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  • November 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/21/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

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    Emerging Leaders Network Call

    November 21, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

    Would you like to be featured on one of our quarterly calls? Email Cristyn Johnson to find out more.

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    Cristyn Johnson

    Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Cristyn Johnson is the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. In this capacity, she develops Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education offerings to advance competent and informed local, regional and national arts professionals.  She also develops a suite of programs and resources centered around the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs of a diverse workforce. She manages, grows, and cultivates an Emerging Leaders Network, a Mid-Career Leaders Network, and an Executive Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals in the field of practices, who can share their knowledge with the field at large.        

  • Own Your Past, Shape Your Future

    Contains 2 Product(s) 2 new product(s) added recently

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

    About this Series

    Own Your Past: Shape Your Future

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

  • Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 09/24/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion.

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    September 24, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion. 


    Check out part-one of this three-part series here: How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

  • The Nuts and Bolts of a Theory of Change for Any Organization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/21/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    What is a Theory of Change? How might it help your organization? Theory of Change is a map that describes a process of change. It tells the story of what your organization does and the impacts it hopes to have. It can be the first step in evaluating an organization’s impact. In this webinar, Anika Kwinana from The Kennedy Center and Rachel Engh from Metris Arts Consulting will discuss how any arts and culture organization, no matter its size or operating budget, can make a relevant and useful Theory of Change.

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    August 21, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    What is a Theory of Change? How might it help your organization? Theory of Change is a map that describes a process of change. It tells the story of what your organization does and the impacts it hopes to have. It can be the first step in evaluating an organization’s impact. In this webinar, Anika Kwinana from The Kennedy Center and Rachel Engh from Metris Arts Consulting will discuss how any arts and culture organization, no matter its size or operating budget, can make a relevant and useful Theory of Change.

  • August 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/15/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

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    Emerging Leaders Network Call

    August 15, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Join us each quarter for conference call with the Emerging Leaders Network of Americans for the Arts. Every call will feature an Emerging Leader in the Arts and Culture field, discuss trends in the sector, include open space for Emerging Leaders to share and receive feedback, have an Americans for the Arts update, and more. Emerging Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. Calls are open and free to members of Americans for the Arts. All calls will be recorded and archived.

    Would you like to be featured on one of our quarterly calls? Email Cristyn Johnson to find out more.

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    Cristyn Johnson

    Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Cristyn Johnson is the Local Arts Advancement Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. In this capacity, she develops Americans for the Arts’ comprehensive full-career-spectrum field education offerings to advance competent and informed local, regional and national arts professionals.  She also develops a suite of programs and resources centered around the full leadership pipeline and organizational needs of a diverse workforce. She manages, grows, and cultivates an Emerging Leaders Network, a Mid-Career Leaders Network, and an Executive Leaders Network by building a connected network of arts professionals in the field of practices, who can share their knowledge with the field at large.        

  • 400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/14/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future is calling on communities across the country to engage in place-based observances of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of the first Africans trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean and sold into bondage in the U.S. Our initiative is calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy. To gear up for these observances, our webinar will feature members of the organizing team, Ashley Bernal and Molly Rose Kaufman. They will share the project background and offer tools and resources for people and organizations to activate place-based creative observances for truth-telling and collective healing. 400 Years of Inequality is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities.

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    August 14, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future is calling on communities across the country to engage in place-based observances of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of the first Africans trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean and sold into bondage in the U.S.  Our initiative is calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy.  To gear up for these observances, our webinar will feature members of the organizing team, Ashley Bernal and Molly Rose Kaufman.  They will share the project background and offer tools and resources for people and organizations to activate place-based creative observances for truth-telling and collective healing. 400 Years of Inequality is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities.

  • Digital Marketing for Cultural Organizations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/13/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    At a time when the amount of online content has become overwhelming, cost-efficient strategies that allow cultural organizations to thrive are increasingly essential. Join us for a webinar on 8/13 about digital marketing initiatives that have helped cultural entities grow customer loyalty, boost revenues, and raise awareness about programs and services.

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    August 13, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    At a time when the amount of online content has become overwhelming, cost-efficient strategies that allow arts and cultural organizations with modest budgets to thrive are increasingly essential. In this webinar, Daniel Gallant, Executive Director of Nuyorican Poets Café, will lead a discussion of social media strategies and online marketing initiatives that have helped the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Arts Japan 2020, and other cultural entities to grow customer loyalty, boost revenues, and raise awareness about programs and services. Organizations of all sizes can learn from the achievements of small cultural entities that have exploited nuances of the online marketing sphere to outperform their larger competitors in key categories. 

    Daniel Gallant

    Marketing Consultant

    Daniel Gallant is the Executive Director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Director of Arts Japan 2020, and a marketing consultant. He is the recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship and fellowships from National Arts Strategies and the Devos Institute; he was also recently named to the Fulbright Specialist roster. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, the New York Post, six anthologies from Applause Books and Vintage Books and elsewhere. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Adweek, Crains New York, Inc., New York Magazine, and on MTV, NPR, NY1, PBS, CNN’s United Shades of America and NPR's Planet Money. He has lectured and consulted about arts marketing for organizations including the Kennedy Center, PEN World Voices Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Banff Arts Centre, the 92nd Street Y, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Opera America, Fourth Arts Block, The Field, the Devos Institute, Columbia University and many more. 

    WEBSITE: https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gallant

    WEBSITE: www.nuyorican.org

    TWITTER: @NuyoricanPoets

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

    Contains 6 Product(s) 5 new product(s) added recently

    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. Our topic for March 2019 will be legal support for artists.



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

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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Supporting Artists with Disabilities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/06/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    What do knowledge and resources do arts administrators need to support artists with disabilities? Join us on 8/6 for a Coffee Chat with Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, as she discusses strategies for your organization to ready itself to be more inclusive to people with disabilities.

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    August 6, 2019 at 2:00PM EDT

    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 this month will be about supporting artists with disabilities.

    How can you support artists with disabilities?

    Join Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, as she discusses strategies for your organization to ready itself to be more inclusive to people with disabilities; how you can support disabled artists in your programming and hiring processes; as well as what resources are available to support disabled artists. 


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

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    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

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Dancers Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 07/25/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

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    July 25, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

    Join Allyson Esposito, Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Boston Foundation, to learn about the Next Steps for Boston Dance grantmaking initiative for Boston area choreographers. The Boston Foundation is one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations. The Next Steps for Boston Dance program was born out of the results of several different research initiatives led by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Foundation, which identified dance as the least philanthropically supported discipline in the region, and articulated a need for artist-level support and the development of pathways for local choreographers and dance artists.  Next Steps was created with significant input from the dance community it was intended to serve and provides much needed rehearsal space, mentorship, and funds for artists to take their “next step”. Key to its success is the flexibility of the program (no pun intended!), with individualized supports provided to each artist recipient.  

    Attendees will learn:

    • How to create an artist-level grant program based on research and data, but with significant artist input into the program design process
    • How to create individualized supports within a grant program
    • What choreographers need to be most successful in achieving their career goals
    • What parallel investments and ecosystem shifts have had to occur to ensure Next Steps is most impactful
    • Choreographer mentorship models
    • Cohort and network building within a diverse and disparate dance ecology



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

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    Allyson Esposito

    Senior Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

    Allyson Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer with more than ten consecutive years of experience in the philanthropic field. In each of the philanthropy roles she has held, Esposito has led comprehensive change, designing and implementing new strategies, programs and systems to support a new vision that addresses areas of highest need and greatest opportunity, often in response to large scale, municipally-led cultural planning efforts. 

    She currently serves as the Senior Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s Community Foundation and one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of $1 billion. Relocating to Boston during a critical “arts renaissance” for the city, Esposito designed a large-scale philanthropic response to the city’s first large-scale cultural plan, Boston Creates. One of her programs, Live Arts Boston (LAB), has been hailed as most well-known, field-changing grant programs for the arts in Greater Boston. In three years, LAB has supported 185 projects and more than 450 artists (70% of whom identify as people of color) with nearly $3 million to create, present or produce new work for Greater Boston audiences.  A recent WBUR article about LAB noted that, since its inception, “the arts in Boston is demonstrably more vibrant.”

    Esposito came to Boston from her hometown of Chicago, where she worked for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as the Director of Cultural Grantmaking, leading efforts to strategically restructure all grant programs for the first time in 20 years, ultimately designing and managing 4 programs awarding more than 250 grants per year. Prior to DCASE, she was Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation during a time of significant organizational and leadership transition.

    The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance: https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/grant-making-initiatives/next-steps-for-boston-dance

    The Boston Foundation’s General arts and culture site: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas/arts

    The Boston Foundation’s research and study about funding for Boston and 10 Other Cities (from 2016): https://www.tbf.org/-/media/tbforg/files/reports/arts-report_jan-7-2016.pdf?la=en

    The New England Foundation for the Arts study: https://www.nefa.org/moving-dance-forward