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

Policy Advocacy/Movement Convenings

What We Fund: We fund conveners that bring together artists, researchers, and cultural critics of color together with public policy and social movement leaders to advance shared racial justice outcomes. We support public- and private-sector policy development that emerge from our Create and Clarify approaches.
Accepting letters of intent: No

Narrative Change

What We Fund: We fund conveners of narrative-change practitioners and support campaigns that seek to shift narratives that support racial justice public policy initiatives and the democratic participation of communities of color.
Accepting letters of intent: No

Philanthropic Influence

What We Fund: We fund place-based initiatives that incentivize local arts philanthropies to close racial disparities in their grantmaking programs, policies, procedures, and behaviors in partnership with front line and community-based leaders.
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…