Established in 1966, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. Today, it is one of the largest philanthropic institutions in the United States, awarding over $450 million in grants in 2019 to organizations across the globe.
The Foundation supports efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.
Kiley Arroyo of the CSC is working in partnership with long time colleague, artist-scholar-activist Ron Ragin, to develop a strategic learning framework with the Performing Arts Program. The program has a long history of supporting meaningful artistic experiences for the people of the San Francisco Bay Area.
This collaboration will enhance the capacity of the Performing Arts Program team to implement and assess the Strategic Framework 2020 in alignment with its values, including – the expansive power of the arts, community self-determination, equity and justice, and leadership. Two pilot projects are emerging in Sonoma and Vallejo to deepen the staff and community’s capacities to exercise cultural self-determination, designed within a novel ecosystem stewardship framework.
Image courtesy of San Jose Taiko, by Mark Shigematsu