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Member Briefings are our opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Member Briefings
Topics will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled briefing.
We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!
Topic: Six Principles for Transformational Change at Americans for the Arts with President and CEO Nolen Bivens
Date: March 8, 2022
Topic: SRP Updates & Member Spotlight
Date: August 9, 2022
Date: October 11, 2022
Date: December 13, 2022
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/16/2022
Moved by the cultural and social reckoning catalyzed by the events of 2020, scholar, educator, and writer Jan Cohen-Cruz and artist and cultural worker Rad Pereira embarked on a journey. Forty years apart in age, with different racial, gender, and national backgrounds, yet aligned in their commitment to a vibrant U.S. theater that responds to its time and place, they co-wrote, Meeting the Moment: Socially Engaged Performance 1965-2020 (released in June, New Village Press). Based on nearly 100 interviews and exchanges, they capture the contributions and experiences of a diverse range of socially engaged theater and performance makers who reflect and lift up the many voices that make up the U.S. today. Meeting the Moment provides a platform for a conversation that centers socially engaged artists—the unique roles they play, challenges they face in such intersectional work, and what they need to do that work effectively and in keeping with their values. This webinar will explore the themes that emerged through the authors' research,
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June 16 @ 3:00 P.M. ET
Moved by the cultural and social reckoning catalyzed by the events of 2020, scholar, educator, and writer Jan Cohen-Cruz and artist and cultural worker Rad Pereira embarked on a journey. Forty years apart in age, with different racial, gender, and national backgrounds, yet aligned in their commitment to a vibrant U.S. theater that responds to its time and place, they co-wrote, Meeting the Moment: Socially Engaged Performance 1965-2020 (released in June, New Village Press). Based on nearly 100 interviews and exchanges, they capture the contributions and experiences of a diverse range of socially engaged theater and performance makers who reflect and lift up the many voices that make up the U.S. today.
Meeting the Moment provides a platform for a conversation that centers socially engaged artists—the unique roles they play, challenges they face in such intersectional work, and what they need to do that work effectively and in keeping with their values.
This session explores themes that emerged through the authors’ interviews such as:
- their diverse influences and multiple approaches to education and training;
- the role played by race, circumstances, class, gender/sexuality, and other identity grounders;
- the rise in artists embedded in community development initiatives and collaborating with public agencies;
- the supports that are needed by artists who are equally committed to art and social justice to sustain them in life and work; and
- how 2020 has impacted socially engaged artists and may influence their directions moving forward.
This webinar sets the stage for a fall event series, Animating Democracy / Reflecting Forward. The series considers the practice and progress of community-based and socially/civically engaged art and culture over recent decades, and its promise now and into the future. It will bring together trailblazing artists and cultural leaders from Animating Democracy’s founding years along with this generation’s leading-edge practitioners from arts and other sectors to reflect back on and imagine forward the role of arts and culture, artists and culture bearers in animating democracy.
This webinar is free as part of our support and service to the field. Please consider becoming a member or donating to Americans for the Arts to support ongoing access to resources like these for everyone.
Jan Cohen-Cruz is a scholar, educator, and writer who has made vast contributions to building and sharing knowledge of community-based and socially engaged theater and arts. She wrote Local Acts, Engaging Performance, and Remapping Performance; edited Radical Street Performance; coedited with Mady Schutzman, Playing Boal and A Boal Companion; and co-authored with Rad Pereira, Meeting the Moment: Socially Engaged Performance, 1965-2020, by Those Who Lived It, published by New Village Press. From 2013-2019, she worked with A Blade of Grass, supporting socially engaged artists, serving as director of field research and co-founding its magazine. From 2007-2012, she directed Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a consortium of colleges and universities committed to civic engagement, and co-founded its journal, Public. Cohen-Cruz earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and was a professor in the Drama Department, initiating its minor in Applied Theatre. In 2012, she received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement. Jan was an evaluator for the U.S. State Department/Bronx Museum cultural diplomacy initiative smARTpower and for New York City’s Public Artists in Residence. She and Pam Korza researched and wrote the Municipal-Artist Partnership guide, a joint effort of A Blade of Grass and Animating Democracy/Americans for the Arts. Jan teaches at Touchstone Theatre/ Moravian University and, with her family, operates the Smokehouse Food Truck in eastern Pennsylvania.
Rad Pereira is a queer, mixed Black, Indigenous Brazilian Jewish (im)migrant cultural worker building consciousness between healing justice, system change, reindigenization, and queer futures currently based in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). As a community artist, they created The (Im)Migrant Hustle and produced Bang Bang Gun Amok I + II at Abrons Art Center, Media Tools for Liberation with JackNY, and facilitated Decolonization Rave and Cosmic Commons with You Are Here. They are a 2017 New York City Public Artist in Residence with Department of Cultural Affairs and Children’s Services working with LGBQTIA foster youth. As an actor and director, Rad has contributed to stories at HBO, CBS, NBC, MTV, National Black Theatre, MITU350, The Public Theater, La Mama etc., Shakespeare Theatre in DC, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr, Target Margin, Poetic Theater, Ars Nova, New Ohio, Sesame Street, Theatre 167 and various online media platforms. Rad has spoken and consulted at the Queens Museum, Rio de Janeiro Museum, Instituto Republica, PSU Art + Social Practice, SITI Company Thought Center, United Nations, A Blade of Grass, Superblue, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, The 8th Floor, Working Woman of Color Conference, Dance/NYC Symposium, and Culture/Shift.
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/10/2022
This session offers an overview of ways the Aesthetic Perspectives framework can be activated including defining outcomes and indicators of artistic success, guiding data collection, and communicating findings and lessons learned. While working as an evaluator and researcher at the Los Angeles County Dept. of Arts & Culture, Susannah Laramee Kidd used the framework in a formal evaluation of public art and community engagement at four county parks and libraries. Learn how the Aesthetic Perspectives framework revealed what aesthetic factors were essential in determining project success and influenced social outcomes.
About this Webinar
This session offers an overview of ways the Aesthetics framework can be activated in evaluation of civically and socially engaged arts and culture projects and programs as well as action-based research. These include: developing a shared language among artists and stakeholders about the creative work; defining indicators of artistic success; guiding data collection; designing ethnographic and developmental evaluations; and communicating findings and lessons learned.
While working as an evaluator and researcher at the Los Angeles County Dept. of Arts & Culture, Susannah Laramee Kidd, in collaboration with artist and community engagement coordinator Sara Daleiden, used the Aesthetic Perspectives framework in a formal evaluation of public art projects and community engagement at four county parks and libraries.
Participants will learn how the Aesthetics framework was used to:
- analyze what aesthetic attributes of specific artworks and artistic processes contributed to success
- inform data collection tools that documented community members’ experience with creative work
- further stakeholders’ learning about public art impact and evaluation practices
Looking for more on Aesthetic Perspectives? This webinar builds on the content in the webinar, Assessing Arts for Change: Understanding Aesthetic Perspectives. We recommend viewing this before attending. This webinar is part of the Activating the Aesthetic Perspectives Framework: A Tool for Funders, Evaluators & Artists collection.
This webinar is free as part of our support and service to the field, as is the Aesthetics Perspectives framework. Please consider becoming a member or donating to Americans for the Arts to support ongoing access to resources like these for everyone.
Susannah Laramee Kidd, Ph.D
Susannah Laramee Kidd is an ethnographer turned evaluator and arts and culture policy researcher. She is passionate about developing learning processes that enable practitioners to meet their artistic and social change goals. To that end, she wrote a brief guide for evaluators and researchers on the “Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence for Arts for Change” framework published by Animating Democracy in 2017. As an independent consultant, Laramee Kidd works with artists, arts and community development organizations, and community advocates to create frameworks that generate knowledge for action from the ground up. Currently with Sara Daleiden, she has been part of a team at the City of Santa Monica, CA supporting the Art of Recovery initiative. In 2020 and 2021, many of the Art of Recovery projects activated commercial corridors and public spaces hit hard by the pandemic. With Metris Arts Consulting, she led knowledge-building, theory of change, evaluation-planning and capacity-building, and cultural asset mapping projects in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago and for the state of Indiana. Previously, Laramee Kidd was a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, where she collaborated with artist Sara Daleiden to evaluate public art, social practice, and public engagement projects at parks and libraries in unincorporated LA County neighborhoods. Laramee Kidd holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology of Religion and Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University.
We encourage registrants to become familiar with the Aesthetic Perspectives framework before attending these webinars so that we may give good time for the specific focus of each webinar. Find the free online Full version or the Short Take and a webinar on the framework below.(Website) Report and Documentary Highlight Benefits of Artworks for Civic Engagement, Los Angeles County Dept of Arts & Culture (evaluation report)
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Since its release in 2017, arts and cultural organizations, Local and State Arts agencies, funders, and evaluators have tapped the framework, Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change, to support their grantmaking and evaluation. Animating Democracy presents two webinars that shine light on how funders and evaluators and the artists they support have and can put this tool to work.
About this Collection
Since its release in 2017, arts and cultural organizations, Local and State Arts agencies, funders, and evaluators have tapped the framework, Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change, to support their grantmaking and evaluation. Animating Democracy presents two webinars, one on Grantmaking and one on Evaluation, that shine light on how funders and evaluators and the artists they support have and can put this tool to work.
Developed by artists with ally evaluators and funders to address aesthetic and cultural biases and Eurocentric standards of excellence, Aesthetic Perspectives offers 11 attributes and inquiry questions to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of creative practices and products in arts and community development, civic engagement, civic and social change, and justice work.
Join us to learn how you can apply the framework. Each session offers:
- An overview of multiple ways the framework can be activated
- A featured case presentation detailing how the framework has been applied
Click the CONTENT tab to learn more about these two webinars!
Looking for more on Aesthetic Perspectives? This two-part collection builds on the content in the webinar, Assessing Arts for Change: Understanding Aesthetic Perspectives. We recommend viewing this before attending the sessions in this two-part collection.
This two-part collection is free as part of our support and service to the field, as is the Aesthetics Perspectives framework. Please consider becoming a member or donating to Americans for the Arts to support ongoing access to resources like these for everyone.
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/28/2022
With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts” and get 10 case-making arrows to include in your arts advocacy quiver to convince anyone to support the arts.
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Vice President of Research
Americans for the Arts
Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts—the national advocacy organization for the arts—where he has been empowering arts advocates since 1991. Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, and using the arts to address community development issues. He publishes Americans Speak Out About the Arts, the nation’s largest public opinion study about the arts, and produces the two premier economic studies of the arts—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national economic impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, a mapping study of the nation’s 675,000 arts businesses and their employees. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts blog received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. Randy led the development of The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. and the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture—launched in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought-after speaker, Randy has given speeches in all 50 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.
Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences, and worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. Randy is a past Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and led the development of a million-dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.
Americans Speak Out About the Arts Study (Public Opinion Poll)
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/19/2022
This session offers an overview of ways the Aesthetic Perspectives framework can be activated at many points in the cycle of grantmaking. Learn how Kentucky Foundation for Women integrated the framework into its Bridging Divides grant program supporting two-year projects aimed to effect positive social change for women and girls in Kentucky. Committed to collecting evidence of change and participatory evaluation, hear how KFW used the framework to guide grantee evaluation and mid-term and final reporting, as well as a grantee’s experience.
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This session offers an overview of ways the Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change framework can be activated in the cycle of grantmaking: from designing and refining programs, to framing criteria for aesthetic characteristics, to preparing and guiding grant panel processes toward fair and equitable review of artistic practice and aesthetic qualities in arts for change work. In the featured presentation, the Kentucky Foundation for Women shares how it has integrated the framework into its Bridging Divides grant program which supports two-year projects aiming for positive social outcomes for women and girls in Kentucky. In its commitment to deepen understanding of impact of its grant support, KFW used the framework to guide grantee evaluation and mid-term and final reporting and the foundation’s own learning.
During this webinar, we will...
- Share KFW’s commitment to a participatory evaluation approach and co-learning with grantees;
- Walk through KFW’s process and grantee reporting form which incorporates questions from the Aesthetics framework and experiments with a 4-point scale;
- Demonstrate how KFW has helped grantees gauge social or civic outcomes using Animating Democracy’s Continuum of IMPACT as well as aesthetic qualities/attributes that support excellent artistic practice and outcomes;
- Invite grantee reflections from Yes Arts on their experience of tapping the Aesthetics framework;
- Share KFW’s use of the Artists Thrive rubric to support KFW’s Equity and Access goals
Kentucky Foundation for Women
Sharon LaRue always knew she would be working to serve women and girls using art and creativity. As an Art Therapist, she developed a children’s coloring book to be used for child abuse prevention. As the director of a program working to eliminate interpersonal violence at the University of Louisville, she facilitated Arts as Activism projects utilizing the art making process to fuel creativity, generate dialogue between diverse populations, and foster social change. Since 2014, Sharon has served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women an organization that honors the feminist perspective of collective strength and recognizes art as a powerful catalyst for transformational change through grant making and artist residencies. She places an intentional focus on “learning from the field” by participating in local, regional, and national dialogues on feminist art for social change to strengthen access to resources and celebrate the diversity and complexity of all of our lives. Sharon is honored to have received awards from The Center for Non-Profit Art of Inclusion, The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, the Rotary Service above Self Award, the Liberation Award to end Human Trafficking, and the UNA USA Human Rights Civil Rights Award. She serves as a Kentucky Colonel and on the Girls Scouts of Kentuckiana board of directors.
Amelia Berry served as Executive Director of Yes Arts from 2018 to June 2021 and was a driving force behind the creation of Just Say Yes, the county-wide youth substance use prevention program. She now serves as executive director of Just Say Yes at the Franklin County Health Department. In 2019, Amelia was selected as one of forty leaders nationally to be part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Leaders program. After beginning her career in social service work with immigrant and refugee women in the US, Amelia has held positions in non-profit management, legal services and consulting. Her clients have included the United Nations Secretariat Office for the Special Adviser on Gender Issues, the Consensus Building Institute, the China Law Society, and Yes Arts. Having previously lived in China, France, and Trinidad & Tobago, Amelia now makes her home in Frankfort, Kentucky, where she is a member of the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education. Amelia has played steel drum since adolescence, has played with the Trinidadian band Invaders during Trinidad Carnival’s “Panorama” celebration, and occasionally has the opportunity to teach the instrument to Frankfort youth. Amelia also enjoys creative writing and making things with her hands.
Jackie Gordon Duvall
Coordinator, Black Woman Artists of Frankfort
Jackie Gordon Duvall works with Yes Arts to coordinate the Black Woman Artists of Frankfort network. In her full-time profession, she joined the Kentucky State Athletic Department staff as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator in January 2020. Duvall previously served as Director of Athletics, Equity, and Extended Learning for Frankfort Independent School District, where she returned to her Alma Mater to provide leadership over Middle and High School Sports and extracurricular activities. Jackie served 3 years in Shelby County Public Schools as a Family Resource Center Director and prior to that, 10 years working in the Cabinet for Health and Human Services for Kentucky. Duvall has achieved two master's degrees in Child and Family Studies and Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University. She earned her bachelor's at the University of Kentucky in Communications and Informational Studies, Family Studies. Duvall has a passion for making positive changes in her community; she is a Board Member and Youth and Community Program Coordinator for the Family Circle Inc., a non-profit organization established in 2011. She is also the founder and head coach of the Frankfort All-Star Track and Field Club, established in 2012. Jackie and her husband, Nicholas Duvall, reside in Frankfort, Kentucky, and they have three children.
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/07/2022
Join your peers for a free virtual conversation where we will explore tactics for how local arts agencies can create effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with their local chambers of commerce.
About this Conversation
Join your peers for a free virtual conversation where we will explore how local arts leaders can expand their roles as arts leaders and increase their community impact by building relationships with their local economic developers and chambers. We'll hear examples from Mark Nerenhausen, President & CEO of Hennepin Theater Trust, as to how Hennepin has become a trusted and vital community and economic development partner, beyond being a leading arts organization in Minneapolis. This conversation will build upon the content in Part two of the How to Partner with your Local Chamber of Commerce collection. We recommend checking out the on-demand webinars and toolkit before joining us for this discussion.
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Mark Nerenhausen is the President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. Prior to the Trust, he served as founding director and professor of practice of the Janklow Arts Leadership Program at Syracuse University. Before that, he served as president and CEO of the $354 million AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, where he secured AT&T as a naming sponsor, raised more than $4 million in the first year of operations, created a governing board and instituted an integrated business information platform. He also brokered strategic partnerships with regional and national organizations, several of which were devoted to minority arts, and initiated the Jazz Roots series.
From 1998 to 2009, Nerenhausen led the Performing Arts Center Authority in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with responsibility for managing the multi-venue Broward Center for the Performing Arts and five other performing arts venues, fashioning it into a catalyst for tourism, economic development, education, industry innovations and cross-cultural exchange. Under Nerenhausen’s tenure, the Broward Center’s main concert hall consistently ranked in the world’s top 10 venues for ticket sales, according to Pollstar and Venues Today magazines.
Nerenhausen has held other major positions at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hawaii (1993-98); the Oshkosh Grand Opera House in Wisconsin (1990-93); the Bijou Theater Center in Knoxville, Tenn. (1987-89); the Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in Wisconsin (1985-87); and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville (1983-85).
Jessica Stern (Moderator)
Senior Manager, Local Arts and Business Partnerships
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.
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Designed to bring advocates the latest updates in federal arts policy, compelling up-to-the-minute data, and successful advocacy techniques, the National Arts Action Summit is the best way to prepare yourself to make key asks of your federal elected officials and to learn how to be the best arts advocate you can be.
Please Note: All sessions from the 2022 National Arts Action Summit were recorded and available for replay within weeks of the summit conclusion.
ABOUT 2022 NATIONAL ARTS ACTION SUMMIT REGISTRATION:
In order to best provide open registration to all, it is imperative that we know who is attending so that we can best prepare the policy and advocacy sessions, coordinate with Federal Arts Advocacy Captains, and ensure that a diversity of arts disciplines, organization types, and arts leaders are participants.
Registration for the National Arts Action Summit includes two parts with instructions provided below:
BEFORE YOU REGISTER:
You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register. Click here to verify if you have an account. If you do not have an account, please create one on the main Americans for the Arts website.
HOW TO ACCESS ON-DEMAND CONTENT:
- Visit the event agenda page to select your desired session for viewing.
- Select your desired session from the agenda list and click the red VIEW SESSION button.
- Once on the desired session page, locate the box on the right-hand side with the title of the session. Click on the box.
- Click the red VIEW ARCHIVED RECORDING button - The session will automatically start playing in a new browser window.
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2022
This webinar is a part of the 2022 Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Mid-Career Leaders Collection. Carol Tatch and Della Rae, new leaders of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, OR, will offer insights into the strategic journey their organization has taken to accomplish its mission and lead with its Core Values. This journey has led the organization to adopt a shared leadership model that has them serving to direct and lead the external and internal operations, respectively. This session will center their experiences as shared leadership executives and discuss what it means for an organization to intentionally lean in and make this transitional step to focus on equity and be responsive to, meet, and exceed community needs.
About this Webinar
Carol Tatch and Della Rae, new leaders of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) in Portland, OR, will offer insights into the strategic journey their organization has taken to accomplish its mission and lead with its Core Values. This journey has led the organization to adopt a shared leadership model that has them serving to direct and lead the external and internal operations, respectively. This session will center their experiences as shared leadership executives and discuss what it means for an organization to intentionally lean in and make this transitional step to focus on equity and be responsive to, meet, and exceed community needs.
Participants will walk away with:
- A sense of how an organization can prepare for leadership transitions - Leaning into Critical Conversations
- Insight into the intent behind and impact of a shared leadership model - Intentionality vs. Performative engagement
- Guidance on how to approach organizational and structural change – Best thinking from an organization that is in the middle of its change
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We are pleased to be able to offer registration support for those with limited resources who wish to register for this session. Sign up for the ArtsU Support program here.
The Arts & Culture Equity Studio | Mid-Career Leaders Collection provides mid-career arts administrators access to tailored training aimed at helping them develop the skills needed to advance in the arts management field. ACES is a three-part professional development collection spanning all topics regarding cultural equity in arts administration and career advancement. You can register for the full collection here.
Chief of Internal Operations
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Della Rae joins the leadership team of RACC to lead People & Culture with over ten years of experience in the field of Human Resources and Administrative Management. She is passionate about prioritizing people and inclusion as a pillar of long-term strategy for sustainable agencies. Nonprofit consulting and board member service are also strengths she brings to the table.
Her work in the sector began when she co-founded a local nonprofit that connected community needs with resources. For her efforts she received numerous local, regional and national community service and leadership awards.
Della is an author, self-agency advocate and is also certified in Human Resource Management. She knows what it takes for an organization to thrive. Pronouns: she/her/hers.
Chief of External Operations
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Carol joins her colleagues at RACC in 2020 with a grateful heart! An Oregon resident for 14 years, Carol has enjoyed the opportunity to help the most vulnerable populations in this state and internationally.
She brings to RACC 30 years of experience in Philanthropy, Development, Leadership, and Community Engagement, Program Development, and Team building. Athough a native of the Atlantic Southeast, Carol has found the Pacific Northwest to be the perfect place to further hone her skills and talents in leadership and philanthropic engagement for non-profit social justice, arts, humanitarian, and social services programs. As an engaged listener her favorite words are, “Tell me your story.”
Carol has certifications in Nonprofit Management, Meeting and Event Planning, Executive Leadership and Development, and has completed WVDO’s Executive Leadership Academy. As a non-stop learner, she embraces the opportunities to become a better human that continually arise from professional and social education and training. Pronouns: she/her/hers.
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The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Mid-Career Leaders Collection provides mid-career arts administrators access to tailored training aimed at helping them develop the skills needed to advance in the arts management field. ACES is a three-part professional development collection spanning all topics regarding cultural equity in arts administration and career advancement.
About this Collection
February 11: Blueprinting a Circular Model for Collective Leadership at 3:00pm ET
February 25: Exploring Functional Power Sharing as Tools for Change at 3:00pm ET
Rescheduled to March 18: Taking Intentional Steps Towards Shared Leadership for a Local Arts Agency in Portland, OR at 3:00pm ET
ACES | Mid-Career Leaders will:
- Engage leaders in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts field
- Provide opportunities for mid-career arts leaders to discuss how to navigate and succeed in the arts field
- Support arts administrators from backgrounds underrepresented in arts leadership in accessing professional development programming with practical tools to help advance their career pathways
- Create space for participants to learn more about the field through discussions with arts administrators whose center cultural equity
ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM
We are pleased to be able to offer registration support for those with limited resources who wish to register for this collection. Sign up for the ArtsU Support program here.