Arts & Culture Guidelines

The Nathan Cummings Foundation


Arts & Culture Guidelines


To create a stronger and more socially just society by building the field of Art and Social Justice and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities.

Objective 1. ART: To support community-based artistic and cultural projects that illuminate social and economic justice issues.

Objective 2. PRACTICE: To support convenings and training programs for artists, cultural workers and community members that impart information and skills that can be used to achieve social change.

Objective 3. COMMUNICATION: To support diverse media and innovative delivery systems that document and disseminate the work of the field.   

Objective 4. POLICY: To support public policies that strengthen artistic and cultural communities and enable creators and their collaborators to create broad alliances in pursuit of common goals.

Priority will be given to initiatives that:

  • Have national or regional impact;
  • Address issues that are timely and relevant;
  • Involve participating artists or cultural institutions that demonstrate effective practices; and
  • Have broad and innovative plans for the dissemination of the work.