Arts & Cultures
We help support folk arts, Native American art, music, tactile art, and artistically significant crafts that foster human creativity.
Our focus in native and folk arts and cultures supports the intergenerational transmission of artistic skill and cultural knowledge. We work with grantee partners in particular regions of interest to help advance and sustain intergenerational transmission at a community level. MACP also supports greater access to music education and opportunities for youth to develop skills in music, to enhance their personal growth, and to expose them to their own and other cultures.
Our Native Arts & Cultures program supports work in three regions to include the Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana); Southwest (Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico); and Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin).
Our Folk Arts & Cultures program supports Scandinavian-American Folk Arts & Cultures in the Upper Midwest to include North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; and Appalachian Folk Arts & Cultures of Central Appalachia which includes portions of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Our Music Education program is an emerging area of interest and is currently focused on a small portfolio of grants to support ongoing learning and exploration in particular regions of the U.S, British Columbia, Canada, and work with a multinational context
Total Granted in 2020
Native Arts & Cultures
Our grantmaking helps ensure that Native arts and cultures in the regions where we work are more deeply understood, more widely practiced, and more broadly recognized. We support organizations working directly in community so that artistic skills and cultural knowledge can thrive sustainably.
Folk Arts & Cultures
Our vision for impact in the Folk Arts & Cultures (FAC) program is that in the places where MACP is working with grantee partners, folk arts and cultures will be more deeply understood, more broadly recognized, and more widely practiced.
Our work is driven by concern that the lack of intergenerational transfer of artistic skill and cultural knowledge threatens the continuity of folk arts and cultures. MACP aims to address this problem by supporting the work of a select number of organizations that in turn support communities of artistic practice in the Upper Midwest and Central Appalachia.
Kurian Thomas joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Vice President, Programs
Kurian will lead the programs team to ensure strategies, grantmaking, and evaluative practices align with MACP’s mission, Philosophy of Grantmaking, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice.Learn More