The Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy is an exciting opportunity to join with others across the country who are committed to leveraging arts and culture to advance a just, multiracial democracy. We hope you’ll join us as a part of this important new initiative!

  • Join an already planned event. You can find an event near you using the map below.
  • Interested in hosting your own event or activity as part of the Cultural Week of Action? We’d love to feature it! Please fill out this form to add your project to the map!

We are excited to sponsor select projects to encourage deep, bold, and long-term change. Through a competitive process, 14 local communities that represent the diversity of our country received funding for cultural organizers and community partners to design and implement projects that align with the theme of Building the Bigger We.

To learn more about this year’s supported projects, please take a look at our map (note: supported projects are noted with an asterisk *).

Total Projects Mapped: 16

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National Event

Race Forward and Americans for the Arts are excited to host our national kick-off event for the Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy in St. Louis this year! Join us on Friday, September 27th from 6:00 - 10:00pm for an evening of performances, arts and culture, and conversation. We’ll discuss how people are leveraging arts and culture to expand our understanding of democracy and racial justice, and new possibilities for a collective future that centers our values. And we’ll preview what’s to come over the week of action by highlighting ways that local communities are engaging in this exciting inaugural initiative.

The event will include a live performance from the band Gangstagrass, as well as other local artists and creatives! We can’t wait to celebrate with you! More details will be available on the website as they’re confirmed. Sign up to receive email updates.

Organizing Partners

Race Forward and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) are grateful to our organizational partners for their support in bringing the Cultural Week of Action on Race and Democracy to life. We know that collaboration and deep partnership are necessary to bring about long-term change.

These organizations are leveraging their networks to expand and deepen the project’s impact, and are offering thought partnership and leadership on various aspects of the initiative. Interested in partnering with us? Reach out to [email protected] to see how your organization can get engaged.

See below for a full list of our organizing partners:

Djimon Hounsou Foundation
Equitable Cities
For Freedoms
GMF. Ideas, leadership, hope.
Narrative Arts
Narrative Initiative
National Civic League. Democracy Innovation
National League of Cities. (Cities Strong Together)
Othering & Belonging Institute
People’s Action Institute
Policy Link
World Cities Culture Forum