The DeVos Institute invites US-based non-profit organizations committed to enhancing social cohesion through the arts to apply for pro bono planning support underwritten in full by the University of Maryland.
In continuation of its mission to support and empower arts managers and their boards, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management is pleased to offer pro bono consultation for ten US-based organizations focused on strengthening or developing arts programming to enhance social cohesion.
At a pivotal moment in our nation’s journey — one that calls for justice, reconciliation, restitution, and healing — the program seeks to assist organizations in the development and implementation of arts programming that promotes engagement between parties that may not otherwise engage in constructive or creative dialogue.
Specifically, the program recognizes the disproportionate and unacceptable impact that structural and racial inequity has had within BIPOC communities and, while all proposals are welcomes and encouraged, will prioritize proposals that seek to support BIPOC-led or BIPOC-serving organizations.
Strong candidates for this program include organizations that have developed, and are looking to strengthen, programs that use a creative practice (e.g. visual art, performing art, public art, art as social practice) to traverse divides — whether those be social, cultural, racial, economic, geographic, and/or political. Arts, culture, education, and humanities organizations are invited to apply, as well as civic, health, community development, faith, or social service organizations using creative practice in this manner.
The six-month planning process will begin in July 2021 and result in a detailed programmatic strategy and corresponding plans to produce visibility for the program and capitalize the program and the organization.
Proposals are requested by May 15, 2021. Learn more and submit a proposal here.