I just posted this piece to my facebook wall but will copy some of the quotes I highlighted as it has to do with numbers regarding funding for underserved communities which includes not only rural areas but populations of ethnic minorities.
”In Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy, Sidford observes that the more a foundation is focused on giving to the arts, the less likely it is to prioritize supporting artistic traditions from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Native American tribal cultures, rural communities like the Berkshires and other underserved populations.”
”Only 10 percent of grant dollars made to support the arts (such as visual arts, performing arts and museums) explicitly benefit the poor, ethnic and racial minorities, the elderly and other marginalized populations. Less than 4 percent of grants dollars support advancing social justice goals through the arts.”
Please read the piece as well as the original study which spurred this post and my previous blog post. Also relevant is my post, Supporting whose arts anyway?