This post is part of the series, Future of the Field: Cross-Sector Creative Placemaking Series.
The City of New York announced funding for a new cultural space to be built to serve as Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s headquarters. "With just over $3 million in new City funding added as part of this year's capital budget, the project is now fully funded with $10.2 million in City support," according to the press release.
Artists at Work, "a pilot that launched last summer in Western Massachusetts to pay artists a living wage — including healthcare — to collaborate with cultural organizations and local initiatives in creating work that responds to issues such as youth mental health, food justice and COVID awareness campaigns in marginalized communities," is the center of a recent article in Next City.
In an essay published by the National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor Savage discussed how the pandemic "has highlighted and amplified technology’s central place in every aspect of our daily lives" and "the vital role of artists in the development and shaping of social and cultural tools and in world-building through technology."
"We have to find business structures that meaningfully place people first and upend the practice of concentrating decision-making power and money in the hands of administrative leadership while undercompensating and disenfranchising the majority of workers," wrote Arianna Gass and Daniel Park on a worker cooperative.
"Trust-based philanthropy encourages funders to adopt a set of values that include leading with trust, centering relationships, collaborating with humility and curiosity, redistributing power, and working for systemic equity," wrote Melinda Tuan, managing director of Fund for Shared Insight, in a recent article published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
The Creative Economy Revitalization Act (CERA), a bill to authorize and appropriate a $300 million modern WPA/CETA program for creative workers, was recently submitted to the clerk in the House.
On June 21, 2021, AmeriCorps –the federal agency which provides support through funding and people power to more than 2,000 organizations across America and connects over 70,000 Americans each year to opportunities to engage in volunteer service to meet community needs – announced how it will use its $1 billion allocation in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to address ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pittsburgh Foundation, in collaboration with The Opportunity Fund, is seeking submissions from local artists striving for social justice solutions in recently available funding for the grant initiative “Exposure: An Artists Program.”
The “Fix Team” at Grist, an independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future, brought together Anjali Nath Upadhyay, a philosopher and political scientist at Liberation Spring, and facilitator Gibrán Rivera in what Rivera described as an experiment called "Where Shift Happens: A Narrative and Cultural Power Mini-School."