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March 16, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Creating change through arts, culture, and equity

ARTS & HUMANITIES | A new report by PolicyLink, Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer, explores how the power of arts and culture can be leveraged to advance equity. The report describes the role of arts and culture across many sectors, including transportation, housing, economic development, health, and food. (PolicyLink, 3/14)

Arts and culture are essential for building community, supporting development, nurturing health and well-being, and contributing to economic opportunity. Collectively, arts and culture enable understanding of the past and envisioning of a shared, more equitable future. In disinvested communities, arts and culture act as tools for community development, shaping infrastructure, transportation, access to healthy food, and other core amenities. In communities of color and low-income communities, arts and culture contribute to strengthening cultural identity, healing trauma, and fostering shared vision for community.

EVENT: Join us on March 29th at Busboys & Poets for our next Brightest Minds program. Roberta Uno, director of ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America, will discuss the need for putting the arts and artists at the forefront of social change. Register now. This event is open to the public.

– Trump wants to cut the NEA and NEH. This is the worst-case scenario for arts groups (WaPo, 3/16)

ECONOMY
– A new report examines the importance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the City of Alexandria’s economy. The report found that it is the most cited major attraction of visitors to Old Town and visitors attracted to Old Town by the Torpedo Factory spend on average $92.88 during their visit including purchases at the Art Center.

– The new administration’s budget proposal could have a powerful impact on the District’s economy due to funding cuts for government agencies. (WaPo, 3/14)

HEALTH 
– Nonprofit hospitals were required to focus more on community needs and the social determinants of health under the Affordable Care Act. This focus could change with the new healthcare act. (WaPo, 3/14)

– A Nonprofit Is Planning D.C.’s First LGBTQ Senior Living Facility (WCP, 3/16)

FOOD | Residents are unhappy with inadequate and unequal services at Ward 7 grocery stores. (East of the River News, 3/14)


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