The Wallace Initiative commissioned
working papers/artistic responses from Bay Area artists about deepening, expanding, and diversifying cultural participation, hoping to generate new ideas and spark conversations between regional artists and arts organizations.
Based on U.S. Census Bureau information, over half a million (617,300) “strangers” arrived in the five-county Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo) between 1990 and 2006. Pia Moriarty, Ph.D., anthropologist and composer, looks at the artistic practices these “strangers” bring to the Bay Area and compares them to the commercial/consumer model that currently dominates arts organizations. What can arts organizations learn from the participatory arts model?
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