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  • When Artists and Municipalities Partner for the Public Good

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/19/2020

    How can artists and municipal leaders work together to bring innovative creative capacities to achieve civic goals, improve the workings of government, and benefit community residents? Artists and municipal leaders are partnering to address city-wide mandates such as racial equity. They are helping change perceptions of municipal departments and disinvested neighborhoods. They are developing art projects that address wide ranging issues in public health, environment, and police relations. And more! To support these dynamic partnerships, A Blade of Grass and Animating Democracy have developed the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide. Just released, it aims to assist municipal agency leaders, artists, and arts agency leaders in navigating this often-complicated partnership work and to achieve positive and powerful artistic and community results. Webinar participants will hear partnership pointers related to My Park, My Pool, My City, a three-year artist residency in which artists partnered with the Austin’s (TX) Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division, activating and amplifying civic engagement around the future of Austin’s city pools. This story will illuminate some of the guiding principles, values, and quality practices featured in the guide. Animating Democracy and A Blade of Grass will highlight selections from the trove of Nuts and Bolts, partnership profiles, and model documents and tools.

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     February 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    How can artists and municipal leaders work together to bring innovative creative capacities to achieve civic goals, improve the workings of government, and benefit community residents? Artists and municipal leaders are partnering to address city-wide mandates such as racial equity.  They are helping change perceptions of municipal departments and disinvested neighborhoods. They are developing art projects that address wide ranging issues in public health, environment, and police relations.  And more!

    To support these dynamic partnerships, A Blade of Grass and Animating Democracy have developed the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide.  Just released, it aims to assist municipal agency leaders, artists, and arts agency leaders in navigating this often-complicated partnership work and to achieve positive and powerful artistic and community results.  Webinar participants will hear partnership pointers related to My Park, My Pool, My City, a three-year artist residency in which artists partnered with the Austin’s (TX) Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division, activating and amplifying civic engagement around the future of Austin’s city pools. This story will illuminate some of the guiding principles, values, and quality practices featured in the guide.  Animating Democracy and A Blade of Grass will highlight selections from the trove of Nuts and Bolts, partnership profiles, and model documents and tools.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn why these partnerships are attractive and gaining ground in municipal government
    • Gain insights into how artists and municipalities have navigated different ways of working and gained new capacities
    • Understand how Local Arts Agencies are playing key roles as organizing agencies and intermediaries

    Pam Korza

    Co-Director of Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

    Pam Korza co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change.  She has consulted and offered workshops and presentations on arts and civic engagement for artists, cultural organizations, funders, and at cross-sector gatherings across the country and internationally. She co-authored the Municipal-Artist Partnership Guide (2019) with Jan Cohen-Cruz, in partnership with A Blade of Grass. She co-wrote Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture, and the Arts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit, as well as the five-book Case Studies from Animating Democracy.  Her writing and editing on assessing arts and social change work includes: the framework, the Continuum of Impact guide; Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change; Evaluating Impact/Appreciating Evaluation;” and a chapter in the book, Arts and Community Change (Routledge, 2015). 

    Website: http://animatingdemocracy.org/

    Prerana Reddy

    Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass

    Prerana Reddy is Director of Programs at A Blade of Grass, a nonprofit that advances the field of socially engaged art through financial support for artists, public programming, research, and content creation. Previously she was the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Queens Museum in New York City (2005-2018) where she organized both exhibition- and community-based programs as well as public art commissions. In addition, she oversaw a cultural organizing initiative for Corona, Queens residents that resulted in the creation and ongoing programming of a public plaza and a popular education center for new immigrants. She has a Masters degree in Cinema Studies and Anthropology from New York University, and has extensive film programming experience. She is currently on the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and sits on the boards of NOCD-NY, ArtBuilt, Rockaway Initiative for Sustainabilty & Equity, and New Immigrant Community Empowerment. 

    Website: www.abladeofgrass.org

    Twitter: @preranareddy

    Instragram: @preranar


    Lynn Osgood

    Executive Director, Civic Arts (formerly GO Collaborative)

    Lynn Osgood, PhD is an urban planner and researcher, and the founder and executive director of Civic Arts. She started her career in urban planning in New York City when she worked with the UN Habitat II Conference on Human Settlements. Trained in landscape architecture and urban planning at the University of Virginia, Lynn moved to Austin in 2003,where she became Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas in the School of Architecture. She now teaches there on civic engagement and qualitative research.  In 2011 she founded Civic Arts (formerly GO collaborative) and leads the development of creative placemaking projects such as the NEA Exploring Our Town website, and the ArtPlace America-funded Drawing Lines project, as well as technical assistance services for municipal partners across the United States. Currently Civic Arts is in partnership with ArtPlace America, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) to find ways in which arts-based community development practices can become more fully integrated into the local government sector.

    Website: www.civicarts.org

    Twitter: @CivicArtsAustin

    Krissie Marty

    Associate Artistic Director & Community Collaborations Director of Forklift Danceworks

    Working in the mediums of dialogue, participation, and collaboration, Krissie Marty makes dances with people who aren’t traditionally considered dancers.  As Associate Artistic Director & Community Collaborations Director of Forklift Danceworks, she most often engages city employees in making dances that ask audiences to reconsider their relationship to labor and laboring bodies. She helped to conceive the My Park, My Pool, My City project and co-directed Bartholomew Swims, Dove Springs Swims, and Givens Swims. Krissie created and directed RE Source, featuring employees and machinery of the Goodwill Resource Center in a 125,000 square foot warehouse. She co-directed PowerUP, Play Ball Downs Field, Afoot: A Marching Band Extravaganza, and The Trees of Govalle. Previously, Krissie worked as a faculty member and choreographer with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for over a decade. She choreographed movement for theatre with Big Art Group (NYC and international tours), Washington Shakespeare Company, and Imagination Stage (DC). Her choreography has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Stratford Circus in London, Chateau de Cazals in France, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

    Website: forkliftdanceworks.org

    Facebook: @forkliftdanceworks

    Instagram @forkliftdanceworks

  • Data Visualization and Storytelling

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/22/2020

    Storytelling is an incredibly effective way to communicate information. Narrative structures make it easier for folks to remember and even care about the information being presented to them. Data collection has increasingly become a part of everyday life. Storytelling with that data can help individuals and organizations make better decisions using data; it can help make sense and find meaning in what can be an overwhelming sea of information. So how do you take a spreadsheet of numbers and turn it into a narrative? This webinar will help you understand the data storytelling pipeline so you can create effective visual stories. We’ll talk about what tools are available and what skills you will need to discover and visualize the stories in your data.


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    About this Webinar 

     January 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Storytelling is an incredibly effective way to communicate information. Narrative structures make it easier for folks to remember and even care about the information being presented to them. Data collection has increasingly become a part of everyday life. Storytelling with that data can help individuals and organizations make better decisions using data; it can help make sense and find meaning in what can be an overwhelming sea of information.  

    So how do you take a spreadsheet of numbers and turn it into a narrative? This webinar will help you understand the data storytelling pipeline so you can create effective visual stories. We’ll talk about what tools are available and what skills you will need to discover and visualize the stories in your data. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Start with questions; look at what you might be able to learn from the data you’ve got in front of you
    • Learn about some additional sources for finding good data, and best practices if you’re collecting data of your own
    • Understand what you do when the data you have doesn’t support the story you want to tell
    • Learn about the importance of graphicacy or visual literacy, and how to think critically about visualizations
    • Begin to understand effective methods of visually encoding information 
    • Build up a narrative from different facets of your data

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh

    Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer, Nation of Makers

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist, interactive artist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data and Metrics of Impact Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization. Their major projects the Annual Survey of Makerspaces and the Make the Data blog at makethedata.org; they help the maker community learn about itself through data and data-driven stories. Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN. She works as a Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer at Schneider Electric, and she has recently received a MPS in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art

    Twitter: @ittybittyartist  

    Websites

    Nation of Makers - nationofmakers.us 

    Make the Data – makethedata.org  

    Personal Portfolio - jenniferdeafenbaugh.com

  • January 2020 Member Briefing: Membership in the Year Ahead

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/21/2020

    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 Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org​.

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    January 2020 Member Briefing; Membership in the Year Ahead

    January 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    This months member briefing will be an introduction to our new Membership Manager Michael Hornbuckle. He will be discussing Americans for the Arts Membership Benefits and updates. 

    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 Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@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!

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Michael Hornbuckle was born and raised in Potomac, MD. He received B.S. Business Administration from Tennessee State University, where he also played football.  He has been working in membership for 15 years, most recently with the National Retail Federation as the Membership Manager. As the Membership Manager at Americans for the Arts, he is responsible for increasing membership and retention and creating programs and benefits for members to improve the overall member experience.  At the National Retail Federation, he oversaw a number of communities and committees. On the side, he enjoys cooking, traveling and still participating in sports through "Old Man" Leagues.

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

    Contains 11 Product(s)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists.

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. 



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

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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Copyright for Artists

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/15/2020

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for January 2019 will be about copyright for artists.

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    About this Coffee Chat

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for January 2020 will be about copyright for artists.

    How can artists protect their work through copyright law?

    Join Luke Blackadar, Director of Legal Services for the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, as he discusses the ins and outs of copyright for artists including: copyright basic rights and registration, copyright use and licensing, and fair use.

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

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    Luke Blackadar

    Director of Legal Services, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

    As Director of Legal Services, Luke manages all of the Arts & Business Council’s legal programming, including its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Patent Pro Bono, and educational programs. As a visual artist and intellectual property attorney, he is passionate about serving small businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Luke has extensive experience counseling start-ups and creatives around the country in trademark, copyright, and business law matters. He regularly speaks on intellectual property and business law issues, giving presentations to such organizations as Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Brown University, and National Arts Strategies. Luke is a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law

    Website: https://artsandbusinesscouncil.org

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

    Instagram: @lukeblackadar

  • Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Arts Host Info Session

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/20/2019

    This information session will provide arts host candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer program in Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City, with a program overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.


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    About this Info Session

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey, New York City, and Nashville, TN.

    This information session will provide arts host candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer program in Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City, with a program overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

    Website: Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

  • Arts and Social Impact Webinar Series

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

  • Arts and Housing

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/19/2019

    For years the story has been “Artists move into a neighborhood and make it attractive and then the developers come in and move the artist out “ In this webinar John Paradiso a Visual Artist that lives and works in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland will give an overview of working with a Community Development Corporation, other arts organizations, and local artists to pave the way for developers to come in and embrace their artistic community. Paradiso will focus on the new STUDIO 3807 mixed-use residential apartment development in Brentwood, Maryland and his partnership with the developer, Landex Corporation LLC, bringing a visual arts presence into the building. This presence includes a Permanent Art Collection, the Portico Gallery, six visual art studios, and arts programming for the residents of the building and the community at large.

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     About this Webinar


    Artists and Developers: A Story of a Working Relationship and a Relationship That Works

    For years the story has been “Artists move into a neighborhood and make it attractive and then the developers come in and move the artist out."

    In this webinar John Paradiso a Visual Artist that lives and works in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland will give an overview of working with a Community Development Corporation, other arts organizations, and local artists to pave the way for developers to come in and embrace their artistic community. 

    Paradiso will focus on the new STUDIO 3807 mixed-use residential apartment development in Brentwood, Maryland and his partnership with the developer, Landex Corporation LLC,  bringing a visual arts presence into the building. This presence includes a Permanent Art Collection, the Portico Gallery, six visual art studios, and arts programming for the residents of the building and the community at large.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

    John Paradiso

    Curator and Mixed Media Artist

    John Paradiso earned a BFA at the State University of New York, Purchase and his MFA at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is a mixed media artist and describes his work as metaphorical based upon such issues as identity, sexuality, and health. 

    Paradiso has worked at the Gateway Community Development Corporation for 13 years as their curator of programs, overseeing 25 visual art studios, the 39th Street Gallery, and extensive arts programming.

    For the last two years John has worked with the Landex Development LLC as an art consultant acquisitioning permanent art collections for their two new residential mixed-use properties, Studio 3807 and the Artisan 4100.

    John is also the resident artist/curator at Portico Gallery and Studios located in the Studio 3807 building .

    Website: www.john-paradiso.com and  https://www.studio3807.com/

  • Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Intern Info Session

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/16/2019

    This information session will provide intern candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer internship with a program and intern experience overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

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    About This Info Session


    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey, New York City, and Nashville, TN.

    This information session will provide intern candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer internship with a program and intern experience overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

    Website: Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

    Ami Scherson

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate

    Ami Scherson joined Americans for the Arts in May 2019. In her role as Equity in Arts Leadership Programs Associate, she will assist in the development and implementation of programs to enhance the skills of diverse emerging arts administrators. In addition, she will support local arts agency, public sector, and private sector leaders in adopting and implementing policies and programs that amplify cultural equity in the arts sector and communities-at-large. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she had interned at Kaufman Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stuart's Opera House. Ami is a proud alumni of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program hosted by Americans for the Arts.

    Ami graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business. As she is passionate about arts accessibility and community development, her senior thesis focused on the impacts of nonprofit arts education programs in rural Appalachia.

    Ami Scherson

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate

    Ami Scherson joined Americans for the Arts in May 2019. In her role as Equity in Arts Leadership Programs Associate, she will assist in the development and implementation of programs to enhance the skills of diverse emerging arts administrators. In addition, she will support local arts agency, public sector, and private sector leaders in adopting and implementing policies and programs that amplify cultural equity in the arts sector and communities-at-large. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she had interned at Kaufman Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stuart's Opera House. Ami is a proud alumni of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program hosted by Americans for the Arts.

    Ami graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business. As she is passionate about arts accessibility and community development, her senior thesis focused on the impacts of nonprofit arts education programs in rural Appalachia.

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/12/2019

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked. Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions.

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     About this Webinar

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will rethink their understandings of the national (and international) teaching artist field.
    • They will encounter with a wider variety of tools to support the growth in size, diversity and quality of local teaching artist talent pools, tools they may use in their home settings.
    • They will discover new ways in which teaching artists are employed to accomplish seven different purposes—which invites new ways to assess impact, develop productive partnerships, and create greater visibility for the field. 

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

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    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

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

    Websites:

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

    Victor Sawyer

    Teaching Artist

    Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble and as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of ten professional music Teaching Artists serving in traditionally underserved communities. 

    As a performer he has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. Sawyer has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more. 

    Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, While in NYC Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy.