MISSION

GRIT Collaborative serves as a platform for artists and communities to engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative conversation about social justice and environmental awareness.  Promoting the, often, silenced voices of marginalized and underrepresented artists, GRIT Collaborative aims to share the stories and give agency in order to change systematic prejudice.

VISION

In today's world of specialization and polarization, GRIT Collaborative seeks to provide accessible opportunities for interdisciplinary and collaborative conversation.  Through interdisciplinary, collaborative dialogues, GRIT Collaborative fosters a community of diverse perspectives necessary to confront important social issues today.

ACCESS

Today, many artists face the challenge of participation fees, residency costs, and crippling debt in order to show or perform work.  As an nonprofit organization, we seek to increase opportunities for accessible arts programming.  GRIT Collaborative was formed, partially, as response to what can be a costly and discriminatory system for artists to navigate.  Our nonprofit's free, public programming is possible with the generous support of our donors and sponsors.

INCLUSIVENESS

GRIT Collaborative maintains a policy of inclusiveness.   We respect the ideas, creative work, and integrity of each individual artist, our donors, and audience.  We value feedback, and, promise to maintain a safe, inclusive environment for all participants.  As an organization practicing inclusiveness, we do not exclude based on race, age, education, religion, cultural appearance, sexual orientation, ethnic heritage, or gender expression.  We practice kindness, respect, and openness in all facets of our organization's mission, open calls, programming, and vision, including our board of directors, events, and fundraising initiatives.

WHERE

GRIT Collaborative operates out of Iowa and North Carolina, however, GRIT Collaborative programs interdisciplinary and collaborative arts events throughout the United States.  Most of our open calls not only extend beyond state and regional lines, but are open to artists, worldwide.  As a nonprofit, our Board of Directors and collaborators live and work all of over the globe.  Now, more than ever, collaborative efforts are necessary for nourishing growth and innovation.  Keep in touch to find GRIT Collaborative events, near you!