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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 works with communities to create performing arts residencies. In its pilot phase in 2020-21 the program is connecting immigrant artists and artists of colors to three rural Midwestern communities. All residency activities are created in partnership with community members, seek to leverage existing assets, and emphasize connecting to neighboring communities.

Planning committees in each town have received a $45,000 grant, an advisor for artist selection, training, and additional assistance to create an artistic residency that leverages the creative assets of their area. Each community chose their featured artist after deep community conversations and are conducting a variety of residency activities through June 2021.


Christy Dickinson, senior program director, 612.238.8019
Michael Johnson, community engagement manager, 612.238.8063


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.