The Wallace Foundation launches $ 53 million research initiative to support arts organizations of color

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The Wallace Foundation has extended the deadline – from this Friday to August 20 – for arts organizations of color to submit letters of interest in its five-year, $ 53 million research initiative, the foundation-based foundation said on Monday. New York.

Launched in mid-July, the research initiative aims to explore how arts organizations of color facing strategic challenges could benefit from their experiences and stories of community orientation. Arts organizations of color refer to those serving Black, Indigenous, Hispanic / Latin, Arab-American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities.

The initiative will take place in two phases. The first cohort of arts organizations eligible for funding must have a budget of between $ 500,000 and $ 5 million, the foundation said.

Approximately 10 to 12 organizations in the visual arts, performing arts, literary and media arts, and community-based arts practice organizations will be selected, each receiving approximately $ 2 million and $ 3 million in total.

Organizations must apply by August 20.

A second, larger cohort will be extended to those with a budget of less than US $ 500,000. This phase of the initiative is expected to start at the end of 2022.

“By listening to and partnering with arts organizations of color, and documenting and studying their work, we hope to highlight their important contributions and better understand the practices that make them so important to their communities,” Bahia Ramos, Director of the arts at The Wallace Foundation, said in a statement.

The Wallace Foundation, which has its origins in the philanthropic work of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of the Reader’s Digest Association more than half a century ago, is committed to improving education, the development of young people. and the arts. The foundation has assets of approximately US $ 1.5 billion.


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