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 impact 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.

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“We’re at a time where we need #hope & incredible #artistry used as evidence that our differences are our strengths.” Couldn't agree more with @MickeyIsaacRowe of @NatDisThtr; what an exciting partnership with our friends @GoodmanTheatre & @ljplayhouse!

National Disability Theatre Launches Commissioning Partnership

The organization will partner with La Jolla Playhouse and Goodman Theatre to develop and produce two new plays by Gregg Mozgala and Christopher Shinn.

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Are the processes to creating #art or investigating # really so different?
"The greatest creative acts come from opposing forces of expansive imagination within the tight constraint of form--that is as true for art as it is of science. @SloverLinett

Rethinking stereotypes about science and the arts

Unthinkable: Prof Tom McLeish identifies eight stages of creation common to disciplines as diverse as painting and biology

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"What does reading widely & wildly do to build #empathy & perhaps encourage individuals or groups into civic action & #service?"@n_plaskett ponders the potential opportunities for researching the impact of book clubs & #literature. #culturalresearch

I must visit! “It has been our experience that if empathy and dignity were at the core of our approach to addressing homelessness then we might think and dream of better solutions to address this global problem.” @SloverLinett

Alliance of Museums on Twitter

“"Our #museum has been called many things, but the one thing that I like to hear most is 'a walk in the shoes of someone experiencing homelessne...

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"University & college #museums run the gamut from those featuring contemporary #art & ancient relics used as teaching tools to world-class collections tackling groundbreaking projects." Congrats to our friends @ColbyMuseum on this mention in @nytimes: https://t.co/IvRI6KjbAf

"What makes a #cultural institution particularly likely to serve as a source of inspiration?" @michell86113013 reflects on recent research with a #museum that is seemingly serving as an oasis to both #artists & patrons alike: https://t.co/Z1LJGtodd6

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