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The 2019 Media Impact Forum

Off the Walls: How Art Museums Are Reaching People Where They Are

Valerie Gay, Deputy Director, Audience Engagement & Chief Experience Officer, Barnes Foundation (red top)
Barbara Wong, Director, Community Engagement, Barnes Foundation (straight black hair)
Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Library Enrichment, Free Library of Philadelphia (short sleeve top)

Cultural organizations are increasingly relying upon film and digital media to strengthen their programming onsite and to reach a broader audience online and in their communities. Innovative figures at museums and other arts organizations are leading the way, with significant support from philanthropy. And more and more arts and culture organizations are using these tools and resources to spark civic engagement, beyond traditional educational and aesthetic functions of their organizations.

Among media forms and formats, radio is seeing a resurgence in reach and impact, driven in part by the explosion of interest in podcasts and other streaming media experiences.

Taken together, this year's Media Impact Forum will explore the intersection between the arts, culture and media, and will focus on the impact of creative expression through media. In particular, we'll take a close look at the connection between radio and community, and how this format continues to promote civic dialogue to the broadest audiences possible.

for Media Impact Funders
The American Philosophical Society
May 23, 2019

The 2019 Media Impact Forum paid special attention to the role of radio and audio in creating and sustaining crucial connections with communities. Radio might be one of our oldest platforms, but in terms of reach and and impact, it is also one of the most innovative—and philanthropy is playing a vital role in its resurgence. Grantmakers and the cultural organizations they fund are investing in audio and media across traditional broadcasting, podcasting, and on-site properties in order to foster greater context, reach, and conversation with constituencies.

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