As the HEArts program progress, we will update this page with additional resources.

Toolkits and





No simple or shared definition of equity exists, and work to advance equity requires thoughtful and careful analysis of race, ethnicity, class, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, geography and age. We hope to add many more resources that engage with these aspects of equity as the fellowships progress.

  • Equity and Health Fellowships: Eighteen men and women from across the Richmond region have been selected to participate in nine-month Fellowships. They are tasked with helping to develop an agenda that will inform RMHF strategies for addressing the social, economic and structural conditions contributing to poor health outcomes.

  • What the Heck Does Equity Mean? Stanford Social Innovation Review explores why a shared definition of equity is so hard to come by and why foundations with a clear understanding of the term have more evolved plans for addressing the issue.

  • Arts as a Strategy to Build Racial Equity: Randy Engstrom, director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, writes about how we can achieve racial equity in housing, criminal justice, education, jobs and the environment.

Other Collaborations on

Arts and Equity

  • NEA Research Labs: National Endowment for the Arts collaboration on how the arts impact health outcomes and address equity. The cross-sector projects supported through the program investigate how the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities.

  • Grantmakers in the Arts: Enrich Chicago is a coalition of 14 nonprofits and seven foundations working together toward a goal of racial equity in funding and artist support. Read this article and more.

  • JustFilms: The Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program funds social justice storytelling through artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects.

  • Open Society’s Moving Walls program: A documentary photography exhibition series focused on human rights and social justice issues.

The Impact of Art

on Equity and Health