I.D.E.A.

Welcome to our IDEA page, where we're illuminating the intentional work that artists, programs, and organizations are doing to move beyond conversation and turn IDEAs into action.

This page is updated regularly. Check back often for more resources! Want to be a part of the conversation? Email us at info@mdarts.org with your suggestions.

Regrets of a Former Arts Funder

You are surrounded by a multitude of perspectives and personal histories unlike your own, but awareness is a daily practice. Do you regularly immerse yourself in unfamiliar art experiences? How might this affect your approach to the work you do?

ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America

The work at ArtChangeUS addresses the lack of demographic representation in the arts, at a national and institutional level. “ArtChangeUS is creating a vast network of artists, idea producers, and organizations that serves as an urgently needed catalyst to bring unheard leadership voices to the forefront of social discourse, arts production, and community change.”

Sister Cities Girlchoir Inspiring Social Change

“I know that musical communities, when they’re built with children in mind, can create transformation.” Alysia Lee, Founder and Artistic Director


How could your organization or practice empower the youth in your community?

Putting Creativity to Work: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities

“Whether you are a visual, literary or performing artist with a disability this publication provides valuable information to help you pursue not just a job, but a career that is creative and challenging.”

Why Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Matter for Nonprofits

Resources, tools, and reference points, compiled by the National Council of Nonprofits, explaining the importance of this work and how to get the conversation started in your own organization.

What is Equity in the Arts?

“We don’t have to accept our ancestors’ imaginations for the world that we live in. We can create a new world, if we only take it upon ourselves to imagine that new world and imagine a new story. The description of that new world, and the reflection of that new world, has to be the role of the artist.” Duke Redbird, Elder, Poet and Journalist


How can arts advocates empower artists of the new world?