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  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

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    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars 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. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.

    About this Series

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars 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. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


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

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artist Mentorships

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/26/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    This webinar will provide arts professionals with the tools by which they can become catalysts for creating mentorships. During the presentation, Sharon Louden, artist, educator, editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series of books and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, will share examples of successful mentorships that she has documented over the years. Louden will focus on the power of collaboration and intergenerational mentorships in particular. She will lay out steps that administrators can take to cultivate mentorships, which often lead to creating more opportunities for all involved. Finally, she will be joined by Washington DC-based artist, Julia Bloom, who will speak about her experience as an artist and how those relationships have helped grow her artistic practice.

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     March 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Cultivating Mentorships

    This webinar will provide arts professionals the tools by which they can become catalysts for creating mentorships. 

    During the presentation, Sharon Louden, artist, educator, mentor, editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution will share examples of successful mentorships that she has documented over the years. Louden will focus on the power of collaboration and intergenerational mentorships in particular. She will lay out steps that administrators can take to cultivate mentorships, which often lead to creating more opportunities for all involved. Finally, she will be joined by Washington DC-based mentee and artist, Julia Bloom, who will speak about her experience as an artist and how those relationships have helped grow her artistic practice. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the nuts-and-bolts of mentorship.
    • Identifying environments that help mentorships flourish.
    • How to strengthen and support mentorship relationships.
    • Focusing on community building vis a vis intergenerational exchange and resource sharing.
    • Creating opportunities through the mentorship exchange dynamic.

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

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    Sharon Louden

    Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

    Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.  Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. Sharon is a consultant for Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and currently a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Artist Advisory boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. Sharon is also the editor of the popular Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. 

    Website: www.sharonlouden.com | www.livesustain.org

    Twitter:  @LoudenStudio

    Instagram: @SharonLouden

    Julia Bloom

    Artist

    Julia Bloom is an artist who makes paintings, drawings and sculpture. She is also the creator of Freight Gallery, a small pop-up exhibition space in a freight elevator. She studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston Museum School, and Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her work has been exhibited at Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC; Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA; Lucky Street Gallery in Key West, FL; Salzland Museum in Schoenebeck, Germany; the Katzen Arts Center at American University in Washington, DC; along with other regional and national galleries. Bloom was awarded Artist Fellowship Program Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014, an Individual Artist Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a fellowship from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and seven fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Publications and articles about Bloom’s work are in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Northern Virginia Magazine, Poet Lore, Southern Accents and New American Paintings.  Bloom’s work is in several public and private collections, including the University of Virginia School of Law, Wheat First Securities and the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Bloom lives and works in Washington, DC and is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art.

    Website: http://www.juliabloom.net/

    Twitter: @juliasbloom  

  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2020

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/25/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    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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     March 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    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.

    10 Reasons to Support the Arts
    10 Reasons to Support the Arts

    Randy Cohen

    Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. 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 675,000 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.

    Twitter: @artsinfoguy

    Website: www.americansforthearts.org

  • Growing Your Marketing Team with Minimal Budget: Maximizing Internship, Volunteer, and Student Work Opportunities

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/24/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Having your interns and volunteers organize and do simple office work might feel like an effective use of their time, however, there are far more meaningful experiences and responsibilities to be assigned that benefit them and your organization. Explore ways to maximize the potential and the level of work from interns, volunteers, and student employees. Discover the various jobs you can provide your unpaid or low-paid employees with opportunities that give them applicable skills for the future, while increasing the overall reach and effectiveness of your organization's communications through social media, in-person advertising, and other marketing avenues.

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     March 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Having your interns and volunteers organize and do simple office work might feel like an effective use of their time, however, there are far more meaningful experiences and responsibilities to be assigned that benefit them and your organization. Explore ways to maximize the potential and the level of work from interns, volunteers, and student employees. Discover the various jobs you can provide your unpaid or low-paid employees with opportunities that give them applicable skills for the future, while increasing the overall reach and effectiveness of your organization's communications through social media, in-person advertising, and other marketing avenues. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to mobilize your unpaid/student work force to act as extensions of your marketing office
    • Understand how to set guidelines that are easy to follow and how to inspire the type of work you want done 
    • Develop a takeaway list of simple tasks you can assign with varying levels of responsibility, access, and ability

    Jill Jacobs

    Marketing Manager, Western Carolina University, Bardo Arts Center

    Jill Jacobs serves as the Marketing Manager for the Western Carolina University (WCU) Bardo Arts Center outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Bardo Arts Center features a 1,000 seat performance hall, black box theatre, and the WCU Fine Art Museum - an exhibiting and collecting institution with a 2500+ object collection. Jill is responsible for leading all marketing efforts of the arts center including all strategic planning, branding, design, social media, partnerships, paid advertising, community engagement, and sponsorships. In addition to her role at Bardo Arts Center, which began in July 2016, Jill serves as the Marketing Advisor to the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts. Outside of full-time commitments, Jill is a budding environmentalist and co-owns a nature education and habitat restoration business with her husband called Spriggly’s Beescaping, where she leads marketing efforts including an informational website, educational videos, social media, and design.

    Jill's background is in performance, having earned her BFA in Acting with a Music Minor from Arcadia University in 2009. In 2013, Jill accepted a merit-based scholarship to Villanova University receiving her MA in Theatre and Certification in Non-Profit Management. Her professional career includes positions with fundraising companies, numerous performing arts organizations, and Please Touch Museum (The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia.) 

    Websites: arts.wcu.edu/marketing | www.sprigglys.com 

    Instagram: @bardoartscenter | @sprigglys_beescaping | @ginger_going_green 

    Facebook: @bardoartscenter | @sprigglys_beescaping

  • March 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/17/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org​.

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    March 2020 Member Briefing

    March 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

  • Know Before You Go: The 2020 National Arts Action Summit

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    This webinar will serve as a guide to both new and seasoned attendees of the National Arts Action Summit. We’ll discuss the schedule of events, what to expect on Capitol Hill, and how to prepare before you even arrive in Washington, DC.

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    March 30-31, 2020

    Washington, D.C.

    This webinar will serve as a guide to both new and seasoned attendees of the National Arts Action Summit. We’ll discuss the schedule of events, what to expect on Capitol Hill, and how to prepare before you even arrive in Washington, DC.

    This webinar will be pre-recorded, and the video will be released on 3/16/2020. If you register in advance, you will be notified when the video is ready.

    For additional resources, please see the RESOURCES tab.


    The National Arts Action Summit is a multi-day event giving you the opportunity to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice on Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their Members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Lauren Cohen

    Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager, Americans for the Arts

    At Americans for the Arts, Lauren works with the Federal Affairs team in federal lobbying and government affairs activities, including composing position statements, monitoring federal legislation, drafting legislative proposals, coalition building with the Congressional Arts Caucus and other Congressional staff.  She enjoys teaching others how to become compelling arts advocates and how to pursue strong arts policy.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two years where she managed the arts, humanities, and museums portfolio.  Before coming to Washington, DC, Lauren worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia.  There, she held positions in the Education Outreach, Historical Interpretations, and Curatorial departments.  Lauren earned her Master of Arts degree in Public History from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Tennessee.  Lauren's passion for the arts began at age three when she first started ballet lessons and continues to this day as she enjoys dance and theater performances, museums, and art shows.

    Peter Gordon

    Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

    Peter joined Americans for the Arts in January 2019. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Peter served as the Associate Director of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, where he focused on tax policy and advocated on behalf of foundations on Capitol Hill. Before joining the Council, he was a Government Relations Specialist for the National Association of College Stores in Washington, DC. Previously, Peter worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate, as a Staff Assistant for former Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), and the House, as a Legislative Assistant for Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA).

    Peter grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA in History and Political Science from Williams College. During college, he worked at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance, where he developed a deep appreciation for the arts. Peter loves to visit museums and attend theater performances. He lives in DC with his wife, Corey, and their daughter, Alex.

    Visit the Arts Action Center

    Search recent NEA grants here: https://apps.nea.gov/grantsearch/

  • February 2020 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/27/2020 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

    February 27, 2020 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.

    Topic: Meet the New Council Members!

    Would you like to be featured on one of our quarterly calls? Email Ruby Lopez Harper to find out more.

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    Yetunde Janski-Ogunfidodo

    Equity Facilitator and Creative Consultant

    Yetunde Janski-Ogunfidodo (Tunde) is a visual/performing artist, equity facilitator and creative consultant who stumbled into the world of philanthropy and artist support through a gallery door. Driven by a love of meaningful experiences and a passion for equity, education, and (local and global) community-building, she has built a career initiating and supporting artist-driven projects that make space for human connections. She most recently served as Program Manager - Grants at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC), where she continued this work by helping other artists through resources such as technical assistance, grant-writing workshops, and direct funding.

    She can currently be found advising and working with artists and arts institutions to align their work with envisioning and creating more equitable and restorative projects, initiatives, spaces, and communities. Tunde holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and is completing an Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategies through NAS and the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the steering committee of the Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (EPIP) St. Louis chapter, and is mom to her 2 cats Bela and Ziggy, and dog Ari.

    Sydney Steen

    Creative Economies Coordinator, North Carolina Arts Council

    Sydney Steen is the Creative Economies Coordinator for the North Carolina Arts Council. She works with both the SmART Communities Program and the Grassroots Arts Program to assist local arts councils and arts organizations statewide with arts-driven economic development, creative placemaking, and community arts programs. Steen also manages the state’s public art collection, providing recommendations for conservation and maintenance, as well as collaborating with other government agencies and contracting with conservators when needed.

    Steen is a practicing artist and her professional background lies in museums and universities. Prior to serving at the North Carolina Arts Council, she worked for several contemporary art galleries and museums throughout North Carolina and Texas, focusing on exhibition installation, museum education, and visitor engagement.  In 2015, she was awarded an artist residency at Gullkistan, Center for Creativity in Laugarvatn, Iceland. Shortly after, Steen co-founded Subverbal Collective, an artist collective based out of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. During these two years, Steen and her colleagues conducted studio visits and interviews with artists, presented lectures at universities, and collaborated with local artists and curators to coordinate several exhibitions throughout the region. She received her Master of Fine Art in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

    Website: https://www.ncarts.org/

    Laura Elizabeth Guerrero-Nieto

    Senior Grants and Professional Development Associate, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

    Laura Guerrero-Nieto is a cultural worker, activist, and community organizer whose work is deeply rooted at the intersection of arts and government for social change. 

    She joined the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in September 2014 and currently serves as a Senior Grants and Professional Development Associate and is part of the team responsible for grant-making and the delivery of professional development services at the LA County Department of Arts and Culture. Ms. Guerrero-Nieto manages the Community Impact Arts Grant that funds arts programs at social service and social justice organizations and fosters cross sector collaborations. She also supports the $9 million Organizational Grant Program, which funds over 400 arts nonprofits with general operating support and the cultural policy team. Since 2016, she has also served as the Director of Altar Programs for Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ms. Guerrero-Nieto attended Cal State University Long Beach, where she studied Political Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies and currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Music & Media Arts Center.

    Website: https://www.lacountyarts.org/

    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement, Americans for the Arts

    Ruby is the Senior Director of Local Arts Advancement for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. 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 PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

    Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.

  • Marketing and Development: Beautiful Together

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/26/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    The distinct responsibilities for raising “earned income” (tickets, subscriptions, registrations) and “un-earned income” (contributions, fundraising event tickets, auction bids) is often vague. Who should be responsible for what? Who should have the final say? When “unearned income” the sole responsibility of the Development Department and “earned income” of the Marketing staff, how can they better work together? And how does this unfold when the Marketing and Development departments are managed by the same person? This session will explore ways for marketing and development associates, managers and directors to better exist, work, and be successful together through collaboration, common goals, and an understanding each other’s focus and intention.

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     February 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    The distinct responsibilities for raising “earned income” (tickets, subscriptions, registrations) and “un-earned income” (contributions, fundraising event tickets, auction bids) is often vague. Who should be responsible for what? Who should have the final say? When “unearned income” the sole responsibility of the Development Department and “earned income” of the Marketing staff, how can they better work together? And how does this unfold when the Marketing and Development departments are managed by the same person?  

    This session will explore ways for marketing and development associates, managers and directors to better exist, work, and be successful together through collaboration, common goals, and an understanding each other’s focus and intention.  

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to determine when to merge messaging and when not to
    • How to build a culture of fundraising throughout the staff
    • How sharing data can help you identify donor prospects sooner
    • How the marketing department can help develop and promote new fundraising ideas

    Amy Fiore

    Vice President, Jeffery Sobel Consulting

    Amy Fiore is a Vice President for Jeffrey Sobel Consulting, specializing in board and staff training/retreats, strategic planning, project management, and particularly enjoys helping clients in the arts, youth development, education, and social services sectors with atypical income streams through new programmatic initiatives. Prior to JSC, Amy served as the Executive Director for Only Make Believe, Managing Director and Director of Development for TADA! Youth Theater, the Director of External Affairs for Vineyard Theatre, Associate Director of Marketing and then Interim Director of Marketing for The Public Theater, and as the Ticketing and Marketing Manager for MCC Theater. Currently, Amy is also the Director of Development for the Story Pirates. 

    As a Development Officer, Amy has acquired new and renewed institutional funding in excess of $1M, she has designed various types and sizes of fundraising events -- from an inaugural dance-a-thon to an established annual gala -- and has also recruited, trained, and managed boards and staff; and conceptualized, wrote copy and designed countless marketing and donor appeals. In addition to her work in non-profit arts administration, Amy was an adjunct professor of Managing the Arts and Marketing the Arts at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies and has been a guest lecturer at NYU, Baruch College and with the Arts & Business Council of New York, among others. She is the founder and director of Play Theater in Union County NJ and currently teaches classes and directs musicals with children there. Amy resides in Scotch Plains, NJ with her husband and 2 daughters.    

    Website: www.jeffreysobel.com  

  • February 2020 Member Briefing: The Arts Education Network Council

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/25/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org​.

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    February 2020 Member Briefing:

    The Arts Education Network Council

    February 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    This month we will be joined by Kelly Fey Bolender, Arts Education Program Manager at Americans for the Arts. Kelly will be informing us of the priorities of the Americans for the Arts Arts Education Network Council for 2020 and beyond!

    About the Arts Education Network:

    The field of arts education is a complex ecosystem. Americans for the Arts plays a unique and specific role in connecting the national, state, and local efforts to advance arts education. By striving to build leadership, create a value proposition for arts education, and increase tools and resources that support the field, this ecosystem becomes more powerful than the sum of each of its parts. Americans for the Arts works with its Arts Education Network of arts educational professionals to affect change on the national, state, and local levels. 


    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

    Kelly Fey Bolender

    Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Kelly Fey Bolender currently serves as Arts Education Program Manager for Americans for the Arts. Formerly, she held the position of Associate Director of Education at the Boch Center in Boston, MA. While serving as Associate Director, she led the Boch Center’s flagship arts-based youth leadership and employment programs, including the nationally-recognized City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program and Teen Leadership Council. Additionally at the Boch Center, she developed and facilitated arts-based literacy curriculum for the Target Arts In-School Residency Program and the Dudley Library Arts Festival. She also worked extensively in college and career readiness training for high school students, developing innovative programming for the Boch Center and the Universities at Shady Grove.

    Kelly centers her work on inclusivity and expanding access in the arts. Her original research exploring best practices for inclusivity and representation of marginalized populations in theatre for young audiences (TYA) in the United States is featured in the award-winning anthology of Latinx TYA, Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latin@ Theatre for Young Audiences.

    She served on the Board of Directors for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the New England Theatre Conference. She earned a Master’s in Theatre Education with a concentration in Theatre and Community from Emerson College, a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a certification in the Advancing Youth Development curriculum for youth workers.


    Twitter: @ArtsEdKelly

    Website: AmericansForTheArts.org

    National Arts in Education Week website: https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/arts-education/national-arts-in-education-week

  • What Can We Learn From 1767 Public Art Projects?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/20/2020

    There is very little national data about the development of public art projects. Common questions that arise are around budget sizes and expenditures, and funding mechanisms to name a few. During this webinar, data points culled from 1,767 applications submitted through PAN Year in Review over the past decade will help provide a national perspective to these questions. Focusing on applications for public art projects located in the United States, the Americans for the Arts Research team in collaboration with the Public Art and Civic Design program staff have pulled observational data points relating to budgets sizes and expenditures, public and private funding types, permanent and temporary project types, and the kinds of materials commonly used.

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     About This Webinar 

    February 20th, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    There is very little national data about the development of public art projects. Common questions that arise are around budget sizes and expenditures, and funding mechanisms to name a few. During this webinar, data points culled from 1,767 applications submitted through PAN Year in Review over the past decade will help provide a national perspective to these questions. Focusing on applications for public art projects located in the United States, the Americans for the Arts Research team in collaboration with the Public Art and Civic Design program staff have pulled observational data points relating to budgets sizes and expenditures, public and private funding types, permanent and temporary project types, and the kinds of materials commonly used. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Through this webinar attendees will gain insights into public art trends from the past decade and be able to compare their own public art collections data with national data points.

    Patricia Walsh

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

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