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  • Join the Movement: Host Your Own Creative Conversation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/15/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Are you interested in hosting a Creative Conversation in your community? Creative Conversations are a great way to connect your local community to a grassroots movement, elevating the profile of the arts in your community and across the country. Join us for a webinar with Emerging Leaders Council Members Brea Heidelberg and Todd Trebour as we take a look at the Creative Conversation process. Learn best practices for hosting your own Creative Conversation, including topics to cover, who to partner with, formatting options, and more. We’ll also take a trip down memory lane as we look at case studies of previous successful Creative Conversations.

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    August 15, 2018 at 3:00PM

    Are you interested in hosting a Creative Conversation in your community? Creative Conversations are a great way to connect your local community to a grassroots movement, elevating the profile of the arts in your community and across the country. Join us for a webinar with Emerging Leaders Council Members Brea Heidelberg and Todd Trebour as we take a look at the Creative Conversation process. Learn best practices for hosting your own Creative Conversation, including topics to cover, who to partner with, formatting options, and more. We’ll also take a trip down memory lane as we look at case studies of previous successful Creative Conversations. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will learn what a Creative Conversation is.
    • Participants will learn best practices in creating and executing a Creative Conversation. 
    • Participants will hear case studies of successful Creative Conversations.

    Brea Heidelberg

    Assistant Professor & Associate Program Director, Drexel University

    Brea M. Heidelberg is an arts management educator, consultant, and researcher. She is currently Assistant Professor & Associate Program Director of the Entertainment & Arts Management program at Drexel University. She is a board member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, where she serves as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. She also serves on Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Arts Management. Dr. Heidelberg earned her PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy from The Ohio State University and a MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University. She is the Founder and Principal of ISO Arts Consulting. Her research interests include professional development issues facing arts administrators, human resources issues facing arts & cultural institutions, organizational resistance to equity initiatives, arts advocacy rhetoric, and (inter)national cultural diplomacy.

    Twitter: @BMHeidelberg

    Todd Trebour

    Organizations Program Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

    Todd Trebour is the Organizations Program Director at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Todd manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including granting programs. He also works within state government and in the public to identify new opportunities and provide educational support for arts and culture organizations. 

    Prior to RISCA, Todd was the Program Coordinator for the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES). Through his work at AES, Todd helped artists and arts students build vibrant careers and businesses through arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses, trainings, and programming, both on-campus, regionally, and online. Before working with AES, Todd was the marketing and development director at Chester Theatre Company (CTC), a professional summer theatre company in the mountain town of Chester, MA. 

    Twitter: @RISCA1967

    Website: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

  • Young Patrons Programs in the Arts: How to Build a lot of Future Potential with a Little Bit of Resource

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/08/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Many arts organizations have established or are considering starting programs to engage young professionals to build a future audience and/or donor base. However, the arts administrators responsible for managing these programs often work in isolation and with little dedicated training in how to make these unique programs successful and efficient. Learn how to manage a young professionals program in concert with other job responsibilities and competing priorities, use resources effectively, and work with volunteers who contribute to the program’s success.

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    August 8, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Many arts organizations have established or are considering starting programs to engage young professionals to build a future audience and/or donor base. However, the arts administrators responsible for managing these programs often work in isolation and with little dedicated training in how to make these unique programs successful and efficient. Learn how to manage a young professionals program in concert with other job responsibilities and competing priorities, use resources effectively, and work with volunteers who contribute to the program’s success.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify core program objectives in audience or donor development for your organization and align program features and deliverables with those objectives
    • Manage a volunteer leadership committee and co-chairs effectively
    • Balance program expenses with expected revenue and maximize use of organizational resources to keep costs down 
    • Measure success through a variety of metrics and track progress of your program over time

    Christina Ritchie

    Director of Individual Giving, Americans for the Arts

    Christina joined Americans for the Arts in May 2014. As Director of Individual Giving, she manages the organization’s annual giving programs, including oversight of the annual fund and National Patrons Council programs as well as work on individual restricted major gifts.

    Previously, Christina has held development positions at the Brookings Institution, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Center and Washington National Opera, as well as consulting projects with the Studio Theatre and the New York Public Library. In addition to her development work, she has spent time as a fashion blogger, image consultant and costume designer.

    Christina serves as president of the board of directors of Forum Theatre, and lends her time and expertise to DC Young Arts Leaders, a network of young professionals groups at arts and cultural organizations. She holds a BSFS in international economics from Georgetown University, and a certificate in image consulting from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Arts Leaders Running for Office

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 08/01/2018 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    In today’s changing political climate, we are seeing more advocates looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of pride and passion for the arts and culture, arts advocates are using their knowledge and connections to build support for their platform. Join Guillermina Gonzalez, former Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Julia Kirt, Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts as they talk about their journey from arts advocate to political candidate.

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    August 1, 2018 at 3:00PM

    In today’s changing political climate, we are seeing more advocates looking to make meaningful change in their communities by running for public office. With a strong sense of pride and passion for the arts and culture, arts advocates are using their knowledge and connections to build support for their platform. Join Moderator and Former Massachusetts's State Senator Stan Rosenberg, along side Guillermina Gonzalez, former Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Julia Kirt, Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts as they talk about their journey from arts advocate to political candidate. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will learn about veteran arts leaders entering the political realm. 
    2. Attendees will learn top takeaways of transitioning from an arts advocate to a political leader.

    Guillermina Gonzalez

    Candidate for Delaware State Representative District 22

    Guillermina Gonzalez is a multicultural professional with experience in the United States, Mexico and Europe as an executive in both the corporate and the nonprofit sectors. Dr. Gonzalez was appointed Delaware Arts Alliance’s first Executive Director in January 2010. Her business experience and passion for the arts has served the organization and the sector well. DAA helped double the State Arts Budget since 2014 making Delaware third in the nation in state arts funding. DAA has quadrupled its individual membership and increased its Institutional Support while doubling its funding base in three years. Support received includes the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Department of Education, and 100% Board participation. Dr. Gonzalez has expanded DAA’s outreach by making social media part of the organization’s effort. Combining arts and businesses come natural to Dr. Gonzalez. Her dissertation incorporated millennials and theatre in a consumer behavior model using a second-generation statistical analysis. In addition, she teaches Global Management Models at the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Wilmington University. 

    Twitter: @gg4DE
    Website: ggfordelaware.com

    Julia Kirt

    Candidate for Oklahoma Senate District 30

    As the Executive Director for Oklahomans for the Arts, Julia Kirt encourages support for arts and culture across the state, especially public investment.  She joined the statewide advocacy organization in 2014. For the previous 15 years, Kirt led the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, working with more than 5,000 artists around Oklahoma, through training, funding, exhibitions and publications to help them create sustainable careers and outstanding artwork.  She instigated innovative community programs such as the Momentum exhibition highlighting young artists, Art 365 exhibition that offers the largest artist awards in the region, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship focused on regional dialogue in the arts.

    She received the “Emerging Leader Award” from Americans for the Arts in 2008. Kirt participated in the Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation. She also was Leader in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma College of Art, Media and Design and a Center for Social Innovation Fellow at the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders in the Arts, a partnership between Stanford Graduate School and National Arts Strategies. Kirt was named a “Forty under Forty Making a Difference” by Oklahoma Magazine and “40 under 40” by OKC Business and an “Achiever Under 40” by the Journal Record.  Kirt received a Governor’s Arts Award in 2014.

    Kirt serves the broader community as Vice-President of the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma and co-chair of Cultural Plan implementation. She completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

    Twitter: @JuliaKirt
    Website: www.juliakirt.com


    Stan Rosenberg (Moderator)

    Former Massachusetts State Senator

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

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

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

    Twitter: @SenStan

  • Build Your Visibility to Accelerate Your Career

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    Building your profile and visibility is one of the most important tactics for fast-forwarding your career growth. In this session you'll learn how to start identifying the kind of profile or reputation you want to build, how to navigate building your profile in an authentic way that doesn't seem self-promotional, and strategies for building your profile that you can implement today. You'll also learn about how gender dynamics affect our ability to build our reputations—and yet why this is such an important career growth strategy for women. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage profile building in order to grow more creatively and incorporate more learning into your work.

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    July 18, 2018 at 3:00PM

    Building your profile and visibility is one of the most important tactics for fast-forwarding your career growth. In this session you'll learn how to start identifying the kind of profile or reputation you want to build, how to navigate building your profile in an authentic way that doesn't seem self-promotional, and strategies for building your profile that you can implement today. You'll also learn about how gender dynamics affect our ability to build our reputations—and yet why this is such an important career growth strategy for women. Finally, you'll learn how to leverage profile building in order to grow more creatively and incorporate more learning into your work.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Session attendees will begin to identify the elements of their reputation they would like to build.
    • Session attendees will choose a ready-to-implement strategy for raising your profile in order to accelerate your career growth. 
    • Session attendees will understand why visibility is so important to career growth--especially for women.

    Link to worksheet and resources on setting you-centered goals and raising your profile to achieve those goal: http://buildyourselfworkshop.c...

  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series—Unique Candidate Engagement

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    Support for the arts must come from every level within a community. Some of the most important allies the arts can have are elected officials and candidates. As such, arts advocates need to cultivate relationships with elected official and candidates and recruit them as arts champions. These relationships can be built through both traditional and non-traditional means. This webinar will look at organizations and individuals engaging political officials and candidates on arts issues in less traditional methods.

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    July 11, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Arts-based community development drives meaningful and equitable change within communities. It is the duty of local arts agencies to ensure that fertile ground exists, to allow for growth and vibrancy of the arts and culture sector. The Arts Engage Candidates series will demonstrate to attendees the importance of proactively articulating arts issues to candidates running for office; cultivating relationships and buy-in from candidates running for office; and realizing their own leadership potential in running for office.

    Support for the arts must come from every level within a community. Some of the most important allies the arts can have are elected officials and candidates. As such, arts advocates need to cultivate relationships with elected official and candidates and recruit them as arts champions. These relationships can be built through both traditional and non-traditional means. This webinar will look at organizations and individuals engaging political officials and candidates on arts issues in less traditional methods.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will hear less traditional approaches to engaging elected officials and candidates on arts and culture issues.
    2. Attendees will learn new strategies in building relationships with elected official candidates.
  • The Arts Engage Candidates Series: Executing Successful Mayoral Forums

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    Ensuring elected officials are made aware of and are held accountable for the issues and needs of the arts sector is integral to ensuring communities have fertile ground with which they can grow and thrive. One way advocates can achieve this is by engaging in the political process—by educating and communicating the value of and holding their elected officials accountable on arts and culture issues. In this session, attendees will hear about organizations which have created arts-based mayoral forums in an effort to gauge the readiness and willingness of political leaders to foster a strong arts and culture sector.

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    June 27, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

    Ensuring elected officials are made aware of and are held accountable for the issues and needs of the arts sector is integral to ensuring communities have fertile ground with which they can grow and thrive. One way advocates can achieve this is by engaging in the political process—by educating and communicating the value of and holding their elected officials accountable on arts and culture issues. In this session, attendees will hear about organizations which have created arts-based mayoral forums in an effort to gauge the readiness and willingness of political leaders to foster a strong arts and culture sector

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will learn why it is important for political leaders to be engaged in needs of the arts sector. 
    • Attendees will hear from organizations which have hosted arts-based mayoral forums and learn the best practices and recommended resources for executing a successful mayoral forum which addresses arts and culture issues.

    MASSCreative Create the Vote Toolkit: http://www.mass-creative.org/c...

    Citizen Artist Baltimore website: http://citizenartist.vote/
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  • June 2018 Member Briefing: Public Revenue Streams and Funding Opportunities for the Arts

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    June 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join State and Local Government Affairs Manager, Lizzie Dorman, and Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Bridget Woodbury, to chat about the State Arts Action Network, their conversation about public revenue streams, ways you can loop into conversations like these, and more!

    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 Bridget Woodbury at bwoodbury@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!

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:426261.

    Presenters:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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    Lizzie Dorman, State and Local Government Affairs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • REPLAY: Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts."


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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts” and get 10 case-making arrows to include in your arts advocacy quiver to convince anyone to support the arts.

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts




    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts
    Email | Twitter Handle: @artsinfoguy

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public's opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation's 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. In the late 1990's, Randy collaborated with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

  • Private Sector Network Call: Sharing Program Models for Creative Economy Work

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    This is 2 of 4 Private Sector Network Calls in 2018.

    About this Call

    May 30, 2018 at 1:00PM (ET)

    Topic: Sharing Program Models for Creative Economy Work

    During this second installment of our quarterly Private Sector Network calls, we will continue to explore what defines the creative economy and hear about examples across the country on how this work is addressing broader community issues. This call is open to all AFTA members and particularly those interested in learning more about private sector work.

    Want to join this call, but aren't a member? Visit https://www.americansfortheart... or reach out to our membership team at (202) 371-2830 or membership@artsusa.org to become a member and join this call.

  • Negotiation 101: Knowing Your Worth, Making the Ask, and Getting to ‘Yes’

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    Many people find salary negotiations to be uncomfortable and nerve wracking. Should you ask for more money? What if you insult your boss? These are some of the most common questions from first time negotiators but ultimately, a well-executed negotiation can make both parties more satisfied. Whether it's a first-time job offer or an annual performance review, there are simple steps you can take to reach a more valuable, mutually beneficial agreement.

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    May 23, 2018 at 3:00PM (EST)

    Many people find salary negotiations to be uncomfortable and nerve wracking. Should you ask for more money? What if you insult your boss? These are some of the most common questions from first time negotiators but ultimately, a well-executed negotiation can make both parties more satisfied. Whether it's a first-time job offer or an annual performance review, there are simple steps you can take to reach a more valuable, mutually beneficial agreement.

    Learning Objectives:

    In this course, participants will learn the following

    • The three most important factors when preparing for a negotiation
    • The difference between a negotiation and a debate
    • How to honestly answer some of the most difficult questions in a negotiation

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    Justin Johnson, Founder & Chief Creative Ninja, Side Hustle Syndicate

    Email: justinjohnston824@gmail.com

    Justin Johnston is the founder and chief creative ninja of Side Hustle Syndicate, a nonprofit organization helping artists find access to capital and space for their creative enterprises. Prior to building SHS, Dr. Johnston was the inaugural executive director of Wild Goose Creative. He was a distinguished university fellow at The Ohio State University where he received the university's first Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a specialization in arts enterprise. Justin is also an accomplished classical musician and has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Toronto Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra. In 2006 he was the only American clarinetist to be awarded the Schleswig-Holstein Fellowship. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Kerry, son, William and their pets Wellington and Kissy.