Cultural Policy

NPN defines Cultural Policy as a system of arrangements (policies, practices, trends, etc.), both public and private, that govern and influence the arts and cultural sector. Our intention is to participate in, learn from and influence Cultural Policy toward a more just and equitable world by:

  • building and shifting power for artists
  • advancing racial and cultural equity
  • fostering relationship-building and reciprocity between individuals, institutions, and communities
  • working towards systems change in arts and philanthropy

Our work is driven by the needs of our direct constituents – our Partner organizations, artists and our local community in New Orleans – as well as opportunities to learn and/or influence throughout the arts sector, the arts philanthropy field and broader social justice movements.

How our Cultural Policy Work is Enacted

NPN’s Cultural Policy work is embedded within every department and across a range of platforms and approaches – public speaking, crafting of policy statements, participating in funding panels and boards, attending gatherings of field leaders, writing and publications, organizing convenings and more. It is the purview of all staff and Board members and we work to be more deeply informed and skilled to practice this work. We seek opportunities to lead change as well as learn from others who are better informed or experienced than we are, and to allow this understanding to embed itself into our programming and operations.

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