Engaging Community

A smattering of issues are on my mind this week. First, I was sad to hear that Opera Vivente has had to cancel their season of productions due to issues regarding performance space. They are unable to refund subscription tickets already purchased, and they are in communication with other organizations to see if any might be able to provide tickets to their subscribers. If you are interested in helping out, you can contact Opera Vivente here.

The other issue that has been occupying brainspace for me this week is how cultural organizations build and change communities. Two recent reports came across my desk the last few days that are worth a read. Maria Roasrio Jackson at The Urban Institute released a report through LINC called “Building Community: Making Space For Art”. The report discusses how we create arts and cultural spaces, and ways to think about the creation of those spaces with the frame of a comprehensive community improvement strategy. Click here to download the full report. The second report was just presented at the Grantmakers in the Arts conference that is happening now. The report is from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and it is called “Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy”. The report suggests that current philanthropic practice is not reflecting current trends in artistic practice–especially with regards to the amount of organizations working in the realm of art for social change, and the lower percentage of funding going to those efforts. Click here to find the report. Our region has a high concentration of cultural organizations seeking to effect social change and/or build community, and you may find it interesting to read these two reports to get a better perspective on current thinking in the field.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out FreeFallBaltimore.com for free cultural events around the area.

Until next week–

Buck

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