This article was published by Americans for the Arts in the Spring 20221 issue of Arts Link magazine.
As we enter the second year of life with COVID-19, the impact of this past year can still be felt in every corner of our lives. Work was disrupted; loved ones lost; and a 24-hour news cycle inundated us with political upheaval, the murder of Black Americans, and racist attacks on Asian Americans. The facts of the coronavirus and institutional racism forced deeper examination of everything from unconscious biases to work environments to program access. "A Year of Rapid Change" explores organizations taking equitable approaches to grantmaking and operationalizing a person-first mentality. A team of writers consisting of Rishard Allen from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Americans for the Arts staff members Danielle Iwata, Christina Ritchie, Marissa Shadburn, and Jessica Stern shine a light on the work of ArtsMemphis, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Center for Creative Leadership, and Urban Bush Women.
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