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  • Best Practices from the Best Companies Partnering with the Arts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 12/05/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces and communities.

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    December 5, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces and communities.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Business leaders and decision makers will have a better understanding of how arts partnerships can engage employees, foster creative thinking, embrace diversity, and strengthen communities/economies.
    • Arts organizations will learn new ways to approach and to collaborate with businesses.
    • Stories will inspire attendees to consider the businesses in their community that are supportive of the arts, and consider nominating them for the 2020 Arts & Business Partnership award to honor their commitments to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen their relationship with them

    Amy Siegel

    Senior Associate, Gensler

    For more than 30 years, Amy has been striking a balance between creative expression and managing the details and business demands of large, multi-faceted, projects such as international airports, hospital campuses, and gaming and hotel facilities. Amy’s aviation design expertise has been tried and proven on comprehensive wayfinding and signage programs ranging from international airports such as Incheon International Airport to regional airports such as Jackson Hole Airport, John Wayne, and Tulsa. Amy is currently leading the design standards program for Denver International Airport and has been a key team member receiving design accolades such as the 2014 AIA National Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Jackson Hole Airport.

    Website:  https://www.gensler.com/

    Damon McLeese

    Executive Director, Access Gallery

    Damon currently serves as the Executive Director of Access Gallery. He has held this position for more than 20 years, taking over as the organization’s 5th executive director in 1997.  Under his leadership, Access Gallery has continued to promote the creative power of people with disabilities through focused outreach and innovative programming, while increasing awareness in the nonprofit community about the needs and gifts of people with disabilities. Damon has worked in the fields of volunteer management and disability services for most of his career. He has worked for Colorado Special Olympics, Colorado Easter Seals and was the first director of the City of Aurora Volunteer Center where he worked with the Points of Light Foundation.  In 2002, he was elected as the Region 8 Advisory Council Representative to the VSA National Office.

    Website: https://accessgallery.org/

  • Own Your Past, Shape Your Future

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    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

    About this Series

    Own Your Past: Shape Your Future

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

  • Successful Successions: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/22/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.

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    November 22, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.


    Check out part-one of this three-part series here: How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

    Check out part-two of this three-part series here: Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Rikki Davis

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Rikki Davis (they/them) was a vocal instructor and band coach with Girls Rock! RI for two years before joining the administrative team. They have made use of their bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Art History and Gender Studies working for music festivals, campaigns, art galleries, and museums in Boston and Maine before their most recent position as program director at Slater Mill. Rikki trained in classical voice for 10 years before leaving the opera world in favor of Rock, Jazz, and Pop. They are currently the vocalist and bassist in the band Top Sugar. As a professional, Rikki is passionate about collaborative leadership and approaching administration and programming through an anti-oppression lens. In their free time, Rikki is a skater with Providence Roller Derby under the alter ego, RetroRocket.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri


    Denise Mathews-Reidpath

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Denise (she/her) is a bilingual educator who focuses on positive youth development and educational justice aligned with arts accessibility. She has a background as an advocate, interpreter/translator and socio-emotional support in Providence and Central Falls Schools, the RI Disability Law Center, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Denise is also a community yoga instructor who has volunteered to teach yoga and participating in  body image workshops at Girls Rock Camps and Ladies Rock Camps with a focus on intersectionality, and trauma-informed practices. Denise is a  atinx feminista who loves tacos and flan. She is a self-taught vocalist who dabbles in the harmonica and ukulele with her band Tall and has diverse musical influences from Selena and Buffy Sainte Marie to the Grateful Dead.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri

  • November 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/21/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

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    Emerging Leaders Network Call

    November 21, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

    Would you like to be featured on one of our quarterly calls? Email Cristyn Johnson to find out more.

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    Cristyn Johnson

    Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Cristyn Johnson is the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. In this capacity, she develops Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education offerings to advance competent and informed local, regional and national arts professionals.  She also develops a suite of programs and resources centered around the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs of a diverse workforce. She manages, grows, and cultivates an Emerging Leaders Network, a Mid-Career Leaders Network, and an Executive Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals in the field of practices, who can share their knowledge with the field at large.        

  • Arts and Social Impact Webinar Series

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    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

  • Arts and Immigration

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The arts and…immigration. At this present moment, immigrant artists are often extremely vulnerable and marginalized in our society. Many produce works of high caliber and emigrate here seeking opportunities. They are often educated, experienced, and heralded in their “home” countries. Support for them includes respect for the artist and their art form (frequently, traditional art practices of their native lands). Further, programs specific for immigrant artists need to be created in partnership with the immigrant artists communities. Fears of deportation, incarceration, and voiceless representation earmark many of their lives. Using real-world examples and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program as a case study; this webinar will share stories from its’ twelve year history, recent experiences offering this program nationwide (Detroit, Oakland, San Antonio, Newark), suggest recommended ways of empowering immigrant artists with tools, resources, and access to own their rightful place in national conversations, and creative processes in the cultural landscape.

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    November 21, 2019 @ 2:00PM EDT

    The arts and…immigration. At this present moment, immigrant artists are often extremely vulnerable and marginalized in our society. Many produce works of high caliber and emigrate here seeking opportunities. They are often educated, experienced, and heralded in their “home” countries. Support for them includes respect for the artist and their art form (frequently, traditional art practices of their native lands). Further, programs specific for immigrant artists need to be created in partnership with the immigrant artists communities. Fears of deportation, incarceration, and voiceless representation earmark many of their lives. 

    Using real-world examples and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program as a case study; this webinar will share stories from its’ twelve year history, recent experiences offering this program nationwide (Detroit, Oakland, San Antonio, Newark), suggest recommended ways of empowering immigrant artists with tools, resources, and access to own their rightful place in national conversations, and creative processes in the cultural landscape. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will learn an overview and history of the program, its goals and outcomes
    • Learn about the moving parts of the program structure that knit together to create an impactful outcome; from mentorship, providing access to networks and resources, alumni engagement, and partnerships
    • Key takeaways; from lessons learned to what challenges immigrant artist encounter and how that can translate to other ways of supporting immigrant artists nationwide and beyond.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

    Judy Cai

    Senior Program Office, NYFA Learning

    Judy Cai is the Senior Program Officer of NYFA Learning at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). She is facilitating various professional development programs at NYFA, such as entrepreneurial boot camps and the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, to better serve individual artists. With a strong interest in arts and cultural exchange, Judy is also managing a number of NYFA’s China programs, and outreaching to local Asian artist communities.

    Prior to this position, Judy was the Outreach Coordinator at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. To become a strong advocate of a global arts exchange and collect extensive experiences in international communications, Judy also worked at Christie’s, Dance/USA and Shanghai International Arts Festival. Judy Cai has a MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a BS in Culture and Arts Management, and a Bachelor of Law from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

    Website: NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

    Alicia Ehni

    Program Office, NYFA Learning

    Alicia Ehni is a multidisciplinary artist and Program Officer, NYFA Learning.  At the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) she works on professional development programs for artists of all disciplines and implements programs in Spanish. She is also the Editor of NYFA Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter, former New York Chair for Membership for ArtTable 2016-2019 and serves on Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Support for Individual Artists committee. 

    In her previous role as Gallery Director of Frederico Seve Gallery/Latincollector, Alicia had the opportunity to work with artist Carmen Herrera, Fanny Sanin, and with artists estates, such as Fundacion Gego and Fundacion Emilio Sanchez.

    Alicia Ehni studied Fine Arts at Universidad Católica, Perú and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and Arts Administration at NYU. She is a 2018 fellow of NALAC Leadership Institute, was selected as Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 2018-19 SHIFT Resident Artist, received a 2019 Puffin Foundation Grant and was awarded a residency at MASS MoCA Summer 2019. 

    Website: NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

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    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.

    About this Series

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artists of Color Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/07/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences. This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today.

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    November 7, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

    In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences.

    This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • The importance of incorporating the respective community’s guidance throughout all three phases of a program (planning, implementation, and evaluation)
    • How programs designed for artists of color can be used as entry points for deeper engagement
    • How branding is important in making your organization relevant to new stakeholders (artists and audiences)



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Rishard Allen

    Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Rishard Allen is arts and culture professional serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. His administrative practice supports the artistic work of people from marginalized communities, acknowledging their contributions as worthy of being commissioned, exhibited, performed, published, studied, and funded. Allen currently serves as the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, assisting with the administration of arts education initiatives and grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations. In 2017, he received his B.S. in Arts Management from Indiana University with a specialization in music history and culture. Prior to working at the Arts Council, he was the Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and was an Emerging Field Leader with WolfBrown, providing assistance for a nationwide evaluation of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative. Rishard also serves on the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee for Americans for the Arts.

    Website: https://indyarts.org/

    Twitter: @artscouncilindy and @RishardDAllen

    Instagram: @artscouncilindy

    Facebook: @indyarts

    Shamira Wilson

    Interdisciplinary Artist

    Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, has studied Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art, and attended a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited in Indianapolis at venues including the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Contemporary.

    Website: https://shamirawilson.com/

    Instagram: @shamirawilson

  • Creative Conversation: Gina Rodríguez-Drix

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/06/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.

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    November 6, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT


    In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.

    Gina Rodríguez-Drix

    Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism

    Gina Rodríguez-Drix (she/hers) is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism where she manages ACT Public Art program, develops cultural policy, and facilitates creative placemaking projects.  Most recently Gina managed the planning process for the Art in City Life Plan, the City’s first master plan for public art, and is now stewarding the planning process for Creative Providence 2020, the City’s second cultural plan for the creative sector.  Gina’s professional and creative practices are rooted in her fervent passion for social, environmental and reproductive justice and commitment to her hometown. Gina is also a multi-genre writer and birth-doula who raises her young family in Providence.

    Websitehttps://artculturetourism.com/       

    Todd Trebour

    Organizations Program Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

    Todd Trebour is the Organizations Program Director at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Todd manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including grants, programs, and services. A strong believer the power of partnerships and networks, Todd has piloted several new initiatives in his first year at RISCA, including affinity group convenings of organizations; an Arts and Cultural Advocacy Workshop series with the United Way of Rhode Island, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; and an Advancing Cultural Equity Workshop and Technical Assistance Program in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. He has also seen a 47% increase in applications to the Arts Access project grant program thanks to intensive and continuous outreach to Rhode Island organizations. Todd received his BA in Music Performance from Whitman College, his MM in Voice from Rice University, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service. Currently, Todd is in his second term on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Americans for the Arts.

    Twitter: @RISCA1967

    Website: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

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    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists.

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for March 2019 will be legal support for artists.



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  

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