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Fayetteville to have arts and culture program in ’22 budget

FAYETTEVILLE — The city wants to get serious about its artistic endeavors.

Next year’s budget includes more than $219,000 to create an arts and culture program. The program will involve hiring an arts and culture director, contracting with a regional arts organization, setting the framework for an arts and culture master plan, programming for the arts corridor downtown, fundraising efforts and public art.

The discussion on creating an arts and culture position with the city started in 2019 when then-Council Member Sarah Marsh asked to include it in the budget. The City Council passed the 2020 budget without the position, but administrators say the time is right to include it in next year’s budget.

The City Council approved its budget for next year Tuesday with more than 24 new full-time-equivalent positions. Among them is a director of arts and culture. Council members in past meetings expressed support for creating

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Changes to the Art Institute of Chicago’s docent program are sparking debate over racial equity and culture

A bicyclist stands in front of the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, staring at one of the statues of the famous Llons.

The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for changing its docent program. Jonathan Daniel /Getty Images

  • The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for changing its docent program.

  • Conservative critics say the change is giving into ‘woke’ culture and harming mostly white docents.

  • Yet museum studies experts say paying docents, as the museum plans to do, makes the field equitable.

The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for what conservative critics are saying is giving into ‘woke’ culture. But changing its docent program could make museums more equitable for people of color.

At the heart of the controversy is its planned switch from a volunteer docent program to a “hybrid model that pairs paid educators and volunteers,” leading critics to accuse the institution of disenfranchising the mostly white volunteers who’ve been working at the museum for years.

Headlines like, “White volunteers at Art Institute are FIRED after

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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Announces New SHIFT Program Awardees for 2021 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce the first cohort of the SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program awardees. Following a national open call for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, applications were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals in multiple areas of expertise. Fifteen projects were selected to receive a $100,000 two-year award designed to support artists and community projects responding to social, environmental and economic justice issues to draw increased attention to Native communities.

The SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program provides multi-year services for Native artists and cultural practitioners to work on expansive projects for community engagement and presentation in collaboration with partner organizations. “Addressing a collective sense of urgency in these times, these SHIFT projects elevate Indigenous lifeways in empowering communities and providing platforms for critical conversations

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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Announces New LIFT Program Awardees for 2021 | News

PORTLAND, Ore., July 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce the first cohort of the LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program awardees. Following a national open call for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artist applicants, over 100 artists’ applications were reviewed by a panel of arts professionals specializing in dance, literature, film, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater, traditional arts and visual arts. Twenty artists were selected to receive a $10,000 one-year award designed to support artists in furthering their work and/or to serve as a launching point in their career. NACF is grateful to the Leon Polk Foundation for their support of the LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program.

“Whether these artists are emerging or not, their work is indicative of the boundless promise of Native creativity,” says Reuben Roqueñi, Director

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