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Arleta Little
Arleta Little
Arleta Little is Arts program officer and director of artist fellowships at The McKnight Foundation. Read her bio and follow her on Twitter @alittlescribe.

Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy: A Work in Progress

  I came to philanthropy after nearly a decade as the executive director of a culturally-specific arts organization. I understand that in addition to the general struggle to thrive that exists for most artists and arts organizations, artists of color and arts organizations founded and led by people of color especially struggle to own space […]

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Valuing Artists: The McKnight Artist Fellowships

A Long Tradition of Honoring Artists Here at The McKnight Foundation, the annual celebration of McKnight Artist Fellows is one of our favorite evenings of the year. In September, we celebrated the new 2015 cohort of 42 talented artists along with the eight administrative partners that make our program possible. The event is a chance for […]

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Arleta Little: Art Counts

When is the last time you saw a play, an independent film, or live dance? Listened to live music or a poetry reading? Held a hand-thrown ceramic mug or bowl? Admired a painting, piece of sculpture, or public art? Perhaps, you and your neighbors have come together to make art or your children participate in […]

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Arleta Little: ArtsLab, cooking up the capacity to thrive

What do you get when you mix teams of creative minds, sprinkle in technical assistance and facilitation, stir with field-tested tools, let simmer, and repeat over a span of 14 years? You get ArtsLab, empowering nonprofits to reach further and do more, making the most of limited resources through strengthened efficiencies, systems, and operations. It’s […]

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Arleta Little: Living and working in creative community

According to the 2013 Minneapolis Creative Index, Minneapolis reports 20,000 jobs in its creative sector. I believe it. On a single walk through my Longfellow neighborhood, Biscuit (my Bichon Frise) and I pass the homes of creatives on every block. My neighbor to the east is the founder of a small theater. My neighbor to […]

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