Thirteen Central Coast Arts Institutions Receive $3.7 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability
Oct 05, 2011
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Second Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions
San Francisco — The James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.7 million in grants to 13 arts institutions in the Central Coast that are committed to broadening and diversifying their audiences and strengthening their financial sustainability. The organizations selected this year for the Arts Regional Initiative are planning to use the grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities. While each institution is developing specific plans, initiative participants are implementing operational changes to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen their relationships with existing audiences.
"These Central Coast arts organizations are vital anchor institutions within their communities and provide an array of important opportunities for people to engage with the arts," noted Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Director for the Irvine Foundation. "These grants represent our continued commitment to them as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences."
The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, opera, theater, visual arts and multidisciplinary arts. The grants will be awarded over three years and grantees will share resources, best practices and lessons learned. A complete list of grantees follows:
|Orgon ||City ||Grant Amount |
|Burnon, d/b/a Rubicon Theatre ||Ventura ||$350,000 |
|Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music ||Santa Cruz ||$275,000 |
|Kuumbwa Jazz Center ||Santa Cruz ||$300,000 |
|Monterey Jazz Festival ||Monterey ||$300,000 |
|Monterey Museum Of Art ||Monterey ||$300,000 |
|Museum of Ventura County ||Ventura ||$300,000 |
|National Steinbeck Center ||Salinas ||$300,000 |
|Ojai Music Festival ||Ojai ||$325,000 |
|San Luis Obispo Art Center ||San Luis Obispo ||$225,000 |
|Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum ||Santa Barbara ||$250,000 |
|Opera Santa Barbara ||Santa Barbara ||$225,000 |
|Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Association ||Santa Barbara ||$275,000 |
|State Street Ballet ||Santa Barbara ||$300,000 |
Irvine launched phase one of the Arts Regional Initiative in 2006 with support for organizations in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties. The initiative supported arts organizations in the Central Valley in 2007 and the Central Coast in 2008. Phase two of the initiative was launched in 2009 with a return to leading arts organizations located in Southern California and for Central Valley organizations in 2010. Of the current round of 13 Central Coast grantees, 11 participated in phase one of the initiative and two are new to the initiative (Monterey Jazz Festival and Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum).
Contact: Ray Delgado, Communications Officer