What Are the Paradigm Shifts Necessary for the Arts Sector to Nurture THRIVING Institutions of Color?

What Are the Paradigm Shifts Necessary for the Arts Sector to Nurture THRIVING Institutions of Color?

Funders working to promote "cultural equity" need to implement integrated strategies and make meaningful investments in arts organizations run by and/or serving African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) communities and cultures, a report commissioned by the and the  and prepared by  argues. Based on a survey of and focus groups with New York City-based organizations run by or serving ALAANA individuals, the report, (51 pages, PDF), found that most respondents said they'd like to have more financial power, diversity, and expertise represented on their boards. Other challenges included overreliance on contributed income and lack of investment in operational competencies, capacity building, and professional development. The report calls on funders to award larger, multiyear, and more general operating support grants; help build organizational capacity by pairing technical assistance with professional development opportunities; foster peer learning and creative exchange through in-person convenings; commit a quantifiable percentage of funds to ALAANA groups; and approach sustainability as a field-wide initiative.