We are partnering with 16 nonprofits, reflecting a wide range of arts disciplines and operating budgets, that are working to strengthen and sustain the ability to keep arts engagement central to their work. Their grants, through the New California Arts Fund, continue across multiple years.
Through the Exploring Engagement Fund, we have seeded over 100 experiments in arts engagement, helping arts nonprofits of all sizes take risks and engage new participants. Together, these organizations have connected with more diverse and/or low-income populations in their communities through events that have involved more than 800,000 people. A final grant round will take place in 2016.
We are capturing lessons from these initiatives — and complementing them with research and resources to help develop leaders and organizations that work together to expand arts engagement with diverse and low-income Californians. As Irvine evolves our focus, we will seek to elevate ways that creative expression can give voice and visibility to the millions of Californians who are cut off from economic and political opportunity. This will impact our grantmaking to arts organizations, and we encourage you to read more in this blog post.