Card Catalog 2 by Megan Amaral


Createquity is looking for resources about the increase in support and recognition available to artistic disciplines and traditions pursued by artists or communities of color, within the last 50 years in the US.

Arts institutions and organizations that constitute the core of the formally recognized “cultural sector” were–and continue to be–dominated by euro-centric artists and art forms. While this bias still persists, the definition of what counts as art, and what is deemed worthy of study and support by formal institutions, appears to have expanded considerably over the past 50 years.

Createquity is investigating this shift as part of our larger project on the history of change in the arts ecosystem, with an emphasis on the role of changemakers. A few of the questions we will be exploring in this research process are:

  • How much has the amount of monetary support and recognition available for these activities changed from the 1950s – today?
  • Who are some of the most important changemakers from within these artistic communities who have organized to increase the visibility of their work and their peers?
  • How did they gain attention or resources for their activities beyond the norm for their time?

We would appreciate any suggestions you have about resources or topics we should explore. You can respond here, or write to us directly at info@createquity.com. A couple of the resources already on our list are below, to provide an idea of what we are looking for.

Marta Moreno Vega. (1993). Voices from the Battlefront: Achieving Cultural Equity. Trenton, N.J: Africa World Pr.

Matlon, M. P., Ingrid Van Haastrecht, & Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç. (2014). Figuring the Plural: Needs and Supports of Canadian and US Ethnocultural Arts Organizations. Chicago, IL: Plural.

Holly Sidford. (2011). Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change. Washington, DC: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.