Arts and Culture

Focus Areas

WDI supports the training of individuals for employment within the arts and culture sector and creative economies, opportunities that provide working people the means to express themselves and represent their own lives through the medium of art and culture, and efforts that capture, celebrate and share diverse artistic and cultural practices focusing on work.

Workforce Training in the Arts and Culture Sector
The development of workforce opportunities in regional creative economies and the training of individuals for employment within the arts and culture sector. 

Creative Lives (2017), edited by Ed Murphy, is an anthology of essays about working in the creative economy.

Creative Every Day- Tales of Art + Life Colliding (2017) is a comic book created by Ira Marcks, comic book artist and educator, to help educate young people and their parents about the wide spectrum of viable career opportunities that exist in the region.

Interactive Grants Program for Arts and Culture Programs/Organizations
We fund programs that provide working people the means to express themselves and represent their own lives through the medium of art and culture.

Exhibits/Performance
We support efforts that capture, celebrate and share diverse artistic and cultural practices focusing on work. Our goal is to expand the ways art and culture are valued in our communities and workplaces, and how these tools are used to represent the working people who contribute to our society.