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.
Arts Grantees Talk about Engaging and Adapting
When we made our first grants in the New California Arts Fund in December, we knew we were asking these grantee-partners to learn with us how to successfully engage a broader and more diverse community of Californians.
The Next Generation of Arts Leaders
I know I am going to sound like an old man, but back in 2007, the idea of an emerging leader was barely a blip on the arts radar.
After writing for a few minutes, a passerby records his contribution to a community poem along Central Avenue in South Los Angeles.