The ILI program brings together artists, culture bearers and other arts practitioners to collaborate and learn from one another while honoring differences in history, tradition, vocabulary and more. Participants learn how to challenge dominant social norms and develop their ability to respond to significant changes that impact society, politics, environment and the economy.
ILI welcomes artists and arts professionals who are committed to cultural equity and interested in becoming change-makers in their communities. Up to 30 applicants are selected each year to participate in the Institute. Applications are reviewed by a panel that includes representatives of the ILI core partner organizations, as well as other nationally recognized leaders in the U.S. arts and cultural field.