Innovation time in the arts
Sometime next year, a seeing-eye dog may guide visitors — even those with no vision impairment — through the galleries of the Hammer Museum in Westwood to a pre-selected painting. In San Francisco, young actors in training may be found rounding up an audience for a play staged in a bar. Visitors to a museum in Oakland may be asked to tell the curators how they’d like to interact with the art, while in downtown San Diego, they may bump into an artist completing a work in progress.
These are all projects that are being supported by the James Irvine Foundation’s latest round of Arts Innovation Fund grants, announced today, six- and seven-figure morsels of capital the foundation is doling out to what it deems to be the most innovative visual and performing arts organizations in the state.
Photo: Mark Allen of Machine Project will help the Hammer Museum become more user-friendly. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times.