Transformative Arts Process

Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop Participants of Emerging Teaching Artists Workshop (Photo by Renee Rosensteel)

"How can an arts funder engage in highly participatory grantmaking that includes building knowledge, networks, and visibility in close collaboration with the field of teaching artists and youth in and from African American and “distressed” neighborhoods?"

The Transformative Arts Process (TAP) at The Heinz Endowments was a multi-year philanthropic experiment that attempted to answer this question by invigorating the field of teaching artists and arts organizations, challenging structural inequities in OST settings, and bringing transformative arts and African-centered experiences to youth. An essential component of the TAP design was a deeply engaged advisory board that partnered with the Endowments in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the grantmaking strategy through regular meetings with collectively developed agendas, an online community, and subcommittees – all compensated with stipends and professional development opportunities. As a result of this, more than $1,000,000 was invested in 30 organizations, teaching artists, and youth.



TAP Evaluation

A summative, participatory evaluation followed the TAP program for three years (2016-2018). Led by Dragonfly Partners, the evaluation included interviews, site visits, and “community interpretation workshops” to sort and make sense of the data. Read the results of the evaluation here:

Executive Summary
Full Report

TAP Reports and Supporting Documentation

The TAP Strategic Plan explains TAP's background, goals and strategies as well as its potential impact on youth, neighborhoods and the arts field (2016-2019).

Where Do We Go From Here? asks essential questions brought up during the first phase of implementing TAP, and proposes a set of goals for the program moving forward (2014). 

Arts Transforms. How and for Whom? explores the history of arts education support at the Endowments, and outlines a community engagement process to help in the formative stages of the Transformative Arts Process (2012).