Community Creativity Cohort 2

The Community Creativity Cohort 2 is a participant-led, capacity building program to support organizations that make art and culture central to problem solving—the guiding goal of our Community Creativity strategic initiative

This cohort will focus on:

  • Organizations led by and serving people of color or Indigenous people (POCI)

AND/OR

  • Organizations led by and serving people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000 people.

We want to support both art and culture organizations and non-art organizations.

We want to support organizations that have been integrating art into problem solving for years, as well as those that are just starting to experiment with using art and culture in problem solving. 

We will support the creation of a participant-led learning cohort to help organizations improve their work and strengthen their organizations. 

 Meet the Cohort

Program Overview

Our interest in building a participant-led learning cohort is anchored in our belief that organizations in this region have a lot of expertise and knowledge, including what they need to improve their work and strengthen their organizations. We have also heard from people—particularly people of color, Indigenous people and people working in rural communities and smaller cities—that they feel isolated and want to connect with and learn from others doing similar work.

To help build the participant-led learning cohort, we will host annual in-person gatherings designed to provide inspiration, build relationships and offer opportunities for peer learning. Organizations will be expected to have two representatives (staff, board members or other volunteers) participate in these in-person gatherings. The first gathering will be November 2018, in the Twin Cities. Travel support, separate from the grant amount, will be provided for these representatives.

Participants will identify and design learning activities to improve their work and strengthen their organizations throughout the three-year program. This may include organizing or participating in a training on specific issues, convening local gatherings for peer learning, building a one-to-one coaching or mentoring relationship, conducting learning tours, or attending conferences. We will provide a pool of resources separate from the grant amount, to support these participant-driven learning activities.

We will provide general operating grants of up to $100,000 over three years to allow organizations to be participant-leaders in this learning cohort and to support their on-going efforts to integrate art and culture into problem solving in their communities.

Participants will be asked to generously share with other participating organizations, the Foundation and the broader field. This sharing is necessary to enable peer learning. We also hope to gather information and ideas that can be shared with other organizations seeking to make art central to problem solving.

Participants will also be asked to fully engage in our evaluation efforts for this program.

ELIGIBILITY
  1. Grants must be used for a charitable purpose taking place in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  2. Grants will only be awarded to 501(c)(3) public charities and government entities (including schools). 
  3. Organizations must demonstrate that they serve a community of color or Indigenous people and/or people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns of less than 50,000 people.
  4. Organizations must be:

a. Led by people from the community of color or Indigenous community they serve demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors are people of color or Indigenous (POCI).
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff are POCI.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization is a POCI.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.

AND/OR

b. Led by people from rural communities, non-metropolitan cities or towns with populations of less than 50,000, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

i. At least half (50%) of the Board of Directors live in a rural community.
ii. At least half (50%) of supervisory staff live in a rural community.
iii. Executive Director/President of organization lives in a rural community.

Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate all three.

Organizations serving the following metropolitan areas—unless they serve and are led by POCI—do not meet eligibility requirements: seven-county Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Rochester, Duluth, or St. Cloud, MN; the Greater Fargo/Moorhead area, Bismarck/Mandan, or Grand Forks, ND; or Rapid City or Sioux Falls, SD.

Highest priority will be given to applicants that are led by and serving POCI and are located in a rural community.

Selection criteria

We will choose organizations that:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to making art and culture central to problem solving in their communities.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to learning; are self-aware and reflective, learning from both successes and mistakes; share what has worked and what hasn't, and actively seek out learning from others.
  3. Are committed to sending two participants to each of the annual convenings—including November 2018, in the Twin Cities—and to be involved, as a leader and a learner, in participant-driven learning activities.

To have a balanced participant-led learning community, we will select organizations based on a number of characteristics including, but not limited to:

  • POCI and rural organizations (at least 50% of each).
  • Art and culture and non-arts organizations.
  • Organizations integrating art into problem solving for years and those just starting.
  • Geographic distribution throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Ethnic/racial diversity of populations served.
  • Size of organization.
  • Size of community served.
  • Issue areas.
  • Artistic disciplines.
How to Apply
Resources
Application Questions (pdf, 100 KB)

We are no longer accepting applications.

Meet the Cohort

Selection Process

Bush Foundation staff will review and select grantees. During the selection process some applicants may be asked to provide additional information, and references may be contacted.

Organizations were notified in July 2018.

All selections are based on program eligibility requirements and criteria.

We're here to help

For more information call 651-379-2252 or email communitycreativity@bushfoundation.org.

Learn more about the Community Creativity strategic initiative.