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MCF Strategic Plan:

Arts in the Community

Engagement with arts and cultural activities is an important aspect of an individual's personal development and quality of life and fosters a sense of community, respect, and understanding of others. Many factors are undermining the effectiveness of the arts in building community: lack of public awareness of arts and cultural opportunities, time constraints on individuals and families, competing sources of recreation, the segregation of audiences, and the continued economic pressure facing arts organizations. Arts and cultural organizations need improved understanding of the economic and cultural marketplace in Marin County and strategies to engage diverse audiences more effectively.

Strategy: Strengthen Marin’s arts sector to increase public engagement in the arts

MCF is focusing its support on arts programming for underserved populations, including low-income residents, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, and at-risk youth. The Foundation is supporting an array of arts and cultural programming and activities aimed toward these groups.

In addition, MCF recognizes that many Marin residents are unable to engage in arts and cultural programs and activities due to isolation and/or institutionalization. The arts offer a powerful mechanism to make a difference in the lives of these residents and assist their continued or renewed participation in community activities.

MCF is also helping arts organizations increase public engagement in the arts. Capacity-building projects include helping arts groups form a cohesive network and providing support for professional development, strategic planning, and innovative arts programming.

In addition, MCF is providing technical assistance support to grantees to craft strategies aimed at broadening, deepening, and diversifying their audiences. Arts organizations depend heavily on earned income as well as contributed income from their audiences. Therefore, increased audiences and audience commitment will provide greater financial stability over time.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF’s Strategic Plan:

Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Bay Area Discovery Museum To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $15,000.00
Bay Area Discovery Museum To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $50,000.00
Bay Area Discovery Museum To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $47,500.00
Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center To support implementation of an audience development plan. $38,000.00
Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center To undertake audience development efforts. $40,000.00
Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center To undertake audience development efforts. $20,000.00
Bread & Roses To provide professional artists and instructors to work with incarcerated artists. $60,000.00
Bread & Roses To support arts opportunities for institutionalized residents in Marin. $50,000.00
Bread & Roses To support arts opportunities for institutionalized residents in Marin. $55,000.00
California Film Institute To support audience development implementation. $50,000.00
California Film Institute To support the planning phase of an audience development project. $20,000.00
Canal Welcome Center To support cultural programs. $14,000.00
Circus Bella To support Circus in the Parks in Marin. $5,500.00
Dance Palace Community Center capacity building and seniors' programs $20,000.00
Dance Palace Community Center To support capacity building. $20,000.00
Dance Palace Community Center To support Noche de la Familia. $5,000.00
DrawBridge To support arts education and opportunities for creative expression for homeless youth and their families. $10,000.00
DrawBridge To support arts education and opportunities for creative expression for homeless youth and their families. $7,500.00
DrawBridge To support arts education opportunities for homeless youth and their families. $6,000.00
DrawBridge To supports art programs for homeless children. $15,000.00
ForWords To support ForWords. $15,000.00
Gallery Route One To support photography classes for Latinos. $10,000.00
Giant Steps of America To provide music expression and apprenticeship opportunities for youth in Marin City. $7,500.00
Giant Steps of America To provide music expression and apprenticeship opportunities for youth in Marin City. $3,000.00
Giant Steps of America To support Juvenile Hall and community-based music education programming and outreach. $15,000.00
Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement To support the Village Arts Community Education project. $10,000.00
Headlands Center for the Arts To support audience engagement implementation. $50,000.00
Headlands Center for the Arts To support the planning phase of an audience development project. $20,000.00
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center To support development of an audience development strategy. $15,000.00
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center To support implementation of an audience development plan. $47,500.00
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $50,000.00
Luna Dance Institute To support Family Dance in Marin City. $8,550.00
Marin Arts Council To provide arts education, mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities to students. $15,000.00
Marin Arts Council To support arts education and creative expression opportunities for youth in Juvenile Hall, County Community School, and other institutional settings. $7,500.00
Marin Arts Council To support capacity building efforts. $20,000.00
Marin Arts Council To support development of an audience development strategy. $20,000.00
Marin Arts Council To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $40,000.00
Marin Arts Council To support the TeamWorks Arts & Mentoring Program. $15,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance and consulting services to participants in audience development efforts. $32,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance and consulting services to participants in audience development efforts. $38,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide technical assistance and consulting services to participants in audience development efforts. $100,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support Arts in the Community consultant work. $24,250.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consultant work for Arts in the Community. $56,400.00
Marin Community Foundation To support consultant work for audience development. $42,750.00
Marin Community Foundation To support planning for the Marin Cultural Census. $50,000.00
Marin History Museum To support development of an audience development strategy. $15,000.00
Marin Symphony Association To support audience development implementation. $50,000.00
Marin Symphony Association To support development of an audience development strategy. $35,000.00
Marin Theatre Company To support development of an audience development strategy. $20,000.00
Marin Theatre Company To support implementation of an audience development plan. $38,000.00
Marin Theatre Company To support implementation of the audience develpment plan. $40,000.00
Marin Theatre Company To support two free performances of In The Red And Brown Water. $5,000.00
Mill Valley Philharmonic To support audience development implementation. $17,000.00
Mill Valley Philharmonic To support the planning phase of an audience development strategy. $10,000.00
Mountain Play Association To support development of an audience development strategy. $20,000.00
Pacific News Service To support The Beat Within creative writing program at Marin Juvenile Hall and in community settings. $24,000.00
Pacific News Service To support The Beat Within creative writing program at Marin Juvenile Hall and in community settings. $15,000.00
Pacific News Service To support The Beat Within creative writing program at Marin Juvenile Hall and in community settings. $20,000.00
Performing Arts Workshop To conduct eight 16-week artistic residencies at Marin County Juvenile Hall and Phoenix Academy County Community School. $15,000.00
Performing Arts Workshop To support Artists-in-Communities. $10,000.00
Performing Arts Workshop To support arts education and opportunities for creative expression for teenage youth in institutional and community settings. $7,500.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support a collaboration with Los Cenzontles. $5,900.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support development of an audience development strategy. $20,000.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support implementation of an audience development plan. $38,000.00
San Geronimo Valley Community Center To support implementation of an audience develpment plan. $40,000.00
Small Press Distribution, Inc. To support development of an audience development strategy. $20,000.00
Small Press Distribution, Inc. To support development of an audience development strategy. $15,000.00
Small Press Distribution, Inc. To support implementation of an audience development plan. $19,000.00
Spectrum LGBT Center of the North Bay To support Seen Through Film. $15,000.00
William James Association To fund professional artists and instructors to work with incarcerated artists. $20,000.00
William James Association To support art programs at San Quentin. $25,000.00
William James Association To support visual arts classes and workshops, music workshops, theatrical rehearsals and productions, creative writing, and spoken word classes. $15,000.00
Youth in Arts, Inc. To support community arts partners. $15,000.00
Youth Leadership Institute To support Youth Arts for Social Change. $14,550.00
Total Arts in the Community Grants: $1,864,900.00