Harrisburg ProgramThursday, October 21

Fussin’ about RARRA: BETA Testing NCTA’s Resource Sharing Initiative

Thursday, October 21, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Carlisle

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Lora Bottinelli (National Council for the Traditional Arts)

Micah Colston (Sustainable Visions)
Julia L. Gutiérrez-Rivera (Los Pleneros de la 21, Smithsonian Folklife, Independent)

In the spring of 2020, during the onset of the pandemic, the National Council for the Traditional Arts team came together and devised a quick plan to research, share, and post about the influx of grants and other valuable resources being made available to the arts and culture landscape, particularly the folk and traditional arts world, as a response to the emergency climate brought on by COVID-19. The daily postings on NCTA’s social media platforms marked the birth of RARRA–Resource Alerts: Resilience, Reframing, Actions–an ongoing initiative dedicated to strengthening, amplifying and making more accessible resource sharing and resource acquisition by individual artists and nonprofit organizations. After 18 months of daily posts, the NCTA has envisioned how to strengthen RARRA efforts through the development of data analytics tools accessible to the public for tailored searches, monthly newsletters sharing highlights of recent postings, and long term community outreach strategies as an effort to ensure that culture bearers, creative practitioners, and community leaders from across the country are able to learn about and pursue the numerous opportunities available to them. This session will offer an overview of the RARRA platforms, explaining what they are and where to find them, while also engaging participants in conversations on needs met and gaps experienced. Lessons learned in the session contribute to the continued strengthening and tailoring of NCTA’s newest effort to support creative communities for 2022 and beyond. Launched in April of 2020, the NCTA staff, in direct response to and in concern of the impacts (health, fiscal, creative and more) the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the Folk and Traditional Arts landscape, decided to use its social media platforms to offer daily posts and resharing of information to highlight the various business sustainability, arts grants, emergency responses and more being made available to the creative sector at large. Since its launch, the RARRA campaign has grown to include monthly newsletters (a digest and post highlights of the RARRA postings), expanded it’s scope of posting content to include not just emergency funding, but also a variety of opportunities and outlets that are conducive to resilience for the arts sector and reframing systemic issues pertaining to access, equity and representation.