Archive for the ‘Reading Room’ Category

Reading Room: Solidarity Not Charity

Solidarity Not Charity: Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy

This report, commissioned by Grantmakers in the Arts, is about the ways that arts and culture grantmakers can engage in systems-change work. The cultural sector is actively seeking alternatives to business-as-usual to create economic and racial justice in the sector and beyond. Grantmakers can play a role in the transformation of the sector by following the lead of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, queer, trans, and working class creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

Reading Room: Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

Toolkit for Cooperative, Collective, & Collaborative Cultural Work

“The motives that drive this kind of work are broad, ranging from desire to survival, or even a combination of the two, from the joy that may emerge from working with others to fostering a sense of belonging for our own self-preservation. In doing this work that is so counter to the ideologies and frameworks we encounter in our day-to-day lives, we insist on the need to embrace our fundamental interconnectivity and interdependence as human beings. We do this by honoring multiple perspectives, picking up the slack when others can’t, understanding that individual wellness is a collective responsibility, challenging one another, sharing our power, and more.”

Reading Room: SNAAP Research Symposium

2021 SNAAP Research Symposium Recordings

The SNAAP Research Symposium brings together researchers, administrators, faculty members, students, and policymakers to learn about recent research about the lives and careers of arts graduates using the rich SNAAP database.

The mission of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is to maximize the success and impact of creatives in society by driving evidence-informed change in training and illuminating the value of arts and design education. For information visit:

Reading Room: Musically Cogitating

Reading Room: Musically Cogitating Career Exploration Series

Musically Cogitating is a show about the relevance and importance of living music and how it impacts our everyday lives. Ciyadh Wells (former Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research at UGA) explores artist careers in consulting, teaching, performing, and administration.

Reading Room: Creative Placemaking Resource Hub

Creative Placemkaing Resource Hub

The Creative Placemaking Resource Hub is a living archive of creative placemaking scholarship and practice, designed for the students, teachers, artists, and community leaders who move the field forward. The core of the Hub are the resources gathered and created by ArtPlace America during its ten years of field-making activities (2010-2020). ArtPlace transferred its archive to a2ru with the intention that the Hub should continue to grow over time, incorporating additional resources from the creative placemaking field to reflect its continued evolution.

Reading Room: Funding Arts and Design

Funding Arts and Design: Advancing scholarship, education, and creative practice

Part One: Federal Funding

Three-part series hosted by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech.