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  • Creating Accessible Performances 101

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/18/2019

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990 and yet people with disabilities still do not have full access to cultural events today. This session will explore what accessibility entails and how presenters can move beyond architectural accessibility to programmatic accessibility.

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     About this Webinar

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990 and yet people with disabilities still do not have full access to cultural events today. This session will explore what accessibility entails and how presenters can move beyond architectural accessibility to programmatic accessibility. 

    Learning Objectives

    • Participants will gain an awareness of the core issues and principles for presenting accessible cultural events
    • Participants will gain an understanding of strategies for making access an integral part of an organization’s mission, programs and outreach.
    • Participants will understand how making accessibility a priority creates better experiences for people both with and without disabilities.

    Rhoda Bernard

    Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs

    Rhoda Bernard is the Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of visual and performing arts education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in government from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Music with academic honors in jazz voice from New England Conservatory. She earned both her Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bernard regularly presents research at conferences throughout the United States and abroad, and she provides professional development workshops for educators in local, national, and international forums. Her work has been published in several book chapters and in numerous journals, including Music Educators JournalMusic Education ResearchAction, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Mountain Lake Reader; and Arts and Learning Research Journal. Bernard has been honored with the Berklee Urban Service Award (2017), the Boston Conservatory Community Service Award (2011), the Boston Conservatory Faculty/Staff Spirit Award (2007), and the Outstanding Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention (Second Place) from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. A vocalist and pianist who specializes in jazz music and Jewish Music in Yiddish and Hebrew, she performs regularly with a number of klezmer bands and has recorded two CDs with the band Klezamir. 

    Website: www.berklee.edu/biaesn

    Judith Smith

    Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company

    Judith Smith, Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Prior to becoming disabled in a car accident at age 17 in 1977, Judith was a champion equestrian. She transferred her passion for riding to dance after discovering contact improvisation in 1983. Judith helped launch AXIS in 1987 and she grew the Company to be the nation’s leading physically integrated dance ensemble. She has left an amazing legacy and vision for the future of AXIS and integrated dance.

    Her advocacy and equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, followed by six regional town halls throughout the country in 2016. This project, supported by the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Project Program, culminated in an extensive report and the launch of the AXIS Artistic Advancement Platform to Advance Artistry, Opportunity and Equity for Dancers with Disabilities. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Disability and Dance Affinity Group and co-chairs the group.

    Judith is currently working as an independent consultant in dance and disability. She is an activist for the environment, animals and people with disabilities. She gardens for pollinators, birdwatches, raises butterflies and is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and adaptive carriage driving.

    Website: http://www.axisdance.org/advocacy

    NEA Design for Accessibility -- A Cultural Administrator’s Handbook: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Design-for-Accessibility.pdf

    Light for the World – Disability Inclusion Scorecard: https://lab.light-for-the-world.org/publications/disability-inclusion-score-card/

    British Council Disability Arts International: http://www.disabilityartsinternational.org/about-us/

    Make Accessibility Information Easy to Find on Your Website and Keep it Up to Date: https://www.flynncenter.org/about-us/accessibility-information.html

  • Accessibility Training for Arts Administrators

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    Currently, one in five Americans living in the United States identifies as a person with a disability. And while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, people with disabilities still do not have full access to cultural events today. While providing physical access to those that attend your space or events is a good start, it's simply not enough anymore. The goal is to create exhibits and events that not only meet the specific physical needs of people with disabilities, but also makes them feel welcomed.

    Equal access to arts and cultural events are a driving force in the pursuit of cultural equity. Currently, one in five Americans living in the United States identifies as a person with a disability. And while the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990, people with disabilities still do not have full access to cultural events today. While providing physical access to those that attend your space or events is a good start, it's simply not enough anymore. The goal is to create exhibits and events that not only meet the specific physical needs of people with disabilities, but also makes them feel welcomed. Making adaptions to theatrical performances, visual arts exhibits, or workshops allows people with and without disabilities the same opportunity to take part in arts and culture experiences


    This project is created in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Creating Spaces: Performing Arts in Sacred Places - Part 1

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/06/2019

    ​Creating Spaces is series of focus groups, surveys, and inventories addresses head-on the facility needs of artists who need space and sacred places who have unused or underused space to share in a unique way that has the potential for catalytic change. This webinar will talk about how this research can be directly applied to any region, neighborhood, or community. It will also explore how what looks to be on the surface is not what you find once you dig just below.

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     About this Webinar

    The Arts in Sacred Places program at Partners for Sacred Places has developed Creating Spaces: a series of focus groups, surveys, and inventories addresses head-on the facility needs of artists who need space and sacred places who have unused or underused space to share in a unique way that has the potential for catalytic change. This webinar will talk about how this research can be directly applied to any region, neighborhood, or community. It will also explore how what looks to be on the surface is not what you find once you dig just below. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Engaging and listening to community needs
    • Activating your community in ways they want
    • How R & D in advance can save money down the road


    Check out part two of this two-part webinar: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/creating-spaces-performing-arts-in-sacred-places-part-2 

    Karen DiLossi

    Director, Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places, Partners for Sacred Places

    Karen DiLossi earned her degrees from Washington College and Villanova University. Karen has worked professionally in theatre since 2000 both onstage and off and has achieved particular success as stage manager, director, and producer. As a director, she has tackled classics (Tartuffe & Twelfth Night) and contemporary pieces (Jump/Cut, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead) as well many original new works as Co-Artistic Director for Madhouse Theater Company. She was the Program Director for the Theatre Alliance for 8 years where she produced the Barrymore Awards many times and directed them herself twice. As Director of Arts in Sacred Places, she has built and brought to a national stage a program that connects artists and congregations and also engages multiple civic, nonprofit, and funder stakeholders. Over the past eight years, she has expanded this originally Philadelphia-based program into Chicago, Austin, and Baltimore. Starting in the summer of 2019, Karen will begin piloting the program in New York City. Karen also led the research report Creating Spaces which elevated the artist space crisis conversation nationwide and in the Spring of 2016 opened The Philadelphia Design Center, the first of its kind in the country. Just this May (2019), she produced Grounds that Shout! (and others merely shaking) a series of performances curated by Reggie Wilson (Fist and Heel Performance Group) where the artists performatively respond to religious spaces, with a focus on the history of the black and POC religious experience in Philadelphia and the United States.

    Website: https://sacredplaces.org/ 

    Twitter: @sacred_places  
           

    Partners' website link to Arts in Sacred Places: https://sacredplaces.org/reimagine-your-community/arts-culture

    Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Grounds that Shout project: https://sacredplaces.org/reimagine-your-community/grounds-that-shout

    Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Creating Spaces report: https://sacredplaces.org/tools-research/3-city-arts-study

    Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Philadelphia Design Center project: https://www.phillydesigncenter.org/

    Grounds that Shout Video: https://vimeo.com/333658780?fbclid=IwAR2dPYv7ZhsiL-LjJqrgqOTZ5IMrPCk5NRl4z7UAXA9GPTsNZ5ZCW13ArAc 

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Musicians Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/05/2019

    What can your community do to fully support musicians in your creative industry? Join us on 6/5 for webinar with representatives from Des Moines as we take a look at how they are valuing musicians in their community and helping them create thriving practices.

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     About this Webinar

    Recognizing that communities need more than just strong businesses to thrive, Central Iowa has staked its claim on a robust arts and culture scene to attract, retain, engage, entertain and inspire residents and visitors alike. With a commitment to fostering a strong creative economy, this community recognizes and values the role that individual artists in creating a vibrant community. This commitment is evident as we look at the many organizations supporting artists of all disciplines, especially musicians. Join us for a webinar with representatives from Des Moines, Iowa as we explore ways that a community can holistically support musicians through avenues such as marketing, financial skill building, providing performance spaces, and more.

    Attendees will hear from:

    Sally Dix, Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    Katie Byers, Founder, Home Ditty

    Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Tobi Parks, Executive Director, Station 1 Records



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

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    Sally Dix

    Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    Sally Dix is the Executive Director for Bravo Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit organization that leverages community resources to maximize impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities.  Bravo’s revenue comes primarily from 17 local government partners who contribute a portion of their hotel/motel tax.  Bravo then strategically invests those through grants and leadership initiatives to elevate and enrich a vibrant Greater Des Moines.  

    Prior to joining Bravo, Dix served as the Vice President of Communications for the Science Center of Iowa.  She also served as the first Executive Director of the Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

    Dix has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, both in Environmental Science and Policy.  She also received her MBA from the University of Iowa.   

    Website: http://bravogreaterdesmoines.org

    Facebook Page: @BravoGreaterDesMoines         

     

    Katie Byers

    Founder & CEO, HomeDitty, LLC

    Katie Byers is a former attorney turned entrepreneur and an avid music lover. She is the Founder & CEO of HomeDitty, a web based software built specifically for house concert hosts that launched into Beta testing in February 2017. HomeDitty connects musicians directly with house concert hosts, automates the entire hosting process and facilitates online payments to the musicians including a crowdfund payment option. Since its inception, hundreds of house concerts have been hosted through HomeDitty with over 500 host signups in 40 different states. HomeDitty was created and inspired by Katie’s love of hosting house concerts, to get more people across the country hosting private house concerts and to create an additional revenue stream for musicians.

    Katie is a graduate of The University of Iowa and The University of Iowa College of Law.  She received the David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year award from the Des Moines Music Coalition in 2017 in recognition for her dedication to hosting local house concerts and for helping create home venues across the country. Katie resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Jay and their two teenage daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter:  @homeditty

    Facebook:  @homeditty                                            

    Website:  https://www.homeditty.com/                   

    Jay Byers

    Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and a network of more than 6400 regional members.

    Byers is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), graduate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management (IOM), graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and graduate of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship. Byers currently serves as Vice Chair of ACCE and on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and International Economic Development Council. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Catch Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, Balance Autism and Keep Iowa Beautiful. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Byers is a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter: @DSMPartnership 

    Facebook:  @DSMPartnership                                                  

    Website: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/                  

    Tobi Parks

    Executive Director,Station 1 Records

    Tobi Parks is the creator and Executive Director of Station 1 Records, a non-profit 501(c)(3) artist development and entrepreneurship organization dedicated to the patronage and development of independent artists on the regional and national stage.  Prior to her starting the non-profit, she was Director of Copyright at Sony Music where she worked with Sony’s Columbia Records, Epic Records, and RCA Records labels.  She has a long history working in media having worked for a number of years as a Programming and Promotions Associate for Clear Channel Broadcasting and as Director of Marketing and Public Relations with the PBS produced series, In the Life.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, a Master of Arts in Media Literacy from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Juris Doctor from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is a musician that has played bass in the NYC glam-punk band Bambï, Toronto-based The Cliks, St. Louis-based acts The Star Death, Is That You?, and Grandpa’s Ghost.  As a solo performer and session player, she has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Darin Gray, Tim Garrigan, Keith Rowe, Mark Shippy, and video artist James Fotopoulos.  She has composed for stage, television and film.       

    Twitter: @station1records

    Facebook: @station1records                                        

    Website: www.station1records.com                  

  • Know Before You Go: 2019 Annual Convention

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/04/2019

    What’s going on at Americans for the Arts’ 2019 Annual Convention in Minneapolis? Whether you’re a first-time attendee or have attended numerous times in the past, you’ll want to tune-in to this webinar to take a sneak peek at what we have in store for you. Join Clay Lord, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement with Americans for the Arts as we highlight some of our fantastic keynote and plenary presenters, checkout some of the amazing sessions, and learn about other engagement opportunities for you while you’re there.

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     About this Webinar

    What’s going on at Americans for the Arts’ 2019 Annual Convention in Minneapolis? Whether you’re a first-time attendee or have attended numerous times in the past, you’ll want to tune-in to this webinar to take a sneak peek at what we have in store for you. Join Clay Lord, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement and Patricia Walsh, Public Arts and Civic Design Program Manager  with Americans for the Arts, as we highlight some of our fantastic keynote and plenary presenters, checkout some of the amazing sessions, and learn about other engagement opportunities for you while you’re there. 

    Clay Lord

    Vice President of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts

    Clayton Lord is the vice president of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts, where he oversees advocacy, capacity development and cohort building for local arts administrators and advocates in 5,000 communities across the United States. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lord served for five years as the director of communications and audience development for Theatre Bay Area. At Americans for the Arts, the local arts advancement department aims to empower, educate, and support local arts leaders, public artists and arts administrators, emerging, mid-career, and executive leaders throughout the arts sector, arts marketers, and artist-activists as they work to be constantly relevant and transformative in the lives of American citizens and communities.

    Lord shepherds the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and local arts agencies in American communities, and Americans for the Arts’ ongoing initiatives around cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and the Executive Leadership Forum at Sundance.

    Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the public value of the arts, and has written for ArtsLink, ARTSblog, Theatre Bay Area magazine, Stage DirectionsInDanceThe VoiceArtsJournal, ArtsMarketing.org and others. He has edited and contributed to three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the ArtsArts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992 and is working on the forthcoming New Community Visions: A Blueprint for 21st Century Arts-Based Community Development, due out in 2017. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.                

    Patricia Walsh

    Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Patricia Walsh joined Americans for the Arts in 2014 where she works to empower public art professionals, artists and other stakeholders in the implementation of public art in their communities by supporting best practices, case studies, resource development, and peer-to-peer networking.
     
    In her role at Americans for the Arts, Patricia has grown the annual Public Art Preconference to over 300 attendees, moderates the 400+ membership-based Public Art Network, and travels frequently to communities across the country to engage and learn from her colleagues working locally. She designed the Public Art Resource Center, an online portal to increase access to tools, resources, and opportunities for those making public art happen in their communities. She manages partnerships with Smart Growth America/Transportation for America and the American Planning Association and continues to develop strategies to engage allied fields to cultivate policy and practice that supports public art in the built environment across the country.

  • Build an Inclusive Audience with Radical Readability

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/30/2019

    Every arts organization wants to be more inclusive. But do the words we use to communicate with the public keep new visitors away? This presentation will examine the impact of text readability on inclusion and explore how arts organizations produce marketing materials that require high levels of education to read easily, why this is counterproductive to audience development, and what we can do about it.

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    May 30, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT


    Every arts organization wants to be more inclusive. But do the words we use to communicate with the public keep new visitors away?

    This presentation will examine the impact of text readability on inclusion and explore how arts organizations produce marketing materials that require high levels of education to read easily, why this is counterproductive to audience development, and what we can do about it.

    Arts workers in North America, whether working in curatorial or communication departments, tend to be highly educated and have exceptional English language comprehension. They suffer from the “curse of knowledge”—a cognitive bias that occurs when an individual, communicating with others, unknowingly assumes that they have the background to understand. As such, we often write text that our privileged colleagues can understand, but that many others will struggle with. About 1 in 3 Americans only have basic reading skills. As much as 20 percent of the population has a learning disability. And over one million immigrants arrive in the US each year, many of whom are highly educated but speak English as a second or third language. Unless we want to exclude these people, many of whom are already marginalized, from our organizations, we must write copy that the general public can read with ease.

    Learning Objectives:

    During this Session, attendees will:

    1. Learn how text that is difficult to read alienates current and potential audiences

    2. Discover how to evaluate the readability of their own text

    3. Gain skills to improve the readability of their own text

    Rob Maguire

    Director, Marketing + Communications, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

    Rob Maguire is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. Before joining the university in 2017, he held marketing roles at Vancouver's renowned Museum of Anthropology and the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, and taught copywriting at the University of British Columbia. Rob is particularly passionate about socially engaged art and cultural policy, and supports projects that seek to educate, inspire and build our communities. He also moonlights as the board president of Pi Theatre, a bold and uncompromising company based in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

    Instagram: http://instagram.com/robmaguire

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robmaguire

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/robmaguire

    Website: http://ecuad.ca

  • May 2019 Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Coffee Talk

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/29/2019

    Americans for the Arts is proud to support the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network through quarterly “coffee talk” digital convenings, eNews, blogs, and other resource sharing tools.

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    May 2019 

    Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Network Coffee Talk


    Americans for the Arts is proud to support the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network through quarterly “coffee talk” digital convenings, eNews, blogs, and other resource sharing tools. Each quarter, we bring you an arts administration professional to share their insights and journey to inspire you. Coffee talk format invites you to ask questions and share your experiences with the group.

    Join De Andrea Nichols, Director of Design & Social Practice with Civic Creatives to hear about her journey, artistic endeavors and advice on finding motivation and embracing personal brand.

    Hosted by Joshua Heim, Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, Community Development Department

    De Andrea Nichols

    Director of Design & Social Practice, Civic Creatives

    De Nichols is a designer, social entrepreneur, and keynote lecturer who mobilizes young creative change makers through the production of interactive experiences, digital media, and social initiatives .

    Based in St. Louis, MO, De is the Principal of Design & Social Practice Civic Creatives, a design and strategy collective she founded in 2015 to help cities more boldly develop creative solutions for the civic and social challenges they face. As a national keynote presenter and lecturer, De champions the power of design and storytelling to inspire and equip audiences to spark creative social change across their communities.

    Because of her leadership, Nichols has been deemed as a national Ideas that Matter recipient, a two-time Clinton Global Initiative innovator, and a St. Louis Visionary for her community impact. She additionally is a 2017/18 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts  and a 2018 Artist Fellow with the Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis, MO.

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    Joshua Heim

    Arts Program Manager, City of Bellevue, Community Development Department

    Joshua Heim is the Arts Program Manager at the City of Bellevue and was the cultural arts administrator for the City of Redmond. Before that, he spent 10 years in the heritage and museum field, starting his career at Kaho‘oilina, a scholarly journal in Honolulu dedicated to preserving the Hawaiian language and supporting Hawaiian language immersion schools. He went on to work at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, where he developed community-based exhibitions and managed the award winning YouthCAN program. 

    Heim has taught museology courses and workshops at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Immigration Sites of Conscience and the Northwest Indian College. His interests include new approaches to public art, creative place-making and Washington state’s cultural community. He serves on the 4Culture arts advisory committee and the board of Cultural Access Washington. He has an M.A. in cultural studies from UW Bothell and a B.A. in sociology and anthropology from Lewis and Clark College.

  • Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Quarterly Coffee Talks

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    Americans for the Arts is proud to support the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network through quarterly “coffee talk” digital convenings, eNews, blogs, and other resource sharing tools. Each quarter, we bring you an arts administration professional to share their insights and journey to inspire you. Coffee talk format invites you to ask questions and share your experiences with the group.

    Americans for the Arts is proud to support the Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network through quarterly “coffee talk” digital convenings, eNews, blogs, and other resource sharing tools. Each quarter, we bring you an arts administration professional to share their insights and journey to inspire you. Coffee talk format invites you to ask questions and share your experiences with the group.

  • Ask an Expert: Mural Implementation & Community Engagement

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    Murals can be a source of pride for communities and come with their own opportunities and challenges. Join us for an Ask the Expert webinar and conversation at 3:00PM EDT on Tuesday, May 28 with artist Silvia López Chavez and Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art with the Arts Council of Indianapolis to hear about murals and community engagement. Learn what it takes to implement a mural, manage community expectations, and more!

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    Murals can be a source of pride for communities and come with their own opportunities and challenges for public art program administrators. Developing a mural requires skill and knowledge to best engage and represent the members of the surrounding community. In this second of two Ask an Expert virtual conversations about murals, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field on mural implementation and community engagement. Participants will gain insight on what it takes to implement a mural, manage community expectations, learn about available resources, and more! 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Hear from experts in the implementation of murals and community engagement
    • Gain knowledge on what it takes to manage community expectations
    • Learn about resources available for the development and implementation of murals


    Tune into Part 1 of this series, Ask An Expert: Mural Policy and Management, here: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/ask-an-expert-mural-policy-management

    Silvia López Chavez

    Artist, Chavez Design Studio

    Boston based, interdisciplinary artist Silvia López Chavez believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her work investigates the basic human need to connect on multiple levels: socially, politically and culturally. She enjoys making art with others which has led her to community works and public art projects including the first professionally-commissioned mural on the Charles River Esplanade in partnership with Now+There. Recent public art commissions include Northeastern University, Punto Urban Art Museum, Barr Foundation, HoneyGrow restaurant, HUBweek and Google.

    Chavez’s work has received recognition through grant awards and artist residencies including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Boston Children’s Hospital.

    Chavez holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and an associate degree from Altos de Chavon the School of Design in the Dominican Republic. In addition to her fine art practice, she is an award-winning design professional, working for over 16 years with high-profile companies and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Website: www.silvialopezchavez.com

    Twitter: @SilviaLChavez  and  @Art_Design_Love  

    Julia Muney Moore

    Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Julia Moore has been a public art administrator since 2004 and the Director of Public Art at the Arts Council for five years. She was previously a contemporary art curator for 14 years, specializing in site-specific projects, and was the project manager for the public art collection at Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital among others.  Moore has worked with numerous property owners and communities around Indianapolis on their public art and has managed the commissioning of dozens of murals, including a current series painted on the walls of central Indiana Jiffy Lube stores.

    Website: http://www.indyarts.org
    Twitter: @artscouncilindy   

  • Effective Civic Engagement for Arts Advocates

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    How can arts advocates be effectively engaged in our political discourse and in our upcoming elections? Learn some tips and best practices to being a great advocate while not running afoul of any rules. Americans for the Arts Senior Fellow, former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg will lead this discussion using data he gathered from interviewing arts advocates who are now elected officials.

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     About this Webinar

    How can arts advocates be effectively engaged in our political discourse and in our upcoming elections? Learn some tips and best practices to being a great advocate while not running afoul of any rules.  Americans for the Arts Senor Fellow, former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg will lead this discussion using findings he gathered from interviewing arts advocates who are now elected officials.   

    Moderated by Americans for the Arts Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs Jay Dick

    Stan Rosenberg

    Former Massachusetts State Senator

    Former Massachusetts State Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg was proud to represent the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester County district in the Massachusetts Senate from 1991 to 2018 and served as Senate President from 2015 to 2017. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, investment in the arts and culture, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed.

    Stan believes that government works better when a diversity of viewpoints are heard. During his time as Senate President, he transformed the culture of the Senate by empowering and engaging his colleagues in a model he calls “Shared Leadership,” which encourages participation and cooperation. He has embraced technology and community outreach, creating a more accessible, modern and engaged Senate which reacts quickly to the needs of voters. Stan’s push to make government more responsive stretches back to 1993, when he co-authored the “Motor Voter” bill to modernize our voting system and boost voter turnout. He was later asked two times to redraw Massachusetts’ political boundaries during the redistricting process, earning high praise the second time for an exceptionally transparent process which created a new minority-majority district.

    Stan’s attention seldom strays far from fighting for working families and growing our economy from the bottom up. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, he passed a long-overdue wage hike for the Commonwealth’s lowest-paid human service workers. His tireless work to increase funding for education from early childhood to college has driven the creation of an innovation economy which keeps Massachusetts competitive.

    Twitter: @SenStan

    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