News & Events

June 25, 2020

Upstart Co-Lab, a research and laboratory project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is aiming to boost investments made in arts and culture-related industries that are designed to stimulate local economies and generate jobs.The plan is to do this with investment capital from a new 10-member coalition of investors ranging from art institutions and artists to individual funders. Collectively, this member group—which includes the U.S.-based arts institutions and foundations Souls Grown Deep, an organization promoting the African-American artwork from the Southern U.S.; BRIC, a Brooklyn-based arts and media institution; and Denver’s Bonfils-Stanton Foundation—has $1 billion in funding capacity.

June 15, 2020

Since 2010, Atlanta-based foundation Souls Grown Deep (SGD) has introduced the works of the women quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama into museum collections. Now, the foundation’s parent organization, Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership, has opened the Gee’s Bend Resource Center, a free public space to help increase census participation, voting registration, and economic stimulus check payment in one of the most underserved communities in the country. The foundation recently opened the Gee’s Bend Resource Center, a free public space staffed by members of the community in Alabama. Equipped with free internet access, the center’s paid staff assists residents in registering to vote, completing the 2020 Census, and receiving federal stimulus checks. The foundation has also partnered with the US Census Bureau to establish a phone bank to reach out to households that have never before participated in the census.

June 11, 2020

Seeking to address historic underrepresentation in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Souls Grown Deep Community Partnership is partnering with the United States Census Bureau to ensure a complete and accurate survey of its Census tract in Wilcox County, which currently has the lowest response rate in the state. To encourage participation and enhance access, Souls Grown Deep established the Gee’s Bend Resource Center, offering the first free, public Internet access and laptop computers for the community, employing residents to staff a phone bank, and incentivizing Census completion. Since 62.5% of the rural tract’s households have no home Internet subscription, the new Resource Center also provides essential access for residents to receive economic stimulus payments from the CARES Act and register to vote.