THE EBONY MCKINNEY ARTS LEADERSHIP AWARD (2018-2019)
The family of Ebony McKinney greatly appreciate the creation of this award to honor her legacy in such an inspiring way. We can think of no greater gift than a grant to other arts administrators driven as she was by the goals of empowering those in the arts community to help deserving artists.
– Ron McKinney
NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 11, 2018 11:59PM
Nominee applications will be accepted from July 12 – August 12, 2018.
DEFINITIONS / BACKGROUND
WHO is a Culture Worker or Arts Administrator? You work in the field of arts and culture, that may be as a teaching artist, a gallerists, curator, non profit organization staff member (who manages or produces arts programming), you may be an independent media maker who publishes or produces events, you might be a community artists who runs your own or another artists programs. You make it possible for folks in your community or beyond to have access to creative and cultural experiences. This program is not intended for individual artists looking to focus on their own individual art practice.
REGENERATIVE PRACTICES: How can we make arts administration more sustainable? What can we do as individuals to renew our energy and passion? What can we do as a network to support each other? What can we do as leaders of programs and organizations to encourage a healthier arts and culture ecosystem?
CULTURAL EQUITY: No single racial or ethnic group forms a majority of California’s population, making the state a minority-majority state; with that dynamic in mind we’ll explore how arts workers advance the conversation on cultural equity across the sector and beyond; how do we tackle institutional or systemic oppression or rethinking creative place keeping strategies?
THE CREATIVE CITY: We will explore the utopian idea of the creative city, where artists and arts organizations are viewed as critical components of a healthy ecosystem. We’ll ask what role the arts and culture sector can play in “civic creativity” or “cultural strategy” that creates “social wealth” and helps shape public sentiment, city planning and policy.
ARTS & ENTERPRISE: We will explore the relationship between creative / cultural production and enterprise with an eye on traditional models being implemented in innovative ways and new social-impact business models that not only generate revenue but sustain projects and communities.