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Cultural Philanthropy

The second Annual (virtual) Summit for Arts Funders Forum at an unprecedented time for arts funding

Arts Funders Forum (AFF) was launched in 2018 to develop new models of cultural philanthropy that will appeal to the values and priorities of new generations.

Designed to increase private funding for arts and culture in the United States and around the world, AFF is an advocacy, media, convening, and research platform for engaged philanthropists and funders, artists, experts, and influencers who come together to develop new models of impact-driven financial support for the cultural sector.

On December 8, Arts Funders Forum’s director and founder of consulting firm MCW Projects LLC Melissa Cowley Wolf, and M+D and AFF co-founder Sean McManus hosted over 500 people from 15 countries for its second Annual (virtual) Summit at an unprecedented time for arts funding. The twin crises of a pandemic and global recession, combined with large-scale action towards equality and social justice, have accelerated new philanthropic models — ones that are more diverse, equitable, sustainable, and democratic. How can funders rise to champion the arts, and artists, as essential for rebuilding communities, strengthening democracy, and inspiring creative solutions to global challenges?

Building on the work of the Remake the Model conversation series, AFF’s Annual Summit brought together cultural innovators and entrepreneurs, pathbreaking artists, leaders of visionary cultural institutions, and next-generation philanthropists, to explore the challenges and opportunities for the arts in 2021 and beyond. The program presented tactical recommendations for how cultural communities can invest in new models of philanthropy, inspire more active engagement and financial support for the arts, and leverage our current moment to reimagine the arts sector in ways that reflect the values of a new generation.

View the program and Watch the Summit here:

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