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Resource Roundup: June 2021

New American Rescue Plan grants, a creative aging webinar, and a dive into the queer communities of the Rust Belt. It’s all in this month’s resource roundup.


Photo by Steve Linsenmayer, courtesy of Embassy Theatre

Grants + Funding

Up to $150,000 available to arts organizations, $500,000 for Local Arts Agencies via the American Rescue Plan | Learn More
Applications due July 22
The National Endowment for the Arts just announced two grant programs to distribute American Rescue Plan funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies. Grant recipients do not need to have a history of NEA funding to receive this support.

286 organizations working in social progress received unrestricted gifts from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Arts Midwest is one of them. | Learn More
We are incredibly inspired by our fellow grantees and are deeply humbled by MacKenzie Scott’s support. We are committed to stewarding this resource with the deep care and thoughtfulness that it deserves.

Webinars + Trainings

ICYMI: Art to Bridge Divides | Access the recording
On June 15, Arts Midwest and Welcoming America hosted, “Art to Bridge Divides,” a panel discussion that explored how arts and creativity can help us connect and heal.

We Got Us: Women of Color on the Solidarity Economy | Learn More
Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00pm Central
A new report Solidarity Not Charity: Arts and Culture Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy asks, “What would a cultural economy be like if we loved Black and Indigenous people?” Hear from the report’s authors and collaborators about innovative models of self-determination and community wealth and take an inside look at this illuminating treatise that affirms the critical need for amplifying the work of communities of color. Please note: This zoom conversation is open to Women of Color in the Arts members. All other supporters, allies, and accomplices are welcome to join the live broadcast via Facebook.

Mapping the National Creative Aging Network | Learn More
2:00–5:00 pm Central on July 20 and 21, and July 27 and 28, 2021
SAAs, RAOs, and other state and national partner organizations with an interest in creative aging are encouraged to attend NASAA’s free Creative Aging Institute, which will include a session exploring a recent report from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) that shows how cultural institutions can promote lifelong learning, joy and social connection for older adults.

From the Field

Learn how artists and creators are working to fight gentrification and displacement in South Minneapolis | Listen here
Following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the cofounders of Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are working to bring people together and make intersectional change in their neighborhood. Hear from these artists and activists in Arts Midwest’s new audio series.

What Can We Learn from High-Performing Arts Organizations of Color? | Learn more
As the arts sector looks toward re-opening, a new report offers lessons from successful organizations run by and serving Black, indigenous, and communities of color.

From BeltMag: A queer Rust Belt reading list | Learn more
BeltMag’s editors honor and celebrate queer communities and experiences across the Rust Belt with this look through their archives.