About We the Many
We the Many is a community-based artist-in-residency program hosted in three states at a time across the Midwest. We the Many supports existing and new creative community-building initiatives in a priority area of each state based on a racial, cultural and economic equity lens.
Centering BIPOC, Tribally affiliated, and Immigrant communities, we embrace the cultural vitality of the Midwest. We the Many strives to build off the creative work already happening in communities and looks to culturally connected and embedded organizations to take programmatic and financial leadership throughout the program. The program begins with community conversations and visioning that leads to selecting an artist-in-residence, or a series of artists-in residence, in response to the needs, key themes, and assets identified in this process.
We the Many regularly brings together our participating community partners and lead artists from across the Midwest through virtual gatherings where ideas and process are shared. Through storytelling and relationship-building, we learn from each other and celebrate the creative work happening in each of the We the Many communities across the region. Arts Midwest staff and other regional facilitators support and guide the conversation in these gatherings.
Beginning in 2019, We the Many is currently in its second phase. Keep scrolling to learn more about our amazing partners!
Do you know of an organization already doing creative community-building work in the Midwest? Are you involved or leading an organization that centers BIPOC, Immigrant, and/or Native communities? Reach out to us! We would love to connect and explore the possibilities of supporting this important work.
We the Many is a project of Arts Midwest with generous support from the Mellon Foundation and in partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, North Dakota Council on the Arts (2022-2024), and South Dakota Arts Council (2019-2021).
Arts Midwest is also generously supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, Wisconsin Arts Board, 3M, Crane Group, and individual donors and partners.
Phase I: 2019-2021
Art on the Prairie
Perry’s We the Many spanned visual art, storytelling, community placemaking and more, encouraging local residents to tell their stories and come together.
Wabash’s We the Many brought programming directly into schools. Working alongside Chicago-based artist-in-residence, Ana Velazquez, students of color in Manchester Community Schools were able to express themselves and their creativity through theater classes and public performances.
Sisseton Arts Council
Sisseton, Veblen & Agency Village, South Dakota
Sisseton’s We the Many spurred art shows, traveling galleries, pop-ups, art classes, and new albums of music.
Phase II: 2022-23
Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Mandan, North Dakota
The mission of Sacred Pipe Resource Center is to address and support the social/cultural, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical needs of Native people of all Tribes living in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding area in order to foster strong, self-sufficient individuals and families, and to provide liaison services between Native and non-Native people in order to foster a cohesive community
For the Love of the Arts
For the Love of the Arts, Inc. is a Northwest Indiana based non-profit organization that promotes more equitable access to the arts for all people.
La Luz Centro Cultural
La Luz Centro Cultural, based in Hampton, IA, is a non-profit and 501(c)3 organization empowering individuals and families within the Latin community.
Have questions about We the Many?
Want to learn more, or see your community get involved in We the Many in the future? We’re just an email or phone call away.Email Crystal Celeste Price