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Irvine Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Engagement Projects
Irvine Foundation


The Irvine Foundation is accepting applications for innovative projects that use "Who, How, Where" pathways to engage new and diverse Californian audiences in the arts.

Through its Exploring Arts Engagement Program, the foundation will support projects that aim to engage new and diverse populations by adding active participation opportunities for participants and/or incorporating the use of nontraditional spaces. Projects must address at least two of the three engagement pathways:

1) Who engages in the arts: Increasing arts engagement by low-income or ethnically diverse populations historically underserved by arts nonprofits.

2) How they engage: Expanding the ways Californians engage in the arts by providing opportunities for active participation for those who are not professional artists. This could include arts experiences involving performing, making and/or sharing the arts via the use of digital technologies.

3) Where engagement takes place: Expanding the use of diverse spaces for arts engagement and extending arts engagement to venues beyond arts-specific organizations and places. For example, this might include parks and community centers, or outdoor spaces adjacent to arts venues.

Proposed projects can be a brand new project, or an experiment that takes a different approach with an existing project or practice. If the proposed project builds on an existing program, it needs to take the existing work to a different level in order for the project to be competitive.

Grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded for projects proposed by organizations with operating budgets between $100,000 and $5 million. Grants of up to $250,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded for projects proposed by organizations with operating budgets of $5 million or greater.

Eligible organizations must benefit the people of California; have arts as the central focus of its mission and programs; maintain 501(c)(3) public charity status; receive no more than 50 percent of revenue from government sources; and demonstrate annual operating expenses of at least $100,000.

Visit the Irvine Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: 03-30-2016

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