YBCA is investing $250,000 in the YBCA Giving Circle, an initiative to disrupt the way artist grants have historically been managed in order to create lasting, mutually beneficial collaborations not typically seen in competitive models. A BIPOC artist-cohort from around the country will oversee and distribute the funding to support artists and initiatives that stimulate social cohesion and belonging, community health and safety, and civic engagement through arts and culture. This unprecedented investment is rooted in the understanding that communities are the best designers of their own futures and that artists are essential agents in creating change and advancing equity within our communities. At the SOCAP convening on October 19th, the Giving Circle launched a fundraising campaign with a goal of 25 million in order to build on YBCA’s investment with additional funds from social impact investors. Working across Alaska, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas, the YBCA Giving Circle will collectively select and develop programs to receive funding and determine benchmarks of success for their investments. In the coming weeks, the YBCA Giving Circle will release a breakdown of their objectives and criteria for giving and launch activities in January 2021.