Exciting Experiments in Arts Engagement
Last October, we re-launched our Exploring Engagement Fund, challenging arts organizations to find creative ideas for how to engage new and diverse participants in the arts. (Photo by Allison Ishida)
Arts Organizations Connecting With Audiences Here, There, and Everywhere
As we revealed in a recent report, arts organizations are learning that the work they create can be more meaningful and relevant to their audiences depending on where it’s presented. (Photo by Stefan Cohen)
What Arts Organizations Should Know About the Cultural Lives of Californians
Arts and culture deeply affect the quality of our lives and influence how we live together. They strengthen our ability to imagine, to empathize, and to see from another perspective.
A Closer Look at Arts Engagement in California
We thrive on change in California. Our shifting demographics and technology innovations point the way for the rest of the country, and we’re aware how these changes can profoundly affect who we are as a people and how we live together.
Unusual Space for Engagement
Many arts nonprofits are paying close attention to place as a vehicle to attract and engage new participants. Some are bringing arts to unusual spaces to make it happen. This activity is the impetus behind research released today through AEA Consulting.
Lift Off: The Exploring Engagement Fund
On October 23, we continued our relaunch of the Exploring Engagement Fund with a webinar that provided details on how to apply to this open application fund.
Exploring Arts Engagement: The Importance of Piloting, the Role of Risk Capital
The ability to experiment is vital for arts organizations seeking to offer new experiences that draw more and different kinds of participants. In 2012, The James Irvine Foundation issued the first grants from our Exploring Engagement Fund. Through five rounds of grantmaking, involving 91 grants, we have deepened our appreciation for the value of pilot projects for nonprofits that want to connect with underserved groups and promote engagement in the arts for all Californians.
Foundational Knowledge: Arts Organizations and Community
Working in this field, I often have the privilege of seeing arts organizations explore new and creative ways to engage people in their work, and I’ve noticed that some of the most forward-thinking organizations ask themselves some important questions, as they go about this.
What New Arts Engagement Takes
Many arts organizations are actively seeking ways to ensure their future relevance by better responding to a new California abundant with demographic change.
San Diego Symphony Shares Your Story, Your Song
Last week, the San Diego Symphony and 18 community groups collaborated on a multimedia performance as part of the Your Song, Your Story project.