Reconsidering the Concept of the "Anchor Institution"

Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

What is an "anchor institution" and how do they impact communities? When a community transforms, does an anchor stay an anchor simply by inertia? How do we encourage meaningful, equitable community partnership from anchors, with a focus on the restructuring of systems?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss what defines an "anchor" institution, and how such institutions can be evaluated over time to ensure they continue to live up to those responsibilities.
  2. Explore systemic challenges that advantage certain organizations and disadvantage others.
  3. Consider the other non-arts anchors in any community, and how arts organizations do and do not fit into such a definition—and how they can nevertheless work in partnership for the good of the community overall.


This session is part of the Culture and Community sessions.