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  • Private Sector Network Call: Making the Case for Business Support of the Arts and Cultural Districts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/06/2018

    The Private Sector Network is open to all AFTA members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

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     December 2018 Private Sector Network Call

    The Private Sector Network is open to all Americans for the Arts Members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Network calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Learn about making the case to the private sector in support of cultural districts and the creative economy
    • Hear about examples of this work in rural areas

    Bill Marino

    Executive Director, Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District

    Bill has served the Denver community for over 20 years as a successful business owner, two-time Lakewood Colorado Planning Commissioner, volunteer, and activist. In those 20+ years, he chaired numerous task forces on economic development, community planning and land use. In 2011, the West Colfax Business Improvement District was created via petition and subsequent special election. Bill was appointed as its CEO and Executive Director with the goal of turning the West Colfax Corridor into one of the best places to live and work in the Denver Metro area. Bill agreed to accept this responsibility, but many believed that this transformative project was impossible. Bill started as an English teacher, who would become an entrepreneur who built a broad career in the publishing, development, technology and professional service sectors. Bill has received the 2015 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Award. The 40 West Arts District was awarded the Inspire Award in 2016 by the Urban Land Institute. In 2018, Bill received the Steve Burkholder Diamond Legacy Award from the West Chamber of Commerce.

    Margaret Hunt

    Director, Colorado Creative Industries

    Margaret is Director of Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. She was appointed in 2013 by Governor John Hickenlooper following a national search.  CCI advances creative economy strategies and administers a nationally recognized Creative District Program, the Space to Create initiative (affordable live/work spaces for creative sector workforce in rural communities), a Creative District Community Loan Fund, Art in Public Places and grants for career advancement for creative enterprises throughout Colorado.

    Margaret brings experience in community and economic development from both the private, for-profit sector as well as state and local government.  She served as Director of Community & Economic Development for a large energy company and managed global business development.

    She was appointed Director of Community & Economic Development for Salt Lake City in 2001 overseeing seven departments including planning, housing, business licensing, engineering, transportation, special events and the arts.  From 2005 to 2013, she served under Governors Jon M. Huntsman and Gary Herbert as the Executive Director of the Utah Arts Council and Division of Arts and Museums.  She also served as a loaned executive for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee.

    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.

  • November 2018 Member Briefing: Post-Election Activities: Becoming a Resource to the Newly Elected

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    November 2018 Member Briefing

    Post-Election Activities: 

     Becoming a Resource to the Newly Elected

    November 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join Americans for the Arts' (AFTA), Senior Arts Policy Fellow, Stan Rosenberg along side Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs with AFTA as they take a look at what happened in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections. Learn tips about engaging new and returning lawmakers on arts-based issues in the days, weeks, and months following election day. 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!

    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 Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@artsusa.org.

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:547798

    Presenters:

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    Stan Rosenberg, Senior Arts Policy Fellow, Americans for the Arts, Former Massachusetts State Senator

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    Jay DickSenior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts

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    Cristyn Johnson, Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • Post-Midterm Election Coverage: What it Means for the Arts and What’s Next

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/20/2018

    This webinar will feature Government Affairs staff to give a recap of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and what the results could mean for the arts at the federal and state level.

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    About this Webinar

    The 2018 Mid-Term Elections will undoubtedly bring a lot of changes to the political arena. But what will this mean for the arts? Join Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Robert Lynch, President & CEO, Narric Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Lauren Cohen, Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, and Jay Dick, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts, as we review the results of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections and the potential implications to the arts at the state and federal levels. We will review changes to the U.S. Congress, as well as Governorships and state and local ballot initiatives impact on the arts.

    Special Guest Speakers

    Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Creative Many Michigan
    Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts
    Brad Erickson, Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area
    Rick Stein, President & CEO, Arts Orange County

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli

    Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund

    Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. For 25 years, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2004, she also became the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, a separate 501(c)(4) organization with a connected Political Action Committee—the only dedicated arts PAC in the country. Nina now mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 365,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues to legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Richmond School of Law.

    Narric Rome

    Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

    Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts.  In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with cultural, civic, and private sector organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education.

    Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the Trump Administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs.

    Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, and advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, Narric has launched a national campaign to boost the creative economy by building support for the CREATE Act (S.661, HR1649) in Congress. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999.  Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. He is the immediate past-president of the Vermont State Society.

    Lauren Cohen

    Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager, Americans for the Arts

    At Americans for the Arts, Lauren works with the Federal Affairs team in federal lobbying and government affairs activities, including composing position statements, monitoring federal legislation, drafting legislative proposals, coalition building with the Congressional Arts Caucus and other Congressional staff.  She enjoys teaching others how to become compelling arts advocates and how to pursue strong arts policy.  Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lauren worked for a member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives for over two years where she managed the arts, humanities, and museums portfolio.  Before coming to Washington, DC, Lauren worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia.  There, she held positions in the Education Outreach, Historical Interpretations, and Curatorial departments.  Lauren earned her Master of Arts degree in Public History from James Madison University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Tennessee.  Lauren's passion for the arts began at age three when she first started ballet lessons and continues to this day as she enjoys dance and theater performances, museums, and art shows.

    Jay Dick

    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 an twenty-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives.  Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions.

    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’ fifty State Arts Advocacy Captains, Local Arts Groups, and the State Arts Action Network and Council to accomplish this goal.  Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, The United State Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities. 

    Jay has worked at Americans for the Arts for ten years.  Prior, he worked for Capitol Advantage, a high-tech advocacy company; the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); and the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI).  Jay spent the 1996 campaign cycle working as the Field Director for a congressional campaign in Iowa’s 3rd District and began his career with the United States Senate where he served on the personal staff of Tom Harkin (IA) and then Frank Lautenberg (NJ). 

    Jay was recently appointed by Virginia Governor McAuliffe to serve a five-year term as a Commissioner for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  He also serves on the Board of the Arts Council of Fairfax County where he chairs their advocacy committee

    Robert L. Lynch

    President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

    Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. With more than 43 years of experience in the arts industry, he is motivated by his personal mission to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens.

    In 1996, Mr. Lynch managed the successful merger of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, where he had spent 12 years as executive director, with the American Council for the Arts to form Americans for the Arts. Under his 33 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2,000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations, with diverse constituencies ranging from Native American tribal gatherings to the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe to the President of the United States.

    During his tenure at Americans for the Arts, Mr. Lynch has overseen six mergers including the Arts and Business Council, Inc. and the Business Committee for the Arts into Americans for the Arts. He has also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected political action committee to establish arts-friendly public policy through engaging citizens to advocate for the arts and arts education.

    Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation’s economy including its signature study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts community, Arts and Economic Prosperity V. He has also been instrumental in creating a strong portfolio of projects and information about the transformative power of the arts in non-arts areas such as civic dialogue, social problem solving and work with the Pentagon, West Point, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the arts and military.  

    Mr. Lynch currently serves on the board of the Independent Sector. He has also served two terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2017, he was the inaugural recipient of the JFK Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50.

    Mr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and enjoys playing the piano, mandolin, and guitar. He lives in Washington, DC.

    Post-Election Impact Resources: 

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck 

    Squire Patton Boggs 

    Education Commission of the States 

    National Conference of State Legislatures 

    Local Ballot Initiative Spreadsheet

     

    Additional Resources:

    Brownstein Hyatt podcast interview with Nina Ozlu Tunceli and Narric Rome about successful lobbying strategies for the arts in Congress.

    Congressional Arts Report Card 2018

  • Lessons Learned While Creating Systematic Change

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    How does an arts organization utilize a systems-change mindset when evaluating their work? What are the challenges in translating the core values of a project to the core values of an organization? What are the barriers in thinking about systemic change? In this webinar Angela Han from Third Eye Cultural Collaborative will reflect on experiences working with organizations to create systemic change and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusive practices. The session will focus on ArtsBoston’s Audience Lab initiative and will also include observations from John Beck, ArtsBoston’s Deputy Director.

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    About this Webinar

    How does an arts organization utilize a systems-change mindset when evaluating their work? What are the challenges in translating the core values of a project to the core values of an organization? What are the barriers in thinking about systemic change? In this webinar Angela Han from Third Eye Cultural Collaborative will reflect on experiences working with organizations to create systemic change and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusive practices. The session will focus on ArtsBoston’s Audience Lab initiative and will also include observations from John Beck, ArtsBoston’s Deputy Director.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will discuss and reflect on the challenges and barriers to implementing systemic change within organizations.
    • Participants will discuss and reflect on how systemic change can be implemented in the context of embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.  
    • Participants will gain an understanding of how cohort-based learning can encourage organizational change.

    Angela Han

    Partner, Third Eye Collaborative

    Angela Han’s experience in the cultural sector has included local and national organizations in a broad range of capacities. She has worked as an executive director for an orchestra, a science educator for a museum, and a policy researcher for a national arts service organization. She has served on numerous grant and advisory panels including for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Arts Education Partnership, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Angela has and MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as degrees in physics and music. 

    John Beck

    Deputy Director, ArtsBoston

    John Beck started at ArtsBoston in 2001 and has been Deputy Director since 2010. In this capacity he leads ArtsBoston’s growing audience development, cultural data, and research programs, including the ArtsBoston Audience Initiative, The ArtsBoston Audience Lab, and The Arts Factor Impact Report. Mr. Beck also develops earned revenue strategies and manages the organization’s finances and HR while assisting the Executive Director with planning and fundraising 

    initiatives. He is a frequent presenter on audience development, data strategies in the arts, and the role of arts service organizations and has presented at the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations Conference, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Arts Marketing Project conference, and many local gatherings. Mr. Beck is on the Board of Company One Theatre, is a graduate of Tufts University, and has an adorable son named Chester.

  • Advancing the Diversity of Your Board

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    Projected changes in the American demographic landscape over the next three decades provide a pivotal context for considering ways that the arts field can recognize and address the need for increased diversity in arts leadership. While the need to build board diversity cannot be ignored, those charged with leading this kind of change may feel uncertain on how they can effectively increase board diversity in their institutions. In this webinar, participants will hear from leaders who have been deeply involved in this work, and who will share their personal successes and challenges. These case studies will guide participants toward practical strategies to increase board diversity within their institutions.

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     About this Webinar

    Projected changes in the American demographic landscape over the next three decades provide a pivotal context for considering ways that the arts field can recognize and address the need for increased diversity in arts leadership.  While the need to build board diversity cannot be ignored, those charged with leading this kind of change may feel uncertain on how they can effectively increase board diversity in their institutions.  In this webinar, participants will hear from leaders who have been deeply involved in this work, and who will share their personal successes and challenges.  These case studies will guide participants toward practical strategies to increase board diversity within their institutions.

    Learning Objectives:

    After this session, participants will be able to create a simple, step-by-step process for building a diverse board and will have access to additional resources and tools to further design a strategy to increase their board's diversity.

    Anika Kwinana

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

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

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

    Twitter: @anikakwinana  

    Tony Allegretti

    Former Executive Director, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

    Tony Allegretti served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville from 2014 to 2018. During this time, the direct economic impact of the Cultural Service Grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58 million to $83+ million, and from twenty-one organizations to twenty-seven. Under Allegretti’s leadership Art in Public Places has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in new and reallocated public art funding, including new works in neighborhoods that do not feature public art. The Cultural Council has also invested more than $250,000 in grants and professional development to local artists and small arts organizations over the last three years and ushered in another $150,000 specifically for diversity and inclusion and access to art and culture. Since the Cultural Council has adopted its Cultural Equity Commitment under Allegretti's leadership, African American board participation at Cultural Service grant funded organizations has increased 400%. In 2018, 69% percent of those organizations increased African American participation. More than 150 students of color have completed the curriculum of Career Pathways to jobs in arts and culture. More than 90 students of color have completed Cultural Service Internships (paid) in Cultural Service organizations.

     

    Previous to this position, Tony was Director of Downtown Engagement for JAX Chamber. In 2004, Tony won the individual award from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville for his work establishing the First Wednesday Art Walk with Downtown Vision. He was also the Founding Director of the Riverside Arts Market and created Community First Saturdays Downtown. He is a stakeholder and entrepreneur with his partnerships at Burrito Gallery, Uptown Market, and BREW. Tony currently serves on the Board of Visit Jacksonville, Downtown Vision, Any Given Child, United States Urban Arts Federation (Executive Committee), Urban Education & Policy Center, and has also served on the Jax Chamber Board of Governors, as well as Jax Area Legal Aid and was a founding board member of the Downtown Investment Authority. Tony lives on the edge of San Marco with his wife Tammy, one young vocalist, and one young soccer star.

  • Ask An Expert: Managing Requests for Monuments and Memorials

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    In this live event, participants will have an opportunity to engage with two experts in the field on managing requests for monuments and memorials. From your community, council members or other stakeholders, the requests to memorialize an individual or event can be challenging to navigate. Through this event, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with Barbara Goldstein, who developed the memorials and monuments policy for the City of San Jose, California and C. Ryan Patterson, who manages requests through a donations policy within the City of Baltimore, Maryland.

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     About this Virtual Conversation

    October 30, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT


    In this live event, participants will have an opportunity to engage with two experts in the field on managing requests for monuments and memorials. From your community, council members or other stakeholders, the requests to memorialize an individual or event can be challenging to navigate. Through this event, attendees will have an opportunity to connect with Barbara Goldstein, who developed the memorials and monuments policy for the City of San Jose, California and C. Ryan Patterson, who manages requests through a donations policy within the City of Baltimore, Maryland.

    This event will be recorded.

    Barbara Goldstein

    Independent Consultant

    Barbara Goldstein is an independent consultant focusing on creative placemaking and public art planning.  She is the former Public Art Director for the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs and editor of Public Art by the Book, a primer published by Americans for the Arts and the University of Washington Press. Ms. Goldstein has directed the public art programs in Seattle and Los Angeles, worked as a cultural planner, architectural and art critic, editor and publisher. She has lectured and participated in workshops on public art in the United States, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada the Netherlands and Abu Dhabi. She is past chair of the Chair of the Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts.

    Ms. Goldstein has consulted with cities, developers and public agencies in  Pittsburgh, PA, Pasadena, CA, Charlotte, NC, Las Vegas, NV, Palo Alto CA, and Orlando, FL.. In 2013, she led a series of webinars entitled Creative Placemaking and Public Art for Americans for the Arts. She is currently developing public art and cultural plans for Bay Area Rapid Transit and the City of Glendale, CA.

    Ms. Goldstein has written extensively about public art and architecture and was editor an publisher of Arts + Architecture magazine from 1980 to 1985. She has served on the Board of Directors for ArtSpace and Friends of the Schindler House and the Advisory Board for Forecast Public Art. She is currently a Board member of MACLA, Movimiento de Arte y Cultural Latino Americana, and ZERO1: the Art and Technology Network, where she serves as Chair.

    In 2015 Ms. Goldstein was a Fellow in Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute where she also served as Scholar in Residence for the School of Chemical and Systems Biology. 

    C. Ryan Patterson

    Public Art Administrator

    As Public Art Administrator at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), C. Ryan Patterson manages the operations of Baltimore's Percent-for-Art program, the care of the city's public art collection, and serves as staff to the Public Art Commission. He has served as project manager for temporary installations and performances at Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City and worked with Open Space Baltimore to organize the Artist Run Art Fair since 2014 and served as the Chair of the Light City Sustainability Committee. He helped establish Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's Special Commission to Review Confederate Monuments in 2015 and was one of the authors of the report issued by the Commission in August of 2016. He currently serves BOPA's representative on the Mayor Catherine E. Pugh's Confederate Monument Task Force and oversees the Monumental Sites Call for ideas to activate and reinterpret the sites of the former monuments. Ryan received his BFA in General Sculptural Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006, where he was awarded a France Merrick Foundation Fellowship in Community Arts.

    Patricia Walsh

    Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Patricia Walsh joined Americans for the Arts in 2014 where she works to empower public art professionals, artists and other stakeholders in the implementation of public art in their communities by supporting best practices, case studies, resource development, and peer-to-peer networking.
     
    In her role at Americans for the Arts, Patricia has grown the annual Public Art Preconference to over 300 attendees, moderates the 400+ membership-based Public Art Network, and travels frequently to communities across the country to engage and learn from her colleagues working locally. She designed the Public Art Resource Center, an online portal to increase access to tools, resources, and opportunities for those making public art happen in their communities. She manages partnerships with Smart Growth America/Transportation for America and the American Planning Association and continues to develop strategies to engage allied fields to cultivate policy and practice that supports public art in the built environment across the country.

  • October 2018 Member Briefing: National Arts & Humanities Month Highlights & Initiatives

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    October 16, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    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. This month's top is all about National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). Cristyn will be joined by Ann Marie Watson, AFTA's Digital Communications and Strategy Manager. Cristyn and Ann Marie will give background on NAHM, speak about the various initiatives that AFTA and others are doing during the month, and let you know how you can get involved. 

    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! These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Cristyn Johnson at cjohnson@artsusa.org

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:547798

    Presenters:

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    Cristyn Johnson, Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

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    Ann Marie Watson, Digital Communications and Strategy Manager, Americans for the Arts


  • Public Opinion Polling: Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018

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    Join Randy Cohen, Vice President Research & Policy with Americans for the Arts, for a webinar about new data from the "Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018" study, which provides an in-depth look at the perceptions and attitudes about the arts in the United States.

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    October 2, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT

    It’s undeniable—the arts transform people and communities every day. But how do Americans feel about the arts? Do they value artistic activities and arts education? Do they feel the arts are an important part of their lives and do they support government funding for the arts?

    There’s no need to guess at the answers for these questions! Join Randy Cohen, Vice President Research & Policy with Americans for the Arts, for a webinar about new data from the "Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018" study, which provides an in-depth look at the perceptions and attitudes about the arts in the United States. Based on more than 3,000 interviews and conducted in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, this study documents the public's personal involvement in the arts, the individual and community benefits that come from engaging in the arts, and the public's support for arts education and government arts funding.

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will learn the latest facts and figures from the "Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018" national poll documenting the public's personal involvement in the arts, the individual and community benefits that come from engaging in the arts, and the public's support for arts education and government arts funding.

  • Website Optimization Without A Redesign

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/11/2018

    Optimizing your website doesn't always mean a complete redesign. This session will equip you with strategies and methodology on how you can make small changes to your website that deliver big results. You'll learn how to achieve the highest return on your efforts and how to track the results.

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    October 11, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT

    Optimizing your website doesn't always mean a complete redesign. This session will equip you with strategies and methodology on how you can make small changes to your website that deliver big results. You'll learn how to achieve the highest return on your efforts and how to track the results. 

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will learn...

    • How users interact with website content
    • Best practices for design and typography
    • How to optimize your landing pages
    • Which Google Analytics reports you should be looking at

    You'll leave this session with concrete and achievable takeaways that you can implement right away on your website.

    Ceci Dadisman

    Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

    Ceci Dadisman is a multi-faceted arts administration professional with more than 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative methods. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital marketing and specializes in multichannel communications campaigns. 

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

    Ceci is passionate about empowering people through marketing and is a senior contributor to Arts Hacker where she regularly shares timely information and step-by-step tutorials. She also teaches the arts marketing course at West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts. 

    She is on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Museums and the Web (MW20) Conference Planning Committee, and has served on the Arts Midwest Conference Professional Development Committee and the NTEN Conference Session Advisory Committee. She also served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair and currently sits on the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee. 

    Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

    WEBSITE: https://theformgroup.com/

    TWITTER: @CeciDadisman

    EMAIL: ceci@theformgroup.com

  • Private Sector Network Call: Equitable Funding Models and the Creative Economy

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    The Private Sector Network is open to all Americans for the Arts members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.

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    Private Sector Network Call

    September 26, 2018 at 2:00PM EDT

    This is the third installment of our 2018 quarterly Private Sector Network Conference Calls focusing on the topic: Equitable Funding Models and the Creative Economy. This year’s series focuses on the creative economy, what it means, and what program models exist that can serve as examples for how to explore this work in your community.

    The Private Sector Network is open to all AFTA members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues. 

    Participants on this call will have the opportunity to hear from Kerry Adams Hapner, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose, as she discusses San Jose’s Creative Industries Fund. We’ll also hear from Kristin Larsen, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago will discuss the Arts & Business Council’s work to identify imbalances in equitable access to arts and culture, and funding and engagement opportunities for arts and culture institutions serving African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) populations. 

    Want to join this call, but aren't a member? Visit the membership page of our website or reach out to our membership team at (202) 371-2830 or membership@artsusa.org to become a member and join this call.

    Kristin Larsen

    Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of Chicago

    Kristin Larsen is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. Kristin was the Executive Director of Remy Bumppo Theater Company from 2002 to 2012 and most recently the Executive Director of Stage 773, a performance venue in Lakeview. Kristin has her BFA in production management from The Theatre School, DePaul University and her MA in facilitating organizational effectiveness in the arts from DePaul University’s School for New Learning. Kristin volunteers with DePaul’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge program, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, and the Unitarian Church of Evanston, where she is also a member. As an only child growing up in unincorporated Will County, she participated in all sorts of art making. Left to her own devices, she was often found slathering mud on boards and affixing such things as wildflowers, pebbles and bird feathers. Today her art making includes gardening, needlepoint, and elaborate EXCEL spreadsheets. If you think Kristin can be of service, please connect with her. If you don’t reach her straightaway, she’s likely out of her mobile’s service area camping, canoeing and stargazing.

    Kerry Adams Hapner

    Director of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose

    The mission of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to champion the arts and cultural vitality for San Jose’s one million ethnically diverse residents and its visitors.  Her portfolio includes public art, creative placemaking, special events, cultural funding, convention and cultural facility management, creative entrepreneurship, conventions and visitor bureau, and the creative economy.   

    In 2014 and 2015, Kerry was named one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the United States’ nonprofit arts sector in Barry’s Blog, published by the Western States Arts Federation.  Kerry earned her degree in art history and business administration at UCLA. Currently, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary master in liberal arts degree at Stanford University. 

    Jessica Stern (Moderator)

    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.