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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 01/26/2022 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Local arts leaders and their agencies are poised to be strong partners with their local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations (EDOs) in community-wide efforts to attract businesses, retain talent, and equitably rebuild from COVID-19 while navigating the influx of federal dollars through the CARES and American Rescue Plan Acts (ARPA). This intensive workshop will present case studies of these networks working together and offer training on how to build these partnerships for mutual benefit. The workshop will explore how chambers and EDOs build business incentive packages in competition with other communities, while examining the community impact of those deals. It will explore how arts leaders can work alongside these partners to leverage arts and culture for the success of attracting and retaining businesses, while improving the overall health and vitality of their community.

    This ArtsU Intensive, originally scheduled for December 2, 2021, has been rescheduled to January 26, 2022. If you have any questions, please email us at artsu@artsusa.org.

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    January 26, 2022 from 1:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET

    Local arts leaders and their agencies are poised to be strong partners with their local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations (EDOs) in community-wide efforts to attract businesses, retain talent, and equitably rebuild from COVID-19 while navigating the influx of federal dollars through the CARES and American Rescue Plan Acts (ARPA). This intensive workshop will present case studies of these networks working together and offer training on how to build these partnerships for mutual benefit. The workshop will explore how chambers and EDOs build business incentive packages in competition with other communities, while examining the community impact of those deals. It will explore how arts leaders can work alongside these partners to leverage arts and culture for the success of attracting and retaining businesses, while improving the overall health and vitality of their community. 

    Through this ArtsU Intensive, participants will...

    • Learn about Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations' roles in attracting and retaining businesses.
    • Examine case studies of communities that have activated their chamber and EDO relationships to integrate the arts into economic development projects.
    • Learn how Chambers and EDOs are navigating COVID-19 relief and recovery opportunities to advance equity, and how the arts might be leveraged in those contexts. 

    Need a refresher on the basics of building partnerships with chambers of commerce? Check out Part 1 of the “How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce” series which includes on-demand sessions and a toolkit. 


    ABOUT ARTSU INTENSIVES

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are an opportunity for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts. Members of Americans for the Arts can access this activity at a discounted rate.

    ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM

    We are pleased to be able to offer registration support for those with limited resources who wish to register for this ArtsU Intensive. Sign up for the ArtsU Support program here. 

    Garry Clark

    President & CEO

    Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

    Clark has been in the economic development field for 14 years. In early 2019, Clark published his first work as a published author, with the memoir, Unlikely Viking – From the D.C. Projects to Rural Nebraska.  Clark completed a TedxOmaha Talk at Creighton University in 2019, his talk was titled, “Running shoes, Food stamps, and Cornfields “, the talk can be found on YouTube. Clark currently works as the President & CEO at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, which is the county north of Seattle Washington. Snohomish County represents 820,000 people. Prior to his move to Washington State Clark lead the Greater Fremont Development Council, in Fremont, Nebraska as its President & CEO for 3 years. Clark currently serves as President of the National Rural Economic Developer’s Association. Clark also joined the Washington Economic Developers Association’s board of directors this summer and is a Leadership Nebraska Alum. In late, 2018, Clark was awarded the Midland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award for his aggressive workforce housing efforts in Fremont, Nebraska. Garry received his BA in Sociology from Dana College, Blair, N.E. and his Master of Science in Urban Studies/Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Although his Alma mater (Dana College) is no more, Garry was inducted into the Dana College Hall of Fame for Track and Field in 2010 and received the Outstanding Young Alum Award in 2018. He holds 11 records (most ever in the school’s history) and was the first male National Champion for Dana College. Prior to his work in Nebraska, Clark started out as a City Planner-Mainstreet Manager and Economic Development Specialist in Florida and in Washington, D.C. Clark is a father of 3, Azlyn (12), Delano (6), and Camilla (4), and the husband of 15 years to his wife, Tina who has been an educator for almost 20 years.


    Economic Alliance of Snohomish County Website

    Alecia T. Kintner

    President & CEO

    ArtsWave

    Since 2014, Alecia Kintner has been Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati’s engine for the arts, ArtsWave. Under her direction, ArtsWave created a multi-faceted diversity, equity, inclusion and access plan ("Lifting as We Learn"); launched an African American performing arts series ("Flow"); developed a 10-year community impact strategy for 100 arts organizations ("Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts Sector"); piloted first-ever cultural tourism marketing campaigns; and raised and invested more than $80 million in arts activities that build a more vibrant and connected Cincinnati. Her advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in $14 million in federal dollars for arts relief in the region. Alecia has developed groundbreaking partnerships with the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Experience, BLINK® Cincinnati, Regional Tourism Network and CVG Airport. Alecia has championed inclusion through the creation of a Women’s Leadership Roundtable, Circle of African American Leaders, ArtsWave Pride and ArtsWave YP. In 2020, the Cincinnati Business Courier named Alecia as one of “10 Women Who Mean Business.”

    Alecia is a board member of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cincinnati Experience (CX); a member of the Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum; and is a past chair of the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. She is the recipient of AFTA’s 2004 Michael Newton Award for innovation in united arts fundraising.

    Alecia’s previous professional roles include 10 years as deputy director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council; Vice President for Advancement at the Connecticut Science Center; Development Director at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop; and dance writer for The Moscow Times in Russia. Alecia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Journalism emphasizing dance history and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, from schools in her native Southern California. She has guided more than $100 million in local arts philanthropy over the course of her career.

    ArtsWave Website

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/17/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) National Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that matches interns from underrepresented backgrounds within the arts with arts organizations in various communities across the country. This program strives to strengthen and advance equity in the arts management field by providing undergraduate students with exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and organizations through internship work and mentorship, access to professional development, and experience contributing to substantive projects that prepare each one for their career as arts leaders. This information session is for arts organizations interested in applying for the program as a host internship site. It will provide attendees with an overview of the requirements for applicants, program components and expectations, and a live Q & A period.

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    December 17, 2021 @ 3:00 PM ET

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) National Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that matches interns from underrepresented backgrounds within the arts with arts organizations in various communities across the country. This program strives to strengthen and advance equity in the arts management field by providing undergraduate students with exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and organizations through internship work and mentorship, access to professional development, and experience contributing to substantive projects that prepare each one for their career as arts leaders. 

    This information session is for arts organizations interested in applying for the program as a host internship site. It will provide attendees with an overview of the requirements for applicants, program components and expectations, and a live Q & A period.

    Participants will walk away with…

    • A background of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program
    • Application requirements and suggestions for arts organizations and potential arts host supervisors
    • An understanding of how the DIAL program could impact and support an arts organizations, along with potential interns.

    This informational session will include general arts hosting information but is intended for New York based arts host organizations. If you are a host from another national location, please check in with your local coordinating agency for specific questions.

    Nikki Kirk

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager

    Americans for the Arts

    Nikki joined Americans for the Arts in February 2020. As the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager, she will work to envision, design, and implement programs to improve the entry, advancement, and leadership opportunities for historically and currently marginalized or underrepresented arts administrators in the arts and culture field.

    Nikki holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Linguistics from Pitzer College in southern California, where she solidified her interests in language, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. She also holds a Master's degree in Arts, Festival, and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she researched the impact of programming at the intersection of arts and social justice.Her previous work experiences include organizations across the US, such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, El Sistema USA, Berklee College of Music, and The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, among others.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/16/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    David Holland and Sandra Aponte, experienced leaders in the philanthropy sector, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in philanthropy.

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    About this Webinar

    December 16 at 3:00pm ET

    David Holland and Sandra Aponte, experienced leaders in the philanthropy sector, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in philanthropy. This moderated session will center their experiences as people of color navigating the field. They will discuss what it means to be grant makers and will talk through some of the challenges and advice they have for emerging leaders interested in working in foundations, trusts, or other philanthropic institutions.

    Participants will walk away with:

    • A sense of how philanthropy can be a strategic tool for change;
    • A push to self-reflect about where they want to be in this field;
    • and ideas of what actions and next steps to take to improve the field.

    ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM

    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 & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

    Sandra Aponte

    Community Impact Manager

    The Chicago Community Trust

    Sandra Aponte is program manager of community impact for The Chicago Community Trust. In this role, Aponte manages the Trust’s strategic efforts in strengthening the social impact sector. Her portfolio also includes support for arts, culture and creativity. Aponte leads the SMART Growth program, an evidence-based capacity building program.

    Aponte re-joined the Trust in 2013 to serve as a program officer overseeing the arts and culture portfolio that included capacity building, arts education and audience development. Aponte brings over 15 years of experience working in the arts and education field. Prior to joining the Trust, she was the school partnerships and programs manager at The Field Museum, leading collaborative partnerships among institutions, universities and education systems to deliver educator professional development and student programs.

    From 2006 to 2009, Aponte participated in the Fellowship in Arts and Culture Management program by The Chicago Community Trust—a highly selective, rigorous initiative that provided leadership experience through residencies at some of the most renowned cultural institutions throughout the city, including the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Children’s Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry and John G. Shedd Aquarium. Aponte’s professional experience also includes serving as the development manager for the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, program manager for the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science and an art gallery business manager.

    Aponte earned a master’s degree in business with a concentration in international business from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Aponte is co-chair of the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development and serves as board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

    David Holland

    Deputy Director

    Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

    David Holland is the Deputy Director at WESTAF. He leads its advocacy and public policy programs and serves as the primary liaison with federal agencies, regional arts organizations, state and local arts agencies, and state arts advocacy groups. He also leads WESTAF’s leadership and professional development programming, grantmaking, and technical assistance and consulting services across teams. Holland previously served as associate director of the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston, and in leadership and senior management positions with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) da Vinci Center for Innovation, VCU School of the Arts, ART 180, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Arts & Business, and the UK innovation foundation Nesta. Holland began his career with BOP Consulting, a global consultancy on culture and the creative industries, leading projects for government departments, public agencies, universities, and international organizations as a senior consultant. He is also as an independent management consultant working primarily with clients in the arts and culture field both nationally and internationally. He serves as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and Colorado Creative Industries. He also serves on the Cultural Advocacy Group. He is a Salzburg Global Fellow, Commager Fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Amherst College and master’s degrees in international studies and diplomacy and the history of art from the University of London, SOAS.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    2022 is right around the corner which means state legislatures will be going into session. Hear from our national partner, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on what state legislative trends to expect. Further, hear from two statewide arts advocacy experts on how you can prepare for the 2022 state sessions and what opportunities – and challenges – exist.

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    December 15 @ 3:00 PM ET

    2022 is right around the corner which means state legislatures will be going into session. Hear from our national partner, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) on what state legislative trends to expect. Further, hear from two statewide arts advocacy experts on how you can prepare for the 2022 state sessions and what opportunities – and challenges – exist.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand 2022 state legislative trends
    • Understand 2022 state legislative arts opportunities and challenges 
    • Learn how to position arts organizations for legislative success

    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.

    Wendy Underhill

    Director of Elections and Redistricting

    National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

    Wendy Underhill is the director for elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures, headquartered in Denver. She has been with NCSL for 11 years, covering how America votes, and more recently, the census and redistricting. During election years, she follows state political changes—and notes that state politics is not always aligned with federal politics. Her mantra for 2020 was “Be Calm.” For 2021, it is “Stay Calm.” 

    NCSL Website

    Ann Marie Miller

    Director of Advocacy & Public Policy

    ArtPride New Jersey

    Ann Marie Miller is Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the ArtPride NJ Foundation and served as its Executive Director for 20 years. Prior to joining ArtPride, Ann Marie was Director of Development at McCarter Theatre, a Tony-award winning regional theatre and performing arts center, and Grants Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Ann Marie is a trustee of Arts Ed New Jersey, Young Audiences of NJ & Eastern PA, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and Chair of the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission in her hometown.  A recipient of the 2015 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, Ann Marie is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Art Education.

    ArtPrideNJ Website

    Jennifer Jones

    President & CEO

    Florida Cultural Alliance

    Jennifer Jones has served as an advocate, administrator, and programmer in the arts and culture industry for 20 years. As executive director of Bay Arts Alliance, she led the organization in the management and programming of a 2,500-seat performing arts center as well as a visual arts facility with multiple exhibit and educational spaces. With audiences reaching approximately 100,000 annually, she was instrumental in the coalescence of Bay County, Florida’s cultural constituency.   She is a graduate of Florida State University’s School of Music and alumni of the Disney Institute and Universität Lüneburg, Goethe Institute Arts Management and Leadership Programs.  

    She has a deep conviction that the arts and culture are a path to vitality and well-being for every individual and the state of Florida. 

    Florida Cultural Alliance Website

    Jay Dick (Moderator)

    Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs

    Americans for the Arts

    Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  As a twenty-five-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay has a broad body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  

    With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote state and local funding and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the Americans for the Arts’ members, local arts agencies, state arts advocacy organizations, state arts agencies and other key stakeholders to accomplish this goal.  Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the Western Governors Association, National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities and ICMA (city/county managers).

    Jay is a past Commissioner for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and he also served on the Board of ARTSFAIRFAX where he chaired their advocacy committee. 

    Advocacy for the arts is his job but also his passion. 

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    Member Briefings are our monthly 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 membership@artsusa.org.

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    2021 Member Briefings

    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 membership@artsusa.org.

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

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

    March 2021

    Topic: First Look At the 2021 National Arts Action Summit

    Date: March 30, 2021

    July 2021

    Topic: Equitable Recruitment and Support through Internships

    Date: July 13, 2021

    August 2021

    Topic: Advocate and Celebrate During National Arts & Humanities Month

    Date: August 17, 2021

    December 2021

    Topic: 2021 Looking Back and Looking Forward

    Date: December 14, 2021

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/13/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Hatuey Ramos-FermÍn and Valeria Miranda, experienced leaders in community programming, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in the field.

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    About this Webinar

    December 13 at 3:00pm ET

    Hatuey Ramos-FermÍn and Valeria Miranda, experienced leaders in community programming, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in the field. This session will center their experiences as people of color navigating the field. They will discuss what it means to create programming curated around the community and will talk through some of the challenges and advice they have for emerging leaders interested in developing intentional, successful community programming.

    This session will:

    • Present case studies to participants to engage in reflective practice in considering community programming
    • Discuss different entry points into the field of community programming in the arts
    • Examine a career in the arts as a personal and professional journey

    ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM

    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 & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

    Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

    Hatuey Ramos-Fermín is an artist. He has organized projects at sites ranging from small businesses and community centers to churches, streets, galleries, and museums. He has worked at the Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and The Laundromat Project. He has participated in the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts' Shift Residency and The Laundromat Project’s Create Change Artist Residency. Ramos-Fermín received his BA from the University of Puerto Rico and his MFA from the St. Joost School of Art and Design.

    Valeria Miranda

    Executive Director

    Pajaro Valley Arts & Santa Cruz Art League

    Valéria (“Val”) Miranda is the executive director of the Santa Cruz Art League, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, and of Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsonville. She is passionate about the power of the arts and culture to change individuals, communities, and society. Val was the Director of Education at the San Jose Museum of Art and at the Monterey Museum of Art. Val taught graduate art and museum education at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for 7 years. She also consults in equity and diversity, nonprofit administration, education, strategic planning, and fundraising.

    Val is a 2019 Americans for the Arts’ Leaders of Color Forum Fellow, a 2013 graduate of the Multicultural Artists Leadership Institute at the School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza, and a 2001 graduate of Packard-funded Arts Leadership for the Future. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

    Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Val’s artistic practice is in dance, and she was a member of amateur and semi-professional dance companies from middle school to college. She still takes lots of dance classes where she continues to explore and honor her Afro-Latinidad. Her work in and with art organizations has given her opportunities to not only develop audience-centered programming but to also to develop relationships with San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area artists and art organization leaders.

    Communities are central to the existence of any cultural organization and an extremely important part of Val’s professional and personal life. She is passionately committed to the sustainable power of collaborations and partnerships in leveraging cultural resources. Since 1992 she has worked with an extensive number of community groups including artists, business leaders, schools, neighborhood associations, artists, professional organizations, universities, city officials, and cultural advocacy groups.

    In Santa Cruz, CA, for the last twenty years, Valéria is also an avid urban homesteader, and spends lots of time in the local art spaces, beaches and woods with her spunky 17-year-old son and many friends.

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    The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

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    About the Collection

    The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

    ACES webinars

    December 3: Exploring the Field: Equity and Arts Marketing at 3:00pm ET

    December 13: Exploring the Field: Equity and Arts Programming at 3:00pm ET

    December 16: Exploring the Field: Equitable Philanthropy in the Arts at 3:00pm ET

    ACES | Emerging Leaders will:

    • Engage leaders in conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts field
    • Provide opportunities for emerging arts leaders to gain a better understanding of 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 focus center on 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. 

    The Arts & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/10/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) National Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that matches interns from underrepresented backgrounds within the arts with arts organizations in various communities across the country. This program strives to strengthen and advance equity in the arts management field by providing undergraduate students with exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and organizations through internship work and mentorship, access to professional development, and experience contributing to substantive projects that prepare each one for their career as arts leaders. This information session is for undergraduate students interested in applying for the program. It will provide attendees with an overview of the requirements for applicants, program components and expectations, and a live Q & A period.

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    December 10, 2021 @ 3:00 PM ET

    The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) National Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that matches interns from underrepresented backgrounds within the arts with arts organizations in various communities across the country. This program strives to strengthen and advance equity in the arts management field by providing undergraduate students with exposure to dynamic leaders across a variety of arts disciplines and organizations through internship work and mentorship, access to professional development, and experience contributing to substantive projects that prepare each one for their career as arts leaders. 

    This information session is for undergraduate students interested in applying for the program. It will provide attendees with an overview of the requirements for applicants, program components and expectations, and a live Q & A period.

    Participants will walk away with…

    • A background of the Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program
    • Application requirements and suggestions
    • An understanding of how the DIAL program could impact an intern participant

    Nikki Kirk

    Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager

    Americans for the Arts

    Nikki joined Americans for the Arts in February 2020. As the Equity in Arts Leadership Program Manager, she will work to envision, design, and implement programs to improve the entry, advancement, and leadership opportunities for historically and currently marginalized or underrepresented arts administrators in the arts and culture field.

    Nikki holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Linguistics from Pitzer College in southern California, where she solidified her interests in language, human rights, and cross-cultural understanding. She also holds a Master's degree in Arts, Festival, and Cultural Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she researched the impact of programming at the intersection of arts and social justice.Her previous work experiences include organizations across the US, such as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, El Sistema USA, Berklee College of Music, and The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, among others.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/03/2021

    Donna Walker-Kuhne and Mark E. Smith, experienced arts marketing leaders, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in arts marketing.

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    About this Webinar

    December 3 at 3:00pm ET


    Donna Walker-Kuhne and Mark E. Smith, experienced arts marketing leaders, will offer insights into their professional journeys in the arts sector, and the path that led them to leadership roles in arts marketing. This moderated session will center their experiences as people of color navigating the field. They will discuss what it means to be an arts marketer in the performing arts and within museums, respectively, and will talk through some of the challenges and advice they have for emerging leaders interested in community engagement and marketing the arts.

    Participants will walk away with:

    • A deeper understanding of what a 21st century arts marketer needs to succeed in the field
    • A broad grasp of the tools needed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in arts marketing
    • Insight into the importance of community engagement in this work 
    • Inspiration to find their personal connection to the work they do

    ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM

    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 & Cultural Equity Studio | Emerging Leaders collection provides emerging 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.

    Mark E. Smith

    Director of Marketing/Communications

    The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    Smith joined the staff of The Ringling Museum of Art in November of 2018, bringing with him over 15 years of marketing experience in several diverse sectors including museum and cultural arts, hospitality, higher education, and entertainment.

    Originally from Chicago, IL, Smith now resides in Sarasota, Florida. Smith spent over twenty-three years in Texas, living in Dallas, Austin, Waco, and Houston. While in Texas, Smith spent time building his professional acumen and professional business network.

    Smith has a passion for volunteering and community engagement. In his spare time, he is an active participant on numerous community-based nonprofit boards and organizations including Caritas of Waco, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and Waco Rotary Club. Currently, Smith serves as Board Chair for Visible Men Academy and as a newly appointed Board of Directors member for Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Inc.

    Smith is a 1985 graduate of Dunbar Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management/Marketing from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Smith also earned his Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

    Smith is the second oldest of four siblings (brothers) who reside in Chicago, Atlanta, and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    Donna Walker Kuhne

    Senior Advisor, Diversity Equity Inclusion

    New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    Donna Walker-Kuhne is an award-winning thought leader, writer and strategist for community engagement, audience development and social justice.  She is President of Walker International Communications Group, a 30-year-old boutique marketing and audience development consulting agency. She provides consulting services to numerous arts organizations throughout the world and has generated over $22m in earned income. She is also Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently her portfolio includes social justice initiatives and Equity Diversity Inclusion workshops. She is a veteran of over 22 Broadway productions and her nonprofit clients include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, New York State Council on the Arts and Seattle Theatre Group. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway a multicultural project that engaged over 900 students as audience members for Broadway with the goal to empower this community to be economic drivers of new audiences for the Broadway Theater district.  

    She is a lecturer and keynote presenter for international arts conferences in Moscow, Russia, Blomfontein, South Africa, and Australian Arts Conferences. She is an adjunct professor at New York University and Columbia University. She is the recipient of 50 awards including the 2019 League of Professional Theatre Women Rachel Crothers Leadership Award. Her first book, Invitation to the Party:  Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005 and she just completed her second book, Champions for the Arts: Lessons and Successful Strategies for Engaging Diverse Audiences.  She has a weekly blog, Arts and Culture Connections that explores cultural efforts to expand diverse audiences.

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    Grapeseed Media and the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts, are excited to bring you a FREE, bi-monthly series of informal discussions about arts marketing. These monthly "Coffee Chats" for Marketing Directors are your opportunity to hear from arts and culture leaders who are marketing the arts in transformative and extraordinary ways to help better inform your practice.

    *Please note: Registration for this series has reached capacity. For questions, please contact ArtsU at artsu@artsusa.org.*

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    About the Arts Marketing Coffee Chat Series

    Grapeseed Media and the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts, are excited to bring you a FREE, bi-monthly series of informal discussions about arts marketing. These bi-monthly "Coffee Chats" for Marketing Directors are your opportunity to hear from arts and culture leaders who are marketing the arts in transformative and extraordinary ways to help better inform your practice.


    Please note, this series is best suited for:

    • Marketing Directors
    • Chief Marketing Officers
    • Vice Presidents of Marketing



    Coffee Chat Schedule

    2021 Arts Marketing Trends to Watch

    January 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST


    Reevaluating & Redefining Success

    March 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST


    Embedding Equity in Your Marketing Strategy

    May 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST


    Maintaining & Cultivating New Audiences

    July 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST


    Research & Data: What Do You Need?

    September 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST


    Save the Date - will confirm topic at a later date

    November 23, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST

    Thank you to Grapeseed Media for their support of this series.

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