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  • A Look Forward into the Future of Arts Education

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/13/2019

    Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. To close out this year’s week-long celebration, arts education professionals will discuss where the field of arts education can and should be headed.

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    Virtual Conversation

    A Look Forward into the Future of Arts Education


    Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. To close out this year’s week-long celebration, arts education professionals will discuss where the field of arts education can and should be headed.

    Learning Objective

    Attendees will gain information on future topics and trends in the arts education field.

    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

    To learn more about National Arts in Education week, visit the National Arts in Education Week website. 

  • Reflecting on the State of Arts Education

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/09/2019

    Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. To kick off this year’s week-long celebration, arts education professionals will reflect on the current state of arts education in the United States, and review current topics and trends in the field.

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    Virtual Conversation

    Reflecting on the State of Arts Education


    Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. To kick off this year’s week-long celebration, arts education professionals will reflect on the current state of arts education in the United States, and review current topics and trends in the field. 

    Learning Objective

    Attendees will gain information on current topics and trends in the arts education field.

    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

    To learn more about National Arts in Education week, visit the National Arts in Education Week website. 

  • Ask an Expert: Conserving & Maintaining Public Artworks

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Conservators have unique skills and knowledge that help public art administrators in caring for public art collections. For this live, online event attendees will have the opportunity to connect with two public art conservation experts to ask questions regarding the care and maintenance of public art collections. Participants will gain insight into what conservators do, how to find and work with conservators, ways they can help maintain their collection, and more!

    imageAbout this Conversation

    October 22, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Conservators have unique skills and knowledge that help public art administrators in caring for public art collections. For this live, online event attendees will have the opportunity to connect with two public art conservation experts to ask questions regarding the care and maintenance of public art collections. Participants will gain insight into what conservators do, how to find and work with conservators, ways they can help maintain their collection, and more!

    Learning Objectives

    • Hear from experts on how to conserve and maintain a public art collection
    • Learn about resources available for conservation and maintenance of public art collection

    Rosa Lowinger

    Chief Conservator and CEO, Rosa Lowinger & Associates DBA RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture

    Rosa Lowinger is Chief Conservator and CEO of RLA Conservation of Art + Architecture, a firm with offices in Miami and Los Angeles that serves the conservation needs of several dozen public art agencies nationwide. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the 2008-09 Rome Prize Fellow in Conservation at the American Academy in Rome where she conducted a pilot project researching the history of vandalism to public art and public space. Rosa’s career in public art conservation began in 1988 with the treatment of works at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and continued with the first survey of public art for the City of Los Angeles in 1995. She presently serves as a consultant to over two-dozen public art agencies and the Getty Conservation Institute’s Outdoor Painted Sculpture Initiative, a forum that aims to codify the aesthetics and conservation protocols for care of painted sculpture. She is the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005).

    Website: www.rlaconservation.com

    Twitter: @RLAconservation

    Robert G. Lodge

    President, McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory, Inc

    Bob holds a graduate degree in conservation and has been a conservator in Oberlin, Ohio for the past 36 years. He founded his company 31 years ago and now with a staff of 11 full-time employees is largely engaged in the conservation of outdoor sculpture and public art of diverse media. Because media is so diverse, many of the 7 conservator employees, including himself, has a material specialty, such as metals; casting; stone, mortars and cements; mosaics; electronics, electronic lighting and computers; FRP; industrial coatings; shop and location painting; and automotive finishes. The company operates The Ohio Conservation Center, a complex of three dedicated buildings and grounds with spaces and equipment necessary for rigging, craning, moving and working on the most monumental of artworks.

    Bob’s specialties have been industrial coatings on metals (specifications and inspections/failure analyses); relocation of endangered mosaics; and collection condition information management.

    For the past 22 years he and his company have been continuously in contract with the U.S. General Services Administration for the nation-wide conservation of government public sculptural fine art and significant architectural ornamentations (commissions dating back into the 19th century) as well as the public art commissions of the GSA Art-in-Architecture program.    

    Website: https://mckaylodge.com/

    Twitter: @ohioconcenter

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

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/21/2019

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

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     About this Webinar

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

    Anika Kwinana

    Manager, National Partnerships, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Anika Kwinana is an artist and arts manager who is passionate about the role of the arts in supporting community development.  Her work has included directing music and arts programming for a diverse, 5,000-member religious organization in South Africa, where she mentored and led 100+ volunteer artists; produced, wrote and performed on two live CD-DVD projects; and, oversaw concerts, conferences and facility rentals. 

    She also managed, facilitated and fundraised for several community-based youth, HIV-AIDS, and women’s empowerment organizations in the country.  In the U.S, Anika has designed and implemented STEM and arts-related college and career fairs, with an emphasis on concept development; event management; committee oversight; program design and implementation; and, partnership-building.  She is currently Manager, National Partnerships in the Education Division at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she co-leads the Any Given Child Initiative, supporting 27 communities, nationally, to expand equitable access to quality arts education for public school students.  Anika is a Commissioner for the Arlington County Commission for the Arts where she chairs the Community Arts Advisory Committee. She is also an executive board member (Treasurer) for the Arts Administrators of Color Network. Anika holds an M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University and an M.A. Public Anthropology from American University.  Her most recent work with Americans for the Arts was a co-presented workshop at the 2019 Convention, “How to Make and Use a Theory of Change” and moderated an ArtsU webinar, “Advancing the Diversity of Your Board.”

    Twitter: @anikakwinana  

    Rachel Engh

    Researcher/Planner, Metris Arts Consulting

    Rachel Engh is a researcher/planner at Metris Arts Consulting (@metrisarts). Located in Easton, PA, Metris provides research, planning, and evaluation services to reveal arts’ impacts and help communities equitably improve their cultural vitality. Before joining Metris in 2015, Rachel worked for the City of Minneapolis in the office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. She has spoken about Metris’ work for conferences and webinars and has contributed articles to Public Art Review, Createquity, and Americans’ for the Arts’ ARTSblog. When she’s not at Metris, Rachel enjoys sending postcards to family and friends, spending time along the Delaware River, and watching her cat, Harriet, chase crumpled up pieces of paper. Rachel holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnell College. She can be contacted at engh@metrisarts.com

    Website: www.metrisarts.com

  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/19/2019

    What do you need to think about when considering building retreat-style experiences for artists? This Coffee Chat with Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts​, discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more.

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    About this Conversation

    Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat

    Creating a Retreat Style Experience for Artists

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for August 2019 will be about creating retreat-style experiences for individual artists.

    What do you need to know to create a retreat-style experience for artists?

    Lindsay Gates, Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts, discusses the many configurations of artistic retreats and spaces, the unexpected benefits of such experiences for both artists and organizations, the realized benefits that professional and emerging artists experience, and more. 


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

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    Lindsay Ketterer Gates

    Executive Director, Touchstone Center for Crafts

    Lindsay has an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts (1996), a graduate certificate in Non Profit Management/Arts Administration (2002) and a Masters of Business Administration (2018). She was employed as the Director of Development at Peters Valley School of Craft for many years before taking on the role of Executive Director at Touchstone Center for Crafts in May of 2018. Lindsay is the Vice President of the board of directors of the National Basketry Organization and helps to lead their development efforts. For over 20 years she has been a studio artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections. She has work on tour in the exhibition ‘Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in the 21st Century’ and recently had work on loan in the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and ‘Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fibers”. She is sought to teach and lecture nationally and has spoken and taught at the Smithsonian's American Craft Museum – Renwick Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Textile Study Group of NY, Haystack Mt. School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, SOFA Chicago, and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft Magazine, FiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book VII, 500 Baskets, Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to being an Artist/Craftsmen, to name a few. In 2005 she was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. 

    Website: https://touchstonecrafts.org/

    Twitter: @touchstonecraft

  • August 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/15/2019

    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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     August 2019 

    Emerging Leaders Network Call

    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.

    Guest Emerging Leader: Colleen McCartney, ArtsMemphis

    Topic: Job Hunting Tips & Tricks

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

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    Colleen McCartney

    Grants and Initiatives Manager, ArtsMemphis

    Colleen McCartney currently serves as the as the Grants and Initiatives Manager for ArtsMemphis after having completed a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas Tech University and an M.A in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Globalization, Development and Culture and a Museum Studies certificate from the University of Memphis. Colleen’s position allows her to serve a broad and diverse community, administering over 160 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million dollars, benefiting over 75 art organizations and artists in the Memphis metroplex. These grants help to sustain Memphis’ world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. Prior to working at ArtsMemphis, she held programming and administrative positions at various museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum. While an undergraduate she held leadership positions in her local chapter of her service sorority, Gamma Alpha Omega, as well as serving as Student Director on its National Board. She has continued her community service as a member of the Junior League of Memphis. Her life-long passion for art, culture and community service led to her role at ArtsMemphis, where she is honored to able to experience and influence the transformative power of the arts every day.

    Cristyn Johnson

    Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

  • Digital Marketing for Cultural Organizations

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/14/2019

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

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    About this Webinar

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

    Daniel Gallant

    Marketing Consultant

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

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

    WEBSITE: www.nuyorican.org

    TWITTER: @NuyoricanPoets

  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Supporting Artists with Disabilities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/06/2019

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

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    About this Conversation

    Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat

    Supporting Artists with Disabilities

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for this month will be about supporting artists with disabilities.

    How can you support artists with disabilities?

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


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

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    Judith Smith

    Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company

    Judith Smith, Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Prior to becoming disabled in a car accident at age 17 in 1977, Judith was a champion equestrian. She transferred her passion for riding to dance after discovering contact improvisation in 1983. Judith helped launch AXIS in 1987 and she grew the Company to be the nation’s leading physically integrated dance ensemble. She has left an amazing legacy and vision for the future of AXIS and integrated dance.

    Her advocacy and equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, followed by six regional town halls throughout the country in 2016. This project, supported by the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Project Program, culminated in an extensive report and the launch of the AXIS Artistic Advancement Platform to Advance Artistry, Opportunity and Equity for Dancers with Disabilities. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Disability and Dance Affinity Group and co-chairs the group.

    Judith is currently working as an independent consultant in dance and disability. She is an activist for the environment, animals and people with disabilities. She gardens for pollinators, birdwatches, raises butterflies and is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and adaptive carriage driving.

    Website: http://www.axisdance.org/advocacy

  • Creative Counties: Engaging Artists in the Community Development Process

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/26/2019

    ThebuildingcommunityWORKSHOP​ [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.

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     About this Webinar

    The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.

    Learning Objectives

    Attendees will...

    • Learn how [bc] integrates design and community engagement
    • Learn the Activating Vacancy process, from ideation to celebration
    • Learn about the various community engagement methods employed by [bc]

    Lizzie MacWillie

    buildingcommunityWORKSHOP

    Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Lizzie brings to the team critical design experience managing [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize.  This activation leads to cultural, physical, and political changes that can revitalize neighborhoods, improve infrastructure and bring economic benefits to residents.

    Prior to joining [bc] in her current role, Lizzie was a part of OMA/AMO in Rotterdam, NL. She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from CarnegieMellon University.

    Twitter: @bcworkshops  

    Website: www.bcworkshop.org

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Dancers Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/25/2019

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

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     About this Webinar

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

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

    Attendees will learn:

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



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

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    Allyson Esposito

    Senior Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

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

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

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

    Jean Appolon

    Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Jean Appolon Expressions

    In addition to being the Co-Founder and Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. 

    Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches dance at Boston Ballet’s City Dance and Boys in Motion programs, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. The 2019 Summer Dance Institute is being held in Lawrence, MA for the first time this year, in partnership with Izizwe Dance Studio and Bread and Roses. 

    Jean Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has toured to Washington DC, Silver Springs, MD, NYC and Port Au Prince, Haiti. JAE has also performed at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater, John Hancock Hall and Silver Spring MD Civic Center, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, American Universtiy, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Central Square Theater CityPop Egleston and the Irish Immigration Center of Boston.

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    Website: https://jeanappolonexpressions.org/

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

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

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

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