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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico research teams for research projects related to nonprofit arts organizations and BIPOC communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of the research is to improve the understanding of these organizations and how they interact with the communities they serve.
By January 2022, The Wallace Foundation intends to launch an initiative that will support a cohort of 10-12 arts organizations of color that, in their second decade or more of existence, are grappling with strategic challenges to their founding organizational model or context. Adopting a strengths-based approach, collectively the cohort will address the following guiding question: How can and do arts organizations of color facing strategic challenges leverage their experience and histories of community orientation to increase their resilience, while sustaining their relevance? Strategic challenges will be identified by the cohort’s members and will likely involve a blend of organization-specific challenges (e.g., cost structures, location, partnerships) and structural challenges (e.g., racism, chronic undercapitalization, shifting community demographics). The purpose of the initiative is to support and document a strength-based approach to navigating these strategic challenges.
In Year 1, members of the cohort will receive a planning grant to develop, with their organizational leadership teams, a 4-year project plan to test, in their own context, the initiative’s guiding question. In Years 2-5, organizations will be funded to (1) implement their project plans, adjusting and refining them as needed, (2) receive targeted technical assistance at their request, (3) participate in the community orientation research study, described in this RFP, and (4) participate in a professional learning community with one another, and with initiative researchers, key consultants, and Wallace staff.
The Wallace Foundation seeks a research team, or collaborating team of researchers, with a deep understanding of arts organizations of color and their relationships with the communities they serve, across the diversity of communities and arts disciplines that constitute this part of the arts ecosystem. The team will study and document the five years of project work, including the planning year, of the cohort’s 10-12 organizations using theoretically and methodologically rigorous approaches to:
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