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United Arts Funding: Why It Matters

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Have you ever wanted to give to the arts institutions in your community, but were concerned about oversight and accountability? Or, maybe you see the potential in the arts as an economic driver for your area, but don’t know how to create the most possible impact. Supporting or starting a United Arts Fund (UAF) may be the solution you were looking for. 

 

UAFs are nonprofit organizations that raise local money for the arts in a combined effort for three or more cultural institutions. Primarily, UAFs are created by business leaders that want to see a strong arts community in their area, but want to ensure their support is utilized to create the largest impact possible. Today, allocations of UAF funds are increasingly more open to the diversity of the community, requiring member organizations to reflect the differences and needs of the whole community through project grants, capital grants, capacity building grants and neighborhood and community grants. Community planning is also becoming a large driver in funding and allocation decisions.

 

The Greater Hartford United Arts Fund, a member of the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Network, is a great example of how a UAF can help vital arts organizations “live and breathe,” as one arts leader put it. By providing general operating support, programming grants, and educating the community about the different area arts organizations and what they have to offer, the Greater Hartford United Arts Fund is strengthening the arts community and the greater Hartford area as a whole.

 

Click the video below to view images and testimonials of the art and organizations Greater Harford United Arts Fund is supporting in its efforts to maintain and bolster the local arts community.

 

For more information on UAF chapters in your community, contact Valerie Beaman, Private Sector Initiatives Coordinator, at vbeaman@artsusa.org.

 

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