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Change capital for shaping the future of California’s arts nonprofit field by arts organizations and its visionaries

As part of the Center for Cultural Innovation’s (CCI) efforts to support new arts leadership with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grants is a new, one-time grant program that will invest $105,000 in bold ideas by individuals at California nonprofit or fiscally sponsored arts organizations that have the potential to re-shape the future of the arts sector in exciting and important ways. CCI recently published Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists, a national research report to examine the state of the arts and its shifts. The report described how the nonprofit arts sector is changing in dramatic ways. Shifts in demographics have created new priorities for democratizing production of and access to culture. In addition, emerging generations of artists and arts leaders eschew being defined solely by sector or discipline in favor of more complex identities, including prioritizing artistic practices that have social impacts. On January 23, 2017, CCI convened over 200 artists and arts professionals to brainstorm the future of the arts. What we heard affirmed our Creativity Connects research findings: Participants want to work toward advancing equality, inclusion, equity, and financial sustainability in common cause with others.

At this time, there are no grants of this type—field-wide change capital for promising leaders to improve the nonprofit arts sector through existing arts organizations. Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grants will therefore surface and support catalytic individual and institutional leadership at this time of tremendous social, economic, generational, demographic, and technological change.


Investing in Tomorrow Press Release Announcing Recipients



Investing in Tomorrow Organizational Grants are made possible in part by funding from: