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Future Arts Forward

Your Voices Were Heard on January 23!

On January 23, 2017, we convened artists, arts workers, arts educators, creative entrepreneurs, independent designers, and creative thinkers to envision the future of the arts. From the emerging to the established, we heard from artists and arts professionals of all experience levels and cultural backgrounds, across all disciplines and sectors, representing every part of the state and beyond.

"FAF was the first "future-centered" convening that many of us have attended where the focus wasn't on "how can artists get more?," but rather "how can the future be more inclusive, equitable, and just; and how are arts and culture a part of that?" This frame is such an important shift that all of us working in the arts can take back into the work we are doing. Centering the youth voice and holding it to the same level of respect and inquiry as the others in the room is empowering for all involved."

-Participant Cristina Ibarra

Generational, cultural, and economic changes are impacting the arts. How will the field respond to these and other trends to create vibrant new pathways to participate in for-profit, nonprofit, civic, and social projects as a way for those in the arts to not only sustain themselves but to thrive?

Using a futurist-oriented convening format, we considered what we know about the past and the present to generate long-term scenarios for the future. Thoughts and ideas will be shared on this site through a documentation report in order to influence policies and strategies.

Together, we explored three broad topics:

  1. The Nature of Work

    What will be the role of artists and arts professionals?
  2. The Nature of Participation

    Who will be in the arts and whom should the arts serve?
  3. The Arts Sector

    What should happen to the arts sector of the future? How might it shift to serve a changing America? And what will be the financial models of the future?



President & CEO Angie Kim's Keynote Address, January 23, 2017.

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 Videography by Studio Vism. Click for a downloadable PDF transcript. 


Documentation of Future Arts Forward by Alexis Frasz

A project of the Center for Cultural Innovation, in collaboration with Arizona State University and Bennington College, June, 2017

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