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We the Many

Seeking to expand the understanding of what it means to be a Midwesterner through the creative exchange of voices, cultures, and ideas.

How do we do this?

We the Many is a community-based artist-in-residency program hosted in three states at a time across the Midwest. We the Many supports existing and new creative community-building initiatives in a priority area of each state based on a racial, cultural and economic equity lens.

Centering Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), Tribally affiliated, and Immigrant communities, We the Many strives to build off the creative work already happening in communities and looks to culturally connected and embedded organizations to take programmatic and financial leadership throughout the program. The program begins with community-building and visioning that leads to selecting an artist-in-residence in response to the needs and assets identified in this process.

We the Many began in 2019 and is currently in its second phase. Learn more about We the Many and past and present Community Projects here.

Get Involved

Do you know of a BIPOC, Immigrant, and/or Native-led community organization already doing creative community-building work in the Midwest? Are you involved or leading a community organization that centers BIPOC, Immigrant, and/or Native-led communities? Reach out to us! We would love to connect and see how we could support this work through We the Many and across our opportunities at Arts Midwest and beyond.


Crystal Celeste Price, program manager, 612.238.8019

As of July 1, 2022, Arts Midwest is testing out a 4-day work week to give time back to our staff to pursue creative passions and recharge. Please note that our office is now closed on Fridays. If you contact us on a Friday, we will get back to you after the weekend.


We the Many is a project of Arts Midwest with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, and South Dakota Arts Council.