RARRA – Resource Alerts – Resilience, Reframing, Actions

What is RARRA? – Resource Alerts – Resilience, Reframing, Actions

Launched in April of 2020, the NCTA staff, in direct response to and in concern of the impacts (health, fiscal, creative and more) the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the Folk and Traditional Arts landscape, decided to use its social media platforms to offer daily posts and resharing of information to highlight the various business sustainability, arts grants, emergency responses and more being made available to the creative sector at large. Since its launch, the RARRA campaign has grown to include monthly newsletters (a digest and post highlights of the RARRA postings),  expanded it’s scope of posting content to include not just emergency funding, but also a variety of opportunities and outlets that are conducive to resilience for the arts sector and reframing systemic issues pertaining to access, equity and representation.

RARRA is a proud stepping stone for NCTA’s ongoing and expanding efforts focused on serving and connecting with the diverse folk arts practitioners, culture bearers and festival leaders in the country.
Posts are listed Monday-Friday on NCTA’s Twitter and Facebook pages.      

Data Dashboard

RARRA’s Power BI platform is a powerful tool that allows you to navigate through RARRA’s posting history. Through the platform you can see the story told (in real time) by the RARRA data history, and learn compelling insights on the states of resource sharing and development in and for arts and culture.

RARRA Impact

Since early spring of 2020, the NCTA has been working with Sustainable Visions to map all of the RARRA content, to understand not just the impact that RARRA as a resource can have, but also the opportunities that the resources created and made available to artists, organizations and communities in this country’s arts and cultural landscape present. We’re early in our analysis, and new information is available everyday—especially as we continue to post RARRA updates on our platforms—but here are some amazing insights, so far, of RARRA’s 16 months of postings:


Through our work with Sustainable Visions, we’re also proud to share a new feature The RARRA Report –monthly insights into specific queries and filtered searches of what RARRA postings can share, by discipline, geographic location, opportunity type and more. Searching for specific opportunities or resources? Send us an email to submit your request, and we can run a report for you.

Explore the RARRA Newsletter and Posting History Archive

Download our monthly newsletter to learn more about specific RARRA highlights as well as a direct look at keen resource lists and innovative initiatives developed within and for the Folk Arts Communities.

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Get Involved 

We recognize there are countless grant opportunities, networking outlets, online learning events and more that are of interest and relevant to the Arts community. If you know of an event, a listing or information that would make a great RARRA listing, please fill out this form providing the links and relevant information.

Interested in learning more about RARRA? contact us: rarra@ncta-usa.org