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Supporting Artists in Community Settings

Tuesday, October 8, 11:10am – 12:10pm

Regency C-1, Second Floor Mezzanine

Organized by Grantmakers in the Arts.

Moderated by Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts.

How is philanthropy supporting artists working outside traditional art settings? Some artists are instinctively drawn to using their art forms as tools to improve learning, attitudes and physical wellness, and to capture the imaginations of individuals, young and old, whose lives are changed by artistic encounters. These artists often find the process of making art in the community more important than the art they are making. Are arts philanthropists supporting these artists in their work in jails, hospitals, schools, YMCAs, parks and recreations programs, and other community settings? What role could arts funders play, peer-to-peer and in partnership with funders in other sectors, to increase resources and opportunities? Are arts funders supporting intermediary groups who prioritize this work? Join us to discuss these questions and consider how we can increase our investment in these working artists.