Change We Must (As We Lead)

About Josephine Ramirez

Josephine Ramirez has written 2 posts in this blog. #

Josephine Ramirez is Program Director at the James Irvine Foundation with overall responsibility for the Foundation’s Arts program. Last year under her leadership the Foundation launched a new arts strategy, refining and strengthening Irvine’s focus on arts engagement. Before joining Irvine, Josephine was Vice President of Programming and Planning for the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, founding the programming department and launching several groundbreaking initiatives, including Active Arts® at the Music Center. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Getty Foundation, managing funding in arts leadership development, local cultural organizations, arts education research, and arts policy. Also at the Getty, she was a Research Associate at the Research Institute, creating and implementing a multi-year investigation of the connections between art making and civic participation. She currently serves as Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Commission, City of Los Angeles. She is a Loeb Fellow alumnus at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, an award that supported her research on informal, nonprofessional art making and its relationship to individual and community vitality. #



  1. QR Cognition says:

    Josephine: You write that: “The fact that everyone has the ability to generate content offers the nonprofits arts a valuable inflection point. The new ‘leaders’ in this two-way landscape will be those who are successful at facilitating creative, immersive, active arts experiences alongside our ‘traditional’ expertise of creating something and presenting it whole and complete for a more observational experience. ”

    Are you suggesting that these are two and separate tracks? Parallel universes? I notice in the Irvine study on engagement that you’ve attempted to quantify the kinds of engagement there are. it’s a great idea and gives shape as a way of talking about this. But I’m not sure that drawing clear lines between types of engagement captures the fluidity of the actual experience. Also – you seem to be suggesting hierarchies of engagement, that some are superior to others. Did you mean this?

  2. Josephine Ramirez says:

    Thanks for the comment and I agree that it’s all about fluidity, not hierarchies. And true, while drawing lines won’t capture the fluidity of the actual experience, they do begin to help us articulate what we’re talking about, which is what the “Getting In on the Act” study attempts. Sorting out practices and concepts, it unpacks one part of the whole dynamic territory we’re in that we don’t know enough about, establishing some language and descriptions related to the (fluid) spectrum of arts participatory experience.