Arts Organizations Walk the Tightrope

You’re on a Budget. You Can Be Excellent. Or You Can Welcome Everyone. But Can You Do Both?

Arts Organizations Walk the Tightrope

California spends about 18.5 cents on the arts for each of its 38 million residents. That’s not much—in fact, last year marked the first time in a decade the Golden State didn’t rank dead last for arts-grant funding. With limited resources to go around, arts organizations are forced to make tough choices. Should they focus their resources on bringing in as many people as possible—or on supporting the most talented artists? In advance of the Zócalo/James Irvine Foundation event “How Should We Balance Access and Excellence in the Arts?”, …

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