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  • Marketing Strategies On A Shoestring Budget During COVID-19

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/22/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    This webinar is designed to help participants learn key marketing planning strategies that will allow them to better connect, engage and communicate with their patrons during the difficult time of the global pandemic. Participants will learn how to re-evaluate, apply emotional intelligence and re-calibrate their understandings via a series of canvases and maps. Also, as many organizations have had their budgets cut significantly, the webinar will outline key elements needed when a strong marketing budget is unavailable.


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    About this Webinar 

    December 22 at 2:30 PM ET


    This webinar is designed to help participants learn key marketing planning strategies that will allow them to better connect, engage and communicate with their patrons during the difficult time of the global pandemic. Participants will learn how to re-evaluate, apply emotional intelligence and re-calibrate their understandings via a series of canvases and maps. Also, as many organizations have had their budgets cut significantly, the webinar will outline key elements needed when a strong marketing budget is unavailable.

    Learning objectives:

    • Learn how to re-evaluate the viability of organizational business models due to impacts created by the pandemic
    • Learn how to use emotional intelligence to build the empathy needed to understand how audiences are feeling and how their wants, needs and fears may have shifted due to the pandemic
    • Learn how to re-calibrate value propositions and create more relevant key messages.
    • Learn the key elements needed to create and implement marketing on a COVID-19 impacted (Shoestring) budget.

    Mark Cardwell

    Executive Director, Ohio Marketing Association

    Mark Cardwell is the principal consultant for Cardwell Communications, a full-service marketing consultancy as well as the founder of the Ohio Marketing Association(OMA). OMA is a nonprofit association dedicated to professional development and networking opportunities for Ohio marketing practitioners. A distinctive mission of OMA is to strengthen nonprofit impact through marketing education. 

    Mark is a member of the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations and serves as a member of its council of consultants.

    Mark is a member of the Americans for the Arts; National Arts Marketing Project Steering Committee. Mark is currently on faculty with the Americans for the Arts project ARTS U as well as a board member for Indiana based non profit, multi-store retailer Global Gifts.

    Mark has 20 + years of experience in arts marketing, operational leadership, executive level management, media sales and communications. 

    Mark has a long history of board level community service and has been recognized for his work with local and national awards.

    Mark is also an artist and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

  • 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.

     image 2020 Member Briefings

    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

  • 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!

  • LAAs & Creatives in Support of Black- and New American-Owned Businesses: Two Economic Recovery Models

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2020 at 2:30 PM (EST)

    How can artists, Local Arts Agencies, and nexus organizations boost economic development and recovery for Black-owned, refugee-, and New American-owned businesses? Exchange with your peers about two creative models that offer ideas and strategies to support neighborhood businesses while putting creatives to work. How can artists, Local Arts Agencies, and nexus organizations boost economic development and recovery for Black-owned, refugee-, and New American-owned businesses? Exchange with your peers about two creative models that offer ideas and strategies to support neighborhood businesses while putting creatives to work.

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    About this Member EX(change) 

    December 14 at 2:30 PM ET

    How can artists, Local Arts Agencies, and nexus organizations boost economic development and recovery for Black-owned, refugee-, and New American-owned businesses?  Exchange with your peers about two creative models that offer ideas and strategies to support neighborhood businesses while putting creatives to work.   

    In response to COVID’s dramatic impact on artists and Atlanta’s Black businesses, C4 Atlanta, an artist service organization, is piloting a creative economic recovery program prioritizing Black artists and Black business entrepreneurs. Launched this fall, individual artists are paired with small businesses and paid to bring their creative skills to help those businesses re-engage customers lost during the pandemic. C4 is partnering with a private foundation, a consortium of Black-owned businesses, the Mayor's Office, Atlanta Regional Commission, and a community investment organization.  Get an inside look at how the pilot is unfolding and ideas for future scaling up. 

    Over time, Erie Arts & Culture (PA) has been facilitating relationships with neighborhood merchants, community leaders, and culture bearers who are either immigrants or former refugees. Starting as a regional partner of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (PCA), the arts council built relationships with folk and traditional artists who have historically operated outside of Erie's arts ecosystem, while documenting and archiving their work.  By augmenting PCA funds with private dollars, the arts council expanded attention to New American-owned food markets and businesses. It published an online list of New American owned markets and refugee owned businesses, funded artist-led walking tours of those markets, and has funded placemaking initiatives to enhance the curb appeal of those markets. Learn how efforts raise awareness of Erie's diversity advantage, build bridges between cultures, and combat some of the narratives around Erie's food desserts.  


    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.

    Patrick Fisher

    Executive Director, Erie Arts & Culture

    Patrick Fisher is the Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture. He returned to Erie in 2018 to lead the agency. Born and raised in Cochranton, Pennsylvania, Patrick has additionally lived in the states of Alaska and Florida. Prior to returning to Northwestern Pennsylvania, Patrick worked for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, which served as his introduction to working for a cultural non-profit organization. 

    Patrick graduated from Penn State Behrend in 2008 with a degree in Business Management. He also holds a dual Associate Degree in Sport and Entertainment Promotional Management and Business Administration from Northwood University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Salutatorian. 

    Patrick holds many roles in the Erie community, including serving on the Erie Downtown Partnership's Board of Directors, the City of Erie's Better Together Council and Active Transportation Plan Steering Committee, Erie County's Destination Erie/Emerge 2040 Steering Committee, the Hamot Health Foundation's Board of Corporators, and the Awesome Foundation's Our West Bayfront Chapter as a founding trustee.

    Jessyca Holland

    Executive Director, C4 Atlanta

    Jessyca has worked as an arts administrator for over 15 years in Atlanta. Before joining the world of nonprofit arts administration, Jessyca was an independent actor performing in Greater Atlanta. Jessyca participated in the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative 2007 Leadership Program, the 2011 Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta, a 2011 Judith O’Conner Scholar, BoardSource, named Alumni of the Year by the University of West Georgia Theatre Company in 2013 and received an Achievement Award from her Alma mater, April 2014. She has been on arts panels for Georgia Forward, Gather Atlanta, and the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations and serves on the Downtown Master Plan Working Group. Jessyca earned her B.A. in Theatre in 2000 from the University of West Georgia, and Masters of Library Media in 2009 from Georgia State University. Jessyca is currently an MPA graduate candidate at GSU with a focus in urban planning & economic development, and is proudly  serving on the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force. 

  • Flipping the Script: Approaching Businesses with Opportunity Instead of an Ask

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/09/2020 at 3:30 PM (EST)

    Arts organizations often come to businesses with their hand out asking for funding support instead of approaching them with mutually-beneficial opportunity. In a COVID-19 world when all are feeling pressure, creating a partnership around shared purpose is even more critical than before. In this discussion, explore how you can “flip the script” and meet prospective business partners where they are by speaking in their language, about their interests. Learn how to help your corporate colleagues think about the arts as a way to meet their business goals, not just a place for charity.

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    About this Webinar 

    December 9, 2020 3:30 PM ET

    Arts organizations often come to businesses with their hand out asking for funding support instead of approaching them with mutually-beneficial opportunity. In a COVID-19 world when all are feeling pressure, creating a partnership around shared purpose is even more critical than before. In this discussion, explore how you can “flip the script” and meet prospective business partners where they are by speaking in their language, about their interests. Learn how to help your corporate colleagues think about the arts as a way to meet their business goals, not just a place for charity.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to be more effective at engaging the corporate sector in your communities.
    • Learn about tools and best practice examples that spotlight exemplary innovative arts and business partnerships.
    •  Explore how to adjust a pitch or ask into an approach focused around reciprocal benefit, partnership, innovation and their business goals.

    Mark Nerenhausen

    President/CEO, Hennepin Theatre Trust

    Mark Nerenhausen is the President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. Prior to the Trust, he served as founding director and professor of practice of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. Before that, he served as president and CEO of the $354 million AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, where he secured AT&T as a naming sponsor, raised more than $4 million in the first year of operations, created a governing board and instituted an integrated business information platform. He also brokered strategic partnerships with regional and national organizations, several of which were devoted to minority arts, and initiated the Jazz Roots series.

    From 1998 to 2009, Nerenhausen led the Performing Arts Center Authority in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with responsibility for managing the multi-venue Broward Center for the Performing Arts and five other performing arts venues, fashioning it into a catalyst for tourism, economic development, education, industry innovations and cross-cultural exchange. Under Nerenhausen’s tenure, the Broward Center’s main concert hall consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 venues for ticket sales, according to Pollstar and Venues Today magazines.

    Nerenhausen has held other major positions at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii (1993-98); the Oshkosh Grand Opera House in Wisconsin (1990-93); the Bijou Theater Center in Knoxville, Tenn. (1987-89); the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in Wisconsin (1985-87); and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville (1983-85).

  • 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference

    Contains 17 Product(s)

    The 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference is designed as a focused and streamlined experience over December 7 and 8 offering insight into ideas and tactics, strategies and inspiration to set the groundwork for arts and culture organizations to survive and thrive in the next 18-24 months.

    The 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference is designed as a focused and streamlined experience over December 7 and 8 offering insight into ideas and tactics, strategies and inspiration to set the groundwork for arts and culture organizations to survive and thrive in the next 18-24 months.

    This package includes both days of scheduled programming.

    Includes:

    • TWO days of programming and networking opportunities
    • Field experts in Social Media, Email Marketing, Audience Development, Fundraising, Research, and much more 
    • Access to recorded sessions for 6 months after the conference

    BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

    You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you must return to your cart on ArtsU to complete your registration for the event. Please see the below “How To Register” section for more details on registering. 

    Please note: If you are an Americans for the Arts member and are not presented with the member rate, close all Americans for the Arts related internet browser windows, then click the green LOG IN button to launch a brand new browsing session. 


    Become a professional member of Americans for the Arts before you register and save on registration fees!    Members at the $75 level or higher save on conference rates. Plus, your membership includes a year of connections with 7,000 arts leaders across the country and access to member-exclusive tools and resources, including more digital learning opportunities on ArtsU! 

    The Full List of Membership Benefits

    ALREADY A MEMBER? How to access your membership discounts: 
    1. Log in to AmericansfortheArts.org to confirm your membership status.
    2. Head over to ArtsU. Your membership benefits will now be applied to any purchases you make.
    3. Then, pick the registration option of your choice!

    WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER? You can become a member online or call us at 202.371.2830. Become a member before you register to take advantage of the discounts!

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBER RATES

    National Arts Marketing Project Conference Package:   

    $149

    In order to take advantage of the member rate, you must purchase a membership PRIOR to registering for the event. If membership is purchased after registering for the event, we will not be able to adjust registration rates retroactively.

    NONMEMBER RATES

    National Arts Marketing Project Conference Package:   

    $199

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for the full on-demand event, please click the red REGISTER button on the upper right hand side of this page and then press COMPLETE REGISTRATION NOW. From there, you will be directed to your cart. You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register. If you have an account, click the LOG IN button, enter your username and password, and continue to check out. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you must return to your cart on ArtsU to complete your registration for the event

    By registering for this package, you agree to all of the Policies & Procedures and Code of Conduct for the 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference.

    Please note: If you are an Americans for the Arts member and are not presented with the member rate, close all Americans for the Arts related internet browser windows, then click the LOG IN button to launch a brand new browsing session.

     
    HOW TO ACCESS Live & ON-DEMAND CONTENT:

    • Visit the event agenda page to select your desired session for viewing. 
    • Select your desired session from the agenda list and click the red VIEW SESSION button.
    • Once on the desired session page, locate the box on the right hand side with the title of the session.
    • Click on the box.
    • Click the red ENTER LIVE EVENT IN PROGRESS or VIEW ARCHIVED RECORDING button - The session will automatically start playing in a new browser window.

    Should you need any assistance accessing the recording, please refer to our visual instructions on our "ArtsU Tech Support Page", or send us an email at events@artsusa.org.


    DONATE NOW:

    Americans for the Arts is committed to providing training and resources to support the arts and culture field, right now and through the long road of recovery ahead. If you are able, please consider making a donation today to sustain that work.

  • Post-Election Impact on the Arts

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/23/2020

    Join the Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund government and political affairs team for an in-depth analysis of the 2020 election impact on the arts at the federal, state, and local level. Find out what this means for the arts during the Congressional Lame Duck session and moving forward into the next Congress in January 2021.

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    Join the Americans for the Arts and Arts Action Fund government and political affairs team for an in-depth analysis of the 2020 election impact on the arts at the federal, state, and local level. Find out what this means for the arts during the Congressional Lame Duck session and moving forward into the next Congress in January 2021.

    Registration for this live event is free and will be limited to the first 1000 registrants. You may also view this event live on the Arts Action Fund Facebook Page. Registration will re-open when the on-demand recording is ready 2 business days after the event.

    Robert L. Lynch

    President and CEO

    Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 45 years of experience in the arts industry, he remains motivated to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society and in the lives of citizens.

    In 1996, Bob managed the merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 35 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

    Mr. Lynch is a frequent press commentator in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, National Public Radio, CNN, and social media. He has personally reached audiences in more than 2,000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

    Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key community development role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and its audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy. Bob also has been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative power of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving, and arts and military.

    Mr. Lynch currently serves on the board of the American Craft Council and the Commission on the Arts of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served two terms on the board of the Independent Sector and two terms on the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the 50 most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for five years: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018, and 2019 as part of the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

    Mr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

    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.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Trump Administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs.

    Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, and advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, Narric has launched a national campaign to boost the creative economy by building support for the CREATE Act (S.661, HR1649) in Congress. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Peter Gordon

    Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Peter joined Americans for the Arts in January 2019. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC. Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

    Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed a deep appreciation for the arts. Peter loves to visit museums and attend theater performances. He lives in DC with his wife, Corey, and their daughter, Alex.

    David Reid

    Senior Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

    David Reid brings a wealth of on-the-ground policy and finance experience to his government relations work with Brownstein. He combines his experience in both business and politics on building, funding and setting the strategic direction for advocacy campaigns and political action committees. A seasoned campaign veteran, David joins the firm from Hillary for America where he was the Washington, D.C., and PAC finance director. His efforts raised a record-breaking $30 million from the D.C. and PAC community during the last election. Before joining Hillary for America, David was the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 100 global healthcare company and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association. David advocates on behalf of a wide range of clients, representing arts and public health funding coalitions, health care organizations and hospitality and telecom companies. He also remains active and engaged with the Democratic Party and campaign committees. Over the course of his career, David has amassed an in-depth network of industry contacts both on Capitol Hill and within the business and association communities. He also serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

    Jay Dick

    Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  As an twenty-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives.  Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions.

    With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote State and Local funding and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the Americans for the Arts’ fifty State Arts Advocacy Captains, Local Arts Groups, and the State Arts Action Network and Council to accomplish this goal.  Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, The United State Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities. 

    Jay has worked at Americans for the Arts for ten years.  Prior, he worked for Capitol Advantage, a high-tech advocacy company; the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); and the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI).  Jay spent the 1996 campaign cycle working as the Field Director for a congressional campaign in Iowa’s 3rd District and began his career with the United States Senate where he served on the personal staff of Tom Harkin (IA) and then Frank Lautenberg (NJ). 

    Jay was recently appointed by Virginia Governor McAuliffe to serve a five-year term as a Commissioner for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  He also serves on the Board of the Arts Council of Fairfax County where he chairs their advocacy committee

    Lauren Cohen

    Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager, Americans for the Arts

    At Americans for the Arts, Lauren works with the Federal Affairs team in federal lobbying and government affairs activities, including composing position statements, monitoring federal legislation, drafting legislative proposals, coalition building with the Congressional Arts Caucus and other Congressional staff.  She enjoys teaching others how to become compelling arts advocates and how to pursue strong arts policy.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two years where she managed the arts, humanities, and museums portfolio.  Before coming to Washington, DC, Lauren worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia.  There, she held positions in the Education Outreach, Historical Interpretations, and Curatorial departments.  Lauren earned her Master of Arts degree in Public History from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Tennessee.  Lauren's passion for the arts began at age three when she first started ballet lessons and continues to this day as she enjoys dance and theater performances, museums, and art shows.

  • Investigating Representation in Public Spaces: Monument Lab's Field Trip Project

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/19/2020

    Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope.

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    Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope. The Monument Lab Field Trip is a free hands-on activity guide to help participants take a closer look at the monuments in their city or town. The Field Trip initiative was inspired by the challenges presented this year to reckoning and reflecting on our monument landscape at a moment with fewer opportunities for in-person engagements to historic sites and museums.

    Different activities of the Field Trip invite participants in social distance or virtually from their homespaces to investigate historical monuments in their community, ask questions about art and justice in public spaces, and propose their own ideas for a monument. Join Monument Lab’s Paul FarberPatricia Kim, and Kanyinsola Anifowoshe to discuss the Field Trip as a platform for engagement, imagination, and dialogue.

    Participants will learn about:

    • Designing public art and history engagements in the midst of COVID-19 and reckoning over the commemorative landscape
    • Shaping remote and self-directed engagements, facilitations, and methods for art and education
    • Building pathways to encourage hyperlocal explorations of art and culture that also address connections to social justice

    Paul Farber

    Director, Monument Lab

    Paul M. Farber, PhD is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab.  Farber is author of A Wall of Our Own: An American History of the Berlin Wall and co-editor with Ken Lum of Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. He also currently serves as Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art & Space at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design.

    Instagram: @Paul_Farber; @Monument_Lab

    Patricia Eunji Kim

    Director of Communications and Assistant Curator, Monument Lab

    Patricia Eunji Kim is Communications Director and Assistant Curator at Monument Lab and also serves as Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University.

    Kanyinsola Anifowoshe

    Curator

    Kanyinsola Anifowoshe is a curator and writer pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art at Yale University. In the In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens series (Chicago, 2019), she curated an exhibition and workshop series honoring Black women’s intergenerational and historically marginalized creative legacies. Kanyinsola has been editor-in-chief of Wahala Zine, a platform for the creative work of young people across the Nigerian diaspora, and host of The Now podcast, which highlights youth artists and activists. She was a Monument Lab Foundation Youth Fellow (2019) and her work has been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

  • Mapping Monuments: A Monument Lab Project

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/18/2020

    Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope.

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    November 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET


    Monument Lab is a public art and history studio based in Philadelphia that works with artists, students, educators, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Monument Lab critically engages our inherited symbols in order to unearth the next generation of monuments that elevate stories of resistance and hope. In Monument Lab’s recent collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and other St. Louis-area collaborators, Public Iconographies, the studio wanted to locate monuments in the city’s imagined, remembered, and idealized landscapes. They formed a collaborative team, who collected 750 hand-drawn maps from public participants featuring over 1,000 places across the region. 

    Through these maps, Monument Lab encountered St. Louis as a city defined by both traditional monuments and unofficial sites of memory, and resulted in a final dataset and publication aimed at unfixing entrenched mythologies and dividing lines of St. Louis to reconstitute power, place, and memory. Join Monument Lab’s Laurie Allen and Allison Nkwocha, to discuss the ways maps, monuments, and participatory data projects can illuminate historically-informed research and future building projects.

    Participants will learn about:

    • Shaping public engagement projects through participatory methods
    • Building pathways for collecting, analyzing, and expressing cultural data
    • Utilizing mapping as a platform for share and understand local knowledge, history, and networks of justice

    Laurie Allen

    Director of Research, Monument Lab

    Laurie Allen is a Philadelphian and was the founding research director at Monument Lab. She has worked as a librarian for 20 years, with a longstanding interest in the ways that cultural memory and civic data are used by and for (and sometimes against) people in cities. She worked in academic libraries for many years, most recently as the Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, and her current day job is as a Program Analyst in the office of Digital Strategy at the Library of Congress.  

    Allison Nkwocha

    Graduate Researcher, Monument Lab

    Allison is from California's central coast and graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Environmental Analysis in 2013. Her professional background is in architectural salvage and historic restoration. Prior to beginning her graduate studies at Penn, Allison was working as a carpenter and building tiny houses with teenagers at a Seattle youth design-build nonprofit. In her graduate work in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, she focuses on the intersection of Black American landscapes and memory.

    Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity

    https://islandpress.org/books/design-democracy

     

    Kofi Boone, "Cellphone Diaries: Mobile Technology and Self-Authored Digital Videos in Asset Mapping"

    https://encompass.eku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=prism

  • Resilient Arts Organizations: Adapting to New Realities

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    The Arts & Culture sector is facing an unprecedented crisis with the economic fallout caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a national survey conducted by Americans for the Arts​, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $14.0 billion, as of October 19, 2020. But we know that Local Arts Agencies, Arts & Cultures Organizations, and Artists are resilient in the face of adversity. This series will address essential topics for arts and culture organizations to consider as they respond to current needs and reimagine for the future.

    About this Series

    The Arts & Culture sector is facing an unprecedented crisis with the economic fallout caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a national survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, financial losses to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations are an estimated $14.0 billion, as of October 19, 2020. But we know that Local Arts Agencies, Arts & Cultures Organizations, and Artists are resilient in the face of adversity.

    This series will address essential topics for arts and culture organizations to consider as they respond to current needs and reimagine for the future. 

    Please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center for more information.


    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.