Supporting community arts organizations across the nation
Dr. Sherica Jones-Lewis visits the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Equity Center's Director of Community Research, Dr. Sherica Jones-Lewis. and Arts Program Manager, Jess Harris, continue to work as part of the Wallace Foundation-funded Community Orientation Action Research Teams (COART) program. This initiative seeks to foster equitable improvements in the arts by supporting and researching 18 BIPOC arts organizations nationwide.
This fall, Dr. Jones-Lewis has been visiting with grantee organizations to better understand their context and support project planning. At this stage in the process, she has visited 8 organizations all across the United States – from as far as the Twin Cities to all along the East Coast. COART has been supporting organizations as they develop Theories of Action for their grant-funded projects, and has integrated findings by evaluating the research goals and terminology based on feedback from organizations.
In 2023, COART will generate a research design plan that centers the grantees’ experiences and impacts the field at large.