Investing in the Arts to Create Transformative Change

Friday, June 13, 2014
12:00pm to 2:00pm EDT
Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD
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Funders Roundtable of Montgomery County: Investing in the Arts to Create Transformative Change

We often overlook the way the arts contribute to our daily lives and strengthen our communities. The arts help equip our future workforce with the critical skills needed for 21st century jobs: abstract thinking, analytical skills, focus, collaboration, creativity, and accountability. Moreover, the arts are particularly vital for people who have experienced trauma and those living in poverty. A recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts concludes that at-risk teenagers "who have a history of in-depth arts involvement show better academic outcomes... demonstrate higher rates of college enrollment and attainment... are more likely to show civic-minded behavior than young adults who did not."

Unfortunately, since it is often considered a luxury, art funding is usually the first to be cut during tough economic times. This is exacerbated by the fact that many arts organizations struggle to document how their work creates meaningful change for individuals and communities.

Whether you are a long-time arts advocate or just thinking about incorporating an arts strategy into your giving, join us as we explore:

  • How can we foster innovation in the arts which will lead to transformative change for both individuals and communities?
  • What are the best practices in finding high-impact arts programming, documenting its impact, and taking it to scale?
  • What should funders consider when adding art in their grantmaking strategies focused on critical community needs, such as promoting health and mental health, closing the achievement gap, and building a stronger workforce?


  • Suzan Jenkins, CEO of Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
  • Jan Goldstein, Executive Director of Arts on the Block and partner in the Common Ground collaborative
  • Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC

To RSVP contact Bridget Hanagan at or 301-495-3036 x 169.

About the Funders' Roundtable of Montgomery County
The Funders’ Roundtable free lunch events provide representatives of local companies and foundations with an opportunity to get acquainted, learn more about Montgomery County funding priorities, and share best practices. The events are open to grantmakers only, and have anywhere from 15 to 30 attendees. Each luncheon focuses on a different funding topic – education, health care, etc.—selected in advance by the group.

Lunch is provided courtesy of our 2014 sponsors: The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, Mead Family Foundation, Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and The Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers.

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