The White House Domestic Policy Council and the National Endowment for the Arts are working together to better integrate and elevate the arts and humanities throughout the United States, and The Roundhouse Foundation has a seat at the table.
The two agencies will hold a first-of-its-kind public gathering in January called “Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture in our Communities.” In preparation, they co-hosted an Oct. 17 panel discussion among artists, members of Congress, officials from the Biden-Harris Administration and representatives from arts-focused charitable foundations, including The Roundhouse Foundation Executive Director Erin Borla.
Charged with informing the administration’s approach to arts and culture, the group discussed the importance of arts and culture in a thriving democracy, challenges facing the arts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the intersection of arts and culture with well-being, social connection, mental health and climate resilience in urban and rural areas.
“It was a privilege to be included in the conversation. I was able to share the importance of arts and culture from a rural perspective,” Borla said. “In rural Oregon, artists and creative thinkers help drive communities on a daily basis and cultural activities are interwoven throughout every aspect of life —from sharing a song with others at the local school, to the intricacies of laying out fields to support crop production and what is best for the land, to cultural burning practices, saddle making, wordsmiths and much more.”
The Roundhouse Foundation’s vision is to actively create a space for artists, conservationists, farmers, ranchers, educators and scientists to come together to share space and ideas. Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture is a project of The Roundhouse Foundation that hosts an artists-residency program, a testament to amplifying new voices in the arts and humanities world.