Unpacking the Notion of Relevance
Learn four strategies for keeping arts organizations relevant from New California Arts Fund grantees
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.
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.
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.
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.