BANF is an independent initiative whose programming is funded by the generous contributions of national and local foundations, including Houston Endowment, the Ford Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cullen Foundation, Kinder Foundation and The Powell Foundation.
“Art is a powerful tool to teach, inspire and connect our community. The many organizations in Houston's BIPOC arts community celebrate the cultural traditions that enrich our city. The resulting impact is greater empathy and resilience, which goes hand-in-hand with fostering an equitable community.”Ann SternHouston Endowment President and CEO
"Kinder Foundation is proud to support BIPOC Arts Network and Fund as it addresses racial and socioeconomic inequities in arts funding. There are so many arts and culture organizations serving Houston's diverse communities in unique and valuable ways. We hope this fund will be transformative for our region's BIPOC arts organizations, adding to the richness of our city and improving the quality of life for all Houstonians."Nancy KinderKinder Foundation President and CEO
"We believe that all Houstonians are benefitted by a thriving, multi-faceted arts ecosystem that encourages interaction in authentic ways. We are proud to support BANF in strengthening Houston's high-impact, diverse arts and cultural organizations."Scott WiseCullen Foundation President
"The Powell Foundation is committed to supporting a vibrant, diverse, and culturally representative arts community within Houston. We believe that establishing equitable access to the arts and culture develops thriving communities and enriches the quality of life for all its residents. Through its support of BANF, the Powell Foundation hopes to expand the representation of BIPOC arts and culture organizations and develop the capacity of these groups to deliver powerful student arts education experiences to youth and children. Representation matters. In a city as diverse as Houston, we believe all youth and children should be afforded regular opportunities to immerse themselves in school-based arts and culture experiences in ways that both affirm their identities and expand their view of other cultures."Eleisha Nelson-ReedThe Powell Foundation Executive Director