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  • November 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Call

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/21/2019 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

    November 21, 2019 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.

    Featured Guest: Katherine "Kit" Kough, Program Director, Center for Humanities in Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Emerging Leaders Council Member

    Topic: Building Partnerships Outside of the Arts Sector

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

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    Katherine Kough

    Program Director, Center for Humanities in Medicine, Mayo Clinic

    Kit Kough is the Program Director of the Center for Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, where she oversees programs involving disciplines across the spectrum of the Arts and Humanities to engage interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public – promoting the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Administration/Project Management from Northern Arizona University. Kit has been active in the local performing arts community as an actress and director, as well as other roles behind the scenes. She is also a founding board member and current Vice President of Arts InterFACE, a non-profit organization that creates international arts projects in order to inspire love and empower individuals toward positive social change in the global community.

    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.        

  • Arts and Social Impact Webinar Series

    Contains 2 Product(s)

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

  • Arts and Immigration

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/21/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    The arts and…immigration. At this present moment, immigrant artists are often extremely vulnerable and marginalized in our society. Many produce works of high caliber and emigrate here seeking opportunities. They are often educated, experienced, and heralded in their “home” countries. Support for them includes respect for the artist and their art form (frequently, traditional art practices of their native lands). Further, programs specific for immigrant artists need to be created in partnership with the immigrant artists communities. Fears of deportation, incarceration, and voiceless representation earmark many of their lives. Using real-world examples and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program as a case study; this webinar will share stories from its’ twelve year history, recent experiences offering this program nationwide (Detroit, Oakland, San Antonio, Newark), suggest recommended ways of empowering immigrant artists with tools, resources, and access to own their rightful place in national conversations, and creative processes in the cultural landscape.

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    November 21, 2019 @ 2:00PM EDT

    The arts and…immigration. At this present moment, immigrant artists are often extremely vulnerable and marginalized in our society. Many produce works of high caliber and emigrate here seeking opportunities. They are often educated, experienced, and heralded in their “home” countries. Support for them includes respect for the artist and their art form (frequently, traditional art practices of their native lands). Further, programs specific for immigrant artists need to be created in partnership with the immigrant artists communities. Fears of deportation, incarceration, and voiceless representation earmark many of their lives. 

    Using real-world examples and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program as a case study; this webinar will share stories from its’ twelve year history, recent experiences offering this program nationwide (Detroit, Oakland, San Antonio, Newark), suggest recommended ways of empowering immigrant artists with tools, resources, and access to own their rightful place in national conversations, and creative processes in the cultural landscape. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will learn an overview and history of the program, its goals and outcomes
    • Learn about the moving parts of the program structure that knit together to create an impactful outcome; from mentorship, providing access to networks and resources, alumni engagement, and partnerships
    • Key takeaways; from lessons learned to what challenges immigrant artist encounter and how that can translate to other ways of supporting immigrant artists nationwide and beyond.

    About the Series

    The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important.  In this series, we will examine the social impact of the arts and other sectors. Join us each month for a new webinar and topic.

    Judy Cai

    Senior Program Officer, NYFA Learning

    Judy Cai is the Senior Program Officer of NYFA Learning at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). She is facilitating various professional development programs at NYFA, such as entrepreneurial boot camps and the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, to better serve individual artists. With a strong interest in arts and cultural exchange, Judy is also managing a number of NYFA’s China programs, and outreaching to local Asian artist communities.

    Prior to this position, Judy was the Outreach Coordinator at the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. To become a strong advocate of a global arts exchange and collect extensive experiences in international communications, Judy also worked at Christie’s, Dance/USA and Shanghai International Arts Festival. Judy Cai has a MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a BS in Culture and Arts Management, and a Bachelor of Law from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

    Website: NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

    Alicia Ehni

    Program Officer, NYFA Learning

    Alicia Ehni is a multidisciplinary artist and Program Officer, NYFA Learning.  At the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) she works on professional development programs for artists of all disciplines and implements programs in Spanish. She is also the Editor of NYFA Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter, former New York Chair for Membership for ArtTable 2016-2019 and serves on Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Support for Individual Artists committee. 

    In her previous role as Gallery Director of Frederico Seve Gallery/Latincollector, Alicia had the opportunity to work with artist Carmen Herrera, Fanny Sanin, and with artists estates, such as Fundacion Gego and Fundacion Emilio Sanchez.

    Alicia Ehni studied Fine Arts at Universidad Católica, Perú and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and Arts Administration at NYU. She is a 2018 fellow of NALAC Leadership Institute, was selected as Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 2018-19 SHIFT Resident Artist, received a 2019 Puffin Foundation Grant and was awarded a residency at MASS MoCA Summer 2019. 

    Website: NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artists of Color Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2019

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences. This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today.

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     About this Webinar

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

    In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences.

    This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • The importance of incorporating the respective community’s guidance throughout all three phases of a program (planning, implementation, and evaluation)
    • How programs designed for artists of color can be used as entry points for deeper engagement
    • How branding is important in making your organization relevant to new stakeholders (artists and audiences)



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

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    Rishard Allen

    Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Rishard Allen is arts and culture professional serving the Indianapolis metropolitan area. His administrative practice supports the artistic work of people from marginalized communities, acknowledging their contributions as worthy of being commissioned, exhibited, performed, published, studied, and funded. Allen currently serves as the Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, assisting with the administration of arts education initiatives and grant programs for individual artists and arts organizations. In 2017, he received his B.S. in Arts Management from Indiana University with a specialization in music history and culture. Prior to working at the Arts Council, he was the Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and was an Emerging Field Leader with WolfBrown, providing assistance for a nationwide evaluation of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative. Rishard also serves on the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee for Americans for the Arts.

    Website: https://indyarts.org/

    Twitter: @artscouncilindy and @RishardDAllen

    Instagram: @artscouncilindy

    Facebook: @indyarts

    Shamira Wilson

    Interdisciplinary Artist

    Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, has studied Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art, and attended a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited in Indianapolis at venues including the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Contemporary.

    Website: https://shamirawilson.com/

    Instagram: @shamirawilson

  • Creative Conversation: Gina Rodríguez-Drix

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/06/2019

    In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.

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    About this Creative Conversation


    In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.

    Gina Rodríguez-Drix

    Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism

    Gina Rodríguez-Drix (she/hers) is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism where she manages ACT Public Art program, develops cultural policy, and facilitates creative placemaking projects.  Most recently Gina managed the planning process for the Art in City Life Plan, the City’s first master plan for public art, and is now stewarding the planning process for Creative Providence 2020, the City’s second cultural plan for the creative sector.  Gina’s professional and creative practices are rooted in her fervent passion for social, environmental and reproductive justice and commitment to her hometown. Gina is also a multi-genre writer and birth-doula who raises her young family in Providence.

    Websitehttps://artculturetourism.com/       

    Todd Trebour

    Organizations Program Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

    Todd Trebour is the Organizations Program Director at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Todd manages and oversees the agency’s support for organizations, including grants, programs, and services. A strong believer the power of partnerships and networks, Todd has piloted several new initiatives in his first year at RISCA, including affinity group convenings of organizations; an Arts and Cultural Advocacy Workshop series with the United Way of Rhode Island, City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; and an Advancing Cultural Equity Workshop and Technical Assistance Program in partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation. He has also seen a 47% increase in applications to the Arts Access project grant program thanks to intensive and continuous outreach to Rhode Island organizations. Todd received his BA in Music Performance from Whitman College, his MM in Voice from Rice University, and his Core Certificate in Arts Management from the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service. Currently, Todd is in his second term on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council at Americans for the Arts.

    Twitter: @RISCA1967

    Website: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Artist Portfolios

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/04/2019

    Building a strong artist portfolio is important as it stands as a reflection of work and artistic point of view. Join us for a virtual conversation with Adia Morris Swanger from Springboard for the Arts as we explore what an artist portfolio is and learn what artists should consider when building their own portfolios.

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    About this Conversation

    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 artist portfolios.

    What do artists need to consider when building their portfolios?

    Join Adia Morris Swanger, Professional Development and Operations Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts, as she discusses why artists need to have a portfolio, what should be included, and how artists should consider what they will include.


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

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    ​Adia Morris Swanger

    Professional Development & Operations Coordinator, Springboard for the Arts

    Adia Morris Swanger is Professional Development and Operations Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts, where she oversees the Artist Career Consultant roster, teaches business skills workshops for artists, and connects artists to funding opportunities with the Incubator Fiscal Sponsorship program. Adia is also a freelance theatre artist, writer, and educator based in St. Paul, MN. She also appears on Twin Cities Public Television's Almanac and was the host of  TPT's TV Takeover for Seasons 1 and 2. 

    Website: www.springboardforthearts.org

    Twitter: @longtallsallie

  • Making the Most of In-Person and Virtual Trainings

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    From venue to speakers to content and beyond, making the most of your in-person and virtual trainings can be a challenge. Cutting through the noise and creating an engaging experience can be the most difficult part. Join us for a webinar packed with tips and best practices for delivering in-person and virtual experiences that will leave your audience wanting more. Led by arts and culture sector presentation experts, participants will learn the value of both in-person and virtual trainings, as well as tactics to increase engagement.

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    November 20, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT


    From venue to speakers to content and beyond, making the most of your in-person and virtual trainings can be a challenge. Cutting through the noise and creating an engaging experience can be the most difficult part. Join us for a webinar packed with tips and best practices for delivering in-person and virtual experiences that will leave your audience wanting more. Led by arts and culture sector presentation experts, participants will learn the value of both in-person and virtual trainings, as well as tactics to increase engagement.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The value of in-person and virtual trainings.
    • Best practices for in-person and virtual trainings.
    • Tactics to increase engagement at in-person and virtual trainings.

    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.        

    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts

    Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, 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.

    Ceci Dadisman

    Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

    Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods. 

    A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements feature national conference appearances at NTEN, National Arts Marketing Project, Arts Midwest, OPERA America, American Alliance of Museums, Museums and the Web, and Chorus America in addition to many other local and regional events. Known for her easy-going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways. 

    Ceci is passionate about empowering people through marketing and is a contributor at ArtsHacker.com where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials. She is also an adjunct lecturer at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. 

    She is on the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee, the NTEN Conference Session Advisory Committee, is the Immediate Past President and Chapter Founder of Femfessionals West Palm Beach, the Immediate Past Chapter Leader and Chapter Founder of the West Palm Beach Chapter of Girl Develop It, the Immediate Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served for many years on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee and as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair.  She also serves on the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee. 

    Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance.  She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    WEBSITE: https://theformgroup.com/

    TWITTER: @CeciDadisman

    EMAIL: ceci@theformgroup.com

    Norah Johnson

    Director of Public Awareness & External Affairs

    Norah G. Johnson oversees activities that aim to extend and deepen the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' (PCA) fulfillment of its mission to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the commonwealth. She is currently working with Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project to bring to life Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector. Johnson’s past projects at the PCA include an exhibit of Pennsylvania textiles, and a video on the history of the Pennsylvania arts community’s 50-year+ relationship with the National Endowment for the Arts.   Prior to joining the PCA, Johnson worked in user experience design and research for Andculture, based in Harrisburg, PA. 

    Website: http://www.arts.pa.gov

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniacouncilonthearts

  • Creative Conversation: Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

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    The American Express Emerging Leader Award recognizes visionary leadership by an individual who is a new and/or young arts leader who demonstrates an ability to engage and impact his or her community.​ Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, museum educator and arts educator was selected as the 2019 American Express Emerging Leader​ Awardee because of her work around developing pedagogical strategies that include the cultural capital of communities, as well as her work with Museum Hue, which increases public access to the arts and opportunities for artists. Joined by Emerging Leader Council Member, Lindsay So, the two will discuss how the past shaping the future of arts leadership.

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    2019 American Express Emerging Leader Awardee 

    Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

    The American Express Emerging Leader Award recognizes visionary leadership by an individual who is a new and/or young arts leader who demonstrates an ability to engage and impact his or her community. Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, museum educator and arts educator was selected as the 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Awardee because of her work around developing pedagogical strategies that include the cultural capital of communities, as well as her work with Museum Hue, which increases public access to the arts and opportunities for artists. Joined by Emerging Leader Council Member, Lindsay So, the two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of arts leadership.

    About the Series

    For 2019 National Arts & Humanities Month we are taking Creative Conversations to a new level. To engage with leaders in the field, this year’s National Arts Awardees will be in conversation with fellow leaders to discuss issues relevant to today’s community-based arts administrators. Responding to this year’s Creative Conversation prompt, “how is the past shaping the future of the arts?.” awardees will give their insight on how their work impacts their community and organization.

    Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

    Co-Founder & Creative Director, Museum Hue

    Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is an agent for arts and culture, forever in a state of exploration, investigation, preservation, and creation. She has practiced inquiry-based learning methodologies as a museum educator and has also taught arts education at the tertiary level as a lecturer. Her experience has informed the creation of Museum Hue, an arts organization that she co-founded and serves as Creative Director, advocating for people of color throughout museums in particular and the arts world in general. Stephanie’s endeavors also inspired the creation of the Hueniversal Flag, a melanin infused color spectrum representing, resilience and resistance for people of color. As a recent United Nations Human Rights Fellow, she has incorporated the UN systems and mechanisms in her pedagogy to increase recognition of and protection for people of color’s artistic practices, historical narratives, and cultural contributions. Stephanie utilizes the arts as a catalyst for societal change and racial equity.

    Website: www.museumhue.com and www.stephaniecunningham.com

    Twitter: @museumhue and @stephaniecunning 

    Lindsay So

    Assistant Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy

    Lindsay So is an arts administrator dedicated to helping arts, culture, and non-arts sectors serve as effective allies for one another. Her experiences in the field have shaped her community-minded approach to developing cultural programs and solutions to benefit Philadelphians. She joined the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) in 2013 as the Research & Policy Associate, and now serves as the Assistant Director. In this role, she provides oversight and guidance for all OACCE programs, works to integrate arts, culture and creativity into City activities, and leads staff in the implementation of arts education, community arts, and creative industry initiatives. Prior to OACCE, So developed the organizational systems for CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia, the city’s first Comprehensive Fiscal Management Services program for the cultural community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s in arts administration from New York University and Drexel University, respectively. She is a member of the Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Council, and the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation Board of Directors. She has presented at conferences and written on issues facing the non-profit arts sector, including the value of data and evaluation, the role of culture in community development, and cultural equity.

    Website: http://creativephl.org 

    Twitter: @CreativePHLand @lindsaytso 

  • 2019 National Arts Leadership Awardee Creative Conversations

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    For 2019 National Arts & Humanities Month we are taking Creative Conversations to a new level. To engage with leaders in the field, this year’s National Arts Awardees will be in conversation with fellow leaders to discuss issues relevant to today’s community-based arts administrators. Responding to this year’s Creative Conversation prompt, “how is the past shaping the future of the arts?.” awardees will give their insight on how their work impacts their community and organization.

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    About this Series

    For 2019 National Arts & Humanities Month we are taking Creative Conversations to a new level. To engage with leaders in the field, this year’s National Arts Leadership Awardees will be in conversation with fellow leaders to discuss issues relevant to today’s community-based arts administrators. Responding to this year’s Creative Conversation prompt, “how is the past shaping the future of the arts?.” awardees will give their insight on how their work impacts their community and organization.


    This series will feature:

    2019 Selina Roberts Ottum Awardee: Margie Johnson Reese

    2019 Public Art Network Awardee: Roberto Bedoya

    2019 American Express Emerging Leader Awardee: Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham

  • Creative Conversation: Roberto Bedoya

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/24/2019

    The Public Art Network (PAN) Award is given out each year to an individual or organization that demonstrates innovative and creative contributions and/or exemplary commitment and leadership in the field of public art. Roberto Bedoya, Manager, Cultural Affairs, City of Oakland was selected as the 2019 Public Art Network Awardee because of his work and insightfulness of how the arts influence public places. Joined by Public Art Network Councilmember Lucas Antony Cowan, the two will discuss how the past shaping the future of art in the public realm.

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    About this Creative Conversation

    2019 Public Art Network Awardee: Roberto Bedoya

    The Public Art Network (PAN) Award is given out each year to an individual or organization that demonstrates innovative and creative contributions and/or exemplary commitment and leadership in the field of public art. Roberto Bedoya, Manager, Cultural Affairs, City of Oakland was selected as the 2019 Public Art Network Awardee because of his work and insightfulness of how the arts influence public places. Joined by Public Art Network Councilmember Lucas Antony Cowan, the two will discuss how the past shaping the future of art in the public realm. 


    About the Series

    For 2019 National Arts & Humanities Month we are taking Creative Conversations to a new level. To engage with leaders in the field, this year’s National Arts Awardees will be in conversation with fellow leaders to discuss issues relevant to today’s community-based arts administrators. Responding to this year’s Creative Conversation prompt, “how is the past shaping the future of the arts?.” awardees will give their insight on how their work impacts their community and organization.

    Roberto Bedoya

    Manager, Cultural Affairs, City of Oakland

    Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded   the City's Cultural Plan. - "Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan". Through-out his career he has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging in cultural sector. His essays ““Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging” ; “ Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City” and “ "Poetics and Praxis of a City in Relation"  has reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. He is a Creative Placemaking Fellow at Arizona State University.

    Website: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/government/o/CityAdministration/d/economic-workforce-development/o/cultural-affairs/index.htm

    Lucas Antony Cowan

    Public Art Curator, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

    Lucas became the Conservancy’s first Public Art Curator in 2014. Previously he directed the Public Art Program for the Maryland State Arts Council, where he spearheaded the passage of legislation requiring all state-funded capital project to include public art in their construction, and was the Senior Curator of Exhibits for Millennium Park and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture in Chicago, IL. He has curated and managed dozens of public art commissions and exhibitions of work by artists such as: Mark di Suvero, Jun Kaneko, Thomas Sayre, Shinique Smith, Sui Jianguo and Lawrence Weiner. Cowan has served on juries and panels across the United States, and has consulted on cultural park planning for cities such as San Francisco and Chicago. Cowan previously served on the board of trustees for the International Sculpture Center, publishers of Sculpture magazine, and is a founding member of the Advisory Council for Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Vermont. Cowan holds degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Website: https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/