Community & Stakeholder Engagement

Americans for the Arts is committed to addressing equity and inclusion as a critical component of the methodology, organizational participation, and collection of data for AEP6 by centering and representing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and ALAANA (African, Latine, Asian, Arab, Native American) identifying communities—a segment of the nonprofit arts and culture sector that has been underrepresented in past studies.

The following resources will help support you and your organization through intentional and actionable steps to build powerful community advocates, have engaging conversations, and create sustainable relationships that will last beyond AEP6.

Stakeholder Engagement Communications

To effectively disseminate the results of AEP6 to your local community, we highly recommend that you make a plan to connect with key stakeholders of your community.


Engaging With Your Community

This guide includes activation points that support responsible communication, a service driven mindset, and clear expectations that begins to build trust and thoughtful relationships.


Making Connections

Meaningful connections are important and must be real and based on trust. This document provides guidance to help you make introductions, navigate conversations, and advise you on how to thoughtfully engage with BIPOC and ALAANA organizations.                   


Maintaining & Strengthening Committed Community Connections

Launched in July 2023, this digital workbook is part of a series of Americans for the Arts community engagement resources intended to help local and statewide research partners identify, connect with, and maintain relationships with BIPOC and ALAANA arts and culture organizations in their community.


Tell your arts story again and again.
Make a plan to do one of these per month!

  • Chamber of Commerce Arts Breakfast

  • Rotary Club Lunch

  • Editorial Board meeting

  • City/County Council work session

  • Arts Funders Lunch

  • Email your Members of Congress

  • Connect and brainstorm with local arts organizations and artists