Skip to main content

Changing the Narratives of Black, Indigenous & People of Color Through Art

The Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition discusses the role performing arts plays in social change.

We know art has a way of healing.

In fact, Dipankar Mukherjee, artistic director for Pangea World Theater, goes one step further and says, “Art is food.” Mukherjee is one of five guests who joined the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation for our first-ever virtual Giving+Together event on August 20.

Donors gathered online to hear representatives from the Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition (TCTOCC) talk about the importance of the performing arts and its power to tell stories, share truths, call out injustices and change narratives. We were grateful to have had the voices of these leaders share the need for truth and expression in the face of our current realities.

Our friends from TCTOCC included:

We thank these talented artists for sharing their experiences with our donors. See highlights from our recent Giving+Together event by watching the video below.

Coalition Represents Communities of Color

TCTOCC was formed by these five theaters of color after seeing an increase in racial tensions and stereotypical depictions of people of color on stage.

Factors like the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent rise in racial tension after the murder of George Floyd are impacting these theaters financially and functionally. Some have opened up their spaces for healing, while others have found ways to provide classes and training.

“Artists have been on the front lines of the social justice movement for generations in this country,” said Sarah. “So when you invest in artists of color you're not only investing in art but the community as well.”

If you are a fundholder with the Foundation and would like to support TCTOCC, log in to the Donor Portal and recommend a grant to Penumbra Theatre, with the grant purpose as TCTOCC. You may also give online via Penumbra Theatre’s website; please specify that your donation is for TCTOCC.

Learn about upcoming Giving+Together events

More Stories

Watch The State of Higher Education

The State of Higher Education

In this Giving+Together event recap, three nonprofit partners share the importance of investing in higher education to support low-income, BIPOC & new American students.

Watch the video
Read Three Generations of Giving

Three Generations of Giving

Christine Noonan shares how giving has become a family tradition.

Watch the video
Read How to Decide Between a Donor Advised Fund and a Private Foundation

How to Decide Between a DAF and a Private Foundation

Compare the process, benefits and responsibilities of two popular giving vehicles.

Compare the two
Read The Charitable Gift of Life Insurance

The Charitable Gift of Life Insurance

Create a charitable legacy by donating a gift of life insurance.

Learn More
Read Helping Families Talk About Money

Helping Families Talk About Money

Our Philanthropic Advisors share how 21/64 training helps them support family giving.

Read the Q&A
Read Why Tax Time is the Right Time to Plan Your Charitable Giving

Why Tax Time is the Right Time to Plan Your Charitable Giving

Here are six tips to consider as you think about how your charitable giving could impact your tax returns.

Learn More
Read Local lawyer’s passion for education fuels giving

Local Lawyer’s Passion for Education Fuels Giving

Jamie Forman gives back to help others move forward.

Read the Q&A
Read The Power of Investing in Waseca

The Power of Investing in Waseca

Learn how one man’s generosity in Waseca strengthened his community.

Read the Q&A



* Indicates a required field