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  • December 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    December 2020 Member Briefing

    December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    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!

  • 2020 Member Briefings

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    Topics will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled briefing.

    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!

    January 2020

    Topic: Membership in the Year Ahead

    Date: January 21, 2020

    February 2020

    Topic: The Arts Education Network Council

    Date: February 18, 2020

    April 2020

    Topic: Gathering Insight into the PAN Year In Review

    Date: April 21, 2020

    July 2020

    Date: July 21, 2020

    October 2020

    Date: October 20, 2020

    December 2020

    Date: December 15, 2020

  • Public Art Pulse Check

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/16/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    Americans for the Arts members are invited to be part of Public Art Pulse Check, an interactive program for attendees to dive into timely issues and trends affecting the public art field today. Led by the Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council, attendees will learn ways Americans for the Arts are addressing current public art-related issues, and engage with each other to share experiences and knowledge on issues facing local public art programs and practitioners.

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    About this Conversation

    November 16, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST

    Americans for the Arts members are invited to be part of Public Art Pulse Check, an interactive program for attendees to dive into timely issues and trends affecting the public art field today. Led by the Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council, attendees will learn ways Americans for the Arts are addressing current public art-related issues, and engage with each other to share experiences and knowledge on issues facing local public art programs and practitioners.

    Participants to this event will:

    • Learn how current national issues are affecting public art programs and practitioners across the country.
    • Network with other colleagues who are dealing with similar issues in public art at the local level.
    • Hear how Americans for the Arts is continuing to support the public art field through current issues. 

    This event is designed to encourage dialogue and knowledge sharing on how to address public art issues. To ensure that this event enables a safe space for sharing, the event will not be recorded. Presented by the Public Art Network Advisory Council.

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  • Preserving the Legacy of Your Arts Organization During Challenging Times

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Your arts organization is cultural heritage, learn to preserve it for future generations.

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    November 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

    Your arts organization is cultural heritage, learn to preserve it for future generations.  

    We are facing challenging times in our society—a global pandemic, recession, rise of natural disasters and civic unrest—and we are feeling the impact deeply in our arts sector. The future  seems uncertain as many things are out of our control. But there are things we can control during this time of uncertainty.

    We are critical stewards of our cultural heritage. Our art institutions have a legacy to preserve and share. With the challenges ahead, it is more important now than ever to document and share the impact of our institutions. You may need to secure funding, garner support from your community and stakeholders, or think about cementing your cultural footprint while your doors are closed temporarily, or permanently.

    For over a decade, the Artwork Archive team has worked with nonprofits to document their art collections and programming, and recently, has seen how institutions around the world are pivoting during these complicated times. Long-time cultural worker, Elysian McNiff Koglmeier, will share best practices for preserving your institution's legacy. You'll learn how to digitize your collection and programs, what information is worth saving for today and tomorrow, ways to maintain and conserve your artworks for future generations, and the ever-popular topic of bringing your exhibitions and programming online to maintain relevancy.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learn ways to manage your art inventory. Know what information is worth saving so that you can easily report on the impact of your organization. You'll also have key records available if art will be deaccessioned, gifted or sold.
    • Get best practices for maintaining your artworks. We'll cover how you can track and stay on top of conservation so that your art will be preserved for future generations.
    • Discover how other organizations are bringing their exhibitions and fundraisers online. Make your mission accessible and relevant for today and tomorrow's audiences. 

    Americans for the Arts is providing the arts and culture field with this and other COVID-19 webinars and resources at no charge to you. Please consider supporting our ability to deliver this important work with a donation by clicking HERE 

    We also encourage you to become a member with us for access to even more webinars and other resources, please visit www.americansforthearts.org/membership for more information.

    Elysian McNiff Koglmeier

    Head of Growth, Artwork Archive

    Elysian McNiff Koglmeier is Head of Growth for Artwork Archive, an online art inventory management system for artists, collectors and organizations. She leads partnerships, communications and writes content for the company's blog—http://www.artworkarchive.com/blog.  

    Growing up with a father as an art therapist and a mother who dedicated her career to art education, Elysian has always been passionate about the creative process and the importance of empowering artists and cultural institutions. She has pursued this passion both in the public and private sector. She started her career in museums (Middlebury College Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), ran New England Foundation for the Arts' public art program, served as curator for Brown University and RISD, and contributed to publications such as Art Business News and Public Art Review. A move out west brought her to Craftsy (now Bluprint) in Denver where she produced online art classes and managed partnerships for a startup that created online educational opportunities for enthusiastic makers. 

    She received her BA in History from Middlebury College and her MA in Public Humanities from Brown University. 

  • Before You Close: Strategies for Alternative Pathways Forward

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/10/2020 at 3:30 PM (EST)

    The estimated total impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts sector stands at $13.1 billion and growing, with layoffs, furloughs, and cancelled performances setting the stage for long-term financial impacts. At the same time, the value of the arts has never been greater as we watch creative organizations respond to very real social challenges, raising community conversations and spirits. This webinar speaks to organizations who are facing financial and operational hardships right now, and offers specific solutions to consider, instead of closing their doors completely.

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    November 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET

    The estimated total impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts sector stands at $13.1 billion and growing, with layoffs, furloughs, and canceled performances setting the stage for long-term financial impacts. At the same time, the value of the arts has never been greater as we watch creative organizations respond to very real social challenges, raising community conversations and spirits. This webinar speaks to organizations who are facing financial and operational hardships right now and offers specific solutions to consider, instead of closing their doors completely. 

    As part of this webinar, participants will:

    • Review the current landscape of the industry and projections for the future, based on research from Americans for the Arts.
    • Project income and expenses for the next year based on best- and worst-case scenarios.
    • Explore pros and cons of alternative pathways, including mergers and shared-service agreements. 

    Americans for the Arts is providing the arts and culture field with this and other COVID-19 webinars and resources at no charge to you. Please consider supporting our ability to deliver this important work with a donation by clicking HERE 

    We also encourage you to become a member with us for access to even more webinars and other resources, please visit www.americansforthearts.org/membership for more information.

    Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC®

    Founder, Minerva Financial Arts

    Elaine Grogan Luttrull, CPA-PFS, AFC® is the founder of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to building financial literacy and empowerment in creative individuals and organizations. 

    She leads workshops around the country for groups as varied as the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, Americans for the Arts, the Arts & Business Councils of New York and Greater Boston, the College Art Association, Playwrights of New York, the Lark Play Development Center, Theatre Communications Group, and Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and the Whitney Museum for American Art. She also works with colleges and universities to offer guest lectures on financial topics. Hosts of Elaine’s collegiate programs include the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory of Music, Rhode Island School of Design, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Millikin University. Elaine also works with state arts councils including the Ohio Arts Council, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Kentucky Arts Council, Delaware Division of the Arts, and the Broward County Cultural Division to offer programming for individual artists in those states. Lastly, Elaine partners with funders including Creative Capital, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and the Tamarack Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation to provide ongoing support for recipients of these awards.

    Elaine teaches at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where she served as the Department Head for Business & Entrepreneurship from 2014-2018. Previously, Elaine served as the Director of Financial Analysis for The Juilliard School and in the Transaction Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young in New York.

    Elaine is the author of Arts & Numbers (Agate, B2 2013), and she contributed regularly to Professional Artist magazine. She is based in Columbus, Ohio where she serves on the boards of the Short North Alliance and Healing Broken Circles. She serves on the Advisory Board of Besa, and she volunteers weekly with the AFCPE to teach a financial literacy course in the Marion Correctional Institute. Previous board service includes Social Ventures and the Financial Therapy Association. 

    Website: http://minervafinancialarts.com/

  • SOUNDING THE ALERT: COVID Advocacy & Messaging Momentum in the Heartland

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/23/2020 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Omaha, NE sound designer Bill Kirby of BLUEBARN Theatre shares the story of how he and fellow creative industry workers quickly mobilized for the September 1st national #RED Alert/RESTART day of action and got 40 Omaha venues, businesses, and even private residences to light their buildings red as a dramatic call to support the arts. The event played a pivotal role to capture public and legislators’ focus on COVID’s devastating impact on the arts community. Hear how they followed up with strategic messaging and a social media blitz that motivated the arts community and the city to advocate for the RESTART Act and gained three Omaha and Iowa legislators as co-sponsors. Momentum continues with further actions to advocate for the DAWN Act and, with legislators, to devise localized arts advocacy strategies to keep the full range of Omaha’s arts providers alive and well into the future. Pick up tips and share your advocacy and casemaking experiences in this practical exchange!

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    Omaha, NE sound designer Bill Kirby of BLUEBARN Theatre shares the story of how he and fellow creative industry workers quickly mobilized for the September 1st national #RED Alert/RESTART day of action and got 40 Omaha venues, businesses, and even private residences to light their buildings red as a dramatic call to support the arts. The event played a pivotal role to capture public and legislators’ focus on COVID’s devastating impact on the arts community. Hear how they followed up with strategic messaging and a social media blitz that motivated the arts community and the city to advocate for the RESTART Act and gained three Omaha and Iowa legislators as co-sponsors. Momentum continues with further actions to advocate for the DAWN Act and, with legislators, to devise localized arts advocacy strategies to keep the full range of Omaha’s arts providers alive and well into the future. Pick up tips and share your advocacy and casemaking experiences in this practical exchange!


    About the Member EX(change)

    Americans for the Arts is organizing free peer dialogues to facilitate member exchange around COVID-19 challenges and recovery strategies. These facilitated peer exchanges are a benefit exclusively for Americans for Arts members.

    Bill Kirby

    Resident Creative & Technical Director, BLUEBARN Theatre

    Bill Kirby is a professional theatre artist, specializing in sound design and live sound engineering for theatre. Bill has been based in Omaha, Nebraska since 2017, and is currently the Resident Creative and Technical Director at BLUEBARN Theatre. Educated at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Kirby spent the 10 years prior to his move to Omaha as the Head Sound Engineer and Resident Sound Designer at McCarter Theatre Center, one of the foremost regional theatres in America, located on the campus of Princeton University. Bill oversaw an audio department responsible for over 250 live performances per year, spanning theatre, dance, jazz, cabaret, classical, children's events and more.  As McCarter's lead live sound engineer, he has mixed for world renowned artists including Audra McDonald, Josh Ritter, Rosanne Cash, Alan Cumming, Garrison Keillor, Ira Glass and David Sedaris, just to name a few. Bill played a pivotal role in McCarter's produced theatre series, working with some of America's top sound designers and directors in creating bold new work and fresh takes on classic plays and musicals. Kirby's most memorable theatre projects include the 2013 production of Into the Woods, which went on to runs in New York and London as well as a national US tour, and 2012's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which went on the a successful run on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Play - an award that McCarter accepted as the developer and producer. As a freelance designer, Bill has designed for both professional and educational theatre, including the New York Fringe Festival, Passage Theatre, and Westminster Choir College. Kirby has also served as an associate sound designer, remounting existing productions around the world, including recreating Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake at the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. He has taught sound design at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and arts technology at Midland University, and received the 2019 OEA Award for Outstanding Sound Design for BLUEBARN’s production of Indecent.

  • Navigating Uncertain Futures with Scenario Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/07/2020

    Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. Drawing on my recent book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, this webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.

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    Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. Drawing on my recent book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, this webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Arts organization leaders will be able to define scenario planning, and explain how it differs from other frameworks such as visioning and strategic planning, in order to decide with others whether it is appropriate for their organization.
    • Arts organization leaders will gain familiarity with practical scenario planning frameworks and resources, and understand their potential value.

    Americans for the Arts is providing the arts and culture field with this and other COVID-19 webinars and resources at no charge to you. Please consider supporting our ability to deliver this important work with a donation by clicking HERE 

    We also encourage you to become a member with us for access to even more webinars and other resources, please visit www.americansforthearts.org/membership for more information.

    Robert Goodspeed, PhD, AICP

    Robert Goodspeed, PhD, AICP is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of collaborative planning, urban informatics, and scenario planning theory and methods. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as a board member of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Consortium for Scenario Planning.

    Twitter: @RGoodspeed

  • ArtsVote: Make Your Vote Count Campaign State by State

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/01/2020

    Americans for the Arts Action Fund launched its ArtsVote ​"Make Your Vote Count” pledge campaign with artwork designed by renowned contemporary artist and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member Shepard Fairey. Customized Voter Factsheets for every state and U.S. territory provide the latest details and deadlines on vote-by-mail ballots, early voting,​and in-person voting, offering registered voters info on all the new election rules and deadlines created due to COVID-19. Take the pledge to make your vote count today, then download high-resolution images of Shepard Fairey's artwork in either English or Spanish to post on your website and social media platforms with a link to your State's Voter Info Factsheet! All ArtsVote resources available at www.ArtsActionFund.org/ArtsVote. You can become a participating partner organization in the ArtsVote campaign by signing up for free.

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    Americans for the Arts Action Fund launched its ArtsVote "Make Your Vote Count” pledge campaign with artwork designed by renowned contemporary artist and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member Shepard Fairey. Customized Voter Factsheets for every state and U.S. territory provide the latest details and deadlines on vote-by-mail ballots, early voting,and in-person voting, offering registered voters info on all the new election rules and deadlines created due to COVID-19. Take the pledge to make your vote count today, then download high-resolution images of Shepard Fairey's artwork in either English or Spanish to post on your website and social media platforms with a link to your State's Voter Info Factsheet!  All ArtsVote resources available at www.ArtsActionFund.org/ArtsVote. You can become a participating partner organization in the ArtsVote campaign by signing up for free.

    Speakers:

    • Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund 
    • Ann Graham, Executive Director of Texans for the Arts 
    • Ann Marie Miller, Executive Director of Art Pride New Jersey  
    • Sheila Smith, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts 
    • Nate McGaha, Executive Director of Arts North Carolina
    • Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn all of the educational activities a nonprofit charity can do to get the vote out
    2. Learn all of the new voting rules, deadlines, and pitfalls for states across the country as a result of the pandemic
    3. Should We Promote Vote by Mail or Vote in Person during a pandemic
    4. Learn the most common reasons that Absentee Ballots get rejected
    5. Learn how your organization can partner in the “Make Your Vote Count” campaign and access Shepard Fairey’s engaging ArtsVote graphic in a variety of sizes
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    Nina Ozlu Tunceli

    Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2004, she also became the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a separate 501(c)(4) organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 420,000+ citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Richmond School of Law.

    Ann S Graham

    Executive Director, Texans for the Arts

    Ann S. Graham brings a strong set of leadership skills to her work as the Executive Director of Texans for the Arts, the statewide arts advocacy organization, and she has demonstrated a deep passion for the arts and the role they play in building and strengthening our communities.  She is keenly interested in the intersection of the arts and other aspects of civic life, including education, public health, military service, and social justice issues. 

    She holds a Masters in Arts Administration and has an extensive career in arts management, organizational development, arts festival and event production, public art administration, and arts advocacy.  

    As Executive Director of Texans for the Arts, she works to empower grassroots activism to ensure a strong public investment in the arts at the state, national and local levels.  In 2019, Texans for the Arts led the legislative strategy that secured the largest increase in the budget for the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) in the history of the agency, including $10 million for TCA Cultural Districts and $250,000 for arts and the military initiatives.  In 2017, Texans for the Arts initiated SB1221, the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Transparency Bill, which was signed into law – a key spark for the Hotel Occupancy Tax Tool Kit which Texans for the Arts is launching this October 14th, generously funded by The Houston Endowment.

    Ann is the Chair of the Americans for the Arts’ State Arts Action Network, the national coalition of state arts advocacy organizations, and she just completed seven years of service on the Board of Directors of Preservation Austin.

    Ann Marie Miller

    Executive Director, Art Pride New Jersey

    Ann Marie Miller is Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the ArtPride NJ Foundation and served as its Executive Director for 20 years. Prior to joining ArtPride, Ann Marie was Director of Development at McCarter Theatre, a Tony-award winning regional theatre and performing arts center, and Grants Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Ann Marie is a trustee of Arts Ed New Jersey, Young Audiences of NJ & Eastern PA, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and Chair of the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission in her hometown.  A recipient of the 2015 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, Ann Marie is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Art Education. 

    Sheila Smith

    Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

    Sheila M. Smith is the Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts which strengthens our cultural community by achieving arts friendly policy in Minnesota artsMN.org. As Chair of the Creative Minnesota Project, she produces important research about the arts and cultural community for education, policy making, and advocacy CreativeMN.org.

    She led the arts community into the successful 2008 statewide “Legacy” ballot campaign which created 25 years of dedicated funding for the arts through a constitutional amendment. She also served on the Board of the 2012 Minnesota United campaign, protecting the rights of all Minnesotans to marry, and served as staff in the Minnesota Senate.

    A national expert in arts advocacy, Smith is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country including Grantmakers in the Arts and the Rural Arts Summit and has won several national awards for her work. She has served as Chair of AFTA’s State Arts Action League and Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

    Smith has a BA in Shakespeare and a graduate degree from St. Mary’s in Arts Administration. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota about the intersection of arts and politics. Check out her paintings at www.mnartists.org/sheila-smith. @SheWhoTravels @MNCitizen

    Nate McGaha

    Executive Director, Arts North Carolina

    Nate McGaha has served as the Executive Director of Arts North Carolina, the statewide advocacy organization for the arts, since 2017 where he works for public funding and policy for the arts and arts education. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Carolina Ballet in Raleigh for five years with Artistic Director Robert Weiss. Before coming to the Raleigh area he was the Director of Operations at Charlotte Ballet under the Artistic Direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride for seven years after serving as that company’s Resident Lighting Designer since 1996. Nate was also the Production Manager and Lighting Designer for the Chautauqua Ballet Company in the summer months from 1997 through 2009 and toured internationally with Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s Complexions Dance Company. He is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Design and Production with concentration in Lighting Design. 

    Anne Katz

    Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

    Anne Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s communitycultural development organization, whose mission is to grow Wisconsincreatively, and ensure access and investment in the arts, culture, andcreativity as essential for economic, workforce and community success.  She’s been involved with a one-ring European-style circus, playwrights’organizations, theater companies, arts and music festivals, community arts andarts ed programs, and choirs over her 30+ year career as a performer andactivist for community and creativity.   

  • ArtsU Intensive: Achieving Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Audiences

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/30/2020

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    *If you are an arts and culture organization based in Pennsylvania, please contact Jerelle Jenkins (jejenkins@artsusa.org) before registering for this event.*

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    Data shows us that the U.S. population has been steadily diversifying, yet the average demographic of most current arts audiences has remained stagnant and does not reflect the diverse makeup of our communities. The long-term success of arts and culture organizations depends on audience diversification and engagement.

    In this intensive, we will take a hands-on approach to identify successful methods that can be used to build engagement in diverse communities. There will be a mix of presentation, conversation, and interactive activities that will help you create a framework for diversification efforts at your organization. At the end of the session, you will have the foundational elements of how you can implement tactics to meaningfully engage with the diverse communities in your area.

    We'll also look at case studies from around the industry including those from Palm Beach Opera and The High Museum. Palm Beach Opera successfully engaged the African American community and increased attendance at the Opera’s events through a multi-year initiative. The High Museum has tripled the nonwhite audience so that its visitors more closely mirror the population of the Atlanta metro area, of which 51 percent are people of color.

    This session will focus on tactics that organizations of all budget sizes and attendees will walk away with actionable knowledge about:

    • Determining your target audience(s)
    • Best communication methods and channels
    • Creating messaging that resonates
    • Grass-roots methods that actually work
    • Creating successful short-term and long-term strategies 
    About ArtsU Intensives

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    Ceci Dadisman

    Keynote Speaker, Communications Strategist, Arts Marketer

    Ceci Dadisman is a marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience creating effective communications campaigns utilizing innovative, forward thinking methods. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital marketing and specializes in multichannel communications campaigns.

    A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements feature national conference appearances at NTEN, Museums and the Web, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts Midwest, American Alliance of Museums, OPERA America, Midwest Museums Association, and Chorus America in addition to many other local and regional events. Known for her easy-going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

    Ceci is passionate about empowering people through marketing and is a senior contributor to Arts Hacker where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials. She also teaches the arts marketing course at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts and is the Dean of Chorus America’s Chorus Management Institute.

    A chronic early-adopter, Ceci has a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create more engaging experiences.  The Curated Arts Experience focuses on collecting real-world case studies about how organizations around the world are using technology to engage the participant or enrich the experience at an arts event.

    She is a member of the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee and the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee, and is a mentor in West Virginia University’s Creative Consultant program. She has also served on the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee and the NTEN Conference Session Advisory Committee. She also served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair.

    Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts.  She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    WEBSITE: https://cecidadisman.com/

    TWITTER: @CeciDadisman

    EMAIL: cecidadisman@gmail.com 

    Kristie Swink Benson

    Director of Communications, High Museum of Art

    Kristie Swink Benson, APR, is the director of communications at the High Museum of Art where she leads a team of ROCKSTARS who support all public relations, marketing, creative services, database and web/new media needs for the museum. She is dedicated to building an exceptional brand that is consistent with the High’s priorities of growth, inclusivity, collaboration and connectivity.

    As a communications executive, she has extensive experience in public relations, crisis communications, marketing and strategy.

    She started her career more than a decade ago in local government and has since provided communications expertise to mental health, utilities and now the art, culture, and entertainment industries.

    Benson serves on the board for the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Atlanta Marketing Association, and Art Marketing Museum Association. She is a 2018 member of the American Express Leadership Academy class and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Further dedicating herself to her professional craft as a communicator, Benson earned her Accreditation in public relations in June 2015, a prestigious designation given by the Universal Accreditation Board. She also holds a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University (Washington, D.C.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University (Winston Salem, NC).

    WEBSITE: www.high.org

    TWITTER: @SwiBens

    LINKEDIN: Linkedin/in/kristiebenson

    EMAIL: Kristie.Benson@high.org

    Ann Marie Sorrell

    President & CEO, The Mosaic Group

    Ann Marie Sorrell is an award-winning business leader and the President & CEO of The Mosaic Group, an award-winning public relations, marketing, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. Ann Marie oversees the day-to-day operations, serves as Project Manager for most of the firm’s projects, and has managed more than 500 campaigns and projects ranging from $10,000 to $3 billion. Clients include AECOM, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, City of West Palm Beach, Broward Health, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward College, and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to name a few.  Ann Marie is the author of Chronicles of a Serial Dater, a journey through the good, bad, funny – and steamy – of dating and relationships told through short stories. 

    She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University.  She is a Charter Member of the South Florida Business Journal Leadership Trust, and a member of Leadership Palm Beach County, Leadership Florida, Economic Forum, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Florida Advisory Committee, National Association of Black Women in Construction, Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Ann Marie is a subject matter expert and guru in the field of Marketing and has developed The Marketing MashUp which includes trainings, seminars, webinars, and a book series (will be released in Winter 2020).

    The Mosaic Group

    The Mosaic Group is an award-winning, full-service marketing, public relations, events management, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. We are a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise. The Mosaic Group was incorporated in 2005 and has served over 500 clients locally, regionally, and globally. We have offices in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Our mission is to build credibility and increase visibility for our clients. We strive to provide the highest quality of customer care and innovative solutions.

    Our multi-cultural team of English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese speaking communications specialists is comprised of a highly-qualified and seasoned group of experts who boasts over 150 years of combined experience and backgrounds to serve diverse audiences.  Our expertise with diverse markets including African American, Caribbean and Hispanic communities allow our clients to stand out and reach target audiences with the right media and the right message. It is no secret that our frontline team has direct access to media outlets locally, throughout the United States and internationally—allowing a more hands-on approach to organize, inform, and engage. We blend in and we can stand out! The Mosaic Group have developed and managed more than 300 campaigns and projects ranging from $10,000 to $3 billion. Clients include AECOM, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Housing Authority, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward College, Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to name a few.  Recent awards include the Chamber of the Palm Beaches 2018 Diverse Organization of the Year Award, Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) 2018 Advertising Agency of the Year Award, South Florida Business Journal 2016 Best Places to Work Award, PBC Business Matchmaker 2016 DBE of the Year Award, and PBC Business Matchmaker 2015 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.

    Email: asorrell@upscalebymosaic.com

  • Supporting Individual Artists: How Prioritizing Affordable Workspaces Pays Off

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2020

    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

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    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover how providing proper infrastructure for individual artists benefits communities in profound ways.
    • Learn a new approach to building creative workspaces that is financially self sustaining and forward-thinking in diverse ways.

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

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    Siobhan Spain

    Director, Mainframe Studios

    Mainframe Studios director Siobhan Spain has over 25 years of experience in arts administration as an advocate of individual artists. She managed contemporary art nonprofit SITE Santa Fe, the studio office of MacArthur Fellow and blacksmith Tom Joyce, and Mary Goldman Gallery in Los Angeles. Siobhan has served in committee and board roles for Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Los Angeles Times’ foundation, and Women, Food & Agriculture Network.

    Website: mainframestudios.org

    Instagram: @mainframearts

    Facebook: @mainframearts

    Deshara Bohanna

    Owner, Design Fetish by Deshara

    Deshara Bohanna is the owner of Design Fetish by Deshara, member of her local school board and an active community volunteer. After earning a BA in Journalism at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and pursuing a graduate degree at Iowa State University, Deshara worked in corporate America for more than 10 years. In 2016, she decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams in the wreath and floral industry. At Design Fetish, Deshara’s mission is to create beautiful conversation pieces and décor that uplift, inspire and celebrate life’s special moments, even when they’re hard to find. Deshara’s designer wreaths are now sold in local hospital boutiques, gift shops and a top purchase item for realtors, event planners, restaurants and hotels.

    Website: bydeshara.com

    Instagram: @designfetish_wreaths

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bydeshara

    Gretchen Bohling

    Owner, Gretchen Bohling Design

    Gretchen Bohling is a graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago with her BFA in Fashion Design. Her fashion brand, Gretchen Bohling Design, launched in 2016 with a mission to provide the highest quality sustainably handmade wardrobe. Gretchen's brand works hard to educate her clients on how to maintain an ethical wardrobe through the several different services she provides at her downtown Des Moines atelier. GBD offers a size-inclusive private label collection of handmade-to-order garments, one of a kind bespoke garments, custom tailoring and alterations services, and hosts private sewing lessons. Gretchen is adjunct Professor at Des Moines Area Community College where she recently partnered with her students and faculty to make and donate masks to local healthcare employees and essential workers.

    Website: gretchenbohling.com

    Instagram: @gretchenbohling

    Facebook: Gretchen Bohling Design - GBD

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