JOYCE FOUNDATION

DESIGN RESEARCH + SYSTEM DESIGN

 

BUILDING EQUITABLE LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR ARTS ADMINISTRATORS

CHALLENGE
The arts are supposed to level the cultural playing field. But when 86% of American arts administrators are white, the system is uneven and needs to be changed.

OUTCOME
Design research with arts administrators, career pivotors, and students.
Recruitment of analogous thought leaders.
Persona development.
Values and principles development.
Branding of the system.
Seven system design strategies.
Roadmap for implementation.
Concept refinement and key actions training guide.

IMPACT
We partnered with Spark, The Joyce Foundation, Grantmakers in the Arts, and the top 10 arts organizations in Chicago such as DuSable Museum of African American History, Old Town School of Folk Music, National Museum of Mexican Art, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Victory Gardens Theater, Hyde Park Art Center, Joffrey Ballet, Steppenwolf, and Black Ensemble Theater.

Together in this collective impact initiative, we designed a movement that made Chicago arts organizations into a nurturing and equitable system. The number of people of color working in arts administration has increased 3% in one year with more positive change expected ahead. This work was featured in Crain's Chicago Business: How to end racism in the arts.