We’re excited to be entering the homestretch of one of our most rewarding and complex engagements: an ongoing evaluation and capacity-building project with the James Irvine Foundation and its fifteen grantee-partners in the New California Arts Fund (NCAF) The foundation has provided a final round of major grants to support this diverse group of cultural organizations to support the twinned work of internal cultural change and community co-creation and engagement. The foundation has also helped those grantee-partners form a unique Learning Community that has become self-directed, with teams from each of the organizations facilitating annual convenings and learning exchanges and sharing insights about progressive change in the arts. One of those new grants supports Slover Linett’s inquiry with and for that Learning Community through 2021. Stay tuned for the public report that will follow in early 2022.

 

Meanwhile, you can download our 2017 report from the project here.

 

Questions? Contact our vice president and chief operating officer, Nancy Plaskett.

 

The complete NCAF cohort includes:  the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, California Shakespeare Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Dell’Arte International, Ford Theatres, La Jolla Playhouse, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americano, the Oakland Museum of California, the Old Globe, Pacific Symphony, Riverside Art Museum, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, The Music Center, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Such contrast across the fold in today's (paper) @nytimesarts section: harpist & rapper pieces.

One technical, historical, jargony, individualist, serious.

One culturally embedded, vernacular, social/familial, funny, political.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/arts/music/tobe-nwigwe-breonna-taylor.html #ClassicalMusic #arts

To get to real equity, we need to move beyond "access" to "intentional welcome": the palpable, overt kind.

And safety, on multiple levels.

Great to hear @mslynnross on this panel.

Rich questions about identification and attachment with communities & places. Listening to #liveaturban's webinar about new @urbaninstitute research on "Community Ties" for @knightfdn.

Loose ties - also important to understand in #creativeplacemaking and in the #arts generally.

Hearing this too often from #communityengagement & #education staff at #arts & culture orgs. Including many who are, not coincidentally, no longer at those orgs.

"We had free rein & affirmation from leadership...until we tried to make this work central rather than marginal."

It’s here! My #MuseumsAreNotNeutral mug, proceeds supporting @MuseumWorkers
Get yours (or a shirt, maybe?) here: https://www.bonfire.com/museums-are-not-neutral/ cc: @SloverLinett

To get to real equity, we need to move beyond "access" to "intentional welcome": the palpable, overt kind.

And safety, on multiple levels.

Great to hear @mslynnross on this panel.

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