Audience Participation in the Arts

Moderator: John Killacky, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Panelists: Michael Moore, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; Frances Phillips, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Janet Sarbaugh, The Heinz Endowments Respondent; Gerald D. Yoshitomi, independent culture worker

In recent years, many grantmakers, artists, artist managers,and cultural policy experts have tried to better understand the nature of public participation in the arts and how to enhance it. Funders at the national, regional and local level are commissioning research; funding diverse marketing, programming and capacity-building initiatives by cultural groups; evaluating the impact of audience development efforts; and stimulating discussion in the field about what does and doesn't work in building cultural participation. In this panel session, representatives of leading national, regional and local foundations examined the work they are sponsoring to build people's participation in the arts and culture, and the implications of this work for both their foundations and the field at large.


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