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LA Arts Funders Meeting 1/10/2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm PST
Downtown Los Angeles (location TBA)
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Kick off the new year at the first LA Arts Funders Meeting of 2019. This meeting will dive into a new set of thematic case studies on distributed leadership commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation Performing Arts Program. Like many funders, the Hewlett Foundation has been interested in how their grantees are dealing with this new era of rapid generational, technological, economic and demographic change—a topic they explored in the 2016 report, Moving Arts Leadership Forward. Program Director Emiko Ono and lead consultant Mike Courville will present the case studies’ findings on how several forward-thinking organizations are addressing the changing landscape by evolving their leadership practices to involve staff at all levels. 

As usual, we’ll also reserve time to exchange updates and help requests among participants.




Michael Courville
Founder and Principal
Open Mind

Michael Courville is Founder and Principal of Open Mind, an independent consulting firm that combines research insights with direct social sector experience, to tackle problems that impact people and spiral out to organizations and into complex systems. Michael has deep experience with organizational capacity building, change management, applied social research, community development, and social sector strategy formation. His current research and client projects focus on establishing shared leadership and decision-making systems in nonprofits, understanding the role of arts and culture in community change, measuring the impact of universal basic incomes on local economies, and advancing next-gen human services organizations. He serves philanthropic and nonprofit organizations throughout the US, Puerto Rico and other US territories, with a deep interest in rural regions and communities. Michael holds graduate degrees in social welfare and comparative economic policy from the University of California-Berkeley. He is also an associate member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and an affiliate of the RoadMap Consulting network.


Emiko Ono

Program Director, Performing Arts
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Emiko Ono is the Program Director of Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Previously, she served as a Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program for six years. She manages grants that support more than 80 arts organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also manages a cluster of grants that promote cross-generational leadership in the arts and serves on the foundation’s Building an Inclusive Culture working group. Emiko has extensive experience developing and leading museum education, professional development, and grantmaking programs. Prior to joining the foundation, she served as the director of grants and professional development at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Emiko began her career in the arts and cultural sector at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she supported docent and volunteer programs and helped to establish a multi-disciplinary arts partnership program. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Emiko currently serves on the advisory council for Talent Philanthropy Project, which works to ensure funders invest in a well-supported, diverse, and sustainable nonprofit workforce.


2019 Meeting Schedule

LAAF meetings will be held on the following Thursdays from 10 am – noon. Location information TBD.

  • March 14
  • May 9
  • July 11
  • September 12
  • November 14

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Open to public and private sector grantmakers that fund arts grants in the Southern California region. Participating organizations that both make grants and solicit funds are expected to designate representatives whose role involves program and/or policy. Philanthropic consultants must be current members of Southern California Grantmakers.

If you have not attended an LA Arts Funders meeting before, please email Morgan Bennett at [email protected] to confirm your eligibility.

Please register online by Tuesday, January 8 if you plan to attend.

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.


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