We are honored and excited to play a small role in a big idea emanating from Santa Cruz, California. Of/By/For All is a new, international change network created by museum and community leader and author Nina Simon to help civic, cultural, and community organizations become more representative of, and responsive to, the communities they serve. Slover Linett has been helping Simon and her colleagues develop a toolkit to help organizations in the network—museums, libraries, parks, arts groups, community centers, and so on—easily collect data about the demographics of their program participants. Plus, during the network’s 2018–19 First Wave prototype, we’re helping conduct an evaluation of the experiences and outcomes of the inaugural cohort.
Slover Linett staff has had a front-row seat to the development of these ideas by Simon, whose MAH Santa Cruz has been one of the Irvine Foundation’s grantee-partners in the New California Arts Fund—an initiative we’ve been involved with since 2012. We’re delighted to see Simon expand on what she has accomplished and learned in Santa Cruz and transform that experience into an international movement.