Can we talk?

California Arts Advocates, of which I'm VP, begins a statewide visioning initiative with a first convening in Sacramento this week. We describe our goal this way:
This convening is not so much about finding new language to better describe or market what we do in the arts; this is about launching an unprecedented inquiry into what is needed for the arts to become an indispensable part of life to the diverse people and communities of California.
In California we are past the shock of having our state arts agency budget cut by 95%. This may be a new experience for you but it happened here years ago. We know the late 20th century days of multi-million dollar state general fund allocations to the arts are past. And I'm not convinced that the non-profit model is the only (or always the best) vehicle for investing in people's access to the arts.

We don't know where this visioning initiative will go. It is 100% dependent upon the willingness of participants this week and in the months ahead to imagine what the arts can be and can achieve in the lives, neighborhoods, and communities of our state. I'm convinced we have to transform our understanding of the relationship between art, people, and policy so we can add more models to the arts play book. One reference point we're using is the concept of Expressive Lives Bill Ivey introduces in this Demos publication.

We'll let you know how it goes. But don't wait to find out what happens here before you start having these same conversations in your state. Change is here and we have to keep pace with it or be left behind.
January 10, 2010 2:18 PM | | Comments (2)


Christina, thanks for your comment. It's been a busy month since the convening but I'll get a little update posted soon. So glad you see our work in CA being of value to communities across the country. - Dalouge

Many people are watching.

I believe that a paradigm shift must happen. Government, the business community and society in general must view the arts as an EQUAL partner of the economy, as in the financial sector, the housing sector, the retail sector, the arts sector.

Leadership in the arts needs to consist of a diverse blending of talents. The pendulum swings between "artist only" run institutions and "strictly business" types for whom the financial metrics represent the only ones that matter.

"...this is about launching an unprecedented inquiry into what is needed for the arts to become an indispensable part of life to the diverse people and communities..." Your goal applies to every state and every community. Thank you.

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-Dance USA
-National Dance Association

-Americans for the Arts
-Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Keep Arts in Schools
-National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

-Performing Arts Alliance
-Western States Arts Federation

-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
-Directors Guild of America
-Motion Picture Association of America
-Screen Actors Guild
-Writers Guild Of America

-American Association of Independent Music
-American Federation of Musicians
-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
-Association of Independent Music Publishers
-Broadcast Music, Inc.
-Christian Music Trade Association
-Church Music Publishers Association
-Country Music Association
-Gospel Music Association
-Hip Hop Summit Action Network
-League of American Orchestras
-Music Managers Forum-USA
-Music Performance Fund
-National Association for Music Education
-National Association of Recording Merchandisers
-National Music Publishers' Association
-Nashville Songwriters Association International
-Opera America
-Recording Artists' Coalition
-Recording Industry Association of America
-The Recording Academy
-The Songwriters Guild of America

-Association of American Publishers
-Novelists, Inc.
-PEN American Center
-The Authors Guild

-Actors' Equity Association
-Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers
-United Scenic Artists
-Theatre Communications Group

-American Association of Museums
-Art Dealers Association of America
-Association of Art Museum Directors
-National Art Education Association

State Advocacy Organizations

-Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts
-California Arts Advocates
-Arts For Colorado
-Colorado Arts Consortium
-Connecticut Arts Alliance
-Florida Cultural Alliance
-Arts Leadership League of Georgia
-Hawaii Arts Alliance

-Illinois Arts Alliance

-Indiana Coalition for the Arts
-Iowa Cultural Coalition
Division of Arts & Cultural Services
-Arts Kentucky

-Louisiana Partnership for the Arts

-Maryland Citizens for the Arts

-Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities

-ArtServe Michigan

-Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota

-Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

-Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies
-Missouri Citizens for the Arts

-Montana Arts

-Nebraskans for the Arts

-Nevada Arts Advocates

-New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts

-ArtPRIDE New Jersey, Inc
-New Mexico Community Arts Network

-Arts North Carolina, Inc.

-North Dakota Arts Alliance/Alliance for Arts Education

-Ohio Citizens for the Arts

-Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania

-Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts

-South Carolina Arts Alliance

-South Dakotans for the Arts

-Tennesseans for the Arts

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-Texas Cultural Trust

-Utah Cultural Alliance

-Vermont Arts Council

-Virginians for the Arts

-Washington State Arts Alliance/Foundation

-Arts Advocacy of West Virginia

-Arts Wisconsin

-Wyoming Arts Alliance

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