Hessenius suggests that some meaningful efforts have encouraged younger artists, but initiatives to foster youth involvement throughout the arts — in leadership, governance, staffing, financial support, advocacy — have existed only within individual organizations, or in patchy clusters of regions or disciplines. The recommendations? #
The future of nonprofit arts organizations, large and small, depends on attracting the best new talent to administer their affairs, to serve as artists and audiences, and to act as advocates, boosters, and financial supporters. Given the shrinking pool of younger people and the increased competition for their attention, action to meet this pressing, and increasingly complex, challenge can no longer be left to a vague future date.
As a field, the nonprofit arts sector needs to intensify its efforts toTwo immediate challenges come to mind when implementing these recommendations: #
- convince young people of the value of involvement in the arts,
- widen bridges and lines of communication to the next generation, and
- involve young people in areas heretofore outside the scope of their experience, for example, financial support and advocacy.