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The CCF Rewind

All too often, we get trained in patience and in waiting. Like, we wait to meet that funder who gets us or we wait for the results of a grant application we spent hours and hours on or we wait for businesses and corporations to reprioritize their sponsorship spending. 

But what if we didn’t wait? This is what this week’s two essays explore. 

Faux statements and fake love: on performative activism and faux-woke organizations

By Leah Rapley

Leah started her new job in fundraising in 2020 — in the midst of a pandemic and also in the midst of BLM uprisings across the country. Because of this, she was faced with so many ‘woke’ organizations making statements of solidarity, vowing commitments to antiracism and equity work. 

For Leah, it was all very exciting at first — “it was throwing dollars, throwing dollars, throwing dollars,” she writes — but then, of course, it turned. Of course, we learned that so much of it was performative …  

Read all of Leah’s words on fake love and faux wokeness, and why — despite it all — it’s still worth fighting the good fight. 

What does it look like when we stop waiting for those in power to ‘save’ us, and start working collectively to keep each other safe?

By Hanna Stubblefield-Tavey

Artists are among those whose careers were hit disproportionately during the pandemic. The trickle-down financial system that flowed from institution to artists was already flawed, but COVID exacerbated existing inequities, particularly for artists from marginalized communities. 

But what if there was an initiative for arts and cultural organizations to directly support artists and cultural workers? What if we can work collectively so that artists do not have to depend on funding from the government and foundations? 

This is the idea (come to fruition!) that Hanna explores and talks about in her essay. Read it.

 

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