Irvine’s arts strategy
Arts funding in California
The New California: Getting Past Diversity
Senior Program Officer
“There is a different narrative developing in the nonprofit arts and Irvine is looking to harness that change so that all Californians will be engaged in the arts.”
Rick Noguchi joined the The James Irvine Foundation in 2008 as a program officer for the Arts and was appointed senior program officer in 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rick served as program officer in Arts and Human Development at the California Community Foundation, overseeing the design, management, and implementation of the multi-issue program. He was responsible for developing the primary grantmaking strategies in the arts, aging, at-risk youth, and disability. Rick has also served in a variety of programming, fundraising and management positions with the Arizona Humanities Council, the Japanese American National Museum, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he is national award-winning writer with two collections of poetry: The Wave He Caught (Pearl Editions, 1995) and The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo_ (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). He also co-wrote a children’s book, Flowers from Mariko (Lee & Low, 2001) with Deneen Jenks. Rick received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in English and minored in American Indian studies. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Rick is based out of Irvine’s Los Angeles office.
It is well known that the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley have experienced rapid population growth followed by a severe economic downturn that left both regions struggling. The Irvine Foundation has prioritized these two regions for support because they are so drastically under-resourced by philanthropic dollars and have so much need.Read the Story
Join us in Fresno and Redlands this month for information sessions about our Exploring Engagement Fund for Priority Regions, a grant program specifically for nonprofit organizations that offer arts programs in the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire.Read the Story
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.
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.