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Senior Program Officer
"To engage diverse Californians, arts organizations must be willing to experiment with new practices and take risks."
Jeanne Sakamoto was appointed senior program officer in September 2007, having previously served as program officer and program associate since joining the Foundation in 2004. Prior to joining Irvine, Jeanne worked for six years at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers in the country. She worked at the center as a J. Paul Getty Grant multicultural intern, program assistant, donor and community relations manager, assistant to the president, and most recently as director of special initiatives, directing the planning and execution of major community development projects and communications activities. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications studies with a specialization in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.
Jeanne is based out of Irvine's Los Angeles office.
We’re really excited to share with you our Exploring Engagement database – a treasure trove of advice, encouragement, but also candid suggestions directly from grantees about what to do and, yes, what not to do if you want to engage new and diverse participants in the arts.Read the Story
This week, I had the privilege of attending the first-ever National Philanthropic Briefing on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community at the White House. The briefing was initiated by the Obama administration through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, co-chaired by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Christopher Lu.Read the Story
To help nonprofits understand the variety of Californians engaged in arts experiences, the Capturing Information on Arts Participants toolkit outlines five key steps. Each is defined and supported with practical information; together these steps form a framework for planning and implementing information-gathering techniques.
Why “Where”? Because “Who”: Arts Venues, Spaces and Tradition reports on a study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by AEA Consulting. The report presents context, case studies and practical recommendations of interest to arts groups and supporters, including a framework for applying these lessons. A companion infographic makes it easy to access and share research highlights.
An initial framework of key organizational characteristics for cultural institutions that are genuinely engaging participants who reflect their communities’ changing demographics — beyond the audiences, artists and others that benefitted from the work of many arts nonprofit organizations in the past.
Highlights from a 2012 assessment for the Irvine and Hewlett Foundations to document the process of building The Next Gen Arts Leadership Initiative and to identify early lessons that could inform ongoing discussions about the initiative and future of the arts field.
Covering the first year in a series of two-year grants from early implementation of Exploring Engagement Fund projects, lessons and practical tips that can benefit arts organizations working to engage new and diverse participants.
A better understanding of how people are engaging in the arts, and of how arts organizations are enabling this involvement, addressing many of the concerns that arts organizations may have in embracing participatory arts practices and illuminating various trends in the field that are responsible for the shift in cultural production.