Fund the Change
ABOUT THE FUND
ExposeYourMuseum recognizes that often the most critical voices and perspectives get silenced. This is particularly true for individuals who challenge convention, speak truth to power, advocate for change, champion the marginalized, and call attention to oppression. “Fund the Change” works to amplify those voices.
This is no less true in the arts and within museums, libraries, and cultural institutions than it is in other fields. Many organizations talk about “diversity” and being “inclusive”. Very few make sustained efforts or invest adequately to actualize change. We have seen increasing example of this recently, during the Black Lives Matter movement and throughout COVID-19-related firings and furloughs.
“Fund the Change” is one way to counter the pervasive inaction in our sector. It is also an acknowledgement by Kate of her own privilege and a way to hold herself accountable, personally and professionally, to shifting the power dynamic.
On the fringes, and often out of their own pockets, there are inspiring individuals fighting injustice and working toward equity, access, and liberation. There are activist artists. There are anti-racist theater producers. There are queer and trans-led museum exhibits. There are abolitionist arts educators. There are restorative justice after-school programs. There are refugee services in libraries.
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE AND THE PROJECTS THAT KEEP US GOING AND ENERGIZE OUR WORK.
THEY ARE OUR HOPE AND INSPIRATION.
These individuals– these artists, these activists, these creatives– may not be part of an official organization that supports the labor they do on behalf of social change. They are far too often not compensated financially for their work or not paid a fair and equitable rate. They are often expected by dominant systems to make, to create, to teach, to give, to labor without pay. Organizations and institutions have their own ways of getting money.
WE BELIEVE SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS FINANCIALLY PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN ARTS-BASED ACTIVISM.
A percentage of all ExposeYourMuseum revenue is automatically allocated to “Fund the Change.” Each quarter, recipients are drawn from our pool of “Fund the Change” activists. Priority is given to people of color and Native and indigenous peoples (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ folks, people with disabilities, those with financial disadvantages, and womxn.
AS PART OF EXPOSEYOURMUSEUM’S RACIAL EQUITY PRACTICES, NO LESS THAN 75% OF RECIPIENTS ARE– AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE– PEOPLE OF COLOR/BIPOC.
There is no application process. Any and all folks doing working towards anti-oppression and social justice in the arts and cultural sector are eligible. All potential recipients come to us through the recommendations of other activists in these fields. Want to recommend someone? Do it now (via SurveyMonkey)!
Recipients are notified via email and receive a one-time financial gift. The number of gifts and the size of the gifts given depends on the amount of revenue ExposeYourMuseum have generated the previous quarter, not the recipient. Gifts are at least $200– more when resources allow. Gift recipients are not required to disclose their gift amount to anyone for any reason. We believe “Fund the Change” recipients are the best stewards of their own funds and we do not dictate how recipients use their gifts. (More questions about the process? See the FAQ below.)
Want to help grow the fund? You can donate now via PayPal, or read about other ways to support “Fund the Change” in #9 of the FAQ below.
ExposeYourMuseum would like to thank Monica Montgomery, Margaret Middleton, Matthew Frazier, Jarret King, and nikhil travedi for their advisory roles as we established “Fund the Change.” We would also like to thank those advisors who chose to remain anonymous. Advisory group members are thought-partners and inform the process of the fund; they do not select gift recipients.
If you would like to be added to the advisory group, or have thoughts on how “Fund the Change” could be improved or more inclusive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is anything expected in return from “Fund the Change” recipients?
Really; that’s the answer.
All recipients are asked if they would like their name announced as a “Fund the Change” recipient on ExposeYourMuseum's social media. We love to acknowledge our recipients and the amazing work they do. If a recipient would rather remain anonymous and unpublicized, that is absolutely okay.