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A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts

A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts CYNTHIA GEHRIG hat do foundations consider when formulating judgments W about proposals from arts organizations and artists? Are founda- tions such unique creatures that they assess art making in ways different than an arts producer, presenter, critic, or artistic director might? Are they part of an arts community or distanced from it? Do foundations evidence a paternalistic, knowing attitude about the arts that diminishes their power? Do they align themselves with audiences? I am interested here not in the structure and sequence of grant review but in the substance and con- text of foundation judgment in the arts. I prefer to approach this through a discussion of responsibilities and spirit. Although I will mention responsibilities that proposers have in making applications to foundations, I want to stress the responsibilities incumbent upon the people who constitute the decision-making bodies of founda- tions. Foundations have boards of directors; they may or may not have professional staff. Each foundation is going to work a bit differently in terms of staff and board roles, but, in general, staff carries the greatest weight of responsibility up to, and sometimes including, the point of mak- ing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society" Taylor & Francis

A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts

A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts

Abstract

A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts CYNTHIA GEHRIG hat do foundations consider when formulating judgments W about proposals from arts organizations and artists? Are founda- tions such unique creatures that they assess art making in ways different than an arts producer, presenter, critic, or artistic director might? Are they part of an arts community or distanced from it? Do foundations evidence a paternalistic, knowing attitude about the arts that diminishes their power?...
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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1930-7799
eISSN
1063-2921
DOI
10.1080/10632921.1993.9944415
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Abstract

A Foundation Perspective on Judgment Making and the Arts CYNTHIA GEHRIG hat do foundations consider when formulating judgments W about proposals from arts organizations and artists? Are founda- tions such unique creatures that they assess art making in ways different than an arts producer, presenter, critic, or artistic director might? Are they part of an arts community or distanced from it? Do foundations evidence a paternalistic, knowing attitude about the arts that diminishes their power? Do they align themselves with audiences? I am interested here not in the structure and sequence of grant review but in the substance and con- text of foundation judgment in the arts. I prefer to approach this through a discussion of responsibilities and spirit. Although I will mention responsibilities that proposers have in making applications to foundations, I want to stress the responsibilities incumbent upon the people who constitute the decision-making bodies of founda- tions. Foundations have boards of directors; they may or may not have professional staff. Each foundation is going to work a bit differently in terms of staff and board roles, but, in general, staff carries the greatest weight of responsibility up to, and sometimes including, the point of mak- ing

Journal

"The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society"Taylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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