Through our arts program, EFA supports arts-driven approaches to economic and social revitalization of under-resourced communities. By investing in creative projects and cultural institutions, EFA hopes to encourage artistic and community collaboration, deepen local pride, and champion the arts as an economic driver. To support these long-term projects, EFA targets its grantmaking to work deeply in specific communities and regions.

What We Do

EFA's arts program supports creative placemaking -- working in strategic partnership with identified communities to make long-term change through arts and culture. The arts program believes in the power of information sharing. We encourage our grantees and artists to exchange their ideas, inspirations -- even their setbacks -- in order to improve the projects they’re currently working on, as well as projects to come.

To learn more about EFA’s work, we invite you to take a look at these select resources:

Where We Do It

EFA’s arts program focuses on places that have historically lacked strong philanthropic support. Currently the regions of focus are the Black Belt of Alabama and Central Appalachia.

Why We Do It

We believe that creativity has an integral role to play in community revitalization. Artists, in partnership with communities, can answer civic needs in a way that will build local pride and promote social vibrancy.

Through the integration of art into civic life, we support revitalizing the social and economic fabric of communities and the sustainability of a creative society--one in which the arts play an important part in the way problems are solved.

Alabama Black Belt:

Central Appalachia:

Other Arts: