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    STATE of the ARTS: A Bay Area Arts Blog Forum

    Barry Hessenius, Former Director of the California Arts Council, hosted a virtual forum with some of our esteemed local arts agency leaders.  Check out a highlight from each question, click through to read the whole forum on Barry's blog, and post your comments to participate!

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    Bucking the Trend: Securing Affordable Spaces for the Arts


    By Shelley Trott, Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

    I’ve spent a good part of my life in the arts—as a dancer and choreographer, teacher, filmmaker, and now a funder with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. The Foundation invests in visionary artists and small to mid-size arts organizations in the Bay Area that push the boundaries of creative expression. So when we began seeing their work threatened by a volatile real estate market, we had to seek a solution.

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