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LOCAL ORGS | MOVEMENTS

  • Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale (the House) - The House fosters a vibrant community of Black scholar-leaders and others who are committed to preserving and promoting the historical, cultural, intellectual and social movement traditions of the African Diaspora at Yale, in New Haven, and throughout the world. 
  • Artsucation Academy Network - The mission of the Artsucation™ Academy Network is to provide young people, ages 3 to 21, with passion, drive, and creative and leadership skills in order to elevate their sense of self-worth and make them more productive adults in society by offering instructional programs in dance and music that are embedded with history, literacy, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social context elements, whereby the participants will be given responsibilities and opportunities to experience success in every lesson.
  • Black Lives Matter New Haven (BLMNH) - BLMNH's mission is to demonstrate integrity through educating individuals with knowledge of laws and their rights. They are dedicated to empowering our community.
  • Citywide Youth Coalition (CWYC) - CWYC are creating a courageous community where ALL YOUTH can Succeed.
  • ConnCAT - ConnCAT creates a learning environment that inspires hope, innovation, creativity, and excellence while providing a path for individuals to revitalize the landscape of the urban community.
  • CT Bail Fund - CT Bail Fund's mission is to reduce the direct harms caused by criminalization, incarceration, and deportation while building power among the people and families in our community who are most impacted by these systems. Their strategy is to pay bail for people who are being caged due to poverty, organize in opposition to the incarceration and deportation of community members, and educate and advocate towards a radical vision for safety, justice, and healing.
  • CT Core-Organize Now! - CT Core's work defends the rights of marginalized people and dismantles systemic racism in our state.
  • Desegregate CT - Desegregate CT is a collaborative of people and institutions who believe that we have a moment to change statewide land use laws to ensure a more just and equitable Connecticut.
  • Hamden Action Now - Hamden Action Now is a Hamden community activists page.
  • Hearing Youth Voices - Hearing Youth Voices is a youth-led social justice organization in working to create systemic change in the education system in New London, Connecticut.
  • Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven - Literacy Volunteers is an adult education organization dedicated to improving English language skills to lift the lives of Americans and international immigrants, refugees, residents, and visitors.
  • LoveFed Initiative - Love Fed [New Haven] Initiative helps our neighbors grow their own food at home and cultivates a growing community that actively works towards practicing food sovereignty while supporting personal wellness and environmental health through land stewardship, agricultural education and training, and culinary education.
  • Moral Monday CT - Moral Monday CT gathers voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people.
  • The Narrative Project - Through socially responsible communications consulting, The Narrative Project works to help emerging and established mission-driven organizations reach their diverse publics, build their image, further their mission, and achieve their goals. More must be done to level the playing field for those who seek to do good in the world through non-profit organizations which are historically underfunded and under-resourced.
  • New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) -  NHFPL fosters lifelong learning, inspires curiosity, and builds community through shared access to resources, experiences, and opportunities for all. Currently offering curbside pickup, electronic resources, and free DVD rental.
  • New Haven Rising - New Haven Rising is a community organization of residents committed to winning economic, racial, and social justice through collective action.
  • One Village Healing (OVH) - Established in April 2019, at the intersection of arts, liberation, and healing justice, OVH is an emerging New Haven based wellness and resilience initiative dedicated to creating spaces, gatherings, and programming, rooted in the values of the healing justice movement. OVH has emerged to assist in creating healing community for everyone. 
  • People Against Police Brutality - People Against Police Brutality has been organizing around police accountability in New Haven since 2010. Right now they are focused on a statewide campaign to empower every city in Connecticut to build a real tool for police accountability--a Civilian Review Board with subpoena power.
  • People Get Ready - People Get Ready is a neighborhood bookspace that is grounded in respect for the dignity of all beings, the importance of reciprocal relations, and the transformative power of radical love. It is a place to purchase, yes, but also encounter, trade, talk about, and fall in love with books, especially books for children, youth, and "reluctant" readers and books that might not be as easily found elsewhere, such as books by authors of color, Indigenous authors, LGBTQ+ authors, bi/multilingual authors, local authors, and poets of all kinds.
  • Semilla Collective - The Semilla Collective of New Haven created two grassroots projects, the Food Garage and the New Haven Area Mutual Aid Fund, to help undocumented immigrants get through the pandemic.
  • Students for Educational Justice (SEJ)SEJ is a youth-led, intergenerational organizing body that drives efforts for racial and educational justice in Connecticut. They consider “youth” and “young people” to mean high school-aged students and recent high school graduates.
  • Sustainable CT - Sustainable CT communities strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking. They build community and local economy. They equitably promote the health and well-being of current and future residents, and they respect the finite capacity of the natural environment.
  • Waterbury Mutual Aid (WMA) - WMA is here to provide solidarity, direct action, and a move towards economic democracy in Waterbury and its surrounding areas.
  • Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (YIPAP) - YIPAP works to promote and cultivate indigenous storytelling and performance to further authentic representation at Yale and in Indian Country. Their core values are Performance, Research, Academics, and Outreach in an effort to bare the importance of indigenous storytelling and help develop a space for Native performers in all capacities.  

FUNDING | OPPORTUNITIES

  • The Annual African American Creatives Grant - Pippin Properties, Inc. launches its first Annual African American Creatives Grant. This grant will be awarded annually to an aspiring creative who has an interest in young people's literature. For 2020, Pippin is accepting applications for African American Artists only. Click on the link here to learn more about this opportunity and how to apply. Please note that we are accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. Their submission window opens on Monday, October 5th and it will remain open until Monday, November 16th, 2020, or until they've received 100 applicants —whichever comes first. Please reach out to info@pippinproperties.com if you have any questions.
  • Arts Administrators of Color: Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund - Arts Administrators of Color has created the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants.
  • artEquity's BIPOC Leadership Circle (BLC) - Being a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color (BIPOC) in a predominantly white sector or organization has its challenges. Try doing that as a BIPOC person in a leadership position! Most organizations, even those that are primarily BIPOC, or BIPOC-friendly, do not offer systems of support and affirmation for BIPOC leaders. This six-part series (November 5 - December 17, 2020 via Zoom Meeting) brings together BIPOC leaders of cultural institutions from across the nation to provide support, strategies, and systems of accountability in creating dynamic, new leadership models that center BIPOC experiences. For inquiries regarding this program, please contact us at BIPOCLeadershipCircle@artEquity.org.
  • Art Hoe Collective (AHC) - AHC was started by Queer Black People to provide a safe space for creatives of color. Guidelines for micro grant and work submission opportunities available on their Instagram account - submit via arthoecoreps@gmail.com
  • Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) - BAFF is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, they seek to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. They provide grants to small (operating budget of $750,000 or less) Black Arts nonprofits working to enhance the future of Black arts & culture. 2020 Application currently closed - will reopen in January.
  • Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) - BADG is currently seeking experienced artists + designers who are self-employed, actively practicing their craft and identify as Black and of the African diaspora. They are accepting applications in the following areas of concentration: fine art, furniture design, ceramics, textiles, interior design, and architecture.
  • Black Artist Fund - The Black Artist Fund is an initiative giving money directly to Black artists to combat systemic inequity in art.
  • Black Girl Magik - Black Girl Magik seeks to create a community among women of African descent to explore, express, create and conjure conversation, art, and self-care. Our programming and production connect talented black women across creative industries.
  • Black Haven Short Film Fest - Submission Criteria: All submissions must be between 1-5 mintues; entrant must be 18 years or older; entrant must be a current resident of Connecticut; submissions must focus on black stories and/or black liberation. Selected artists will receive a $250 stipend and a session for professional headshots. The first 50 artists to submit, if not selected for the festival, will receive a $50 stipend for their submission. Artists will be notified on November 6, 2020 only if they have been selected for the festival. Deadline for film submissions is November 3. Submit your short film here. 
  • CHEFA Cultural Relief Grants - CT Humanities and the Connecticut Office of the Arts are honored to partner to provide relief funding to nonprofit arts, humanities, and cultural organizations that are:
    • continuing to provide arts and humanities programs and services but are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19
    • committed to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work in their mission and operations
    • committed to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community
    Each grant award made will be in the amount of $5,000. Grants may be used for general operating expenses and no funding match is required. Click here for full guidelines. Letters of Intent will be accepted starting Thursday, October 1, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Applications must be submitted using Connecticut Humanities’ online grant portal. If you do not already have an account with our grants system, you will need to create one in order to be able to apply. The Letter of Intent should take about 10 minutes to complete; the full application (for those invited to proceed) will take about 30-60 minutes to complete.
  • The David Rockefeller Fund aims to foster and embody a more just, creative, and flourishing world. The Fund currently provides support to nonprofit organizations nationally in three program areas: Arts, Criminal Justice, and Environment. The Arts Program focuses on cultivating, showcasing and disseminating the stories of innovative art for social change; Criminal Justice supports bold new ideas and policy initiatives for transforming U.S. detention and incarceration policy; and Environment supports new ideas, initiatives and policy breakthroughs in support of bipartisan U.S. climate leadership. They will review brief 1-2 page letters of inquiry related to our program priorities on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please submit any such letters to LOI@drfund.org
  • Racial Equity 2030  - Racial Equity 2030, administered by Lever for Change and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a $90 million global challenge to drive an equitable future for children, families, and communities across the world. This challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political, or institutional inequities we see today. Applications must embrace and reflect the values of racial equity and justice, and proposed solutions should be led by an experienced team that includes communities closest to the issue as part of leadership in the project. Teams of visionaries, change agents, and community leaders from every sector are invited to join. U.S. nonprofit organizations as well as organizations outside the U.S. with equivalent status are eligible to apply. The registration deadline is January 28, 2021; applications will be due February 25, 2021. Visit the challenge's website to take the Organizational Readiness Tool.
  • SPICY - Spicy strives to be a platform dedicated to uplifting women of color and queer + trans people of color. Their vision for Spicy prioritizes your individual outlooks and experiences - this is why they want you to submit articles, poetry, illustrations, photos, videos, and more to our online zine. Whether you have a piece that is finished or want to pitch a new idea, we want to hear from you! Click here to submit.
  • The Partnership Loan Program for Minority-and-Women-Owned Small Businesses in New Haven and Lower Naugatuck Valley - HEDCO, Inc., The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven, and The Amour Propre Fund are collaborating to provide financial relief and recovery resources to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses (the “Program”). Under the Program, a qualifying small business with 20 or fewer employees (1-20 employees) may apply for a four (4%) percent term loan for up to $25,000 (twenty-five thousand dollars). For additional information about the program and assistance with the completion of your application contact: Kim Hawkins, HEDCO, (860) 527-1301.
  • Youth Service America: Afterschool Grants - Youth Service America (YSA) supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, YSA will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs targeting middle and high school aged youth throughout the country. Applying programs must engage at least 50 youth, primarily from underserved communities, as volunteers in virtual, hybrid, and/or safe in-person service or service-learning projects between December 2020 and May 2021. The application deadline is December 4, 2020. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the Afterschool Grants program.

MEDIA | STORYTELLERS

  • Arts Paper - As the editorially independent arm of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Arts Paper seeks to explore and expand understanding of the arts, get to underreported stories, and build accountability in our creative community. The Arts Paper publishes articles in which members of our community and beyond speak about their experiences with racism along with how they are also experiencing Black joy.
  • Inner-City News - The Inner City News is a weekly publication by and for members of New Haven's Black community. Edited by lifelong New Havener Babz Rawls-Ivy, this newspaper covers goings on in the very heart of the city, getting to the core of what makes New Haven tick.
  • Storytellers New Haven - Connecting communities through story. Storytellers New Haven convenes monthly gatherings of attendees to hear the diverse stories that live in our community. New Haven has 130,000 stories and they want to hear them. Check out their YouTube page.
  • WNHH Community Radio - WNHH 103.5FM is a low-power FM and livestreamed online radio station that broadcasts out of New Haven, Connecticut. With more than 30 shows hosted by volunteers and leaders in the community, WNHH offers a grassroots approach to local journalism, covering news, politics, arts and culture, and anything and everything that affects the Elm City.

TRAINING

  • artEquity - The core program of artEquity is their annual Facilitation Training, a two-weekend intensive retreat with a purpose: deep analysis and skills building paired with meaningful discourse on issues of inclusion, equity, and the role of art makers. Participants attend cultural events, join a national cohort of colleagues in the field and help sustain a national arts movement.
  • Beyond Diversity 101 - Their intensive workshops  expose, stimulate and transform the dynamics of diversity at the root level. 
  • Co-creating Effective & Inclusive Organizations/Organizers (CEIO) - CEIO's purpose is to increase inclusivity, justice and conscious co-creation. They envision communities where the voices of all its members are included in shaping their personal, family and community life. 
  • Community Leadership Program CLP - CLP is a community of practice that relies on the power and participation of each person, their dreams for their community, and what they aspire to build with others.  There are no lectures or projects in CLP. Their learning model is experiential. It builds upon the individual and collective wisdom in the room, while introducing community leadership skills and opportunities for practice.
  • Minority Inclusion Project - Creating pathways to leadership for people of color in the nonprofit sector takes teamwork! In that spirit they partner with like-minded organizations, corporations, and small businesses that are doing good work in their communities and spheres of influence. Their peer-learning network is a cross-section of nonprofits, foundations, municipalities, colleges, and private businesses that partner with MIP to advance diversity, race-equity, & inclusion in their organizations and communities. 
  • The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond - Undoing Racism® is their signature workshop.  Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, strategic planning and presentations, this intensive process challenges participants to analyze the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and prepares them to be effective organizers for justice. The multiracial team of organizers/trainers includes more than 100 men and women whose anti-racist organizing expertise includes years with civil, labor and welfare rights struggles, educational, foster care, social service and health reform movements, as well as youth and grassroots community organizing. 
  • Sustainable CT Equity Coaches - Under this No-Cost Assistance Program your community will be paired with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach to lay out a process to complete action 9.1 Optimize for Equity. Communities are eligible to work with an Equity Coach for up to four hours to identify: how to build an inclusive process; who lives and works in a municipality; how to connect with community members and create opportunities for dialogue; and how to collaborate and co-create with community members.
  • Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces - Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)’s Arts & Culture Department has partnered with the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to organize this three-part discussion series that explores the role planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces. You’ll hear from artists, activists, planners, and community leaders who are leading the way in spatial justice and learn practical steps to making the public spaces in your community more welcoming for all. Watch Part 1 here

RESOURCE LISTS

  • Anti-Racism Resources - Resources compiled by the Anti-Racism Project with gratitude to Cultural Bridges to Justice for permitting the Project to use many of their materials.
  • Antiracism Resources for White People - This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now.
  • Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Resources - The American Alliance of Museums gathered a number of tookits, guides, tactics, and other reference materials to help you and your organization understand, plan for, and support diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for the Literary and Arts Community - CLMP gathered the following resources to help our members and others foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the literary and arts community. We will continue to update this list as we learn of new opportunities. To suggest any additions, please send an email to info@clmp.org.
  • Equity Choice Points - Provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies as a grant-making reflection tool for state arts agencies. 
  • Equity in Action - Resources compiled by United Way to help people learn and take action.
  • MASS Action - Participating museums will act and build on the commitments to equity and social change agreed upon at the 2017 Convening, creating more inclusive practices in their own institutions and the field at large. MASS Action site will act as a central point for resources, learning, and communication between participating institutions engaging in this important work.
  • Race/Racism Discussion Resources - Resources compiled by New Haven Reads to help discuss race/racism with children.
  • Resources for Anti-Racist Action - This list was sourced from countless activists and information sharers. We thank you. It was created to support action and organizing for white-identified folks within the artEquity alumni network, so some resources speak specifically to white folks. However, EVERYONE is welcomed to utilize and share anything that is useful to your actions and organizing.
  • Resources for Discussions About Racism Inclusion & Justice - These resources compiled by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven offer starting points for parents, educators, adults and caregivers to have conversations about race, racism, inclusion and justice.
  • Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism - This is not meant to be a complete list, but rather a jumping-off point for white people to teach themselves about Race and Racism, and to get a sense for the kinds of things the Fractured Atlas White Caucus has been reading/watching/listening.
  • Political Education, Toolkits, and other Resources - Compiled by Showing Up for Racial Justice to build a shared language about our situation, a shared framework for understanding our situation, and a shared understanding of our history so we can better understand how we got here and what we can learn from those who went before us.
  • The Incluseum - The Incluseum advances new ways of being a museum through dialogue, community building and collaborative practice related to inclusion in museums. Click here for their tools + publications.
  • The Womanist Reader - The Womanist Reader, started by Bilphena Yahwon and named after Layli Phillips’ 2006 anthology, is an Instagram account that acts as a free online library and features PDF texts from Black female writers across the African diaspora. 

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WATCH

LONG WHARF THEATRE - ONE CITY, MANY STAGES ARTISTIC CONGRESS OCTOBER 15 + 16, 2020 - In partnership with other community and national organizations, Artistic Congress, is a two-day virtual convening that includes keynote speakers, community-led discussions, and live performances. 

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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS SERIES DEMOCRACY WITH THE PEOPLE 2020

  • Songwriting as Radical Imagination: An Activist Songbook Discussion - Joined by Activist Songbook Composer Byron Au Yong and Lyricist Aaron Jafferis, a panel of artists/activists discuss music and its role in activism and democracy. Joined by a panel that includes local New Haven activist/musician New Haven musician Paul Bryant Hudson and nationally recognized organizers including Kit Yan & Melissa Li, co-creators of Interstate, we learn how music can be a tool to effect change at every level of our democracy.