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  • Young Patrons Programs in the Arts: How to Build a lot of Future Potential with a Little Bit of Resources

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    Many arts organizations have established or are considering starting programs to engage young professionals to build a future audience and/or donor base. However, the arts administrators responsible for managing these programs often work in isolation and with little dedicated training in how to make these unique programs successful and efficient. Learn how to manage a young professionals program in concert with other job responsibilities and competing priorities, use resources effectively, and work with volunteers who contribute to the program’s success.

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    August 8, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Many arts organizations have established or are considering starting programs to engage young professionals to build a future audience and/or donor base. However, the arts administrators responsible for managing these programs often work in isolation and with little dedicated training in how to make these unique programs successful and efficient. Learn how to manage a young professionals program in concert with other job responsibilities and competing priorities, use resources effectively, and work with volunteers who contribute to the program’s success.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify core program objectives in audience or donor development for your organization and align program features and deliverables with those objectives
    • Manage a volunteer leadership committee and co-chairs effectively
    • Balance program expenses with expected revenue and maximize use of organizational resources to keep costs down 
    • Measure success through a variety of metrics and track progress of your program over time

  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Arts Leaders Running for Office

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    In today’s changing political climate, we are seeing more advocates looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of pride and passion for the arts and culture, arts advocates are using their knowledge and connections to build support for their platform. Join Guillermina Gonzalez, former Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Julia Kirt, Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts as they talk about their journey from arts advocate to political candidate.

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    August 1, 2018 at 3:00PM

    In today’s changing political climate, we are seeing more advocates looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of pride and passion for the arts and culture, arts advocates are using their knowledge and connections to build support for their platform. Join Moderator and Former Massachusetts's State Senator Stan Rosenberg, along side Guillermina Gonzalez, former Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Julia Kirt, Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts as they talk about their journey from arts advocate to political candidate. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will learn about veteran arts leaders entering the political realm. 
    2. Attendees will learn top takeaways of transitioning from an arts advocate to a political leader.
  • July 2018 Member Briefing: Our NEW Social Impact Explorer and Other Tools from Our Website

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    July 17, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join Vice President of Web and Technology Strategies, Kim Hedges, and Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Bridget Woodbury, to learn about all of the ways to find what you're looking for on our website, including a debut of our Social Impact Explorer, that National Arts Administration and Public Policy Database, and more. You'll have the opportunity to ask us for exactly what you're looking for - and we'll either show you how to find it, or work on getting it added from the backend!

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

    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!

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:345930.

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

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    Kim Hedges,Vice President of Web and Technology Strategies, Americans for the Arts

  • Build Your Visibility to Accelerate Your Career

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    Building your profile and visibility is one of the most important tactics for fast-forwarding your career growth. In this session you'll learn how to start identifying the kind of profile or reputation you want to build, how to navigate building your profile in an authentic way that doesn't seem self-promotional, and strategies for building your profile that you can implement today. You'll also learn about how gender dynamics affect our ability to build our reputations—and yet why this is such an important career growth strategy for women. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage profile building in order to grow more creatively and incorporate more learning into your work.

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    July 18, 2018 at 3:00PM

    Building your profile and visibility is one of the most important tactics for fast-forwarding your career growth. In this session you'll learn how to start identifying the kind of profile or reputation you want to build, how to navigate building your profile in an authentic way that doesn't seem self-promotional, and strategies for building your profile that you can implement today. You'll also learn about how gender dynamics affect our ability to build our reputations—and yet why this is such an important career growth strategy for women. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage profile building in order to grow more creatively and incorporate more learning into your work.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Session attendees will begin to identify the elements of their reputation they would like to build.
    • Session attendees will choose a ready-to-implement strategy for raising your profile in order to accelerate your career growth. 
    • Session attendees will understand why visibility is so important to career growth--especially for women.

    Link to worksheet and resources on setting you-centered goals and raising your profile to achieve those goal: http://buildyourselfworkshop.c...

  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series—Unique Candidate Engagement

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    Support for the arts must come from every level within a community. Some of the most important allies the arts can have are elected officials and candidates. As such, arts advocates need to cultivate relationships with elected official and candidates and recruit them as arts champions. These relationships can be built through both traditional and non-traditional means. This webinar will look at organizations and individuals engaging political officials and candidates on arts issues in less traditional methods.

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    July 11, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Arts-based community development drives meaningful and equitable change within communities. It is the duty of local arts agencies to ensure that fertile ground exists, to allow for growth and vibrancy of the arts and culture sector. The Arts Engage Candidates series will demonstrate to attendees the importance of proactively articulating arts issues to candidates running for office; cultivating relationships and buy-in from candidates running for office; and realizing their own leadership potential in running for office.

    Support for the arts must come from every level within a community. Some of the most important allies the arts can have are elected officials and candidates. As such, arts advocates need to cultivate relationships with elected official and candidates and recruit them as arts champions. These relationships can be built through both traditional and non-traditional means. This webinar will look at organizations and individuals engaging political officials and candidates on arts issues in less traditional methods.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will hear less traditional approaches to engaging elected officials and candidates on arts and culture issues.
    2. Attendees will learn new strategies in building relationships with elected official candidates.

    Sarah Gonzales Triplett

    Director of Public Policy, Creative Many Michigan

    Sarah Gonzales Triplett is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Creative Many Michigan, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Her work focuses on advancing policy and sustainable funding to build support for the creative industries at the state and federal level by: directing advocacy and policy initiatives, developing research, creating communications tools, and leading grassroots organizing and coalition building efforts. Triplett is also an adjunct faculty member in Michigan State University's Arts and Cultural Management program. Before dedicating her work full-time to Creative Many, Sarah served as Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    Triplett was elected in 2017 to serve a the chair of the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) for Americans for the Arts and is serving her third consecutive term as chair of the East Lansing Arts Commission. In 2018, Triplett was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) in addition to her role as chair of the TICOM Advocacy Committee. 

    Sarah lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband Nathan and son Teddy

    Twitter: @striplett
    Website: www.creativemany.org

    George Patrick McLeer

    Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Alliance

    George Patrick [GP] McLeer, Jr became the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance in July of 2016. Previously, GP served as the Administrator of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Mauldin, SC, where he was responsible for developing and managing the Mauldin Cultural Center, the Mauldin Public Art Trail, and the Railroad Concert Series, as well as managing all city-wide marketing, and advising on economic development projects.

    GP is currently on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Catholic School (Greenville, SC), and a member of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council. He also serves on the board for the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Inn Chorale, Palmetto State Arts Education, and as a Steering Committee member for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project.

    GP holds a BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, where he has been recognized with the 2016 School of the Arts Young Alumni Award, the Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award, and placed in the School of the Arts Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the first-ever Alumni Heart Award by St. Joseph’s Catholic School for his contribution to the arts community. GP currently resides in Fountain Inn, SC.

    Twitter: @SCArtsAlliance

    Website: www.scartsalliance.net

  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Executing Successful Mayoral Forums

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    Ensuring elected officials are made aware of and are held accountable for the issues and needs of the arts sector is integral to ensuring communities have fertile ground with which they can grow and thrive. One way advocates can achieve this is by engaging in the political process—by educating and communicating the value of and holding their elected officials accountable on arts and culture issues. In this session, attendees will hear about organizations which have created arts-based mayoral forums in an effort to gauge the readiness and willingness of political leaders to foster a strong arts and culture sector.

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    June 27, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Ensuring elected officials are made aware of and are held accountable for the issues and needs of the arts sector is integral to ensuring communities have fertile ground with which they can grow and thrive. One way advocates can achieve this is by engaging in the political process—by educating and communicating the value of and holding their elected officials accountable on arts and culture issues. In this session, attendees will hear about organizations which have created arts-based mayoral forums in an effort to gauge the readiness and willingness of political leaders to foster a strong arts and culture sector

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn why it is important for political leaders to be engaged in needs of the arts sector. 
    • Attendees will hear from organizations which have hosted arts-based mayoral forums and learn the best practices and recommended resources for executing a successful mayoral forum which addresses arts and culture issues.

    Jeannie L. Howe

    Executive Director, Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance

    Jeannie L. Howe is the Executive Director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA), a regional, membership organization that was organized by artists and cultural organizations to unify, nurture and promote the cultural sector in Baltimore and its five surrounding counties. Under her leadership, since January 2012 GBCA has transformed and expanded its services to the cultural community, including: new professional development initiatives for artists and emerging arts management leaders of color; re-launched audience development strategies; supported artists with awards and grants; and advocated for the health, visibility, and financial strength of the sector. Membership during this time has increased from 80 to nearly 500 artists and organizations. 

     Prior to joining GBCA, Howe was founder and president of BayCliff Associates, and provided management and fundraising consultation for nonprofit clients, including Everyman Theatre in Baltimore for whom she led a successful $17.7 million capital campaign. Her career has included leadership positions with a range of nonprofit organizations including the Alley Theatre, Baltimore Reads, and The Marrow Foundation (now Be the Match Foundation). Howe has held many volunteer positions including her current service on the Baltimore Orchard Project and Callaway Garrison Improvement Association Boards of Directors. Howe received a M.A. in Theatre from Miami University of Ohio and a B.A. in Theatre from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In 2014, the Daily Record recognized her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.

    Websitewww.baltimoreculture.org Twitter@BMoreCulture

    Matt Wilson

    Executive Director, MASSCreative

    Hired as MASSCreative’s first Executive Director in March of 2012, Matt directs the advocacy campaigns and organizational development for the organization. For 30 years, he has run campaigns and organized volunteers and communities for the public interest on a local, state, national level.

    In 2011, Wilson directed environmentalist and social entrepreneur Bob Massie’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. Previously he coordinated Health Care for All’s campaign to monitor the takeover of the nonprofit Caritas Hospitals by a for profit private equity firm.

    As the National Director of the field staff for MoveOn.org from 2005-2006, Matt helped develop and implement the strategy behind MoveOn.org’s successful 2006 Call for Change, which recruited and trained more than 100,000 volunteers in 60 swing Congressional and Senate districts.

    As the Founder and Director of Toxics Action Center from 1989 to 2005, Wilson assisted more than 300 neighborhood groups address toxic pollution issues in their communities. He grew the organization from one staffer working in Massachusetts to a New England-wide organization with 11 staff. Wilson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and also earned a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2008.

    Websitewww.mass-creative.org Twitter@MASSCreative

    MASSCreative Create the Vote Toolkit: http://www.mass-creative.org/c...

    Citizen Artist Baltimore website: http://citizenartist.vote/
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  • June 2018 Member Briefing: Public Revenue Streams and Funding Opportunities for the Arts

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    June 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join State and Local Government Affairs Manager, Lizzie Dorman, and Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Bridget Woodbury, to chat about the State Arts Action Network, their conversation about public revenue streams, ways you can loop into conversations like these, and more!

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

    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!

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:426261.

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

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    Lizzie Dorman, State and Local Government Affairs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • REPLAY: Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts."


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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts” and get 10 case-making arrows to include in your arts advocacy quiver to convince anyone to support the arts.

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts




    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts
    Email | Twitter Handle: @artsinfoguy

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public's opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation's 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. In the late 1990's, Randy collaborated with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

  • Private Sector Network Call: Sharing Program Models for Creative Economy Work

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    This is 2 of 4 Private Sector Network Calls in 2018.

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    May 30, 2018 at 1:00PM (ET)

    Topic: Sharing Program Models for Creative Economy Work

    During this second installment of our quarterly Private Sector Network calls, we will continue to explore what defines the creative economy and hear about examples across the country on how this work is addressing broader community issues. This call is open to all AFTA members and particularly those interested in learning more about private sector work.

    Want to join this call, but aren't a member? Visit https://www.americansfortheart... or reach out to our membership team at (202) 371-2830 or membership@artsusa.org to become a member and join this call.

  • Negotiation 101: Knowing Your Worth, Making the Ask, and Getting to ‘Yes’

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    Many people find salary negotiations to be uncomfortable and nerve wracking. Should you ask for more money? What if you insult your boss? These are some of the most common questions from first time negotiators but ultimately, a well-executed negotiation can make both parties more satisfied. Whether it's a first-time job offer or an annual performance review, there are simple steps you can take to reach a more valuable, mutually beneficial agreement.

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    May 23, 2018 at 3:00PM (EST)

    Many people find salary negotiations to be uncomfortable and nerve wracking. Should you ask for more money? What if you insult your boss? These are some of the most common questions from first time negotiators but ultimately, a well-executed negotiation can make both parties more satisfied. Whether it's a first-time job offer or an annual performance review, there are simple steps you can take to reach a more valuable, mutually beneficial agreement.

    Learning Objectives:

    In this course, participants will learn the following

    • The three most important factors when preparing for a negotiation
    • The difference between a negotiation and a debate
    • How to honestly answer some of the most difficult questions in a negotiation

    Presenter

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    Justin Johnson, Founder & Chief Creative Ninja, Side Hustle Syndicate

    Email: justinjohnston824@gmail.com

    Justin Johnston is the founder and chief creative ninja of Side Hustle Syndicate, a nonprofit organization helping artists find access to capital and space for their creative enterprises. Prior to building SHS, Dr. Johnston was the inaugural executive director of Wild Goose Creative. He was a distinguished university fellow at The Ohio State University where he received the university's first Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a specialization in arts enterprise. Justin is also an accomplished classical musician and has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In 2006 he was the only American clarinetist to be awarded the Schleswig-Holstein Fellowship. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Kerry, son, William and their pets Wellington and Kissy.