ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAM GUIDELINES
GOAL: TO SUPPORT ARTISTIC PRACTICES, PROGRAMS AND POLICIES THAT ENCOURAGE CROSS-CULTURE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS, AND GIVE VOICE TO THE ISSUES AND EXPERIENCES OF UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES, IN ORDER TO BUILD A STRONGER SOCIETY.
Objective I: To support arts and cultural organizations partnering with community groups that engage in responsive processes, collective problem solving, cross-cultural initiatives or the education of a broader public about social justice issues and shared community concerns. These programs should have national or multi-state impact and might include: residencies; new works of performing art or exhibitions of visual art that have more than one committed venue; documentation initiatives that have commitments for comprehensive distribution plans; cross cultural and multi-state collaborations; and the dissemination of existing works that have resonance in other communities.
Strategy 1: To identify, support and document key projects that involve cultural institutions working collaboratively with multigenerational, multiethnic, multidisciplinary and/or broad geographic communities in response to economic and social justice issues articulated by those communities.
Strategy 2: To identify and support museums that have re-envisioned their institution's relationships with underserved constituencies.
Strategy 3: To develop and support a communications strategy that includes the publication and dissemination of research that substantiates the importance of the arts in influencing social change; and the dissemination of information about collaborative projects that leads to effective public education as well as social and political action.
Strategy 4: To convene artists and arts administrators to foster information exchange, coalition building, the development of collective strategies as well as to provide direct support.
OBJECTIVE II: To defend against adverse public, private and corporate policies, art censorship and other legal and social challenges that impact the wellbeing of the non-profit cultural community.
Strategy 1:To identify and support arts policy organizations that facilitate discussion between policy makers and grassroots practitioners; and develop policy that is informed by research as well as evolving practices within the impacted communities.
Strategy 2: To identify interventions and practices that will help enable non-profit arts organizations to enter into relationships with corporations that are equitable and mutually rewarding and that affirm the values and mission of the arts organization.
Strategy 3: To support communications strategies, including convenings, research, the development of web-pages as well as hard copy publications that foster access, encourage the exchange of ideas and educate the field about the state of the art and the implications of policy decisions for the arts community.