Issue: Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are important areas of focus for many funders. More and more, foundations are not just investing in increasing access to existing arts and cultural content through digitization; they are investing in transmedia and experimental content production as well. This Issue section provides a single point of entry to explore all of the related content on our site — from events to analysis, media examples to posts. Explore the big picture or select a tab for specific types of content.

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The Fledgling Fund offers insights on funding virtual reality

Editor’s note: Earlier this month, Media Impact Funders brought funders together at Philanthropy New York with organizers and presenters from the first VR for Change summit to explore how immersive platforms offer new ways to engage and mobilize users around social issues.

Because this is a new and quickly evolving medium, attendees had many questions. The lively conversation ranged across definitions of new technologies, ways to match funders’ goals to VR productions, emerging research on impact, and the costs of supporting such projects as platforms continue to roll out.

Diana Barrett of the Fledgling Fund has thought through many of these questions in her own practice. In this post adapted from a piece published in the online publication Immerse, she shares what she’s learned about the impact of VR, and how Fledgling chooses the projects they support. 

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Aesthetic perspectives: Attributes of excellence in arts for change


With millennial philanthropy money flowing, arts groups miss out


Part of Your World: On The Arts and Wellbeing


Museums and Digital — The 2015 Museums and the Web Conference

By Sarah Lutman, Principal at Lutman & Associates and author of the report, Like, Link, Share: How Cultural Institutions are Embracing Digital Technologies

Media funders take note. The museum community has been investing steadily in its collective media capabilities: in technical infrastructure, media production tools, staff expertise, and asset digitization. As a result, museums are becoming some of the 21st century’s most compelling conveners, storytellers, and media producers. Read more


Learning from Innovation: Woolly Mammoth and Denver Center Theatre Company


Arts Institutions Could Benefit From Embracing Digital Media

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Patrons at the venerable Philadelphia Orchestra were invited to bring their smartphones and tablets to a special concert last week so they could follow along on the LiveNote app, which provides images and commentary information to illuminate musical themes as they are played. On a typical concert night for most orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra included, ushers would yank you out of your chair if you kept your mobile device open throughout the concert. Read more


Emerging Lessons and Implications from the Exploring Engagement Fund

Harder + Company Community Research provides an interim report for the James Irvine Foundation on the first phase of the Exploring Engagement Fund, which supports experimentation and pilot projects by arts nonprofits. This report covers the first year in a series of two-year grants and offers several lessons as well as practical tips that can […]

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