In Dialogue: Irvine President Responds to Arts Bloggers

Jim Canales, President of the James Irvine Foundation and NCG member, took to his foundation’s blog last week to respond to arts bloggers who’ve taken issue with Irvine’s new arts strategy.

Within the past few weeks, I have read with interest the observations of a number of active bloggers in the arts field whom I have come to respect and admire: Nina Simon, Diane Ragsdale, Clay Lord and Barry Hessenius. Each of them has blogged on aspects of the Irvine Foundation’s new arts strategy and, in doing so, has contributed to a robust dialogue that has played out on their respective blogs as well as on Twitter.

And that’s what prompts my contribution to this discussion: I will comment only lightly on the substantive issues they have raised related to our Arts strategy as my colleague, Josephine Ramirez, who directs our Arts program, plans to post a more substantive comment on those issues in the next week or so. There is another aspect of this discussion that I do want to comment upon and invite others to engage on with me and my colleagues in philanthropy.

Read Jim’s full blog post online.

Read the follow up blog post by Irvine’s Arts Program Director Josephine Ramirez online.

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