Cultural Commissions – Jon Funabiki

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.

Jon Funabiki (photo JD Lasica)

Jon Funabiki, professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, considers the future of journalism and the role journalists play in the swiftly evolving field of media. Click here to download a PDF of The artist’s heart and free spirit offer a path for some journalists cut loose by chaos in the media.

Perhaps, my friend, you think it’s a stretch for me to liken my journalism friends to your artist friends. Perhaps the chaos in the media world has simply opened up opportunities that didn’t exist before. Perhaps my friends have reached an age and state of maturity in which they are compelled to focus on what is important to them, and what they want to say about it. In recent times, I’ve encountered numerous other journalists who are engaged in similar meditations. The changes in journalism have changed them. Now they may be changing journalism itself. So maybe it’s time for journalists and artists to start trading survival strategies.

– Jon Funabiki


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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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