November was a busy month for the Marin Arts Organizing Committee. We held four 1-hour long focus groups to determine what Marin’s art community valued and desired most in a future local arts agency in Marin.
The four groups (Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Arts Education) each had lively discussions about their wish list for a new organization, tempered by what was realistically feasible and could be funded in a sustainable way. There was striking overlap between all the groups. To encapsulate what we’ve learned from these discussions, here are the overarching themes that emerged.
A new local arts agency in Marin should:
- Be an advocate for the arts.
--The arts should be a part of every general plan in every city in Marin.
--There should also be a county wide hotel tax or other tax that supports the arts in Marin.
- Collect data and share information about
--Economic impact of the arts
--The intrinsic value of the arts
- Foster collaboration, partnerships, communication and
networking between all the existing arts organizations, groups and programs in
--Have a web portal (with calendar feature) for all the arts and artists in Marin. Be “the place to go” for any & all arts information in Marin.
Ideas for sustainable sources of funding for a new local arts agency include:
- Membership dues from individuals and organizations
- Government funding (possibility of getting county tax revenue for the arts).
- Grants & Foundations
If you'd like an opportunity to enter this discussion, please leave a comment on this post. We want to hear what everyone has to say!
- What would you like to see in a new countywide arts organization in Marin?
- What are some creative, innovative ideas to sustainably fund a new arts organization to provide these services?