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  • 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.        

  • Own Your Past, Shape Your Future

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    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.

  • Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion.

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    September 24, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion. 


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

    Rachel Brooks

    Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Design, Momentum Nonprofit Partners

    Serving as the Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Design, Rachel is proud to serve Momentum members by designing and delivering the most innovative and effective learning solutions that will grow local nonprofit leaders and organizations. Before joining Momentum, Rachel worked in a variety of nonprofit environments both locally and nationally, including working remotely across the South and Central U.S. to support innovation, speaking race to power and social change. With an eye on the intersections of our multi-issue lives, Rachel works to meet individuals and organizations where they are, get curious and learn about what is important to them, and develop a collaborative and accessible plan for action.

    Website: http://www.momentumnonprofitpartners.org/          

    Anjel Newman

    AS220 Programs Director, AS220

    Anjel Newmann is a Hip Hop educator, futurist and artist from Rhode Island. Her work focuses on working with young people, especially those who have been most impacted by systems of oppression, to realize their own potential through the arts. Anjel is highly committed to addressing systems of racism within the arts community and educational environments. For the past 5 years, she has been the Director of AS220's Youth program and has recently been promoted to AS220's Director of Programs. In addition to her work at AS220, she actively participates on a variety of school and environmental justice boards. She is also a volunteer for a local youth sports organization, the West Elmwood Intruders and a recent and proud graduate of College Unbound

    Website: http://youth.as220.org/                            

  • September 2019 Private Sector Network Call: Building Partnerships with your Chamber of Commerce

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/19/2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

    The Private Sector Network is open to all AFTA members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

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    Private Sector Network Call 

    Building Partnerships with Your Chamber of Commerce

    September 19, 2019 at 4:00PM EDT

    The Private Sector Network is open to all Americans for the Arts members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues. This year’s series focuses on the creative economy, what it means, and what program models exist out there that can serve as examples for how to explore this work in your community.

    Chambers of Commerce are important partners in our communities. They convene businesses, advocate for business-friendly policies, and have a voice at the economic-development table. It’s important for local arts agencies to establish partnerships with their Chambers to expand their network, explore new relationships with businesses, and provide the voice for how the arts can be part of community-building solutions. Hear from Nicole Mullet, Executive Director at Arts Now in Akron, OH, and Steve Millard, President & CEO of the Akron Chamber of Commerce, about their partnership and what they hope to accomplish. 

    Nicole Mullet

    Executive Director, Arts Now

    Nicole serves as the Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization that helps build and strengthen a thriving Summit County arts and culture scene to add economic vitality and social vibrancy to our region. In this role, she collaborates with local leaders and organizations to advocate for the arts and culture sector, connects local talent to resources, and leads a team that promotes the diverse catalog of arts and culture offerings across multiple platforms to Summit County residents.

    Website: https://artsnow.org/

    Facebook: @SummitArtsNow

    Jessica Stern (Moderator)

    Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Jessica is the Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager with Americans for the Arts. Prior to this position, she acted as the Membership and Resources Manager for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), providing oversight of NAO’s statewide membership program while curating and reinventing its online platform of nonprofit management best practice resources. Prior to NAO, Jessica spent nearly five years working with Portland’s local business committee for the arts, Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), delivering programs that engaged employees from BCA’s 200+ business members, managing all marketing and communications strategies, and retaining and cultivating corporate and community partnerships. Jessica has also served in development roles at Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Literary Arts; and has freelanced as an independent web designer and developer.

  • Five Key Things About the Current (and Future) Field of Teaching Artistry

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/16/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    The field of teaching artistry is growing, but in ways you may not expect. It is the workforce relied upon for most innovative experimentation into the future audiences in the U.S. Do you know its fastest growing areas? Do you have a vision for what it may well become? Join us for a webinar with Eric Booth, expert in the field of teaching artistry, as we take a look at the current state of teaching artists in the U.S.

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    September 16, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    The field of teaching artistry is growing, but in ways you may not expect.  It is the workforce relied upon for most innovative experimentation into the future audiences in the U.S.  Do you know its fastest growing areas?  Do you have a vision for what it may well become? Join us for a webinar with Eric Booth, expert in the field of teaching artistry, as we take a look at the current state of teaching artists in the U.S.

    Learning Objectives

    • Participants will get a clear sense of how the crucial (but often overlooked) teaching artist workforce is developing and being deployed.  
    • Participants will explore some field-leading projects and hurdles the field of teaching artistry faces. 

    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

    In 2015 Eric Booth was given Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Leadership Award, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent are Playing for Their Lives (about the global El Sistema Movement) and Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion and The Music Teaching Artist's Bible.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 40 years, where now he is a leader of their Teaching Artist Development Labs). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S.. A frequent keynote speaker, he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference, and he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and founded the Teaching Artist Journal, and is the only recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry. 

    Websites

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Theory of Change for Any Organization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/21/2019

    What is a Theory of Change? How might it help your organization? Theory of Change is a map that describes a process of change. It tells the story of what your organization does and the impacts it hopes to have. It can be the first step in evaluating an organization’s impact. In this webinar, Anika Kwinana from The Kennedy Center and Rachel Engh from Metris Arts Consulting will discuss how any arts and culture organization, no matter its size or operating budget, can make a relevant and useful Theory of Change.

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     About this Webinar

    What is a Theory of Change? How might it help your organization? Theory of Change is a map that describes a process of change. It tells the story of what your organization does and the impacts it hopes to have. It can be the first step in evaluating an organization’s impact. In this webinar, Anika Kwinana from The Kennedy Center and Rachel Engh from Metris Arts Consulting will discuss how any arts and culture organization, no matter its size or operating budget, can make a relevant and useful Theory of Change.

    Anika Kwinana

    Manager, National Partnerships, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Anika Kwinana is an artist and arts manager who is passionate about the role of the arts in supporting community development.  Her work has included directing music and arts programming for a diverse, 5,000-member religious organization in South Africa, where she mentored and led 100+ volunteer artists; produced, wrote and performed on two live CD-DVD projects; and, oversaw concerts, conferences and facility rentals. 

    She also managed, facilitated and fundraised for several community-based youth, HIV-AIDS, and women’s empowerment organizations in the country.  In the U.S, Anika has designed and implemented STEM and arts-related college and career fairs, with an emphasis on concept development; event management; committee oversight; program design and implementation; and, partnership-building.  She is currently Manager, National Partnerships in the Education Division at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she co-leads the Any Given Child Initiative, supporting 27 communities, nationally, to expand equitable access to quality arts education for public school students.  Anika is a Commissioner for the Arlington County Commission for the Arts where she chairs the Community Arts Advisory Committee. She is also an executive board member (Treasurer) for the Arts Administrators of Color Network. Anika holds an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University and an M.A. Public Anthropology from American University.  Her most recent work with Americans for the Arts was a co-presented workshop at the 2019 Convention, “How to Make and Use a Theory of Change” and moderated an ArtsU webinar, “Advancing the Diversity of Your Board.”

    Twitter: @anikakwinana  

    Rachel Engh

    Researcher/Planner, Metris Arts Consulting

    Rachel Engh is a researcher/planner at Metris Arts Consulting (@metrisarts). Located in Easton, PA, Metris provides research, planning, and evaluation services to reveal arts’ impacts and help communities equitably improve their cultural vitality. Before joining Metris in 2015, Rachel worked for the City of Minneapolis in the office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. She has spoken about Metris’ work for conferences and webinars and has contributed articles to Public Art Review, Createquity, and Americans’ for the Arts’ ARTSblog. When she’s not at Metris, Rachel enjoys sending postcards to family and friends, spending time along the Delaware River, and watching her cat, Harriet, chase crumpled up pieces of paper. Rachel holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnell College. She can be contacted at engh@metrisarts.com

    Website: www.metrisarts.com

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    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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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/19/2019

    What do you need to think about when considering building retreat-style experiences for artists? This Coffee Chat with Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts​, discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more.

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     About this Conversation

    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 August 2019 will be about creating retreat-style experiences for individual artists.

    What do you need to know to create a retreat-style experience for artists?

    Join Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts, as she discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more. 


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

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    Lindsay Ketterer Gates

    Executive Director, Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Lindsay has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts (1996), a graduate certificate in Non Profit Management/Arts Administration (2002) and a Masters of Business Administration (2018). She was employed as the Director of Development at Peters Valley School of Craft for many years before taking on the role of Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts in May of 2018. Lindsay is the Vice President of the board of directors of the National Basketry Organization and helps to lead their development efforts. For over 20 years she has been a studio artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections. She has work on tour in the exhibition ‘Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in the 21st Century’ and recently had work on loan in the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and ‘Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fibers”. She is sought to teach and lecture nationally and has spoken and taught at the Smithsonian's American Craft Museum – Renwick Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Textile Study Group of NY, Haystack Mt. School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, SOFA Chicago, and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book VII, 500 Baskets, Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to being an Artist/Craftsmen, to name a few. In 2005 she was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. 

    Website: https://touchstonecrafts.org/

    Twitter: @touchstonecraft

  • August 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/15/2019

    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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     August 2019 

    Emerging Leaders Network Call

    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.

    Guest Emerging Leader: Colleen McCartney, ArtsMemphis

    Topic: Job Hunting Tips & Tricks

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

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    Colleen McCartney

    Grants and Initiatives Manager, ArtsMemphis

    Colleen McCartney currently serves as the as the Grants and Initiatives Manager for ArtsMemphis after having completed a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas Tech University and an M.A in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Globalization, Development and Culture and a Museum Studies certificate from the University of Memphis. Colleen’s position allows her to serve a broad and diverse community, administering over 160 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million dollars, benefiting over 75 art organizations and artists in the Memphis metroplex. These grants help to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. Prior to working at ArtsMemphis, she held programming and administrative positions at various museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum. While an undergraduate she held leadership positions in her local chapter of her service sorority, Gamma Alpha Omega, as well as serving as Student Director on its National Board. She has continued her community service as a member of the Junior League of Memphis. Her life-long passion for art, culture and community service led to her role at ArtsMemphis, where she is honored to able to experience and influence the transformative power of the arts every day.

    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.        

  • Digital Marketing for Cultural Organizations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/14/2019

    At a time when the amount of online content has become overwhelming, cost-efficient strategies that allow cultural organizations to thrive are increasingly essential. Join us for a webinar on 8/13 about digital marketing initiatives that have helped cultural entities grow customer loyalty, boost revenues, and raise awareness about programs and services.

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    About this Webinar

    At a time when the amount of online content has become overwhelming, cost-efficient strategies that allow arts and cultural organizations with modest budgets to thrive are increasingly essential. In this webinar, Daniel Gallant, Executive Director of Nuyorican Poets Café, leads a discussion of social media strategies and online marketing initiatives that have helped the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Arts Japan 2020, and other cultural entities to grow customer loyalty, boost revenues, and raise awareness about programs and services. Organizations of all sizes can learn from the achievements of small cultural entities that have exploited nuances of the online marketing sphere to outperform their larger competitors in key categories. 

    Daniel Gallant

    Marketing Consultant

    Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Director of Arts Japan 2020, and a marketing consultant. He is the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the Devos Institute; he was also recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, the New York Post, six anthologies from Applause Books and Vintage Books and elsewhere. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Adweek, Crains New York, Inc., New York Magazine, and on MTV, NPR, NY1, PBS, CNN’s United Shades of America and NPR's Planet Money. He has lectured and consulted about arts marketing for organizations including the Kennedy Center, PEN World Voices Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Arts Centre, the 92nd Street Y, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Opera America, Fourth Arts Block, The Field, the Devos Institute, Columbia University and many more. 

    WEBSITE: https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gallant

    WEBSITE: www.nuyorican.org

    TWITTER: @NuyoricanPoets