IAM is thrilled to launch the Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program, a skill-building program designed by, with, and for arts, media, and cultural workers.
In partnership with Bay Area artists & arts administrators Afia Thompson, Mason Smith, Sabereh Kashi, and Violet Vasquez, and consultants Crystal Mason and Jason Wyman/Queerly Complex, IAM and the Dandelion Co-Creation Working Group will develop four, peer-based trainings on topics including budgeting & bookkeeping, data analysis, values-based decision-making, and analyzing power. Expert financial advice is being provided by arts finance consultant Jericha Senyak. Once these four trainings are final, the Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program will offer them to Bay Area arts, media, and cultural workers as part of the inaugural Dandelion program.
At the core of the Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program is our belief that there is a lack of accessible, culturally-responsive and -relevant arts finance training in the San Francisco Bay Area. When launching this endeavor, IAM started with a basic landscape assessment of what is currently available to better understand the scope and scale of the needs we were hearing.
“I feel like I've learned most from peers, who have also some similar background, because they understand that it's not just organizational, but there's also familial things that also blend into the structure, the stress and the trauma of trying to resource your time and also to advocate for what you're worth, what your work is worth.” - Focus Group Participant: Latinx, Female, Artist & Arts Administrator
Additional methodologies (i.e. focus group and one-on-ones) were added to ensure engagement with and inclusion of populations and communities most impacted by a lack of culturally-responsive and -relevant arts finance training, specifically Indigenous, Black, disabled, trans, queer, immigrant, low income, and POC artists, mediamakers, and arts administrators.
“Make art life finance accessible. What do I mean by accessible in this case? It goes back to, ‘I think I can do this. And I don't need to have a finance degree. I don't need to read the 15 books my money-smart friends have recommended me to read that's still sitting in the corner of my bookshelf.” - Midori, International Artist based in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco
At the conclusion of this research and development phase, IAM released a final report on its findings. The Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program Final Report is now fueling our efforts to launch a comprehensive training program designed by, with, and for arts, media, and cultural workers.
IAM's R&D and the Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program Final Report were generously supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.
Next, the Dandelion co-creation team will work over six months to develop four trainings beyond what is currently being offered in the Bay Area, seeking to offer culturally-specific lesson plans to ease the stress and anxieties our peers feel when trying to figure out the intersection of their values, their finances, and their art-making. All Dandelion Arts Finance Training Program lesson plans will be made available for free using a Creative Commons 4.0 license to ensure anyone can use it.
Dandelion believes there is power in a network of peers co-creating accessible, relevant materials that anyone can use. In fact, we believe that is the legacy and value of community arts, media, and culture.