Jan 24, 2022 - News

Building a more inclusive Atlanta arts community

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A dress rehearsal of the play "In the Solitude of Cotton Fields" at 7 Stages. Photo: Erik S. Lesser/AP

Nearly 30 Atlanta arts organizations are receiving thousands of dollars in grant funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

  • 45% of this $1 million round’s funding was awarded to BIPOC-led or -serving organizations, the foundation said in a statement. 72% of the 18 applicants of color received funding.

Why it matters: Over the decades, Black artists and creators have played an overlooked, underfunded and important role in the city’s arts communities.

Flashback: In June 2020, artists and advocates called out the foundation after a $580,000 round of emergency COVID funding did not include Black-led arts organizations.

  • Arts groups said the foundation's Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund had awarded only 10 percent of its total giving to BIPOC-led or -serving organizations since it was founded in 1993.

Foundation officials partnered with arts groups to make the competitive grants more inclusive and accessible and promised to focus on equity.

  • The following round, more than 90 percent of the funds went to arts organizations founded or led by people of color.

Details: The awards announced last week include T. Lang Dance ($15,000), Dad’s Garage ($35,000), Soul Food Cypher ($10,000), Flux Projects ($30,000), and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company ($90,000) and others.

  • Six organizations are first-time recipients of foundation arts funding.
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