Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

The Imperative for Change

  The following is the first public statement from the Racial Equity Funders Collaborative.  As member of this collective, the McKnight Foundation Arts Team has joined with other Twin Cities arts funders to address disparities in arts funding and to develop strategies for advancing racial equity in philanthropy.  Here is our collective statement about the […]

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New CEP Report Features Sarah Lovan

The following excerpt is an interview with arts program officer Sarah Lovan from a new CEP report called Relationships Matter. Sarah was among the most highly-rated program officers in CEP’s Grantee Perception Reports.

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Artists as Must Haves: Why Our Communities Need the NEA

    In my office, I’ve hung a quote on poster paper that reads: “Artists are MUST HAVE, not nice to have. They are essential, not peripheral.” It’s a conviction our board and staff share as McKnight’s arts program places working artists at the core of our focus. Millions of Americans agree that artists and the […]

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How We Got Here: McKnight’s Arts Approach Explained

  McKnight’s arts team recently shared the following letter with arts grantees about a program update that increases transparency about our grantmaking approach.   Dear McKnight Arts Grantee, In 2015, The McKnight Foundation granted $9.1 million — more than 10% of our total payout for the year — to arts organizations in Minnesota. McKnight has supported Minnesota’s artists since 1981, the inaugural […]

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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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