In my fifth blog post as Minnesota Council on Foundations’ Executive in Residence, I showcase the new social enterprise Can Can Wonderland.
Struggling artists fared even worse than usual during the Great Recession when many arts organizations went out of business. Nonprofit professional Jennifer Pennington wanted to change the dynamic so artists and the organizations that serve them could be self-sufficient. She wanted to make a night at the arts accessible and fun—not silent, incomprehensible or smattered with inappropriately timed applause.
The latest science says we are living through an “endemic” not a pandemic, anymore (take a listen to Science Friday’s 9/17 podcast). Rather than finding this news thoroughly depressing, I’m doing my best to embrace it. I’ve never thought there would be some kind of magic getting “back” to normal: only “Build Forward Better” as we said in our June, 2021 impact investing conference. So, let’s share what we’ve learned over the last 18 months. I’ve learned that people really do want to take action and explore new ways of addressing society’s ills such as climate change and racial injustice. What did you learn? I’d love to hear. Tweet me @susan_hammel or email or leave a comment below.