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Arts Loan Fund Meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2016 -
9:30am to 11:30am PDT
San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center, Suite #1400, San Francisco, CA
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Join the ALF Steering Committee for the next business meeting on April 14, 2016. We will also be hosting a peer learning session focused on a forthcoming Hewlett Foundation report, Moving Arts Leadership Forward, that reframes how we understand and make investments in arts leadership. Below are further details about the peer learning session: 


A Changing Arts Landscape

The USA is in an era of unprecedented demographic and generational change. These changes, which are cascading through the nation, are having a profound effect on the arts sector. In April, join Emiko Ono of the Hewlett Foundation and guest presenters Angie Kim of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Roberta Uno of ArtChangeUS, for a conversation about the changing arts landscape. Emiko and Angie will discuss the findings and implications from Moving Arts Leadership Forward, a forthcoming Hewlett Foundation report that reframes how we understand and make investments in arts leadership. Roberta will speak to ArtChangeUS, a new, five-year initiative that seeks to explore and understand demographic transformation as a lens to address cultural equity. Each effort highlights the groundswell of diverse voices, narratives, and perspectives—and the challenges and opportunities that face the nonprofit arts sector in keeping pace with this dramatic transformation. 

If this topic is of particular interest, consider registering for the ArtChangeUS REMAP: BAY AREA conference happening April 15 and 16 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:


Emiko Ono has served as a program officer in The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program since 2011. In this role, she manages a diverse portfolio across the full range of grants that the Program makes. Emiko came to the Foundation from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she managed a portfolio of 350 grantees and suite of capacity building programs. She served as director of grants and professional development programs for Arts Council Long Beach and, prior to this, served in several positions for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There, she managed docent and volunteer programs and helped to establish a multidisciplinary arts partnership program. Emiko has served as a board member of the Museum Educators of Southern California and currently serves on the advisory board of Talent Philanthropy Project, a national project that promotes a well-supported, diverse, and high-performing nonprofit workforce. She received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and M.S. in education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City.

Angie Kim is President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists. Angie has over 15 years of experience in the arts and philanthropy having worked in various roles as a grantmaker, evaluator, and communications specialist at the Getty and Flintridge Foundations and as the Director of Programs at Southern California Grantmakers. She also works as a consultant to foundations specializing in theory of change and program development, grantmaking program design, and evaluation. She has been a lecturer on philanthropy at Claremont Graduate University and University of Southern California and has served as an advisor of numerous arts initiatives, including the Los Angeles Arts Loan Fund and as an original working group member bringing the Cultural Data Project to California. She served on the boards of Leveraging Investments in Creativity and as vice-chair of Grantmakers in the Arts. Currently, she is a board member of California Arts Advocates/Californians for the Arts and a Council Member of American Association of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums. Kim received her B.A. in art history and English literature from Linfield College, M.A. in art history from University of Southern California, and Ph.D. from Walden University.

Roberta Uno is a theater director and the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at the California Institute of the Arts. She was the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation from 2002-2015. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of directing and dramaturgy. New WORLD Theater worked at the intersection of artistic practice, community engagement, scholarship, and activism toward a vision of a ‘new world’—one that broke the confines of multiculturalism and was an artistic harbinger of America’s shifting demographics. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, she is currently directing and co-writing the musical Bone Hill, composed and co-written by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby. Her publications include The Color Of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance, UK: Continuum Press, 2002; Unbroken Thread: Plays by Asian American Women, Amherst: UMass Press, 1993. She is the editor of new editions in 2015 of Monologues for Actors of Color: Women and Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, UK: Routledge.

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These meetings are by invitation only.  To learn more about joining the Arts Loan Fund, please contact Michelle Bermúdez, Manager of Collaborative Philanthropy.

About the Arts Loan Fund

Since 1981, the Arts Loan Fund (ALF) has provided over 1,345 low-interest, quick turnaround loans totaling over $18 million, to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties, and individual artists in Oakland and San Francisco. 

The Arts Loan Fund is housed at Northern California Grantmakers, and its committee is comprised of NCG members.  The committee meets every six weeks to review loan applications and determine loan awards.