In 2010, the Performing Arts Program contracted with FA Productions (FA) to create a map of the cultural assets of the Program’s eleven-county funding region. Nearly two years later, this initial investment has resulted in two tools – Archipelago and Spaces, the Bay Area instances of which are called the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map (BACAM) and Bay Area Performing Arts Spaces (BAPAS), respectively. Archipelago is software that aggregates disparate streams of data and presents that data in an online, geographic mapping interface, which allows interested parties to better understand who is making art, where it is happening, who is engaging with it, and how it is supported. Spaces is software that creates an online marketplace to enable artists who want to rent space for performances or rehearsals to find venues that meet their needs. With this grant, FA proposes to continue to provide technical support to local BAPAS partners, create mechanisms to propagate best practices and share ideas across the national Spaces network, refresh BACAM’s data, and continue incremental software development on both tools as the organization seeks to expand its geographic reach.
About the Grantee
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Grants to this Grantee
for the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map
A grant to Fractured Atlas would support the organization’s ongoing development and maintenance of the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map, a web-based cultural mapping and data aggregation software tool launched in 2010. In partnership with local service organizations Theatre Bay Area and Dancers Group, Fractured Atlas has made some of the tool’s features available to the public, although the bulk of its functionality is currently restricted to Hewlett Foundation use. During this grant period, Fractured Atlas plans to refresh data sources, continue to provide technical support to local users and nonprofit partners, and prepare for a public launch of the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map in 2014 as part of the Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America, for which the Foundation awarded a grant to Harvard University in 2012.
for American Dance Abroad
American Dance Abroad, a project fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, is a comprehensive 5-day symposium for international dance presenters and local dance companies to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area in the fall of 2013. The symposium will follow a successfully implemented model from New York City in 2012 that includes live performances featuring local dance companies, open rehearsals, panel and roundtable discussions, and site visits to important regional dance venues and organizations.
for the videoconferencing project
Fractured Atlas is a national nonprofit arts organization that provides important technological infrastructure to artists, nonprofit arts organizations, and funders across the United States. The Performing Arts Program has worked with Fractured Atlas on the creation of the Bay Area Cultural Asset Map (BACAM) project. This videoconferencing grant to Fractured Atlas will allow the organization to save money on travel costs associated with BACAM as well as other projects, and will also allow higher quality telecommunication between Fractured Atlas and its national partners.