A benchmark project that will encourage funders to adopt intentional investment strategies to support the long-term stability of this sector. See Report Here.
We take pride in Oakland’s art and cultural legacies. The rich and vibrant contributions from communities of color are what make our hometown unique. At the heart of these traditions are small, grassroots groups that are led by and serve these communities. But these organizations are struggling to survive.
Our foundations commissioned this benchmark study to find out precisely how these groups strengthen our cities. We also wanted to understand the challenges they face—and how philanthropy and others can support and invest in this sector.This report shows that arts and culture groups embedded in Oakland’s communities of color are advancing understanding and spurring collective action on urgent issues—from racial justice, economic development and displacement to oppressive policing and gun violence. But as in other communities across the country, Oakland’s small, grassroots organizations are at risk due to a lack of reliable, long-term funding—even as they grapple with rising operating costs.
The report affirms that public and private funders and the broader community can do more to support these valuable assets. Let’s work together to make sure Oakland can sustain an arts and culture legacy that matches the vitality and racial and economic diversity of its people.
Vice President of Programs
Director of Arts
Strategy & Ventures
Kenneth Rainin Foundation