The Music in Us: Art, Inspiration & Health

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was four years old. For me as his mom, there was something indelible about that exact moment — the innocent before and the altered after when you learn that your baby has something he’ll have to carry all his life, and that it will be hard, sometimes very hard.

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Emily Reynolds
CultureBank awarded the Meadows Prize!

The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University awarded its 2018 Meadows Prize to CultureBank, a San Francisco–based initiative establishing a new investment model in Dallas to provide support for artistic enterprises that help the community. Dallas is one of several cities in a national CultureBank pilot program.

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Emily Reynolds
CultureBank and Impact Experience

On February 10, 2018, Impact Experiences and CultureBank convened a group of ten artist entrepreneurs from around the country along with enlightened investors, funders, and social finance experts for a day of education and exploration around the CultureBank model.

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Emily Reynolds
Introducing CultureBank!

CultureBank is a new investment paradigm for the arts. Across the country, social impact artists are inspiring, empowering, and improving our communities. Yet, it has been challenging to bring these powerful projects to scale because traditional arts funding models don’t reward creative entrepreneurship and potential investors are motivated by financial returns on investment (ROI). At CultureBank™, we believe that community impact should be an equally, if not more, valuable metric. If we provide artists with capital from new and unexpected sources, and if we fundamentally change the definition of ROI, we’ll enable more artists to create lasting social and economic change in more communities.

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Emily Reynolds
CultureBank: A New Paradigm for Arts and Community Investment

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), where I have the honor of working, embraces its role as a citizen institution with a mission to generate culture that leads to individual and societal movement. Inspired by author, Executive Director of Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and YBCA board member Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t StopWho We BeWe Gon’ be Alright), we believe that culture precedes policy and cultural movement catalyzes lasting change.

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Emily Reynolds