Trend or Tipping Point: Arts and Social Change Grantmaking

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 -
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing, sponsored by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Surdna Foundation, with Lambent Foundation and CrossCurrents Foundation.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:   Private and public sector funders interested in community, civic, or social change including funders of: arts and culture, civic engagement, social justice, community building, community development, and funders concerned with specific issue areas. 


Across sectors, artists and arts organizations are increasingly being called upon to activate the social imagination, motivate civic participation, broaden who has voice in the public sphere, ground grassroots organizing, and lend inspirational images, messages, and meaning to catalyze and sustain the work of community development, civic engagement, and movement building. 
Join us to discuss findings of the recent report Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking to learn how grantmakers are supporting arts-for-change work.  Released by Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy program, the report assembles a first-time portrait of social change and arts funders, and others supporting civic engagement and social change through arts and cultural strategies.  Animating Democracy co-director Pam Korza offers an overview of the range of funders supporting this work, how grantmakers think about arts for community, civic, and social change in the context of agency goals, what outcomes they are looking for through their support, and common obstacles that may inhibit support as well as opportunities for growing support.
Fellow grantmakers from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation, and Surdna Foundation will share how they are approaching support of arts and culture in advancing change goals.  
Whether exploring or affirming your place in supporting “arts for change,” this briefing can inform planning conversations, program design, and help you make useful connections. 
The Trend or Tipping Point study is supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.  To preview the report and a companion Directory of Funders, go to:


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