The arts play an essential role in bringing and sustaining vibrancy in our local region. A healthy community needs an array of performing and visual arts organizations that bring people together, spur creativity and spark conversations, and enhance the community’s quality of life. A thriving arts community also ensures that children and youth have exposure and access to the arts.
We want anchor art organizations to have the capacity to offer a spectrum of visual and performing arts for the community. We seek to ensure children are exposed to and educated about the arts at an early age so that their development is enriched and their imagination and confidence can flourish.
What We Fund
The Local Grantmaking Program funds major cultural organizations that provide visual or performing arts experiences for the community, or arts education programming for children and youth. In most counties, we provide re-granting support to arts councils or community foundations and encourage arts organizations with smaller budgets to apply directly to those partners for support.