The McKnight Foundation supports the people, places and possibilities that help create a more vibrant future for all. We review input gathered through multiple channels – both about our work and about the ever-changing context in which it occurs – to constantly adapt and improve our strategies for greater impact. This collection of resources includes documents about our grantmaking, including annual reports and program guidelines; reports we have commissioned or funded; and external resources that inform our work.
This report summarizes the main findings of the recent research, revisiting the reasons
why addressing diversity and equity issues in the cultural sector matters more than ever
and reviewing six key findings related to national and local patterns of funding distribution,
the demographics of people making funding decisions, and the distinct issues facing
cultural organizations whose primary artistic mission is to serve communities of color or
low-income communities. It concludes with suggestions for how to speed progress toward
a more inclusive and equitable system of cultural philanthropy.
Tags: arts, philanthropy, racial equity
October 4, 2016 - Living Cities’ 25th anniversary compendium — contributed by members, grantees, partners, and many other leaders — highlights ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing the racial opportunity gaps. Includes an essay by McKnight Region & Communities program director Lee Sheehy. PDF, 1.8 MB
Tags: Lee Sheehy, racial equity, region
January 20, 2016 - In 2015, Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors approved this statement of purpose for their
work in racial equity in arts philanthropy to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino(a),
Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults.
Tags: arts, GIA, racial equity
September 2015 - Study by the University of Maryland's Devos Institute for Arts Management on the past, present, and future of African American and Latino museums, dance companies, and theater companies
Tags: arts, Devos, racial equity
September 2011 - Report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy on racial disparities and inequity in funding for artists of color and organizations led by people of color.
Tags: arts, NCRP, racial equity