Surdna Foundation


September 28, 2018

The Thriving Cultures program is based on a belief that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive and prosperous, and benefit from the diversity of their residents. We know that artists and cultural organizations can help us explore shared values and spark innovation, imagination and advancement for our communities.

Too often, however, arts and culture is undervalued as a catalyst for creating just and sustainable communities, which is a key priority for the Surdna Foundation.

The Thriving Cultures Program seeks to create just and sustainable communities in four ways:

1) Teens’ Artistic and Cultural Advancement 
Supports artistic training programs that help teens explore their cultural identity and equip them with the life-enhancing skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals.
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2) Community Engaged Design 
Supports efforts to involve artists, architects and designers in community-engaged problem solving and development efforts.
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3) Artists and Economic Development
Supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources that enable them to be, and create, valuable economic assets for their communities.
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4) Artists Engaging in Social Change 
Supports the potential of artists to be catalysts for social change and to promote the cultural traditions of their communities.
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Thriving Cultures
Creating sustainable communities

  • Available to US nonprofit organizations
  • There are no deadlines for letters of inquirry
  • LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis through the foundation’s online application form

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The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.