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Imagination... 'lights the slow fuse of possibility.'

-Emily Dickinson


Social Imagination, Arts and Education

The Social Imagination, Arts and Education Program supports community-based organizations that help young people develop multiple literacies through engagement with the arts. We believe that encounters with the arts can enable us to break with the habitual, with the wholly conventional and open a space between the way things are and our desire for the way things ought to be. This program also supports media and cultural initiatives that further the programmatic goals of the foundation.


Representative Grants

Alameda County Office of Education: For general support and for their Integrated Learning Specialist Program.

826 National: To support their capacity building and technical assistance support to the 826 literacy and afterschool chapters across the country.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine: To increase public programming on sustainable food systems into the Cathedral's core programs and events.

Collaboration of Teachers and Artists (CoTA): To support work within San Diego public schools for artist and teacher collaborations using the arts for all aspects of classroom curriculum.

InSITE: To support Casa Gallina, a multi-year interdisciplinary arts engagement project in Mexico City.

Magnum Foundation: To support a new model for photojournalism and collaborative partnerships to amplify work on social justice issues.

Radio Ambulante: To support storytelling and journalism through this radio project focused on the Latin American experience.

Visual Understandings in Education: For training and implementation of Visual Thinking Strategies, a methodology of aesthetic development in schools and art centers.

Voice of Witness: To support the development of human rights oral history narratives that can be used for teaching, training and advocacy on human rights.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: To support the Performing Arts and Community Engagement Programs.