At the recent Zócalo Public Square Conference, three leaders from our cohort of grantee-partners in the New California Arts Fund (NCAF) were part of the robust dialogue and submitted the following thought pieces around arts engagement in California.
We believe that expanding economic and political opportunity — the goals we have set for our work — are all the more critical for California’s future success. That’s why we’ve been working hard to turn our evolving focus into grantmaking strategies.
The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors approved 29 grants totaling $21.36 million last week. The grants will support a range of organizations expanding opportunity for the people of California.
Last fall, The James Irvine Foundation partnered with community organizations to hold 14 Community Listening Sessions in six regions across California. We spoke to more than 400 Californians (in 10 languages) to better understand their hopes, fears, challenges, and dreams.