Smithsonian: How Do the Arts Promote Social Change?
The arts are "a space where we can give dignity to others while interrogating our own circumstances," said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's annual symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy's Impact on American Life. Held this spring, the program explored philanthropy's impact on and through culture and the arts. As he reflected on the relationship between giving and the arts, Walker said that "throughout our history, we have seen artists and activists work hand in hand. We have seen art inspire and elevate whole movements for change."
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