5K to support cultural projects that further racial justice in Cambridge, MA
Art for Racial Justice, a new opportunity from Cambridge Arts, will fund BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists seeking to advance racial justice through collaborative projects in their communities; projects that authentically reflect the interests, visions, and participation of BIPOC communities in Cambridge. We believe that artists are uniquely suited to help us to move through and respond to the devastation and pain caused by systemic racism, most currently manifested in the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BIPOC, and in the ongoing police violence against Black people. Cambridge’s BIPOC artists can help us to imagine and build a future in which we can all thrive. We look forward to presenting the work of our creative community in a way that supports public health recommendations and responds to and lifts up the Black Lives Matter movement working for racial justice in our City, our country, and around the world.
Art for Racial Justice Grant Eligibility Artists and creatives who live or work in Cambridge, and arts organizations whose activities are based in Cambridge, are invited to apply for the Art for Racial Justice Grant. Preference will be given to artists who identify as BIPOC and arts organizations that are BIPOC-led. All activities for Art for Racial Justice Grants must take place in Cambridge and benefit people who live or work in Cambridge with public safety in mind and the latest guidelines from the State and City around Coronavirus precautions in place. • Program Eligibility All approved projects must be completed within an 18-month window of eligibility, between the July 1st preceding the application deadline in November, and December 31st of the following year. • Public Benefit Projects must demonstrate a community benefit. Funds support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any one private individual or group. This does not mean that a large audience needs to participate in order to satisfy the requirement of community benefit. • Non-Discrimination Cambridge Arts will not fund projects that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, creed, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age. • No Substitution Cambridge Arts Grant Program funds are neither intended to replace nor supplement existing public funds for programs in the arts, humanities, or interpretive sciences, nor to be used as the sole source of project funding. Any item or activity that is generally considered the financial responsibility of the City will not be approved, even if funding did not previously exist for that item or activity. • Access Cambridge Arts is committed to abide by state and federal regulations which bar discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and which require accessibility for persons with disabilities. Cambridge Arts and its grantees are expected to be in compliance with: o The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) o Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) o Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 o Other applicable state and local laws Cambridge Arts aims to help grantees understand their obligations and recognize the opportunities that increasing access can provide for both the public and the grantee. Individuals and organizations funded by Cambridge Arts that present public programs or offer services to the public must make reasonable accommodations to ensure that 3 Table of Contents people with disabilities have equal physical and communications access, as defined by federal law. We highly recommend that you contact us as soon as you have an idea for a grant proposal so that we can give you feedback and help frame your concept for this grant. Kirsten Swartz at email@example.com
Cambridge Arts Council, the City’s official arts agency, exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge, MA.