The James Irvine Foundation has just released the findings from its Arts Innovation Fund (AIF) initiative via a very user-friendly, concise, interactive infographic. Launched in 2006, Irvine invested more than $24 million to support 28 innovative projects led by 19 of California’s foremost arts organizations. AIF nurtured experimentation to explore the gap between traditional arts programming and the changing expectations of audiences—and to better adapt to this new environment.
And speaking of the changing expectations of audiences, and adapting to a new environment, this new infographic demonstrates that the Irvine Foundation is walking its own talk in this “easy-on-the-eye” approach to knowledge sharing. The interactive infographic serves as a terrific model for how foundations can think about incorporating more graphics and less text to increase accessibility and usability of important matters like lessons learned, challenges faced by grantees, and summaries of specific grants. You can examine the interactive overview, read commentary by Irvine Arts Program Director Josephine Ramirez, and access or download the full report. Each of these media also provides links to video insights and case studies detailing each of the AIF-funded projects.
Is a grantmaker you know using graphics and interactive online tools to creatively and compellingly share its knowledge? Let us know.
-- Mark Foley