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Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces

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The goal of this work is to promote a new generation of 21st-century arts spaces and arts leadership that reflect the cultural richness of diverse communities.

The Challenge

Arts and culture play a vital role in helping to create more just and vibrant societies. They inspire innovation and imagination, encourage civic dialogue and reflect the rich diversity of our nation's changing demographics. Many communities, particularly in times of economic downturn, lack affordable facilities where artists and arts organizations can incubate and produce creative works and engage more widely with the public.

What We're Doing

Our work supports the creation of a new generation of arts leadership and facilities that are firmly grounded in the communities in which they reside and that are models of artistic innovation, cultural and community collaboration, and social partnership.

We focus on emerging, newly opened and established institutions that are undergoing a space transformation. Recognized as powerful forces within their communities, these unique and vitally needed facilities are being developed to match the dignity of their creative work.

In addition, we are providing resources—intellectual, physical, technical and financial—to support arts leaders who nurture creativity, share knowledge and build capacity in the arts community.

Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.




  • Noha El-Mikawy
  • Laila Hourani
  • Roberta Uno

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