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  • Data Visualization and Storytelling

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/22/2020

    Storytelling is an incredibly effective way to communicate information. Narrative structures make it easier for folks to remember and even care about the information being presented to them. Data collection has increasingly become a part of everyday life. Storytelling with that data can help individuals and organizations make better decisions using data; it can help make sense and find meaning in what can be an overwhelming sea of information. So how do you take a spreadsheet of numbers and turn it into a narrative? This webinar will help you understand the data storytelling pipeline so you can create effective visual stories. We’ll talk about what tools are available and what skills you will need to discover and visualize the stories in your data.


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    About this Webinar 

     January 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Storytelling is an incredibly effective way to communicate information. Narrative structures make it easier for folks to remember and even care about the information being presented to them. Data collection has increasingly become a part of everyday life. Storytelling with that data can help individuals and organizations make better decisions using data; it can help make sense and find meaning in what can be an overwhelming sea of information.  

    So how do you take a spreadsheet of numbers and turn it into a narrative? This webinar will help you understand the data storytelling pipeline so you can create effective visual stories. We’ll talk about what tools are available and what skills you will need to discover and visualize the stories in your data. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Start with questions; look at what you might be able to learn from the data you’ve got in front of you
    • Learn about some additional sources for finding good data, and best practices if you’re collecting data of your own
    • Understand what you do when the data you have doesn’t support the story you want to tell
    • Learn about the importance of graphicacy or visual literacy, and how to think critically about visualizations
    • Begin to understand effective methods of visually encoding information 
    • Build up a narrative from different facets of your data

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh

    Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer, Nation of Makers

    Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist, interactive artist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data and Metrics of Impact Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization. Their major projects the Annual Survey of Makerspaces and the Make the Data blog at makethedata.org; they help the maker community learn about itself through data and data-driven stories. Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN. She works as a Sr. Instructional Multimedia Designer at Schneider Electric, and she has recently received a MPS in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art

    Twitter: @ittybittyartist  

    Websites

    Nation of Makers - nationofmakers.us 

    Make the Data – makethedata.org  

    Personal Portfolio - jenniferdeafenbaugh.com

  • January 2020 Member Briefing: Membership in the Year Ahead

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/21/2020

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

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    January 2020 Member Briefing; Membership in the Year Ahead

    January 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    This months member briefing will be an introduction to our new Membership Manager Michael Hornbuckle. He will be discussing Americans for the Arts Membership Benefits and updates. 

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

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

    Michael Hornbuckle

    Membership Manager, Americans for the Arts

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

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

    Contains 11 Product(s)

    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.

    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. 



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

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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Copyright for Artists

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/15/2020

    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 January 2019 will be about copyright for artists.

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    About this Coffee Chat

    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 January 2020 will be about copyright for artists.

    How can artists protect their work through copyright law?

    Join Luke Blackadar, Director of Legal Services for the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, as he discusses the ins and outs of copyright for artists including: copyright basic rights and registration, copyright use and licensing, and fair use.

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

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    Luke Blackadar

    Director of Legal Services, Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

    As Director of Legal Services, Luke manages all of the Arts & Business Council’s legal programming, including its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Patent Pro Bono, and educational programs. As a visual artist and intellectual property attorney, he is passionate about serving small businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Luke has extensive experience counseling start-ups and creatives around the country in trademark, copyright, and business law matters. He regularly speaks on intellectual property and business law issues, giving presentations to such organizations as Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Brown University, and National Arts Strategies. Luke is a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law

    Website: https://artsandbusinesscouncil.org

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasblackadar/

    Instagram: @lukeblackadar

  • Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Arts Host Info Session

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/20/2019

    This information session will provide arts host candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer program in Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City, with a program overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.


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    About this Info Session

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey, New York City, and Nashville, TN.

    This information session will provide arts host candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer program in Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City, with a program overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

    Website: Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

  • Arts and Social Impact Webinar Series

    Contains 3 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 Housing

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/19/2019

    For years the story has been “Artists move into a neighborhood and make it attractive and then the developers come in and move the artist out “ In this webinar John Paradiso a Visual Artist that lives and works in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland will give an overview of working with a Community Development Corporation, other arts organizations, and local artists to pave the way for developers to come in and embrace their artistic community. Paradiso will focus on the new STUDIO 3807 mixed-use residential apartment development in Brentwood, Maryland and his partnership with the developer, Landex Corporation LLC, bringing a visual arts presence into the building. This presence includes a Permanent Art Collection, the Portico Gallery, six visual art studios, and arts programming for the residents of the building and the community at large.

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     About this Webinar


    Artists and Developers: A Story of a Working Relationship and a Relationship That Works

    For years the story has been “Artists move into a neighborhood and make it attractive and then the developers come in and move the artist out."

    In this webinar John Paradiso a Visual Artist that lives and works in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland will give an overview of working with a Community Development Corporation, other arts organizations, and local artists to pave the way for developers to come in and embrace their artistic community. 

    Paradiso will focus on the new STUDIO 3807 mixed-use residential apartment development in Brentwood, Maryland and his partnership with the developer, Landex Corporation LLC,  bringing a visual arts presence into the building. This presence includes a Permanent Art Collection, the Portico Gallery, six visual art studios, and arts programming for the residents of the building and the community at large.

    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.

    John Paradiso

    Curator and Mixed Media Artist

    John Paradiso earned a BFA at the State University of New York, Purchase and his MFA at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He is a mixed media artist and describes his work as metaphorical based upon such issues as identity, sexuality, and health. 

    Paradiso has worked at the Gateway Community Development Corporation for 13 years as their curator of programs, overseeing 25 visual art studios, the 39th Street Gallery, and extensive arts programming.

    For the last two years John has worked with the Landex Development LLC as an art consultant acquisitioning permanent art collections for their two new residential mixed-use properties, Studio 3807 and the Artisan 4100.

    John is also the resident artist/curator at Portico Gallery and Studios located in the Studio 3807 building .

    Website: www.john-paradiso.com and  https://www.studio3807.com/

  • Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Intern Info Session

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/16/2019

    This information session will provide intern candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer internship with a program and intern experience overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

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    About This Info Session


    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey, New York City, and Nashville, TN.

    This information session will provide intern candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer internship with a program and intern experience overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

    Website: Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship

    Ami Scherson

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate

    Ami Scherson joined Americans for the Arts in May 2019. In her role as Equity in Arts Leadership Programs Associate, she will assist in the development and implementation of programs to enhance the skills of diverse emerging arts administrators. In addition, she will support local arts agency, public sector, and private sector leaders in adopting and implementing policies and programs that amplify cultural equity in the arts sector and communities-at-large. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she had interned at Kaufman Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stuart's Opera House. Ami is a proud alumni of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program hosted by Americans for the Arts.

    Ami graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business. As she is passionate about arts accessibility and community development, her senior thesis focused on the impacts of nonprofit arts education programs in rural Appalachia.

    Ami Scherson

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Associate

    Ami Scherson joined Americans for the Arts in May 2019. In her role as Equity in Arts Leadership Programs Associate, she will assist in the development and implementation of programs to enhance the skills of diverse emerging arts administrators. In addition, she will support local arts agency, public sector, and private sector leaders in adopting and implementing policies and programs that amplify cultural equity in the arts sector and communities-at-large. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, she had interned at Kaufman Music Center, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stuart's Opera House. Ami is a proud alumni of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program hosted by Americans for the Arts.

    Ami graduated from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Business. As she is passionate about arts accessibility and community development, her senior thesis focused on the impacts of nonprofit arts education programs in rural Appalachia.

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/12/2019

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked. Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions.

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     About this Webinar

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will rethink their understandings of the national (and international) teaching artist field.
    • They will encounter with a wider variety of tools to support the growth in size, diversity and quality of local teaching artist talent pools, tools they may use in their home settings.
    • They will discover new ways in which teaching artists are employed to accomplish seven different purposes—which invites new ways to assess impact, develop productive partnerships, and create greater visibility for the field. 

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

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    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

    In 2015 Eric Booth was given Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Leadership Award, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent are Playing for Their Lives (about the global El Sistema Movement) and Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion and The Music Teaching Artist's Bible.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 40 years, where now he is a leader of their Teaching Artist Development Labs). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S.. A frequent keynote speaker, he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference, and he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and founded the Teaching Artist Journal, and is the only recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry. 

    Websites:

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

    Victor Sawyer

    Teaching Artist

    Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble and as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of ten professional music Teaching Artists serving in traditionally underserved communities. 

    As a performer he has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. Sawyer has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more. 

    Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, While in NYC Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy. 

  • December 2019 Private Sector Network Call: Convening to Connect the Field

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/10/2019

    Each year, executive leadership and senior staff of the country’s united arts funds gather in a different location to discuss best practices, trends, challenges, and opportunities that this field faces. United Arts Funds (UAF) are organizations or local arts agencies whose main function is to raise money from local individuals, businesses, and foundations to regrant to local arts institutions and provide support to the cultural community. UAFs seek to raise money to provide ongoing support to arts groups by consolidating cultural fundraising efforts in one organization and use their knowledge of the cultural community to disperse the funds accordingly. More and more, the UAFs operate as full-serve local arts agencies. This call is welcome to anyone interested in hearing about the primary topics that came up at the Leadership Retreat, and for those who wish to learn more about this field.

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    December 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT

    Each year, executive leadership and senior staff of the country’s united arts funds gather in a different location to discuss best practices, trends, challenges, and opportunities that this field faces. United Arts Funds (UAF) are organizations or local arts agencies whose main function is to raise money from local individuals, businesses, and foundations to regrant to local arts institutions and provide support to the cultural community. UAFs seek to raise money to provide ongoing support to arts groups by consolidating cultural fundraising efforts in one organization and use their knowledge of the cultural community to disperse the funds accordingly. More and more, the UAFs operate as full-serve local arts agencies. This call is welcome to anyone interested in hearing about the primary topics that came up at the Leadership Retreat, and for those who wish to learn more about this field. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Major themes and topics that arose during the annual Leadership Retreat that took place in Memphis, TN November 6-8
    • Primary areas of work and concern of organizations that fundraise and regrant in their communities.
    • How seasoned and new LAA leaders use the UAF Retreat to make valuable connections, share information, and push their communities forward.

    Flora Maria Garcia

    President & CEO, United Arts of Central Florida

    Flora Maria Garcia became president and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida—a 501-C-3, $5.8 million, local arts agency for the four-county region and the City of Orlando. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $136 million in local cultural organizations and individual artists. Previously, Garcia was CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition. During her tenure, statewide legislation that would significantly fund arts and culture was introduced and as result, received the Georgia Shakespeare, Spirit of Will Award for Advocacy. On the national level, Garcia has served on the boards of the National Assembly for Local Arts Agencies and Mid-America Arts Alliance, numerous committees for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and on several panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served for two years as Vice President of Americans for the Arts’ Urban Arts Federation, an association of the 60 largest arts councils in the country. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit arts management, Garcia has a Master’s in Business Administration and Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Modern Languages from Saint Mary’s College. Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. in the early ‘60s

    Website: www.unitedarts.cc

    Jaye Sterchi Baille

    APR

    Jaye Sterchi Baillie, APR is a creative, enthusiastic, seasoned professional with more than 38 years of progressive governmental and non-profit management experience. Her extensive portfolio includes skills in results-oriented program development, board development, human relations, public relations, marketing, fundraising, and strategic planning.  Jaye serves as the Executive Director of Marion Cultural Alliance where she works alongside the board, volunteers, and arts enthusiasts to champion, convene, and create opportunities for artists and nonprofit arts organizations.

    The focus for 2020 is the development the Implementation Plan for the City of Ocala’s recently adopted Ten Year Arts and Cultural Master Plan. Research is currently underway, along with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership to determine sources of revenue to fund the elements of the plan and accompanying personnel. 

    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.