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Advancing Well-Being in the Arts

This initiative supports and seeks to learn more about arts organizations founded by, with, and for communities of color.
A Black woman dances on stage in front of high-rise buildings while her community cheers her on.

What we're doing

Arts organizations founded by, with, and for communities of color play critical roles in their communities. Despite this, they have long been overlooked and underfunded. The Advancing Well-Being in the Arts initiative seeks to support such organizations in three ways:

  • Supporting 18 relatively large organizations (see below) to advance their organizational well-being. The organizations span visual and performing arts, media arts, and community-based organizations focused on artistic practice.
  • Funding intermediary organizations to help them support arts organizations founded by, with, and for communities of color.
  • Supporting research projects proposed by arts service organizations rooted in communities of color.

What we're learning

There are two categories of studies currently underway: 

Click here to learn more about research commissioned for the initiative and how you can participate.

Our Grantee Partners

​1Hood Media

Arab American National Museum


Chicago Sinfonietta

EastSide Arts Alliance, Black Cultural Zone, and Artist As First Responder

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

The Laundromat Project

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico

PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company

Pillsbury House + Theater

Pregones / Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

Queer Women of Color Media Arts - QWOCMAP

Ragamala Dance Company

Rebuild Foundation

Self Help Graphics & Art

Theater Mu

The Union for Contemporary Art


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