Disability Justice in Arts and Culture Funding

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Disability Justice in Arts and Culture Funding



Intersectional justice for the cultural community is an essential issue in our field and nation. In a GIA blog, Eddie Torres, president and CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, responds to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and writes, “The Center for Disaster Philanthropy study revealed that only 1% of international pandemic-response funding went to people with disabilities. One bright spot is the COVID-19 Disability Inclusion Fund, a collaborative fund run by Borealis Philanthropy, that supports U.S. groups run by and for disabled people to lead transformational change.” We celebrate these efforts and this type of progress, but what else can we do? How can funders be more thoughtful about how their day-to-day best practices impact the disability community? We are glad to engage in discussion around this topic with disability justice leaders in the field Patricia Berne, co-founder, executive and artistic director, Sins Invalid; Alejandra Duque Cifuentes, executive director, Dance/NYC; Lane Harwell, program officer, Creativity and Free Expression, The Ford Foundation; Jerron Herman, dancer and writer; and Eddie Torres, president and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts.

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