The strategy of McKnight’s Arts & Culture program is to fund organizations, programs, and projects that provide support structures for working artists and culture bearers to develop and share their work, and to lead in movements and communities. This includes artists and culture bearers working in a broad continuum of activities and approaches across disciplines and fields. Our strategy uses the support structure model as a tool for guiding our grantmaking, seeking to fund organizations that provide a variety of support for artists and culture bearers.
We recognize that artists and culture bearers increasingly practice in multidisciplinary and intersectional ways and that not all artists and culture bearers have equitably benefited from existing resources. As we adapt and evolve our approach, we will continue to invest in the supports required for all artists and culture bearers to thrive and lead, sparking our collective imagination and enriching our quality of life.
The Arts & Culture program will continue to invest in organizations that provide the critical support structures that working artists and culture bearers identify as essential to their thriving. We also prioritize support to organizations whose work addresses one or more of these funding areas:
- Cultivate strategic partnerships that provide direct support for individual artists and culture bearers.
- Develop and sustain the presence and visibility of underrepresented artists and cultural institutions including those in rural areas, Tribal Nations, and across Greater Minnesota, and those in Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, and other underrepresented groups.
- Support working artists and culture bearers advancing justice.