The St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is elated to announce that the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland has awarded our organization a partnership in the Pro Bono Initiative focused on Social Cohesion Through The Arts program. St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce is 1 of 11 accepted participants in the program.
The Social Cohesion Through The Arts initiative will assist our organization in the development and implementation of arts programming that will focus on justice, reconciliation, restitution, and healing in our community. The application-driven process focused on our organization’s demonstration of long-term commitment to social change through arts programs.
The DeVos Institute of Arts Management’s Initiative:
“The oft-touted role of the arts — to create community, understanding, and empathy — has historically succeeded in engaging individuals and groups already inclined toward conversation with each other. This gathering of like minds in common experience – often bound by geography, background, or interest – has played an important role in efforts to strengthen community and cohesion.
Building on this foundation, this program will support strategies that connect, through creative practice, ways of life that may not naturally collaborate or see eye-to-eye. As such, the initiative is designed to serve projects that seek to build alliances, partnerships, and sustainable working engagements between communities historically separated by differences defined by geography, economics, race, identity, politics, privilege, or other impactful social determinants.
The six-month planning process will support organizations in advancing program design, evaluation, visibility, and funding. Additionally, the process will assist organizations with their plans to build institutional wealth in the form of working capital, reserves, and/or other relevant instruments.
This dual focus — on program development and institutional wealth — recognizes the historical lack of equity in American communities and American philanthropy, and the importance of building institutional wealth for the long-term sustainability of non-profit organizations.”
The Institute has enlisted a group of special advisors to work with the St. Louis Arts Chamber of Commerce to design and execute art programs to promote cohesion and equity in our community. These leaders will work closely with the Institute’s leadership team to advise us on programs that will improve equity and unity within our community. These carefully selected advisors are:
Bryan Joseph Lee, New York-based creative producer, arts marketer, and civic organizer, and Founder CNTR Arts
Cayenne Harris, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement, University Musical Society at the University of Michigan
Gayle Isa, Founder and former Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative
Jane Golden, Founder and Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Jay Owen Eisenberg, Minneapolis-based actor, educator, director, and facilitator
Please watch out for further announcements as we begin to work with our advisors to design and improve on art programs for the St. Louis Community! If you would like to read more about this program, the Institute, and its selected advisors, please visit The DeVos Institute of Arts Management.