Belonging cannot be achieved through policy alone. Indeed, our conception of belonging recognizes the central role that art, culture, and collective stories play in advancing more complex notions of who we are, who we are becoming, and how we relate to each other and the planet.
A cultural strategy for belonging centers the leadership, voices, storytelling, practices and knowledge of people and communities who have been the target of oppressive ideologies and systems. A cultural strategy for belonging shifts whose knowledge and vision is made actionable in reshaping society. By purposefully strengthening the power that grassroots artists and cultural actors have in conceiving new narratives, disseminating information, and sparking important conversations within and among communities, we seek to expand who our work engages and ensure that our research remains accessible and relevant to the communities we serve.
Towards that end, we collaborate and partner with artists and organizations across an array of sectors and practices, produce arts-based resources for use by advocates, researchers and educators, support an annual artist-in-residence fellowship, and generate opportunities to build the field by engaging directly with a wider network of arts and cultural strategists working towards belonging nationally.