Race Forward and Americans for the Arts are excited to announce a new initiative, the Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy. This annual event, hosted in partnership with local communities, brings people of all identities and backgrounds together to spark action towards creating a just, multiracial democracy. The inaugural event will be held Friday, September 27 through Saturday, October 5, 2024, in towns, cities, counties, and states across the country. Local projects and organizations can apply for funding to support their participation.

Together with local arts and culture institutions and community-based organizations, these events will spark conversations that touch on history, how it shapes our present, and how everyday people are organizing to build an equitable and racially just future. These events will also inspire action that community members can take together to create a truly, just, multiracial democracy—starting in their own neighborhoods.

This is what the Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy is about. It’s about bringing people together through arts, culture, and creativity, in order to:

  • Learn about our history and how it shapes our present;
  • Listen to the people most impacted by injustice in this country about how we advance a vision of a just, multiracial democracy;
  • Elevate the work of local arts and culture institutions, particularly in communities of color, that can resonate this vision through truth-telling and creativity;
  • Spark collective action to advance racial justice, so that we can make our vision into a reality.

Friday, September 27 to Saturday, October 5


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Join the Cultural Week of Action

Join us in this new initiative! This is an opportunity to deepen commitments to racial justice and inclusive democracy through cultural activities. Visit the links below to learn more about the purpose and theme for the week of action, and to apply for funding.

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Interested in applying for funding to participate in the Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy? Find out more about our application process and how to submit your project for consideration.

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As core local partners of Race Forward and Americans for the Arts, your participation will amplify the organizing efforts and commitments underway within your communities.

  • We will provide centralized tools and resources, including grant funding for select communities, so you can focus on organizing cultural experiences that are relevant and impactful with your communities.
  • Consider how you want to participate (more information available below) and help us spread the word in your networks about this exciting opportunity!
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We can’t have racial justice without democracy, and we can’t have democracy without racial justice.

— Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward

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Arts, culture, and creativity are national assets to address the toughest problems in our local communities.

— Nolen Bivens, President + CEO of Americans for the Arts

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