Americans for the Arts has released the report, Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking.
The report, developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, assembles a first-time portrait of arts funders, social change funders, and others supporting civic engagement and social change through arts and cultural strategies. It includes a companion online Directory of Funders that profiles more than 150 grantmakers who support arts strategies to make community, social, and civic change.
Focusing on grantmaking in the United States, the report characterizes the nature of support from both private and public sectors, examining how grantmakers think about social change in the context of agency goals and what outcomes they are looking for through their support. The report looks at the types of activities and projects that are being funded as well as grantmaking strategies and structures. It documents obstacles and opportunities for greater support and, in its entirety, aims to advance both discussions about this field of work and support for it.