ACHF Arts Access
We will build relationships with Somali immigrants by engaging them with dynamic, accessible, and culturally relevant performing arts programming. We will track the number of participants and partners, evaluate their experience through conversations and surveys, and use external performance measurements to assess community impact. 2: We will engage a diverse audience, many of whom don’t have opportunities to engage with the arts, including art that reflects their own traditions. We will track audience numbers in the target population and survey their previous arts engagement experience and perception of availability of similar arts engagement opportunities in the community.
We engaged new and repeat Somali audience members by programming Somali and non-Somali artists of interest in partnership with Somali organizations. Our Somali Community Liaison attends all of our events that present Somali artists or are focused on engaging Somali community members. She counts participants and has conversations with audience members before and after the show about their experience. We regularly interview and consult with partners and survey audience members. In 2015, an external evaluator and Research Fellow attended Arts Access events and interviewed partners and participants to assess our achievements. 2: We experimented with programming and marketing strategies and worked with Somali partners to identify and address barriers to participation. The main criteria for determining success in this outcome is quantitative data. In 2015, the number of Somali audience members that attended Arts Access events increased. We also experienced an increase in demand from potential partners to co-host Somali community events. This opened up our ability to serve broader segments of the Somali community. Cedar staff and partners are prompted to contribute feedback and observations that ensure that we are reaching new members of the target audience.
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