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Arts & Culture

The freedom to preserve the magic and wisdom of my ancestors and to create my own

Through coastal loss, natural and man-made disasters, the impacts of carcerality from enslavement to mass incarceration, as well as three centuries of colonization, Louisiana’s Black and Indigenous artists and culture bearers have preserved legacy, made movement wins possible, and innovated creative forms that have changed our world. 

The emerging Arts & Culture program safeguards the cultural well-being of Louisianans, prevents cultural erasure, makes connections between movements for social change and culture, and works to create the infrastructure needed for native culture bearers to remain and thrive in Louisiana. Through research, participatory grantmaking, curated public dialogues, and field-building, this program intends to level the deep arts and culture funding disparities experienced throughout Louisiana and the South, particularly for Queer, Transgender, and BIPOC artists and culture bearers.

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The Arts & Culture program invests in individual artists and culture bearers,  builds the network needed for artists to remain and thrive in Louisiana, and transforms how culture is preserved.



This program addresses the disinvestment in Louisiana arts and culture and responds to the opportunity gap facing Queer, Transgender, and BIPOC artists and culture bearers. Louisiana artists and culture bearers. It aims to support rural artists and creative work happening outside of metro areas and in unconventional structures or venues.

In 2021, FFL launched its inaugural round of Arts & Culture grantmaking, investing $320,000 to those whose work transforms our sense of what is possible in the areas of climate impacts, mass incarceration, cultural memory and legacy, and/or displacement and erasure of Black and Indigenous communities. This open call opportunity provided unrestricted cash grants to 32 Louisiana World Makers.

To learn more about our Arts & Culture grantees, our Who We’ve Funded page.



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