborating with musicians to create climate science-inspired music may initially sound surprising, it’s actually a very logical approach to solving a pernicious problem. If science doesn’t move people to action, maybe music will."
In a recent piece published by The Women’s Foundation California, Meredith Youngblood has a conversation with two members of the Ruth McGuire Legacy Circle on how they "practically and emotionally invested in a feminist future" and why they chose to write Women’s Foundation California into their wills.