FAQs

No, unfortunately we don’t make grants at this time, but you might want to take a look at the Funding materials on our site.

Social change is both the process and effect of efforts to positively alter societal conditions. It encompasses a range of outcomes—healing, increased awareness, attitudinal change, more diverse and increased civic participation, movement building, and policy change to name just a few.

Civic engagement encompasses the many ways that people may get involved in their communities to consider and address civic issues. Civic engagement can be a measure or a means of social change. In arts-based civic engagement, the creative process and resulting art work/experience can provide a key focus, catalyst, or space for civic participation, whether it is becoming better informed or actively contributing to the improvement of one’s neighborhood, community, and nation.

From urban interventions to youth development through theater to public art that explores our relationship to the environment to cultural organizing—creative social change work encompasses the myriad ways that the arts are being activated to engage people and make impact. Animating Democracy’s LANDSCAPE gives a big picture of individuals and organizations doing and supporting arts for change work.

Browse Animating Democracy's full directory of social change artist profiles and narrow your search by issue areas, disciplines, populations engaged, and more. To find groups and artists making social impact within a larger context, check out our Trend Papers by topic.

Measuring the difference that we’re making in our arts for change work involves knowing what to look for as indicators of change and how to collect that evidence. Whether you are just starting to explore foundational terms and frameworks or want to dive right into evaluation tools and case studies, Animating Democracy’s Impact section is a storehouse of resources to help advance your evaluation work.

Looking for ways to build evidence of your impact? Check out the Social Impact Indicators section of Animating Democracy’s website for ways to express common social and civic outcomes. See how to translate outcomes to evidence you can measure. Learn different data collection strategies including how to effectively collect and analyze qualitative data.

Animating Democracy is a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to civic and social change. Working locally, nationally, and across sectors, Animating Democracy creates useful resources for artists, cultural, and community leaders, and funders; builds knowledge about quality engagement and evaluation; and brings national visibility to arts for change work.

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Mar 19, 2014

The MA Cultural Council, in partnership with the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is leading this national stud

Mar 06, 2014

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Funder Resources
How does the role of the funder impact the arts and social change?
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Funder Portraits – See a collection of portraits (trend papers and podcast interviews) highlighting funders who are doing notable work in the arts and social change.  
 
Funder Directory – Take a look at the various resources put together to reflect the perspectives of funders on the evaluation and impact of the arts on social change.