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We the Many

We the Many is a community-based artist-in-residency program that seeks to expand the understanding of what it means to be a Midwesterner through the creative exchange of voices, cultures, and ideas.

In an auditorium, five people with various musical instruments smile and wave at the camera, and behind them there is a large audience of students smiling and waving at the camera.
Photo by: Jarochicanos

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. 

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

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