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ADVOCACY Resources

  • The Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is "dedicated to empowering artists of all disciplines and promoting the arts, culture, and the creative economy throughout the Commonwealth. We work to ensure artists of all disciplines have a meaningful place at policymaking tables at all levels of government."

Check out its Labor Policy Paper (2016) to find out what kind of labor issues and policies artist-leaders are advocating for in the Commonwealth. Sign up for the mailing list and receive timely and significant updates and news on policy issues, artists' responses, and actions.

  • The City of Boston, through a community-involved planning campaign called Boston Creates, developed a ten-year Cultural Plan. Since releasing the completed cultural plan in 2016, the city has already implemented new funding opportunities, supports and resources for artists. Also, to read the findings on challenges face by the artistic and creative community, read about its findings on "Barriers to Boston's creative potential" here.

  • Grantmakers for the Arts first released a critical and key statement on Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy in 2015 and since then has made racial equity in arts philanthropy a primary focus of the organization. The organization continues to update its statement of purpose and recommendations to grantmakers and the most recently revised statement (2017) can be read or downloaded here.

  • Helicon Collaborative collaborates with artists, cultural organizations, foundations and other creative enterprises to make communities better places for all people – more vital, sustainable and just. In 2011, they were commissioned by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) in making an assessment of arts and culture grantmaking, which resulted in the report "Fusing Art, Culture, and Social Change." This report makes the case that "more foundation funding in the arts should directly benefit lower-income communities, people of color and disadvantaged populations, broadly defined, and that more resources should be allocated to expand the role of arts and culture in addressing the inequalities that challenge our communities."

Now in 2017, Helicon Collaborative released its newest research and findings on funding trends in the arts in a report called "Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy." Sadly, the findings conclude that "funding overall has gotten less equitable, not more. This means that cultural philanthropy is not effectively — or equitably — supporting our evolving cultural landscape." Read more at their project site for Not Just Money.

  • In 2016, a cohort of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) members participated in a learning series exploring the dimensions of racism, and a training series on applying a racial equity lens to grantmaking and communicating effectively about race and racism. The initiative was called Putting Racism on the Table. Their ongoing work to increase understanding and apply it to action has provided a valuable model and source of shareable knowledge for grantmakers elsewhere in the country.



  • Queer | Art a non-profit arts organization serving a diverse and vibrant community of LGBTQ artists across generations and disciplines. Their Queer | Art | Awards initiative currently include the Queer | Art | Prize, Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women (+) Dance Artists, and Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant.

  • SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program located on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.

    SPACE is deeply committed to the belief that inclusion, equity, support and radical hospitality are not only important to creating art, but are vital in creating dialogue that leads to lasting change. In support of these values, as of 2017, all individual and small group residences are free to participants, and SPACE endeavors grants at least 50% of residencies to persons of color and other underrepresented voices.

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families, dedicates half of its grant awards to artists of color. Sustainable Arts Foundation's mission is "to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work" because "[t]oo often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide."

  • National Association of Latino Arts and Culture is "the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions." NALAC’s Fund for the Arts (NFA) offers multiple grant programs for Latinx artists every year.

  • Creative Capital

  • The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston Grant

  • Prilla Smith Bracket Award

  • First Peoples Fund