Jan
3

Addressing European Supremacy in PA Council on the Arts Funding-2017 Year in Review

With 2017 complete, an update on my effort as a member of The PA Council on the Arts to have its general support funding formula changed to include a value for ALANAME (African, Latinx, Asian, Native American and Middle Eastern) organizations.  I have been working on this in order to give some kind of balance to the current formula, which gives a lot of weight to prior grant & budget size. This weight, as I’ve pointed out before, results in more money going to European descended, larger budget organizations. However, what I’ve also been thinking about recently is that this means

Jun
23

Pennsylvania HR 400: Examining Systemic Racism in Public Arts Funding

Hoping this makes a contribution to the work of disrupting systemic racism in the arts please see here PA House Resolution 400  sponsored by Rep. Jake Wheatley to conduct a study on the potential racial, age and geographic bias in the funding formula that determines how operating support is distributed by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (AOAP Arts Orgs Arts Programs). I serve on the Council (PCA) and, after saying for the better part of a year that the funding formula privileged white, large budget, older arts organizations and being told that I needed to note that I was only