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Preserving Diverse Cultures Division (PDC)

The Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) Division supports the creation, development and stabilization of organizations, programs and projects whose mission and artistic work are deeply rooted in and reflective of the perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Additionally, the applicant's programs and staff are representative of BIPOC communities. 

The Division seeks to foster organizational stability, expansion of the arts and cultural programming in BIPOC communities; and to support the training of capable administrators. 



PDC Programs

Strategies for Success Program

The Strategies for Success program addresses organizational development for BIPOC organizations through Implementation Awards, Technical Assistance, Long-Term Consultation, and Individual Development workshops and conferences. Participation in the program is based on three levels of development:

Community-Based Engagement Projects

Community-Based Engagement Project Support Grants are designed to engage BIPOC communities in the development and implementation of community-based arts and culture projects. Applicants may apply for artist-initiated projects with a sponsor nonprofit organization. Community projects may include but are not limited to exhibitions, performances, artist-in-community residencies, and murals. Applicants may receive up to $3,500 for planning and programming. For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility criteria and the application process, please refer to the current funding year's guidelines, available on this page.

Technical Assistance & Professional Development

Short-term, organizational Professional Development and Consulting (PD&C) awards of up to $2,000 in non-matching funds available to ALANAH organizations that may be ineligible to participate in the Strategies for Success Program.

Professional Development for Individual Artists

Offers individual artists up to $500 to attend conferences and participate in other professional development opportunities. In the past, artists have received funds to cover conference fees, non-credit career advancement, and promotional materials.

Organizational Development Conference & Workshops

Addresses the professional development of administrators through on-site and virtual workshops and conference opportunities offered in collaboration with the National Guild for Community Arts Education and other local, regional and national partners. 

Contact Us

Contact Dana Payne, Director of DEI Initiatives, Diverse Cultures & Heritage, for more information regarding program availability and the application process: or (717) 525-5544.