Snapshots of our work
8 Bridges Workshop is supporting the launch of this new independent foundation that will serve the Greater Philadelphia region. IPMF was formed with the proceeds from the FCC’s spectrum auction, whereby WYBE Channel 35 successfully raised $131 million. The new foundation will support the independent media, community expression, and the ecosystem of media makers in the region.
8 Bridges is leading the evaluation process for WAMU’s national initiative, Guns&America. The project places 10 Audio Fellows in public radio stations across the US to cover guns, gun culture, gun policy, gun rights, and gun violence in the context of each community. Audion Fellows are a diverse group of new talent for public radio who will participate in advanced training and collaborate via a core editorial team based in WAMU’s Washington newsroom. 8 Bridges is working with lead collaborator Tracie Powell on this project.
8 Bridges is helping to plan and launch Springboard’s first-ever capital campaign to create SpringBOX, a dynamic new campus located at 262 University Avenue West in Saint Paul. Reinventing the site of a former used car dealership, SpringBOX will provide a front yard for the neighborhood while supporting Springboard’s economic and community development mission that empowers and connects artists and communities.
In 2018 the Wyncote Foundation published our report, Investing in Local Journalism, Public Media and Storytelling: Examples from Place-Based Foundations. The report profiles eight foundations whose distinctive media funding reflects local communities’ concerns and priorities. The report is part of an ongoing initiative at Wyncote to encourage media funding among place-based foundations.
8 Bridges worked with the McKnight Foundation’s communications staff and program directors team to understand how program areas approach media and strategic communications and to identify and propose a learning agenda for the team, in part based on similar work among comparable place-based foundations in the U.S.
We created an Instrument Drive Guide for civic organizations interested in developing musical instrument drives in their local communities based on lessons learned from WQXR’s ambitious drive in New York City.
In 2016, we worked with the foundation’s Detroit Program to conduct a formative evaluation of the Kresge Artists In Detroit program at its 10-year point. The evaluation encompassed the Kresge Artist Fellowships program, Creative Many’s professional practices program, and ArtX: Detroit, a festival featuring Kresge Fellows’ work. We wrote the final report detailing our findings.
Working with Dot Connector Studio, we conducted desk research, wrote blog posts, and interviewed experts on the global trends most likely to impact the Wikimedia Foundation's long-term strategic prospects and plans. Read our work on the Wikimedia strategy website (scroll to "Foundation Research Into Major Trends), and read the final report here.
We are assisting OPERA America with the development and delivery of a new grantmaking program, supported with a generous multi-year grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. OPERA America’s Innovation Grants support Professional Company Members in implementing innovative projects in opera’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness and community connections.
We worked with Walker leadership and the Board's Digital Initiatives Task Force to consider structures for digital media within the senior leadership team, and to explore innovation in the Walker's online editorial directions.
We conducted interviews and completed desk research to compare CultureSource programs and membership structure to the offerings of arts service and advocacy organizations in other regions and cities.
Wyncote commissioned our research into digital innovation in legacy cultural institutions. We created Like, Link, Share: How cultural institutions are embracing digital technology, featuring 40 legacy cultural institutions that were nominated by peers as innovative leaders in technology. The report and its accompanying website summarize key themes and lessons learned, profile eight organizations in depth and provide background on 32 others.
We completed multiple projects with Arts Midwest’s ArtsLab program, beginning with a set of case studies documenting the program’s impact over time. We also helped design and deliver an ArtsLab program sequence for a cohort of regional orchestras and participated in ArtsLab’s regional cities’ cohort as a social media workshop presenter.
With Dot Connector Studio, we evaluated the foundation’s investments in podcasting and on-demand audio through the lens of Knight grantees, then wrote the report, From Airwaves to Earbuds.
Wanderway is a free online course we developed with collaborator Beck Tench to assist artists, arts organizations, and creative small businesses in navigating the changing landscapes of digital engagement and doing so with a spirit of possibility, experimentation, and thoughtfulness.possibility, experimentation, and thoughtfulness.