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Forrest Lesch Middleton & Arash Shirinbab | Islamic Cultural Center

What is the Creative Work Fund?

The Creative Work Fund awards grants for artists and organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to we-making and artistic innovation that strengthens communities. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with organizations of all kinds: nonprofits, fiscally-sponsored collectives, schools, and public agencies.

Four principles guide the Fund:

  • Artists’ creativity merits philanthropic support.
  • Individual creativity is the source of cultural richness, diversity and belonging.
  • The arts can be a powerful vehicle for problem solving and community renewal.
  • Collaborative efforts among artists, organizations, and their communities can generate a productive exchange and bring the arts to new and intersectional audiences.