Investing in the Arts for Both Financial and Social ROI

Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Artists may be the original social entrepreneurs, and they have even more potential to shed light on social justice issues through innovative impact investing. What is impact investment? Investments made to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. In this session, learn about the rising movement of impact investment, which explicitly pairs artist support with social impact for the greater good.

This session addresses issues of capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, fundraising, grantmaking, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.


Julie Muraco
New York, New York
Danielle Brazell
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, leading a staff of 64 full-time employees and 80 part-time employees. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services. Prior to 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell also held the positions of Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She currently serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.