Thoughts from John Killacky

Today, we share at two blog posts by John Killacky, former Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The San Francisco Foundation, one of the initiators of the Wallace Foundation Cultural Participation Initiative in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a deep thinker  much missed in our community.

Written earlier last year, this post on ARTSblog outlines the “Essential Skills for Making the Most of Resources in the Nonprofit Arts, referencing the Dynamic Adaptability convening hosted by the Initiative last year.

And from, John Killacky weighs in on cultural equity funding and other philanthropic trends in his provocative “Regrets of a Former Arts Funder.”

John Killacky is currently the executive director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont.

Coming soon: an interview with John Killacky and Grants for the Arts’ Kary Schulman about the start of the Cultural Participation Initiative in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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In 2008, The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund (GFTA) embarked on a four-year funding partnership to encourage systemic and sustainable structural change in the relationships of Bay Area arts organizations to their audiences, supported by the Wallace Foundation. Community offerings during the grant period (2008-2011) included seminars, workshops, large public convenings, implementation grants, development of a regional shared mailing list, and expansion of the website.




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