Posts Tagged ‘arts’

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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Climate Change and Art Collide in The Visible Air: Recent Innovations from the Gymnasium

  Aquaminous | ah-KWA-mi-nuhs | adjective The quality of air just before a rainfall; origin: the Latin aqua, meaning water, and ominous, meaning foreboding. -Mo Perry “Aquaminous” is just one of dozens of new words created for The Language of Air, a crowd-sourced dictionary comprising invented terms to describe qualities of air. It is part […]

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Sarah Lovan: Minnesota’s not just keeping up with arts innovation — we’re leading it!

Editor’s note: Starting now, content formerly found on McKnight’s State of the Artist (SOTA) blog can now be found at the SOTA tag to the right — posts, links, videos, everything. (If you hadn’t visited the State of the Artist blog, check out the tag for excellent arts-related insights and info!) In 2012, we created […]

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