Twelve Central Valley Arts Institutions Receive $3.8 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability
Oct 05, 2010
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San Francisco —
The James Irvine Foundation today announced $3.8 million in grants to 12 arts institutions in the Central Valley 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 updating their strategic plans to recalibrate for the current economy, strengthening and diversifying board leadership, and developing culturally relevant artistic programs to attract diverse audiences and deepen existing ones.
“The Central Valley has been hit harder than most California regions by the recession, so it is more important than ever that we emphasize our commitment to these regional arts organizations as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences,” noted Jim Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO.
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:
|Organization ||City ||Grant Amount |
|Bakersfield Museum of Art ||Bakersfield ||$325,000 |
|Crocker Museum of Art ||Sacramento ||$325,000 |
|Davis Art Center ||Davis ||$225,000 |
|Fresno Grand Opera ||Fresno ||$350,000 |
|Fresno Philharmonic ||Fresno ||$300,000 |
|Gallo Center for the Arts ||Modesto ||$350,000 |
|Sacramento Ballet ||Sacramento ||$300,000 |
|Sacramento Opera ||Sacramento ||$325,000 |
|Sacramento Philharmonic ||Sacramento ||$325,000 |
|Sierra Repertory Theatre ||Sonora ||$350,000 |
|Stockton Symphony ||Stockton ||$275,000 |
|The Haggin Museum ||Stockton ||$325,000 |
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 along the Central Coast in 2008. Phase two of the initiative was launched last year with a return to leading arts organizations located in Southern California. Of the current round of 12 Central Valley grantees, 11 participated in phase one of the initiative (Davis Art Center is new).
Contact: Ray Delgado, Communications Manager