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  • Arts Advocacy Best Practices with Senator Stan Rosenberg

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    Join Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg as he guides arts advocates and supporters through his best practices for effective arts advocacy.

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    Part 3: It's Time to Engage and Listen to Millennials

    (Archive Now Available)

    It's not uncommon for our media and popular culture to generalize Millennials as lazy and narcissistic, with an outsized sense of entitlement, interested only in their next opportunity to take a selfie. But this is the largest, best educated and most college debt-ridden generation in Western history, and its members possess a number of positive characteristics that the arts community needs to understand and to which they need to respond.

    Based on a growing body of research, Millennials have emerged as creative, adventurous, civic minded, tech savvy, socially aware, and consider themselves global citizens, to name a few of their positive characteristics and drivers.

    That's why last year, Senator Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate, launched the Millennial Engagement Initiative to listen to their concerns and brainstorm with them ways to address those concerns, as well as ways to get and keep Millennials engaged in our democratic process.

    In the webinar, Sen. Rosenberg will discuss his program but also asks that you come to the webinar with an idea or two of a millennial engagement idea that you have tried or want to try. Did it work? Fail? and Why?

    If you are not comfortable bringing up an idea (or concern), email Jay Dick (Jay@artsusa.org) and he will bring up your question/thought anonymously.

    If viewing on an iPad or iphone, first install the app here, or search the App store for MobileMeetings By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. Once the iPad app is installed and launched enter meeting number 747326 to open the live webinar.


    Part 2: Pre and Post-Election Activities for 501(c)3 Organizations

    (Archive Now Available)

    Join Americans for the Arts Fellow Senator Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate, as he discusses what arts organizations should be doing to prepare for the November elections. Senator Rosenberg will provide an overview of pre and post-election activities and highlight what election activities 501(c)3 organizations can legally engage in. The session will be moderated by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts' Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.


    Part 1: How to Talk to Elected Officials

    (Archive now Available)

    Effective arts advocacy requires building strong relationships with decision makers who can champion the arts in your community.

    Join Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg as he guides arts advocates and supporters through his best practices and recommendations on how to effectively engage with elected officials and their staff.

    In this webinar, Arts Advocates and supporters will learn the best language and approaches from Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that they can apply in engaging and building relationships with their own elected officials and staff.



    Presenter:

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    Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President


    Moderator:

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    Jay Dick, Sr. Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts


    Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President

    Twitter Handle: @SenStan

    Website: http://www.stanrosenberg.com/

    Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov




    Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg was elected 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate by his colleagues in January, 2015. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed.

    Stan is a 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.A. in Community Development & Arts Management. Shortly after graduating, he began his work in public service as an aide to former State Senator and Congressman John Olver.

    He was elected to the Massachusetts House in 1987 and then to the Senate in 1991, where he has been entrusted by his colleagues with leadership positions such as Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. To his neighbors in the Pioneer Valley, Stan is seen as an accessible reformer and a pragmatic progressive. Western Mass values like inclusion and equality inform his worldview – Stan was a chief strategist behind a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling, and a key leader in the battle on Beacon Hill to preserve the newly-won right of same-sex marriage in 2003.



    Jay Dick, Sr. Director of State and Local Government Affairs

    Americans for the Arts

    Twitter Handle: @JayAFTA

    Website: www.americansforthearts.org Email: jay@artsusa.org

    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.

    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.

    Prior, Jay 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.

    Jay received his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American History from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1993.
  • Virtual Conversations: Emerging Leaders Networks

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    Are you running a Emerging Leader Network? Interested in starting one? Join us for a series of calls with active or prospective network leads to share network building best practices and troubleshoot common issues.

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    Emerging Leaders Network Virtual Conversation Series

    Are you running a Emerging Leader Network? Interested in starting one? Join us for a series of virtual conversations with active or prospective network leads to share network building best practices and troubleshoot common issues. Designed to be a forum for support and information exchange, participants are encouraged to share stories, challenges, successes, and questions.

    The objective of these calls is to assist emerging leader network leads in building, growing, and sustaining local emerging art leader networks through peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

    Long term Objectives:

    • Grow deeper connections and affinity between ELNs.
    • Inspire ELNs to increase their impact on the field and communities.
    • ELNs create a learning community where they share resources and best practices to advance the EL movement


    Find Helpful Documents in the "Resources" tab above.


    ELN Virtual Conversations:

    Starting, Growing, & Maintaining an Emerging Leader Network (ELN)

    Emerging Leader Networks for Community Impact & Change

    What do I do with the Money? A Financial Primer for Emerging Leader Networks, Art Collectives, and other Unincorporated Groups.

    Don't Let Your Network Die: How to Plan & Manager the Basics of Your Emerging Arts Leader Network

    Archive recording available on the right-hand panel.

    Agendas and speakers available in the tabs above.

    To Be or Not To Be… An Entity - online course from Minerva Financial

    Want to explore entity types in a bit more detail? Feel free to enroll in "To Be or Not to Be... An Entity," a self-paced, online learning experience from Minerva Financial Arts. Read more and register here. Use the discount code AFTA for 20% off the list price.

    Starting, Growing, & Maintaining an Emerging Leader Network (ELN)


    April 7th Virtual Conversation objectives:

    Participants will be able to begin:

    • Outlining the first steps in starting a new EL network.
    • Planning initial programing to grow an EL network.
    • Draft a succession plan and structure to maintain an active EL network.

    Agenda:

    Intro/overview

    Purpose & Impact of ELNs - Rebecca (Portland, OR)

    Starting a Network - Hilary (Salt Lake City)

    Growing a network - Liz (Seattle)

    Maintaining a network - Stephanie & Joe (DC)


    Join ELN Leads:


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    Rebecca Burrell,

    Portland
    Emerging
    Arts Leaders
    Hilary Amnah,
    Salt Lake
    Emerging Arts
    Professionals
    Elisheba
    Johnson,

    Seattle
    Arts Leadership
    Team
    Stephanie
    Johnson,

    Emerging Arts
    Leaders DC
    Joe Frandoni,
    Emerging Arts
    Leaders DC

    Don't Let Your Network Die: How to Plan & Manage the Basics of Your Emerging Arts Leader Network

    A thriving network chapter needs a clear structure and strategy to ensure continuity and relevant programming. Often networks are started by a couple of energetic individuals doing it all but if they forego proper planning and recruitment they will ultimately face burnout and a dying network.

    Join consultant and planning expert Alison T. McNeil and Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles Advisory Board member Lauren Nichols for a conversation on how to approach the planning process in order to create a strong framework and grow a successful and sustainable network. McNeil is the Founder & President of McNeil Creative Enterprises. She has experience consulting with Emerging Leader Networks, including Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, on strategic visioning and building a strong foundation.

    Participants should expect insight on the following topics:

    • What to Consider When Launching an Emerging Arts Leaders(EAL) Network
    • How to Plan for EAL Network Success
    • Common Issues/Challenges Faced by EAL Networks
    • Techniques to Address Issues/Challenges

    Presenters:

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    Alison T. McNeil, Founder & President of McNeil Creative Enterprises,


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    Lauren Nichols,
    Program Associate, Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
    Advisory Board Member, Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles


    Emerging Leader Networks for Community Impact & Change


    Conversation objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    Outline strategies or programming for ELNs to impact their community.


    Agenda:

    Welcome

    Creative Conversations as a Catalyst for Change - Donnie & Chelsea, Rising Arts Leaders San Diego

    Positioning Your Network for Community Impact- Adam, Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area

    Advancing Equity - Candace & Jessica, Portland Emerging Arts Leaders


    ELN Leads:


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    Dr. Donnie Matsuda
    Rising Arts Leaders San Diego




    Adam Fong
    Emerging Arts Pros SF/SB

    Candace Kita
    Portland Emerging Arts Leaders

    Jessica Stern
    Portland Emerging Arts Leaders

    What do I do with the Money? A Financial Primer for Emerging Leader Networks, Art Collectives, and other Unincorporated Groups.

    Whether it's event revenue, membership fees, or donations, running an unincorporated group requires you to track and manage money that isn't yours. What should you do with the money in order to keep in line with IRS rules and limit your liability? What are the rules for asking, accepting, and managing donations? What are your group's structural options?

    Join financial expert Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Founder of Minerva Financial Arts and author of "Arts & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Non-Profits, and other Members of the Creative Class", and Bridget Woodbury, co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders DC, in a conversation about financial best practices for unincorporated groups like EL Networks and Art Collectives.

    In this Virtual Conversation you will learn:

    • Best practices for managing an unincorporated group's money.
    • How to limit your personal liability
    • Options for accepting & managing donations
    • Structural options for your group.


    Speakers:

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    Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, and author of "Arts & Numbers"; @egluttrull


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    Bridget Woodbury, co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders DC, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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  • USDA Rural Arts Funding

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    Join Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, USDA Rural Development, as he overviews USDA programs that arts organizations can utilize, the people to know, and tips to make your organization stand out.

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    When we talk about federal government funding for the arts, we typically think of the National Endowment for the Arts, but U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development budget not only dwarfs that of the NEA, but contains programs for which arts organizations may be eligible.

    Join Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, USDA Rural Development, as he overviews USDA programs that arts organizations can utilize, the people to know, and tips to make your organization stand out.

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    Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development


    Moderator:

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

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    Bill Menner was appointed to the Obama Administration in July 2009 as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa.

    Under his leadership USDA Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested $4.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.

    This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
    Prior to his appointment, Menner served as executive director of Poweshiek Iowa Development, a county-wide economic development organization based in Grinnell, Iowa. In addition to acting as the county economic development director, he led downtown development and tourism efforts in the City of Grinnell.

    Menner also spent 14 years as a public radio reporter, including five years as the Iowa Statehouse reporter for Cedar Falls-based KUNI. He is the author of two books about Grinnell, one of which tells the story of the Merchants National Bank building, a national historic landmark designed by the legendary architect Louis Sullivan.

    A native of the Cleveland, Ohio-area, Menner is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in journalism and an MA in political science. He and his wife, Grinnell College political science professor Barbara Trish, have lived in Grinnell since 1990.

  • #ArtsLeaders Twitter Chat: Arts After the Election

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    Join the Emerging Leaders Council to to discuss and explore ways arts administrators across the country are organizing artists and their communities after the election.

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    Join the AFTA Emerging Leaders Council on Friday December, 9th at 12pm PT/3pm ET on Twitter, to discuss and explore ways arts administrators across the country are organizing artists and their communities after the election.

    The Emerging Leaders Council:

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    Chat Moderator:

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    Elisheba "Liz" Johnson, Public Art Project Manager, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, @curatingalife


    How to Participate

    This virtual conversation will be held on twitter. To participate make sure you have an active twitter account, on the set time either click on the right hand panel link or search #ArtsLeaders on twitter to follow the conversation, and use #ArtsLeaders when contributing to the conversation.

    Register to receive a reminder of the event and receive notification of future twitter chats.

    Click the red register button on the top right.

    You do not have to be a member of Americans for the Arts to register - you just need to use your existing Americans for the Arts main site login credentials (or create one).


    Twitter Chat Tips:

    • Be sure to reply to the original question tweet – it helps the flow of the conversation.
    • Reply using A1 (for Q1, and so on) to help the clarity of the conversation.
    • Include links to subjects you reference (like reports, websites, resources, etc). Be sure to use shortlinks through bit.ly
    • ALWAYS use the hashtags #ArtsLeaders in your tweets
  • The 2016 Election: What’s Next?

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    Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff will provide a comprehensive analysis of federal, state, and local election results and discuss their impact on the future of the arts and arts education in the nation.

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    Americans for the Arts Government Affairs staff will provide a comprehensive analysis of federal, state, and local election results and discuss their impact on the future of the arts and arts education in the nation.


    Robert L. Lynch Speaks of Hope, Unity, and Resilience at the End of This Presidential Election (Blog)


    For instructions on how to register and view the webinar click here.


    Speakers:

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    Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

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    Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund Organization, @nina4arts

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    Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts, @NarricAFTA

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    Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts


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    Jay Dick, Sr. Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts

  • The CREATE Act: Artists, Entrepreneurs, and the Creative Economy

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    Attendees will learn more about the provisions in the CREATE Act and how the bill seeks to empower artists and those in the creative economy across the country.

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    Introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) at Art Advocacy Day on March 8th 2016, the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act aims to more thoroughly serve the people, places, and programs that make our nation's creative economy prosper in all its cultural, social, and commercial forms. Through minor adjustments to existing federal programs, the legislation takes steps to better invest in our country's workforce and creative industries, while empowering the entrepreneurial spirit of artists and encouraging their role as contributors to the small business community. Join this webinar to learn more about this bill, its implications and next steps in the legislative process.


    Attendees will learn more about the provisions in the CREATE Act and how the bill seeks to empower artists and those in the creative economy across the country. Attendees will also learn how they can take action from home to encourage legislative movement on the bill.


    Speakers:

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    Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts


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    Chairman Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts, @NEAJaneChu

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    Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education Organization: Americans for the Arts, @NarricAFTA

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    Susan Soroko, Director of Creative Economy, Arlington County Cultural Affairs; and Representative of the Creative Economy Coalition

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    Office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), New Mexico, @SenatorTomUdall




  • Giving Tuesday and the Arts

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    Learn about the core tenets of #GivingTuesday from its founders and how your organization can successfully become involved in the movement.

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    #GivingTuesday

    #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, is celebrating its fifth year anniversary.

    Celebrated in the U.S after the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. As giving days have increased in popularity, 92nd Street Y, the founder of #GivingTuesday, joins Americans for the Arts for a look at the implications for participating arts organizations. Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin, talks about her community's experiences in planning and implementing successful giving days.

    Learn about the core tenets of #GivingTuesday from its founders and how your organization can successfully become involved in the movement and hear from a peer in the field about how they've made partners in the community, developed messaging and hooks, and promoted their giving days for successful and meaningful results.


    Speakers:

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    Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy & Collaboration, Center for Innovation & Social Impact, 92nd Street Y


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    Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

    Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy & Collaboration, Center for Innovation & Social Impact Organization: 92nd Street Y

    Twitter Handle: @92Y Website: https://www.92y.org/

    Jessica Schneider is the Director of Strategy & Collaboration in 92nd Street Y's Belfer Center for Innovation. In this role, Jessica leverages the power of new media and partnerships with outside organizations to strengthen and extend the reach of 92Y's core values. She spearheads several initiatives and programs, including #GivingTuesday, the Women inPower Fellowship, and Social Good Summit. Jessica has also held positions at Rent the Runway, General Assembly and the Palely Center for Media. She earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU.



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    Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

    Twitter Handle: @artswisconsin Website: http://www.artswisconsin.org/

    Anne Katz is executive director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin's independent statewide community arts action, service, and development organization, whose mission is to nurture, serve, promote, and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities. She guides Arts Wisconsin's programs and activities, serves Wisconsin's diverse and ever-expanding creative community, and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries on the local level.

    Under her leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor's Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts. Anne was an Arts Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988, and was a member of the 2014-2015 class of National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Program, a global leadership program focused on community cultural development. She has received the Alene Valkanas Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, the “Service to Music" Award from the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award, and has been recognized as one of the 25 most powerful arts leaders in the country, according to “Barry's Blog."

    Anne is a nationally sought after speaker and has been a review panelist for numerous local, state, regional and national grant programs. She serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and is a past chair of the State Arts Action Council, the national network of statewide arts service and advocacy organizations affiliated with Americans for the Arts. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
  • BCA 10 Businesses in Action 2016

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    Learn how businesses are partnering with the arts programmatically to fuel community development, and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community

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    Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2016 honorees–Dogfish Head Brewery, Austin Energy, and Johnson & Johnson–about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community.

    In this webinar you will learn how businesses are partnering with arts programs to fuel community development and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community.

    Hashtag: #ArtsandBiz #BCA10


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    Consider nominating exceptional businesses in your community that are partnering with the arts for the 2017 BCA 10 award to honor their commitment to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen your relationship with them.


    Speakers:

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    Mark Carter, Dogfish Head Brewery, @dogfishbeer



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    Ashley Atkins, Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson, @aatkinscsr


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    Stacy Hecht, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson


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    Allen Small, Austin Energy, @austinenergy



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    Allison Orr, Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks, @forkliftdance


    Moderator:

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    Jordan Shue, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts


    Mark Carter, Dogfish Head Brewery

    @dogfishbeer; http://www.dogfish.com/; mark@dogfish.com

    Mark Carter is a Delaware native and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He is the head of philanthropy for Dogfish Head Companies where he oversees their “Beer & Benevolence" program, which endeavors to collaborate with non-profit organizations to foster community, nourish artistic advancement, and cultivate environmental stewardship. Prior to coming aboard at Dogfish, he served as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.


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    Ashley Atkins,Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations
    Johnson & Johnson Twitter Handle: @aatkinscsr Website: http://www.jnj.com/

    Dr. Ashley L. Atkins is Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations at Johnson
    & Johnson where she is responsible for partner relationships and grant making. Since 2013, she has directed program development in the areas of healthcare, education and the arts in the New Jersey communities where Johnson & Johnson employees live and work. Since 2007, Dr. Atkins has led Johnson & Johnson's work in arts and health, a program that enhances the healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers through the support of innovative arts programs in healthcare settings.

    Before serving in this role, Dr. Atkins managed the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program, where she was responsible for curating and managing the Corporate Art Collection and several exhibitions series in the Corporate Headquarters. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2001, she was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University as well as University of Massachusetts Amherst where she taught courses in art history and expository writing. Dr. Atkins is also the Co-Chairman of the steering committee of the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, completing a dissertation entitled, “Winslow Homer and the Aesthetic Movement." She holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a B.A. in Art History from Duke University.


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    Stacy Hecht, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson Website: http://www.jnj.com/

    Stacey Hecht is an arts administrator in the greater New York area. Specializing in corporate art programs and collections, Stacey is the current Exhibitions Coordinator for the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program. She received her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from NYU in 2014. ,


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    Allen Smal, Austin Energy

    Twitter Handle: @austinenergy Website: www.austinenergy.com/

    Allen Small is a Distribution Director at the St. Elmo Service Center for Austin Energy (AE). His main role at AE is overseeing the design and construction of electric service in the southern part of Austin's service territory and in Downtown Austin. Allen has worked at Austin Energy for nearly 25 years. His electric utility experience at AE has ranged in this time from the design of high voltage transmission lines to managing projects involving the upgrade and installation of electric system infrastructure to managing distribution design personnel. Allen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

    Allen is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and enjoys watching most sports, especially college football, and attending poetry events. Allen has been performing spoken word poetry in Austin and across the nation, and has competed in the National Poetry Slam competition.


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    Allison Orr, Artistic Director Organization: Forklift Danceworks

    Twitter Handle: @forkliftdance Website: http://www.forkliftdanceworks.org/

    From sanitation workers to firefighters, Venetian gondoliers to professional baseball players, power linemen to forestry technicians, Allison Orr creates award-winning choreography with all kinds of performers. Challenging audiences to expand notions of dance and performer, Allison finds the raw material for her work in the stories and experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging.

    Allison was named Best Choreographer of 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the Austin Critics Table. She has been commissioned three times by the Fusebox Festival and was the single US choreographer selected by the Kyoto Arts Center as part of NPN's Asian Exchange program in 2015. Allison gives frequent lectures and talks, and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Texas Commission on the Arts statewide conference. Her work has been funded by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, numerous foundations, and the City of Venice, Italy.

    As teacher, Allison has taught a variety of students, including children, adults over 65, and people with disabilities. Before founding Forklift Danceworks, Allison taught and studied with MacArthur Award winner Liz Lerman and performed with Robert Moses and Janice Garrett in the San Francisco Bay Area. Orr is a native Texan and holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.

  • Virtual Conversation: Cultural Tourism – Funding, Measurements and Why

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    Join us for an informative and lively discussion around the impact of cultural tourism and how to evaluate efforts.

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    Cultural Tourism is an effective strategy for communities to strengthen their local economy and a part of making their city a cultural destination.

    Building on the conversation at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, join us for an informative and lively discussion around the impact of cultural tourism and how to evaluate efforts. Jonathon Glus, President and CEO of Houston Arts Alliance and Sheri Chaney Jones, President and Founder of Measurement Resources Company, will share their insight and experience and answer your questions about funding and evaluating cultural tourism programs.


    Speakers:

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    Jonathon Glus, President and CEO, Houston Arts Alliance


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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President & Founder, Measurement Resources Company


    Moderator:

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    Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services

    Americans for the Arts




    To Participate:

    To join register through the link on the top right hand corner and return to this page at the day and time of the conversation. Access the web platform through the column on the right. You will use a combination of your phone to call-in and the webinar platform (accessible on the column on the right) to participate.

    If viewing live on a ipad/ iphone download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter Meeting Id #: 653163


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    Jonathon Glus, President and CEO, Houston Arts Alliance

    As the first Chief Executive Officer of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Mr. Glus provides strategic leadership to Houston's designated, nonprofit arts and culture agency (a local arts agency). He serves as the chief staff liaison to the HAA Board of Directors and elected officials and provides oversight of strategic planning, development, and agency program areas. As part of his role, Mr. Glus serves as board president for Texans for the Arts and co-chairs the Joint Tourism Committee of Houston First. He is also on the executive committee of the United States Urban Arts Federation; the board of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston; the advisory boards of University of Houston Center for Arts Leadership and Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston; and the Greater Houston Partnership's Arts, Sports, and Tourism Committee.


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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President & Founder, Measurement Resources Company

    Prior to founding Measurement Resources, Sheri served as the Performance Center Manager for the Ohio Department of Aging, the Deputy Director of Performance Evaluation for the Franklin County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court, and Associate for the Columbus-based organizational research firm, Decision Support Services, Inc. Sheri is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. with distinction in psychology. Sheri earned her Master's in industrial and organizational psychology from Central Michigan University. Sheri is committed to giving back to the community and educating our future leaders. She teaches Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics at Franklin University, as well as Planning, Research, and Evaluation at Ohio Dominican University. Sheri served for two years on the membership committee for the Ohio Program Evaluators Group and was an honored member in the 2009 Cambridge Who's Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs. On weekends, Sheri enjoys staying active in her community, teaching Sunday School, and spending time with her husband, Matt and their four children.


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    Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts

    Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response and serves on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with Philanthropy Ohio on their Member Services Committee.



  • Virtual Conversations: Community Engagement Resource Exchange (CERE)

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    A virtual gathering for arts professionals focused on community engagement.

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    The final 10/6 event has been canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Community Engagement Resource Exchange (CERE)

    Americans for the Arts and ArtsEngaged will present a series of conversations addressing issues of importance for furthering community engagement work. Hosted by Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Doug Borwick, the events will provide information, address questions and concerns, and offer an opportunity for participants to share success stories and lessons learned from their own experience. The conversations will make use of a virtual meeting platform and opportunities for dialogue will be emphasized.

    While of primary interest to community engagement advocates working in nonprofit arts organizations, the conversations welcome anyone interested in creating stronger connections between the arts and communities.

    The objective of these calls is to create a network for arts professionals working on community engagement for peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.


    The 5/26 Virtual Recording is now available on the right-hand column.


    Hashtag: #artsengage


    To Participate:

    These calls are open to all arts administrators, to join register through the link on the top right hand corner and return to this page at the day and time of the conversation, and access the platform through the column on the right. .

    May 26 Guests:

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    Kathy Mouacheupao, Program Officer Creative Placemaking, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC)


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    Jared Shortmeier, Community Engagement Manager at Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC)


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    Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement, Metro Nashville Arts Commission


    Hosts:

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    Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts


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    Doug Borwick, CEO of ArtsEngaged

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    info@artsengaged.com

    Doug is the spokesperson for the importance and value of community engagement,and provides tools and thinking to improve your organization's operations in this area.

    Doug Borwick is an artist. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP. He gained experience as an arts administrator and producer working with the Arts Council of Rochester (NY) and through founding and leading the NC Composers Alliance in the mid-1980's.

    Dr. Borwick is an educator, having served for nearly thirty years as Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. (He was named Salem Distinguished Professor in 1997.) He has served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field.

    And Dr. Borwick is a leading advocate for community engagement in the arts. He is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal, author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S., and author of Engage Now! A Guide to Making the Arts Indispensable. In addition, he is CEO of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to engage with their communities more effectively as well as CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofit organizations.


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    Barbara Schaffer Bacon 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. Additionally, she provides leadership in program development for Local Arts Advancement at Americans for the Arts. Barbara has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking; Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue; Fundamentals of Local Arts Management; and The Cultural Planning Work Kit. She has worked as a consultant in program design and evaluation for state and local arts agencies and private foundations nationally. Barbara previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She is president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. and serves on the board of WomanArts. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA school committee. In 2011 Barbara was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


    Guests:

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    Kathy Mouacheupao is the Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) supporting community organizations that leverage arts and culture for community and economic development throughout the Twin Cities. She was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2011 to research the Hmong diaspora with an emphasis on the impact of the arts. Before the Fellowship, Kathy was the Executive Director for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT). She has been hosting HmongFM on KFAI Community Radio since 2007 and currently serves on three organizational boards: the Hmong Museum, a newly incorporated organization that recognizes and acknowledges the intersections of all things Hmong; the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), a nonprofit that increases access to the arts in 7-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support and grants and; the MN Association of Museums, which exists to provide a forum for individuals who work in and with museums throughout the state.


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    Jared Shortmeier joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company in January 2016. Mr. Shortmeier spearheads marketing and recruitment efforts, manages community workshops, residencies and festivals, and coordinates STC's volunteer programs. Prior to STC, he worked as the Assistant Director of Education for Adventure Theatre MTC and Director of Choral and Drama Activities for Appomattox County Public Schools. Mr. Shortmeier has served as a grants panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and adjudicator for the Larry Neal Writers' Awards. He holds a BA in Music Education from Liberty University and MA in Arts Management from George Mason University.


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    Rebecca Berrios is the Director of Community Engagement for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts). With over 18 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in community relations, marketing, event-planning and program management in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors. Berrios leads various initiatives to expand equity and support the arts in Nashville including Metro Arts' $1.9 million grants program; THRIVE, a neighborhood focused funding program that encourages professional development and community participation in the arts; Artober Nashville, a citywide month long celebration of arts and culture; and the Racial Equity & Arts Leadership (REAL) program.