Central Florida nonprofits work to increase arts opportunities for people of color

Posted on: December 9, 2020

“Across the Central Florida cultural scene … efforts to increase inclusion of nonwhite performers, leaders and programming require money—money that is hard to come by,” writes Matthew J. Palm in Sunday’s (12/6) Orlando Sentinel (FL). “Help may be on the way. ‘We’d like to provide opportunities for people of color to learn and grow, because you don’t see people of color in administration, in leadership roles,’ said Crystal Priester, director of development at United Arts of Central Florida…. One way will be through a new program providing financial support to organizations led by and creating events for people of color….. Also seeking to open doors is a new Orange County committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, launched in September…. Options include requiring organizations to demonstrate inclusivity before receiving grants … or even asking county commissioners to create a new fund specifically for inclusion initiatives…. In the latest … grants … organizations such as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Shakes, Orlando Repertory Theatre and Central Florida Community Arts received funding for various training and marketing efforts…. As the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues, corporate sponsorship may be harder to find. But at United Arts, Priester said she’ll keep looking.”