2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Way Beyond Programming: Sustainably Engaging Diverse Audiences

Sunday, October 29, 10:00am – 11:30am

Organized by Stephanie Brown, Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation.

Moderated by Sarah Lee, President, Slover Linett Audience Research. Presented by Josephine Ramirez, Former Arts Program Director, The James Irvine Foundation; Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH); and Cynthia Taylor.

How can arts organizations transform themselves into diverse, equitable, and relevant institutions? After highlighting promising data from a recently released report about The James Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund, leaders from the program’s cohort will share stories of deep change — the kind that goes way beyond programming into the sometimes difficult territory that a commitment to diversity can set in motion. As these grantees deepen their organizational capacity to engage communities of color, foster buy-in among board members and staff, change their internal culture, and develop new business models, they are discovering myriad ways to learn together. Following the panel conversation, breakout groups will explore collaborative learning and other supports that could effectively sustain organizations like these.