Cultural Commissions – Margaret Jenkins

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.

In January 2010, The Wallace Foundation Cultural Participation Initiative hosted Dynamic Adaptability, a day-long conference designed to explore changing technologies and demographics and to offer a fresh way of thinking about the future of the arts in the Bay Area.

To continue the conversation about how artists engage their audiences in difficult economic times, founder and artistic director of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Margaret Jenkins, was asked to write a short paper about adaptation and artistic vision in the current economic climate.

“There’s a reference in Shakespeare’s The Tempest to a sea change – where a person’s body is transformed, or maybe replaced is a better word, with various items from the sea, a radical and apparently mystical change.  The ways in which we support our work, and the ways we reach out to audiences to inhabit and witness our efforts, have been altered.”

– Margaret Jenkins

Click here to download a PDF of Forward In A Sea Change.

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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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