In response to the dramatic shifts in the arts sector instigated by COVID-19, a collaboration of 17 foundations and an anonymous donor in the Pittsburgh metro area came together to ask a question:
What if arts organizations worked collectively to build a more equitable, sustainable ecosystem?
Since Fall 2020, the Arts Equity Reimagined Collective Action Fund has invested $2,090,865 to support 23 collaborations between 97 arts organizations. Read on to get a sense how the arts sector in Southwestern PA responded to this question, and how they are working together to make lasting change.
AER logo and diptych designs below courtesy of Jason McKoy, McKoy Creative. You can also visit the AER website for deeper information on the program’s origins, guiding principles, and capacity building component led by PACE.