Arts & Social Change MAPPING Initiative

The Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative maps and highlights the spectrum of ways the arts are being activated to engage and make change. This centralized resource makes this important work visible and serves to link change agents, artists, funders, and an interested public.  Check out:

Online PROFILES of artists, cultural and community organizations doing and supporting arts for change work.

Working Guide to the LANDSCAPE of Arts for Change.  A growing collection of brief papers that describe:

  • types of arts for change work within the community and contemporary arts, community development, and social justice fields;
  • work focused on particular issues, populations, and settings (such as the environment, corrections, immigration, youth); and
  • work in creative disciplines such as popular media and music, and more!


FUNDERS supporting arts for community, civic, and social change -- A 2010 portrait of  funding support available from a range of arts, social change and other funders:

Trend or Tipping Point:  Arts & Social Change Grantmaking report, published by Animating Democracy

Directory of Funders that profiles more than 150 grantmakers who support arts strategies to make community, social, and civic change 

The MAPPING initiative advances understanding of:

  • the growing spectrum of arts activity that fosters civic engagement and social change
  • the expanding circle of artists and arts organizations actively pursuing this work
  • the funders who support such work.


The Arts & Social Change Mapping Initiative is supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation, and Surdna Foundation