Thriving Cultures


The Outcomes We Seek

Increased public and private funding to artists of color and arts nonprofits and creative businesses led by people of color

Increased policies in public and private institutions that work effectively to close racial disparities

Increased democratic engagement among communities of color

Participatory Action Research

What We Fund: We fund research institutions that center the learning agendas of communities of color, have the capacity to train community members as researchers, and implement a national program to research Surdna-funded artist projects from the Create portion of our Radical Imagination for Racial Justice strategy.
Accepting letters of intent: No

Cultural Criticism

What We Fund: We fund initiatives and collaboratives that strengthen networks and build infrastructure for cultural critics of color. We support the documentation, interpretation, and critique of racially just practices developed by artists of color in partnership with their communities.
Accepting letters of intent: No

Grants under this strategy will be announced beginning January 2019.
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Reports & Publications
July 21, 2017

Helicon Collaborative Report: Not Just Money

Helicon Collaborative recently released Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy, a research study conducted with funding from the Surdna Foundation. The study continues Helicon's examination of inequities in arts funding in the…