Subject: Arts, Arts Education, Community Development, Youth Development
"The Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. We know that artists and cultural organizations can help us explore shared values and spark innovation, imagination and advancement for our communities. Too often, however, arts and culture is undervalued as a catalyst for creating just and sustainable communities, which is a key priority for the Surdna Foundation. The Thriving Cultures Program seeks to create just and sustainable communities in four ways:
- Teen's Artistic and Cultural Advancement - We support artistic training programs that help teens explore their cultural identity and equip them with the life-enhancing skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals.
- Community Engaged Design - We support efforts to involve artists, architects and designers in community-engaged problem solving and development efforts.
- Artists and Economic Development - We support efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities.
- Artists Engaging in Social Change - We support the potential of artists to be catalysts for social change and to promote the cultural traditions of their communities."
Funder: The Surdna Foundation
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations in the United States.