Mosaic Network & Fund - The New York Community Trust

The Mosaic Network & Fund is a first-of-its-kind collaborative between 27 donors that aims to provide more equitable funding for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts groups in New York City.

In 2017, The Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation co-commissioned a report from Yancey Consulting to understand the health and viability of African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts groups in New York City. Using data on groups’ finances, operations, and programmatic outputs, the study demonstrated an urgent need to address ALAANA arts groups’ thrivability. Soon after, in 2018, the Mosaic Network and Fund (the Fund) was established to direct more resources to arts groups that are led by, created for, and accountable to ALAANA people. With values rooted in racial equity (and acknowledgement of the need to also address other forms of oppression), the Fund aims to:

  • Create a learning community of arts funders and practitioners who are dedicated to helping ALAANA arts organizations thrive;
  • Provide flexible and strategic support that strengthens the organizational capacity of ALAANA arts organizations in New York City;
  • Advocate for more equitable policies and practices for ALAANA cultural workers;
  • Shift the narrative around ALAANA arts groups and racial equity in the arts; and
  • Increase overall philanthropic support for City-based ALAANA arts groups by facilitating funder commitments to new grantees.

The Mosaic Network hosts learning exchanges to connect funders with ALAANA arts practitioners and facilitate mutual learning and community building. If you are a New York City-based ALAANA arts organization and would like to be included in these exchanges, or for all other inquiries, please email in a new tab).

Mosaic Network Steering Committee (2021 – 2022)
  • Arnaldo Lopez, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
  • Beryl Briane Ford & Michelan Le’Monier, viBe Theater Experience
  • Beth Stryker, ArteEast
  • Brandi Stewart, Doris Duke Foundation
  • Conrhonda Baker, Howard Gilman Foundation
  • David Martine, Amerinda
  • Janet Rodriguez, SoHarlem
  • Joyce Adewumi, New York African Chorus Ensemble
  • Kay Takeda, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  • Kibra Yohannes, Mellon Foundation
  • Kyoung H. Park, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat
  • Lisa Gold, Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Marilu Galvan, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano
  • Philip Santos Schaffer, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
  • Salem Tsegaye, The New York Community Trust
  • Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Museum Hue
  • Ying Yen, New York Chinese Cultural Center
  • Altman Foundation
  • Lily Auchincloss Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation
  • Doris Duke Foundation
  • Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
  • Ford Foundation
  • Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Mertz Gilmore Foundation
  • Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Harman Family Foundation
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Lambent Foundation
  • Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
  • Mellon Foundation
  • Miranda Family Fund
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • David Rockefeller Fund
  • MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
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