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Irvine In The News: January 2013

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| Feb 01, 2013

Irvine In The News: September 2012

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| Oct 01, 2012

In September 2012, the following published articles mentioned the work of the Foundation or our grantees:

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New Training Program Prepares Teachers to Teach Linked Learning

BY Daniel Silverman
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| Feb 01, 2011

Rochelle Treger has a smile and a word of encouragement for each of her students as they walk into her student-teaching seminar at San Diego State University, straight from their own demanding stints in local public schools. Even after a hard day's work peppered with the typical challenges of student-teaching — from quieting rowdy classes to getting kids to finish their homework — the enthusiasm is palpable as students pass through the door.

"In a lot of ways, we're the lucky ones," says Angela Holbrook, a soon-to-be chemistry teacher who spends her days teaching 11th graders at the Kearny High Educational Complex's School of Digital Media and Design. "It's a lot to handle; I still have to get my lesson plan done for tomorrow. But we have a goal that makes it worth it. We're trying to get hired by Linked Learning schools."

Learning to be a teacher is rarely painless, and Holbrook isn't the only student teacher struggling to figure out how best to manage a high school classroom. But she and her classmates say they are more optimistic than many of their peers enrolled in other teaching seminars. San Diego State is a leader among a growing number of California universities that have recently adopted a modified teaching credential program designed to prepare student teachers for the state's expanding — and increasingly popular — network of Linked Learning schools.

These schools provide high school students with strong academics connected to real-world experience in a variety of fields, such as engineering, arts and media, and biomedicine and health — an approach with a proven track record of helping students gain an advantage in high school, college and careers. Linked Learning is seen by many in the education arena as the best way to transform California's struggling high schools and is being promoted by the Linked Learning Alliance, a broad coalition of interests committed to making the approach available to all of California's youth.
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Eleven Southern California Arts Institutions Receive $4 Million to Expand Audiences and Increase Financial Sustainability

BY Ray Delgado
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| Oct 09, 2009

Second Phase of Irvine Foundation’s Arts Regional Initiative Continues Commitment to Leading Regional Arts Institutions

San Francisco The James Irvine Foundation today announced $4 million in grants to 11 arts institutions in Southern California 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.

“In this tough economy, we want to underscore our commitment to these regional arts organizations as they explore new ways of achieving financial sustainability and attracting culturally diverse audiences,” noted James E. Canales, the Irvine Foundation’s President and CEO.

The organizations represent a mix of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, 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:

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Irvine Announces $10.2 Million in New Grants

BY Ray Delgado
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| Oct 09, 2009

San Francisco — The Board of Directors of The James Irvine Foundation has approved 26 grants totaling nearly $10.2 million in support of the Foundation's mission of expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. (For a list of approved grants, click here.)

Of the $10.2 million, nearly $4 million will support 11 California arts organizations that are addressing challenges of building organizational capacities and financial stability. Another $905,000 California Democracy program grant will fund KQED’s statewide radio news coverage of significant policy and governance issues focused on California. Additionally, a grant in the Youth program provides $500,000 to strengthen the District Leadership Series of the California Multiple Pathways District Initiative.

Addressing Challenges of Organizational Capacities and Financial Stability

The goal of Irvine’s Arts program is to promote a vibrant and inclusive artistic and cultural environment in California. Grants approved as part of the Arts program include almost $4 million to support 11 California arts organizations through Irvine’s Arts Regional Initiative (ARI). These organizations will receive grants to advance financial sustainability within a challenging economic environment and to increase cultural participation from underrepresented communities.

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Old Globe Sets a New Stage In Southeastern San Diego

BY Ray Delgado
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| Jun 22, 2008

What started out as a pressing need to find warehouse storage space has blossomed into an ambitious plan to bring art and art-making opportunities to residents of one of San Diego's more economically disadvantaged communities.

Last year, officials at the Old Globe Theatre, one of the city's leading performing arts organizations, bought a building in southeastern San Diego to house the theater's extensive collection of props and costumes. The new Technical Center was large enough not only to accommodate its storage needs but also to provide a new space for its set-production department, which had been jammed into the Globe's main theater in Balboa Park.

John McGuirk, Irvine's Arts Program Director

The Globe has been really proactive in exploring the ways in which it can make art an important part of the economic development of this neighborhood.

– John E. McGuirk,
Irvines Arts Program Director

At the same time, the Globe's management saw this new outpost in the city's southeastern region — a low-income, working class area that includes San Diego's most ethnically diverse population — as a unique opportunity to engage a community that has not been part of the Globe's core audience of mostly white and older theater-goers.

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Irvine Grants to Community Foundations Help Build Local Support for the Arts

BY Ray Delgado
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| Mar 22, 2008
Like many struggling artists, Santa Rosa resident Seth Minor needed that first big break that would allow him to pursue his passion. It came in 2006, when he was selected as one of three artists to win $5,000 each in the first SonomaArts Awards for Emerging Artists, allowing him to quit his job as a welder, rent a studio and make and sell enough art to establish a career.

Soon after, Minor raised the price of his wire sculptures from $40 to $400 and found that his reputation as an artist was taking off throughout Sonoma County, leading to prominent art shows and commissioned works that will sell in the thousands of dollars.

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Communities Advancing the Arts Initiative

Following are the eight community foundations participating in phase two of the initiative:

  • Community Foundation Sonoma County ($500,000)
  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation ($450,000)
  • San Francisco Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation ($400,000)
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County ($400,000)
  • Ventura County Community Foundation ($450,000)
  • Orange County Community Foundation ($500,000)
  • San Diego Foundation ($450,000)

 

Minor's success story is one that the Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Arts Council of Sonoma County hope will be repeated by other local artists they are supporting through their awards program. The program was created in 2006 with support from a $400,000 grant to bolster community arts resources, as part of Irvine's Communities Advancing the Arts (CAA) initiative.

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Mobilizing Californians - In San Diego, An Unlikely Triumph for Resident Action

BY Alex Barnum
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| Jun 22, 2005
When the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) began a campaign several years ago to pass a living wage in San Diego — a city historically known for its conservative politics and, more recently, its fiscal troubles — few would have predicted success. But succeed they did.

On April 12, 2005, by a 5 to 4 vote, the city council approved an ordinance requiring city contractors to pay janitors, security guards, and other workers a minimum of $10 an hour. The vote marked a significant step forward for low-wage workers in San Diego, the culmination of a bold organizing campaign, and a striking example of the art and power of citizen action.

Photo courtesy of Center on Policy Initiatives

Irvine's "Mobilizing Californians" strategy aims to increase the civic engagement of communities that have traditionally been underrepresented in the political process.

How did this improbable victory happen?

Not overnight, Donald Cohen, Executive Director of CPI, will be the first to tell you. Over several years, CPI and its partners beat the odds by patiently laying the groundwork for their push for a living wage. Their effort amounts to a four-part, long-term recipe for resident mobilization: research the issue, communicate the findings to focus public attention, build a broad coalition based on trust, and organize residents to act.

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