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  • Virtual Conversation: How Arts Vibrant is Your Community?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 04/10/2018 at 3:30 PM (EDT)

    Healthy communities have healthy arts communities. Learn about NCAR's Arts Vibrancy Index which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. Find out where your community falls on the related Heat Map, with rank scores on all measures for every U.S. county. Understand what makes a city vibrant in the arts and the different elements that come into play to foster that vibrancy. Discuss how communities can boost vibrancy and why it matters to their overall health.

    About this Webinar

    April 10, 2018 at 3:30PM

    Healthy communities have healthy arts communities. Learn about NCAR's Arts Vibrancy Index which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. Find out where your community falls on the related Heat Map, with rank scores on all measures for every U.S. county. Understand what makes a city vibrant in the arts and the different elements that come into play to foster that vibrancy. Discuss how communities can boost vibrancy and why it matters to their overall health.

    Presenter:

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    Zannie Voss, Director, National Center for Arts Research

    @artsresearch, zvoss@smu.edu

    Dr. Zannie Voss is Director of the National Center for Arts Research and Professor of Arts Management in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business.  Prior to SMU, she was a Professor at Duke University and Producing Director of Theater Previews at Duke. Before transitioning to academia, Zannie served as managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, associate manager of the Alley Theatre, and assistant director of Audience Development at the Mark Taper Forum. Zannie has consulted on projects for the Irvine Foundation, the League of American Orchestras, Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Communications Group, co-authoring TCG’s Theatre Facts since 1998.  She has published over a dozen articles in top academic and practitioner journals.

  • Yes, And! Why evaluation is essential for good storytelling

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 03/21/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    In this high-energy webinar, Sheri Chaney Jones will share how stories and evaluation results lead to increase revenues, stronger relationships with funders, more engaged volunteers, and more meaningful impact. Inspiring research from Impact & Excellence will be shared around how arts organizations who establish specific measurement best practices are more successful. Participants will learn that this is fun, can be accomplished with any size organization, and will lead to positive results. Practical strategies that participants can start implemented immediately will be shared.

    imageAbout this Webinar 

    March 21, 2018 at 3:00PM

    In this high-energy webinar, Sheri Chaney Jones will share how stories and evaluation results lead to increase revenues, stronger relationships with funders, more engaged volunteers, and more meaningful impact. Inspiring research from Impact & Excellence will be shared around how arts organizations who establish specific measurement best practices are more successful. Participants will learn that this is fun, can be accomplished with any size organization, and will lead to positive results. Practical strategies that participants can start implemented immediately will be shared. 

    Learning Objectives

    • Discover how to use stories and evaluation data to increase effective operations and generate new sources of partnerships and funding.
    • Define success measures and learn proven strategies to effectively measure impact and outcomes.
    • Move toward the creation of solid organizational structures that are the foundation of evaluation best practices. 

    Presenter

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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President, Measurement Resources Company

    Website: www.measurementresourcesco.com

    Email: scjones@measurementresourcesco.com

    Twitter: @MRCCEO

    For over 17 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved government and  nonprofit organizations using performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.  Her experience and expertise has transformed cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.  By developing a measurement culture and using data collection and analysis, Sheri has helped one client turn a $420,000 loss into a $420,000 gain. A successful project with another client resulted in a program savings of approximately $100,000 a year; and yet another client saw an annual savings of $250,000,000 in Medicaid spending.  Sheri is the President of Measurement Resources Company and author of Impact & Excellence published by Jossey-Bass in 2014. At The Ohio State University, Sheri teaches a course on creating measurement cultures as part of the Certified Public Manager’s Program. Sheri earned a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a B.S. with distinction in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

    To register for this webinar, select "Register" in the top right hand corner of the screen.

  • Overview of Art & Design at Night

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/20/2018

    From night owls to evening hour commuters, the nighttime plays host to opportunities for engaging the public, but how does programming for the night differ from the daytime? In this webinar, we will hear from an expert in nighttime design to provide basics to plan art programs for the evening hours. With a focus on festivals, watch this webinar to learn some basic ideas on planning for community engagement at night.

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    March 20, 2018

    As a first is a series of webinars, we will be exploring the topic of Art & Design At Night and look at what it takes to develop public art and programming for the evening hours. We will hear from experts in the field of night design, as well as explore how public art programs have develop successful projects that engage with the evening hours. Watch this series to learn how to plan for engaging communities at night

    From night owls to evening hour commuters, the nighttime plays host to opportunities for engaging the public, but how does programming for the night differ from the daytime? In this webinar, we will hear from an expert in nighttime design to provide basics to plan art programs for the evening hours. With a focus on festivals, watch this webinar to learn some basic ideas on planning for community engagement at night.

    Objectives:

    To provide basic information for those interested in developing a project or program at night

    After registering, be sure to check out further resources and handouts in the tabs above. You can download a PDF of this presentation in the "Handouts" tab.

    To find more resources on Urban Design and Placemaking visit the Public Art Resource Center at www.AmericansfortheArts.org/PA...

    Presenter:

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    Leni Schwendinger, Creative Director and Consultant, NightSeeing

    Twitter: @Leni_Light,Facebook: Leni Schwendinger, Night-time Design, Linkedin: Leni Schwendinger Website: lenischwendinger.com

    Artist Leni Schwendinger, is a recognized authority on the many issues and applications of city lighting with more than 20 years of experience creating illuminated environments for public spaces all over the world. Her innovative interdisciplinary practice, nighttime design urbanism, focuses city districts’ darkened hours and includes community involvement methodologies. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking engagements, including the worldwide “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City” program, most recently in Prague, Czech Republic, Sydney Australia, Seattle Washington (USA) and Bogota, Colombia. Recent and ongoing projects include the Enhanced Design Initiative for the New York City subway, several bridges in Canada, and art projects for the Cleveland Rapid Transit District, among others.  Professional awards include such recognition as multiple Lumens from the Illuminating Engineering Society, SEGD and the NEA Japan Residency Fellowship. Schwendinger has enjoyed extensive coverage in design press and media, including videos produced by Sculpture, Monocle, Architectural Lighting, Architectural Digest and Dwell magazines. She is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, a Design Trust for Public Space Fellow and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in residence at the Portland State University (USA) Department of Architecture. Most importantly, Leni is currently directing a startup, Nighttime Design Research Institute, to establish an after-dark, design-focused, profession

    Host:

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    Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices in the Public Art Process

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/26/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

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    February 26,2018 at 1:00PM

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

    Learning Objectives:

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the public art selection process have a growing interesting to professionals and artists alike. Taken from the Public Art Network Listserv, the topic of DEI will be addressed in this virtual conversation to provide another form of discussion on this important issue.

    Presenters:

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    Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Website: www.indyarts.org

    Email: jmoore@indyarts.org


    Julia Moore is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and art historian. She has curated, selected, and managed public art projects since 2000. Driven by a belief that public art should both inspire and reflect its community, Julia’s favorite projects are those that challenge traditional approaches to bring a mixture of surprise, thoughtfulness and joy into public space.

    At the Arts Council, Julia oversees community and civic public art projects, public art master planning, and ongoing programming to improve artists’ capacity to create public art. She is currently developing a new Public Art for Neighborhoods program with the City of Indianapolis, integrating both grant funding for neighborhood organizations and percent-for-art-style installations in private development.

    Prior to her work at the Arts Council, she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services at the Indianapolis Art Center, curating over 250 gallery and public projects in 14 years. As the Public Art Administrator for Blackburn Architects, Inc., she oversaw the selection, fabrication and installation of public art in new construction; key projects included developing multi-million-dollar public art programs for Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, and planning public art for cultural districts and other civic initiatives. Julia has also taught art history and art appreciation at colleges and universities in Central Indiana. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, in addition to a M.B.A. from Ball State University.

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    Amina K. Cooper, Manager of External Affairs and Public Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

    Website: www.creativemoco.com
    Email: amina.cooper@creativemoco.com

    Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, she has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the region’s designated local arts agency. Montgomery County’s public art program was initiated over 30 years ago and has grown to roughly 300 public artworks and 500 contemporary works on paper over time. In her role, Amina helps to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. She also curates and manages the county’s gallery and exhibition space. Amina is interested in expanding cultural equity, leading research, community outreach and fundraising planning for public art projects in underserved communities. With an interest in new and best practices, Amina has helped to develop the programs’ new strategic plan and public art guidelines. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.

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    Caroline Vincent, Public Art & Placemaking Director, Metro Arts

    Website: artsnashville.org  
    Email: caroline.vincent@nashville.gov

    Caroline is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for the city of Nashville. The city’s Percent for Public Art program recently dedicated its 50th artwork in the collection. She currently oversees more than 40 active public art and community projects annually. In addition to the Percent for Art program, Vincent manages partnerships with multiple city agencies including a new focus on transportation and transit-related projects, as well as an artist training program called Learning Lab, which was initially funded via a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. She also supervises a micro-fund program called THRIVE that has supported more than 350 artists and 100 community projects over the last 4 years. In 2016 and 2017, she led a city-wide public art planning process that resulted in a Public Art Community Investment Plan that positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. Vincent has 18 years’ experience as a curator and consultant in public art programs, galleries and with corporate clients. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.

  • February 2018 Member Briefing: Legislative Updates and Next Steps on Charitable Giving and the NEA

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 02/20/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    February 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    One of the benefits you’re entitled to as an #AFTAmember is direct access to our staff when you need it most. Join our staff on February’s member-exclusive briefing call on February 20th at 3pm. We’ll update you on the Charitable Giving implications of the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and the proposal to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Bridget Woodbury at bwoodbury@artsusa.org.

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:326390.

    Presenters:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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    Isaac Fitzsimons, Membership Data Associate, Americans for the Arts

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    Christina Ritchie, Director of Individual Giving, Americans for the Arts

  • Member Briefing: A Closer Look at the Aesthetics Perspective Framework and Measuring Impact

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    About the Member Briefing

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 818022.


    Presenters:

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    Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

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    Barbara Schaffer BaconCo-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Erie, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Nonprofit Partnership
    609 Walnut Street
    Erie, PA | 16502

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 10:00AM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Johnstown, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Black Box Theater at Bottle Works
    411 Third Avenue
    Johnstown, PA | 15906

    Date and Time:Tuesday, February 13th at 3:00PM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Greensburg, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Westmoreland Museum of American Art
    211 North Main Street
    Greensburg, PA | 15601

    Date and Time: Tuesday, February 13th at 10:00AM

  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Pittsburgh, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
    810 Penn Avenue, 7th Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA | 15222

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 6:30PM