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Alternative Pathways to Change

by John McGuirk (bio), program director, Performing Arts Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change raises critical issues that arts funders should address to minimize disparities to accessible and relevant arts opportunities for all … Continue reading

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Hard Questions for Hard Times

by William Cleveland (bio), director, Center for the Study of Art & Community We are living at a time when many of our societies most closely held assumptions are being assailed. Often the push seems to come from the convergence … Continue reading

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Theatres Sharing the Bandwidth

by Teresa Eyring (bio), executive director, Theatre Communications Group, Inc. The Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change study spotlights concerns about the distribution of private foundation dollars to arts groups in a nation that is witnessing rapidly shifting demographics, emerging … Continue reading

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Walking the Walk at Private Foundations: One Program Officer’s Perspective

by Lynn Stern (bio), program officer for Thriving Cultures, Surdna Foundation How can private foundation staff advance equity and inclusiveness in its arts and culture grantmaking? The publication of NCRP’s report, Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, comes at an … Continue reading

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Size Matters

by Lisa Cremin (bio), director, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta It was not a surprise to learn the findings of the excellent report Fusing Arts, Cultural and Social Change, because I have experienced the phenomena in my work with … Continue reading

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Equity and Community Arts Education

by Jonathan Herman (bio), executive director, National Guild for Community Arts Education I commend the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Holly Sidford for reporting on a critical disparity in funding within the arts sector — particularly for community-based organizations … Continue reading

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Creatives on the Rise

by Ken Grossinger (bio), chairman, CrossCurrents Foundation The NCRP report is striking in the stark display of inequity it outlines. And the press coverage the report received was significant, fueling further interest in creating baselines for measurement and ideas for … Continue reading

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Next Steps

by Carol Bebelle (bio), co-founder and executive director, Ashe Cultural Arts Center Private foundations, convinced of the need to expand their reach to community-based organizations that serve marginalized communities, should begin with a two-fold strategy (1) Altering their guidances to … Continue reading

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Lessons from Public Funders

by Barbara Schaffer Bacon (bio), co-director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts GIA asks, “What can private foundations learn from public funders who are working with marginalized communities?” I think public support programs, some old, and some more current have … Continue reading

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What If?

by Holly Sidford (bio), president, Helicon Collaborative NCRP commissioned Fusing Art, Culture and Social Change to illuminate distribution patterns in foundation funding for arts and culture, and to encourage culture funders to allocate more of their resources toward directly benefitting … Continue reading

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