Catalog Advanced Search

Search by Categories
Search in Packages
Search by Format
Search by Date Range
Products are filtered by different dates, depending on the combination of live and on-demand components that they contain, and on whether any live components are over or not.
Start
End
Search by Keyword
Sort By
  • Making the Most of Your Employee Performance Management System

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/23/2019

    Join John Walp, President of Converje, as we discuss trends in both formal and informal employee performance management systems, including approaches to CEO evaluation. We’ll explore models that work well in real organizations, and ways to select what works best in various organizational cultures. You will walk away with an understanding of how effective performance management systems differ from once-per-year “paper” processes and some helpful ideas on how to replace or fine tune the system you currently have.

    image About this Webinar

    According to the popular press, employers are abandoning formal performance evaluation in droves, and the world is better off without it. The reality is not so simple. Join John Walp, President of Converje, as we discuss trends in both formal and informal employee performance management systems, including approaches to CEO evaluation. We’ll explore models that work well in real organizations, and ways to select what works best in various organizational cultures. You will walk away with an understanding of how effective performance management systems differ from once-per-year “paper” processes and some helpful ideas on how to replace or fine tune the system you currently have.

    Learning Objectives

    • Attendees will gain an understanding of how effective performance management systems differ from once-per-year “paper” processes.
    • Attendees will learn helpful ideas on how to replace or fine tune the system they currently have.

    John Walp

    President, Converje LLC

    John Walp strives to provide respectful and meaningful insights by leveraging his experiences as a non-profit Board member, an advisor to non-profits and a former chief HR officer.  He is the President of Converje, LLC, which he founded in 2004. With over 30 years of compensation and human resources design experience, John leads the strategic design and delivery of practical, results-driven programs, custom-built for our clients’ success. John has served more than a dozen nonprofit organizations since founding Converje.

    John is an adjunct professor at Drexel University where he teaches a graduate level course in Human Resources Management geared to Arts Administration students.  He formerly taught in the MBA program at Saint Joseph’s University, and has spoken on team-based pay for the International Quality and Productivity Center, on executive compensation for Temple University, and the role of technology in HR for Cornell University. John has co-authored articles published in the Benefits and Compensation Digest. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

    John serves the non-profit Thomas Jefferson University and its 14-hospital health system as an active member of its Board of Trustees. He is Chairman of the Board’s Compensation & Human Capital Committee governing Executive and Physician pay system-wide, and he serves on the Board’s Executive Committee.

    Links to readings that might be helpful to you:

    Other helpful links:

    • Small Improvements is geared to small employers and has some pretty sophisticated tools.  Plus they have really deep discounts to very small nonprofits.  You should check them out, not just for goal cascading but for performance management as a whole. 
    • MyStrategicPlan.com: Although it’s not free, this package looks particularly nice, and the pricing looks pretty reasonable.  The package stores all the important elements of a strategic plan and the goals and action plans needed to accomplish it.  You might want to check out the demo.
    • Performance Now  (this is owned by a company called Insperity, which also offers total outsourcing of HR functions for small employers, including payroll, benefits admin, etc.)
    • OnStrategy (high-end goal cascading and employee evaluation software)
  • December 2018 Member Briefing: Arts and Culture Trends from 2018

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/19/2018

    Join us for this member only briefing!

    image 

    December 2018 Member Briefing

    About the Member Briefing

    For our final Member Briefing of 2018 we will be joined by Americans for the Arts President and CEO, Bob Lynch. Join us as Bob reflects back on 2018 and talks about the trends impacting the sector and the direction for the new year.

    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 Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@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!


    Presenters:

    image


    Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Americans for the Arts

    image


    Cristyn Johnson, Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts


  • 2018 Member Briefings

    Contains 12 Product(s)

    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 Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@artsusa.org

     image 2018 Member Briefings

    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 Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@artsua.org.

    Topics will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled briefing.

    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!


    February 2018

    Topic: Legislative Updates and Next Steps on Charitable Giving and the NEA

    Date: February 20, 2018

    March 2018

    Topic: Behind the Scenes of Arts Advocacy Day

    Date: March 20, 2018

    April 2018

    Topic: Using Video to Make the Case and Engage with Communities

    Date: April 19, 2018 (Thursday)

    May 2018

    Topic: Convention Preview – New Opportunities, Can’t-Miss Experiences, and Ways to Participate From Afar

    Date: May 15, 2018

    June 2018

    Topic: Public Revenue Streams and Funding Opportunities for the Arts

    Date: June 20, 2018 (Wednesday)

    July 2018

    Topic: Our NEW Social Impact Explorer and Other Tools from Our Website

    Date: July 17, 2018

    August 2018

    Topic: Private Sector and pARTnership Resources

    Date: August 21, 2018

    September 2018

    Topic: Online Tax Implications for Artists and Arts Organizations

    Date: September 18, 2018

    October 2018

    Topic: National Arts & Humanities Month Initiatives & Highlights

    Date: October 16, 2018

    November 2018

    Topic: Becoming a Resource to the Newly Elected

    Date: November 20, 2018

    December 2018

    Topic: Arts & Culture Trends of 2018

    Date: December 18, 2018

  • 2019 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Info Session (Scranton, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2019 Information Sessions

    2019 marks the third, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Central or Northern Pennsylvania and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Everhart Museum
    1901 Mulberry Street
    Scranton, PA | 18510

    Date and Time: Monday, January 14th at 2:00PM


    This initiative is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Logo
  • 2019 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Info Session (Williamsport, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2019 Information Sessions

    2019 marks the third, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Central or Northern Pennsylvania and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Factory Works Gallery @ The Pajama Factory'
    1307 Park Avenue
    Williamsport, PA | 17701

    Date and Time: Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00AM


    This initiative is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Logo
  • 2019 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Info Session (DuBois, PA)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2019 Information Sessions

    2019 marks the third, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Central or Northern Pennsylvania and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Penn State DuBois: DEF Building
    1 College Place
    DuBois, PA | 15801

    Date and Time: Tuesday, January 15th at 2:00PM


    This initiative is funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Logo
  • Setting Ambitious & Creative Goals

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Women often sell themselves short—what Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In calls the “leadership ambition gap.” In this interactive workshop, we break down why that gap exists, and how women can move past the obstacles to set and achieve more ambitious goals for themselves. This workshop creates a motivating space for workshop participants to investigate what being more ambitious about their career goals would mean for them—and to leverage both their left and right brain in aiming higher. At the same time, they’ll learn to avoid burnout by working smarter not harder and building lasting value for themselves through the investments of their time. Participants will set next-level career goals for themselves and learn practical strategies for achieving them, marshaling the support of others. This session is open to people of all genders, but will focus on some unique challenges women can face.

    image

    About this Webinar

    Women often sell themselves short—what Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In calls the “leadership ambition gap.” In this interactive workshop, we break down why that gap exists, and how women can move past the obstacles to set and achieve more ambitious goals for themselves. This workshop creates a motivating space for workshop participants to investigate what being more ambitious about their career goals would mean for them—and to leverage both their left and right brain in aiming higher. At the same time, they’ll learn to avoid burnout by working smarter not harder and building lasting value for themselves through the investments of their time. Participants will set next-level career goals for themselves and learn practical strategies for achieving them, marshaling the support of others. This session is open to people of all genders, but will focus on some unique challenges women can face.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Session attendees will learn three exercises for setting ambitious and creative goals
    • Session attendees will be able to invest their time more strategically for more payoff in career growth 
    • Session attendees will learn how to translate goals into week by week progress steps


    Mia Scharphie

    Founder & Facilitator, Build Yourself

    Mia Scharphie is a creative career coach, a designer, and an agent of change. She founded Build Yourself to help women in creative fields move past the obstacles that hold them back in in their careers.

    Mia is a trained facilitator and has worked on women’s advocacy for over fifteen years. She’s run a research effort on women in social impact design for the Harvard Business School, is a founding member of the Equity Roundtable at the Boston of Architects, and was named as one of Impact Design Hub’s Social Impact Design 40 under 40. She runs socially impactful design projects through her design consultancy, Creative Agency, and teaches women how to get more of what they want in their careers and businesses through Build Yourself’s training programs. She’s been called a 'cheerleader with devil's horns'—lovingly, of course, by her students who take her classes on creative and ambitious goal setting, building your profile and advocating for yourself.

    Website: http://buildyourselfworkshop.com/

    Twitter:@MiaScharphie


  • Private Sector Network Call: Making the Case for Business Support of the Arts and Cultural Districts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/06/2018

    The Private Sector Network is open to all AFTA members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

    image December 2018 

    Private Sector Network Call

    December 5, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT

    The Private Sector Network is open to all Americans for the Arts Members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Network calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Learn about making the case to the private sector in support of cultural districts and the creative economy
    • Hear about examples of this work in rural areas

    Bill Marino

    Executive Director, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District

    Bill has served the Denver community for over 20 years as a successful business owner, two-time Lakewood Colorado Planning Commissioner, volunteer, and activist. In those 20+ years, he chaired numerous task forces on economic development, community planning and land use. In 2011, the West Colfax Business Improvement District was created via petition and subsequent special election. Bill was appointed as its CEO and Executive Director with the goal of turning the West Colfax Corridor into one of the best places to live and work in the Denver Metro area. Bill agreed to accept this responsibility, but many believed that this transformative project was impossible. Bill started as an English teacher, who would become an entrepreneur who built a broad career in the publishing, development, technology and professional service sectors. Bill has received the 2015 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Award. The 40 West Arts District was awarded the Inspire Award in 2016 by the Urban Land Institute. In 2018, Bill received the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award from the West Chamber of Commerce.

    Margaret Hunt

    Director, Colorado Creative Industries

    Margaret is Director of Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She was appointed in 2013 by Governor John Hickenlooper following a national search.  CCI advances creative economy strategies and administers a nationally recognized Creative District Program, the Space to Create initiative (affordable live/work spaces for creative sector workforce in rural communities), a Creative District Community Loan Fund, Art in Public Places and grants for career advancement for creative enterprises throughout Colorado.

    Margaret brings experience in community and economic development from both the private, for-profit sector as well as state and local government.  She served as Director of Community & Economic Development for a large energy company and managed global business development.

    She was appointed Director of Community & Economic Development for Salt Lake City in 2001 overseeing seven departments including planning, housing, business licensing, engineering, transportation, special events and the arts.  From 2005 to 2013, she served under Governors Jon M. Huntsman and Gary Herbert as the Executive Director of the Utah Arts Council and Division of Arts and Museums.  She also served as a loaned executive for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee.

    Jessica Stern

    Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Jessica is the Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager with Americans for the Arts. Prior to this position, she acted as the Membership and Resources Manager for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), providing oversight of NAO’s statewide membership program while curating and reinventing its online platform of nonprofit management best practice resources. Prior to NAO, Jessica spent nearly five years working with Portland’s local business committee for the arts, Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), delivering programs that engaged employees from BCA’s 200+ business members, managing all marketing and communications strategies, and retaining and cultivating corporate and community partnerships. Jessica has also served in development roles at Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Literary Arts; and has freelanced as an independent web designer and developer.

  • November 2018 Member Briefing: Post-Election Activities: Becoming a Resource to the Newly Elected

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Join us for this member only briefing!

    image 

    November 2018 Member Briefing

    Post-Election Activities: 

     Becoming a Resource to the Newly Elected

    November 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join Americans for the Arts' (AFTA), Senior Arts Policy Fellow, Stan Rosenberg along side Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs with AFTA as they take a look at what happened in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections. Learn tips about engaging new and returning lawmakers on arts-based issues in the days, weeks, and months following election day. 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!

    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 Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@artsusa.org.

    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:547798

    Presenters:

    image

    Stan Rosenberg, Senior Arts Policy Fellow, Americans for the Arts, Former Massachusetts State Senator

    image

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

    image

    Cristyn Johnson, Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • Post-Midterm Election Coverage: What it Means for the Arts and What’s Next

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/20/2018

    This webinar will feature Government Affairs staff to give a recap of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and what the results could mean for the arts at the federal and state level.

    image

    About this Webinar

    The 2018 Mid-Term Elections will undoubtedly bring a lot of changes to the political arena. But what will this mean for the arts? Join Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Lauren Cohen, Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, and Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts, as we review the results of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and the potential implications to the arts at the state and federal levels. We will review changes to the U.S. Congress, as well as Governorships and state and local ballot initiatives impact on the arts.

    Special Guest Speakers

    Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Creative Many Michigan
    Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts
    Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
    Rick Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli

    Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 25 years, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2004, she also became the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a separate 501(c)(4) organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 365,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Richmond School of Law.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Trump Administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs.

    Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, and advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, Narric has launched a national campaign to boost the creative economy by building support for the CREATE Act (S.661, HR1649) in Congress. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Lauren Cohen

    Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

    Lauren Cohen jointed the Americans for the Arts team in 2017 as the Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a Member of Congress in the US House of Representatives for over two years where she researched legislation related to the arts, humanities, and museums.  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.

    Jay Dick

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

    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.

    With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote State and Local funding and expansion of the arts, 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. 

    Jay has worked at Americans for the Arts for ten years.  Prior, he 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

    Robert L. Lynch

    President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

    Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 43 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

    In 1996, Mr. Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 33 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2,000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

    During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

    Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy including its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity V. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative power of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military.  

    Mr. Lynch currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector. He has also served two terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

    Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

    Post-Election Impact Resources: 

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck 

    Squire Patton Boggs 

    Education Commission of the States 

    National Conference of State Legislatures 

    Local Ballot Initiative Spreadsheet

     

    Additional Resources:

    Brownstein Hyatt podcast interview with Nina Ozlu Tunceli and Narric Rome about successful lobbying strategies for the arts in Congress.

    Congressional Arts Report Card 2018