Moving Board Diversity from a ‘Problem to Solve’ to ‘Something to Practice’
From #OscarsSoWhite to #parityraid, discussions of who is represented on our stages and our walls, within our organizations, on our boards, and in our field, abound. Our state of California has a rapidly changing demographic, our country has a growing problem with economic inequality, and we have research from as late as 2005 showing that seventy percent of 400+ arts organizations responding to a survey said that racial or ethnic diversity is “not at all” or “not too important” in the selection of new board members.
Navigating the Journey
Last week, The James Irvine Foundation announced an evolving focus based on the twin goals of expanding economic and political opportunity for California families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty. In a related email, I introduced aspects of our evolving Arts program. Today, I would like to provide additional context on our Arts strategy and future directions.
Tough Questions About Engagement Practices and Programming in the Arts
Engagement is a buzzword in the arts field, there’s no way around it. There are a multitude of perspectives about what defines engagement, exactly who we’re engaging, how to engage authentically and productively, and why it matters at all.
Lessons in Cultural Participation and Financial Sustainability
In our recent posts, the Irvine Arts team has been exploring the ways nonprofits can expand arts engagement — to create meaningful experiences that bring forward the full public benefit of arts, and to also increase organizational sustainability for the future.
A Treasure Trove of Advice About Exploring Engagement
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.
Guest Interview on Black Renaissance
Ted Russell, Irvine Arts Program senior program officer was a guest on Black Renaissance which aired on KBCW CBS San Francisco on July 19, 2015. Watch his televised interview.
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.