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  • Exploring Inclusive Creative Economy Definitions & Concepts Part 2

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/20/2021 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    This session is the second of a two-part webinar to explore foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about economy systems. This program will primarily focus on the term “Solidarity Economy,” and its linkages to other movements towards a more just and inclusive economy, such as “New Economy,” “Just Transition,” “Restorative Economics,” and “Regenerative Economy.” We’ll discuss why these terms and systems are relevant to local arts leaders, offer examples of how they come to life in the work of developing inclusive creative economies, and provide space for discussion and questions.

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    April 20 at 2:30 PM ET

    This session is the second of a two-part webinar to explore foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about economy systems. This program will primarily focus on the term “Solidarity Economy,” and its linkages to other movements towards a more just and inclusive economy, such as “New Economy,” “Just Transition,” “Restorative Economics,” and “Regenerative Economy.” We’ll discuss why these terms and systems are relevant to local arts leaders, offer examples of how they come to life in the work of developing inclusive creative economies, and provide space for discussion and questions.

    In this session, attendees will:

    • Explore concepts and terms related to an inclusive creative economy and what those terms mean in different contexts.
    • Hear some examples of projects that have brought the terms to life.
    • Discuss ideas for incorporating or building on the terms in their own communities, and what barriers might exist. 

    ABOUT THIS TWO-PART WEBINAR

    Understanding and creating shared language is critical if we are to do our work thoughtfully and with intention. Talking about the “creative economy” can mean many things to people. As Americans for the Arts launches a multi-year effort to support the continued development of local creative economies, we begin with the basics of exploring the language we use and how it can translate across communities. These two-part webinars will delve into foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about individuals, institutions, and economic systems. These programs will focus on a few terms, offer examples of how they can be applied, how other organizations and practitioners may use different language in different contexts, and provide space for discussion and questions. In this two-part webinar, practitioners will gain knowledge of equity-based terms and concepts for the purpose of working as informed community partners in the development of their local inclusive creative economy. 

    Register for Part 1 Here

  • Exploring Local and State Creative Workforce Recovery Programs

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/31/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    As communities begin the process of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout, the creative economies in those communities must be part of the plan—both because there can be no recovery without a strong creative engine, and because millions of creative workers are out of work and ready to do their part. In this webinar, learn about creative workforce initiatives from across the country, including doing deep-dives into two city-based initiatives in Seattle and Sacramento. Dig into the “how” of funding, structure, timing, and more, and come away with good ideas about how you can encourage your own city or state to utilize relief and recovery funding to put creative workers to work as part of the national, state, and local recovery process.

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    March 31 at 3:00 PM ET

    As communities begin the process of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic fallout, the creative economies in those communities must be part of the plan—both because there can be no recovery without a strong creative engine, and because millions of creative workers are out of work and ready to do their part. In this webinar, learn about creative workforce initiatives from across the country, including doing deep-dives into two city-based initiatives in Seattle and Sacramento. Dig into the “how” of funding, structure, timing, and more, and come away with good ideas about how you can encourage your own city or state to utilize relief and recovery funding to put creative workers to work as part of the national, state, and local recovery process.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn about creative workforce initiatives of various types, sizes, and funding models from across the country.
    • Hear first-hand accounts of two initiatives—one that has been completed and one that is just getting started—to understand the nuances of advocacy, partnership, program implementation, and leadership that go into them. 
    • Get a brief update on likely timelines for federal funds that might flow to states or localities for these types of programs.

    Calandra Childers

    Acting Director

    Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

    Calandra Childers is the Acting Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, where she oversees the Office’s cultural investments in artists, cultural organizations and the Seattle community through public art commissions, grantmaking, and partnerships with a focus on community development and the equitable allocation of resources. Most recently she oversaw the launch of ARTS at King Street Station, a new 8,000-square-foot free cultural hub, programmed by and for the community.
    Calandra has two decades of public engagement, communications, and policy experience working with non-profit and government agencies including the cities of Seattle and Renton, Seattle Art Museum, and the Renton Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Whitman College, she volunteers with the King-Snohomish County
    YWCA and the Rainier Valley Food Bank and enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and dogs.

    Marie Acosta

    Executive and Artistic Director

    Latino Center of Art and Culture

    Marie Acosta has worked as an actor, writer, director, producer and project manager in the arts in a variety of capacities for over 30 years. 

    Since 2008 Ms. Acosta has led Sacramento’s Latino Center of Art and Culture as the Artistic/Executive Director. She conceptualized, curated and managed new programs including a two-day, outdoor celebration of Día de los Muertos, and a week-long theater production, La Pastorela de Sacramento which she also co-authored.

    Ms. Acosta has authored art catalog content, program notes and educational materials for the arts. In 2017, her short story “Raya Sol del Mundo” was included in The Race, Tales of Flight in the anthology by New Mexico artist, Patrick Allen Nagatani. 

    Ms. Acosta is a registered member of the Southern California Tongva (San Gabrieleño) tribe of Indians recognized by the State of California and is fluent in written and spoken Spanish/English. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge.

    Clayton W. Lord

    Vice President of Strategic Impact

    Americans for the Arts

    Clayton Lord is Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Strategic Impact. In that role, he and the Strategic Impact team collaborate closely with research, communications, and program staff to connect the dots between the various components of work done at Americans for the Arts and encourage the creation of solid, complex initiatives that progress the core mission and goals of the organization and drive systemic change. Prior to shifting into this role, Lord was the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement for the organization for seven years. Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the public value of the arts and has edited and contributed to three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the ArtsArts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992. He led Americans for the Arts’ New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and LAAs in American communities, and now oversees initiatives focused on the social impact of the arts, the equitable treatment of creative workers, and the proliferation of pro-arts policy. This has included the Arts + Social Impact Explorer (AmericansForTheArts.org/SocialImpact). He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.

  • 2021 Member Briefings

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    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: Details coming soon!

    Date: March 30, 2021

    May 2021

    Topic: Details coming soon!

    Date: May 25, 2021

    September 2021

    Topic: Reopening in the Arts during COVID-19

    Date: September 21, 2021

    December 2021

    Topic: 2021 Looking Back and Looking Forward

    Date: December 14, 2021

  • 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2021

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/24/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    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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    March 24, 2021 @ 3:00 PM ET

    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.

    10 Reasons to Support the Arts

    Randy Cohen

    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 JournalThe 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.

    Twitter: @artsinfoguy

  • Arts Marketing Coffee Chat Series

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    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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  • Exploring Inclusive Creative Economy Definitions & Concepts Part 1

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/19/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session is the first of a two-part webinar to explore foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about individuals. This program will focus terms such as “arts worker,” “creative workers,” and “artist,” and explore how using different language in different contexts and communities evokes different responses. The session will offer examples of how they come to life in the real world, and provide space for discussion and questions.

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    March 19 at 2:00 PM ET

    This session is the first of a two-part webinar to explore foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about individuals. This program will focus terms such as “arts worker,” “creative workers,” and “artist,” and explore how using different language in different contexts and communities evokes different responses. The session will offer examples of how they come to life in the real world, and provide space for discussion and questions.

    In this session, attendees will:

    • Explore concepts and terms related to an inclusive creative economy and what those terms mean in different contexts.
    • Hear some examples of projects that have brought the terms to life. Discuss ideas for incorporating or building on the terms in their own communities, and what barriers might exist. 

    ABOUT THIS TWO-PART WEBINAR

    Understanding and creating shared language is critical if we are to do our work thoughtfully and with intention. Talking about the “creative economy” can mean many things to people. As Americans for the Arts launches a multi-year effort to support the continued development of local creative economies, we begin with the basics of exploring the language we use and how it can translate across communities. These two-part webinars will delve into foundational concepts and definitions related to what an ‘inclusive creative economy’ means when it comes to talking about individuals, institutions, and economic systems. These programs will focus on a few terms, offer examples of how they can be applied, how other organizations and practitioners may use different language in different contexts, and provide space for discussion and questions. In this two-part webinar, practitioners will gain knowledge of equity-based terms and concepts for the purpose of working as informed community partners in the development of their local inclusive creative economy. 

    Register for Part 2 Here

    abdiel j. lopez

    Program Officer

    Center for Cultural Innovation

    abdiel j. lópez (they/them) is the program officer at the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a California-based knowledge and financial services incubator for individual artists. As program officer, they manage the AmbitioUS portfolio, which invests in alternative economic paradigms of and federated infrastructure by those most dispossessed—primarily BIPOC communities—who are seeking financial self-determination in order to preserve and support their cultural identity and artistic expressions on their own terms. They also help facilitate the CAL-Now Network and administer the CALI Accelerator Grant program. abdiel joined CCI in 2019 as the program assistant and later became the program associate.

    Previously, abdiel was a gallery manager at Galería Estéreo in Mexico City. abdiel jump-started a career in the arts and culture sector after co-curating En Voyage: Hybridity and Vodou in Haitian Art at the Grinnell College Museum of Art and subsequently joining 18th Street Arts Center as the 2018 Getty Marrow Undergraduate Curatorial Programs Intern. Outside of CCI, abdiel works as a research assistant for a book project on the political activism of the adolescent and young adult children of immigrants. abdiel earned a B.A. in sociology and studied art history at Grinnell College. Born and raised in Los Angeles, abdiel currently lives in Koreatown with their Pomeranian dog Horchata.

    Website: https://www.cciarts.org/

  • ArtsU Intensive: Community, Values, and Histories in Public Art

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/04/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    As monuments come down around the country and other public artworks replace them, we must grabble with what histories or values are being expressed through public art. Whether reviewing current collections or creating a new artwork, the conversation of whom and what public art represents is a necessary dialogue to have with our community members. This 3-hour intensive workshop will dive into how public art practitioners can work within their organizations to ensure that public art processes center community. This workshop will cover how to identify issues and historical context, ways to discuss sensitive topics within their organizations and with community members, and steps to take to develop an equitable community engagement plan for future public artworks.

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    About this Intensive

    March 4, 2020 1:00 PM ET


    As monuments come down around the country and other public artworks replace them, we must grabble with what histories or values are being expressed through public art. Whether reviewing current collections or creating a new artwork, the conversation of  whom and what public art represents is a necessary dialogue to have with our community members. This 3-hour intensive workshop will dive into how public art practitioners can work within their organizations to ensure that public art processes center community. This workshop will cover how to identify issues and historical context, ways to discuss sensitive topics within their organizations and with community members, and steps to take to develop an equitable community engagement plan for future public artworks.

    Participants in this intensive will:

    • Learn ways to work with communities to identify cultural and historical issues
    • How to address difficult conversations with community groups, particularly if they are not related to that group
    • How to build out a community engagement plan for public artworks


    Amina Cooper

    Program Director, Public Art - CLT Airport

    Arts and Science Council, Charlotte

    Amina's work in public art is centered around policy development and public art planning with a special emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. In her current role as Public Art Director - CLT Airport, Amina is responsible for coordinating and managing public art project management at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) on behalf of the Arts & Science Council (ASC).  Amina works with multiple stakeholders to coordinate design, construction, and installation of public art at CLT, ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the world. She previously served as a curator and public arts manager for Montgomery County, Maryland, managing public art policy development and collection management efforts for the County.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University. In her free time, she moderates @blackmonuments on Instagram, a space that highlights public art and design projects by Black creators.

  • Identifying Artist Representation in a Public Art Collection

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/02/2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    One reason public art matters is that it can create a sense of belonging by being reflective of all those who make up a community. Who creates the artworks can be one way to ensure a civic collection is reflective of the community in which it lives. Identifying the demographic makeup of the artists in the collection is the first step to understanding how reflective a public art collection is of the community it serves.

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    About this Webinar

    RESCHEDULED to March 2 at 3:00PM ET


    One reason public art matters is that it can create a sense of belonging by being reflective of all those who make up a community. Who creates the artworks can be one way to ensure a civic collection is reflective of the community in which it lives. Identifying the demographic makeup of the artists in the collection is the first step to understanding how reflective a public art collection is of the community it serves.
     
    In 2020, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) created a demographic review of Houston's 677-piece public art collection in a concerted effort to work toward and promote the City’s vision and goals stated in its Arts and Cultural Plan —to “foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors.” As Houston is the single most ethnically diverse major metropolitan area in the country, MOCA assessed the Civic Art collection to determine how closely Houston’s art collection represents the diverse populace of the city. The review presented statistics on the genders, races, and ethnicities represented by the 677 artworks in the Civic Art Collection, with a particular focus on female artists of color. Additionally, the review estimated the City’s financial investment in acquisition costs for new artworks over the lifetime of its collecting activity. This webinar will explore the in’s and out’s of how Houston reviewed their collection and dive into some of their lessons learned during this program.

    During this webinar, participants will:

    • Learn about the importance of a demographic review of a public art collection and how it can help address a city’s DEI obligations
    • Hear from experienced arts administrators on how they developed the review process and what it means for their public art program 
    • Learn the basics of implementing a demographic review of a public art collection

    Monique Mogilka

    Community Liaison

    Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

    My name is Monique Mogilka, and I'm from Edmond, Oklahoma. I have a BA in sociology and a BA/MA in art history. I am particularly interested in the intersections between sociology and art, and my thesis focused on Minimalism and the emergence of artist foundations. I have experience in public service as well as writing about and supporting visual art. I have interned at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, OK and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2019, I was a statistical research specialist at the OK State Bureau of Investigation, where I analyzed crime report data. In my position at the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs in Houston, I use my experience with public service, curating, and data analysis to serve the needs of our creative community and civic art collection.

    Theresa Escobedo

    Civic Art Program Manager

    Houston Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs

    Theresa Escobedo is an arts administrator, curator, and multi-disciplinary artist working in Houston, Texas. She manages Civic Art Program for the City of Houston through the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and is a current Artist in Residence at the Zocalo Artist Residency. 

    In her previous work, she has curated exhibitions and coordinated and executed public programs and projects designed to create community experiences and to give artists the opportunity to impact neighborhoods through creative place-making and social inquiry. Theresa studied at the University of Houston and received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design with focus on urban planning and generative design processes. 

    Instagram: @houstonmoca

    Twitter: @houston_moca

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Houst... ;http://www.houstontx.gov/cultu...

  • 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design Information Session

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/03/2021

    The 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design will recognize an arts administrator with a track record of exemplary work in producing with intention to advance community, civic, or social good by implementing art-based processes and/or projects that lead to positive change in the built environment of a local community. Attend this webinar to learn about the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design and get answers to questions about the application process.

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    About this Information Session 
    February 3 at 3:00 PM ET


    The 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design will recognize an arts administrator with a track record of exemplary work in producing with intention to advance community, civic, or social good by implementing art-based processes and/or projects that lead to positive change in the built environment of a local community. Attend this webinar to learn about the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design and get answers to questions about the application process. 

    Attendees to this information session will learn:

    • The history and goals of the Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design 
    • Gain a better understanding of the application process

    Patricia Walsh

    Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager

    Americans for the Arts

    As the Public Art & Civic Design Senior Program Manager,Patricia Walsh overseas five program areas under the Equity + Local ArtsEngagement department including Arts and Community Development; Arts in CivicDesign; Creative Placemaking; Cultural Districts, Trails and Tourism; andPublic Art. Through her work she engages with and works to educate local artsagency leaders on how to utilize the arts to equitably address community needsand goals. Her work aims to support professional development, resource buildingand networking opportunities for arts administrators to utilize the arts tocreate accessible public spaces, enable inclusive and equitable communitydevelopment, and ensure the arts are an active component in equitable economicgrowth and sustainability.

    Patricia is a member of the Arts and Planning Interest GroupSteering Committee for American Planning Association, co-chair for theWashington District Council on Placemaking for Urban Land Institute, and anartist selection committee member for two projects with the City of Rockville,Maryland.

    She holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from BostonUniversity, a Bachelor of Arts in painting from State University of New York atPlattsburgh, and an Associates in Applied Science in Commercial Art fromDutchess Community College.

  • NEA Grants: The Programs, The Process, and How to Pitch (Feb.2)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/02/2021

    Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? A brief overview of NEA funding programs, including the application process and review criteria, will be followed by interactive small group sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to pitch your idea and get specific guidance related to Arts Endowment grant programs from NEA staff.

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    About this Webinar

    February 2 at 3:00 PM EST

    Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? A brief overview of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding programs, including the application process and review criteria, will be followed by interactive small group sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to pitch your idea and get specific guidance related to Arts Endowment grant programs from NEA staff. 

    Learning objectives:

    • Gain detailed understanding of the various NEA grant opportunities, categories, and deadlines.
    • Interact with NEA staff in small groups to ask project-specific questions, hear answers to frequently asked questions, and pitch their project idea for guidance and feedback.
    • Leave ready to apply to NEA grant programs.

    Lara Holman Garritano

    Local Arts Agency Specialist

    National Endowment for the Arts

    Lara Holman Garritano currently serves as the Local Arts Agencies Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, managing funding opportunities available to the more than 4,500 Local Arts Agencies across the country. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Lara has worked on arts and culture policy and programming in a variety of communities and capacities. Past positions serving local arts agencies have included management of creative district work, funding programs, and communications in both Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seattle, Washington.

    Michael Orlove

    Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships, and International Activities,

    National Endowment for the Arts

    Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships. In that capacity, Orlove provides direction concerning the National Endowment for the Arts funding and other assistance to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the six regional arts agencies, and local arts agencies across the country. Additionally, Orlove manages the agency's international activities. He was the Agency’s director of Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works from 2012 to 2019.

    Born and raised in Chicago, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Orlove helped transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago, two staples in the summer festival season. Orlove also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series in that venue. 

    Michael has been an invited guest speaker and panelist at numerous national and international conferences and convenings.  Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series. As a testament to his international expertise, Orlove was named one of the 'Seven Samurai’ at the prestigious WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2009 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark and, in 2018, was given the inaugural GlobalFEST ‘Impact Award’ for outstanding commitment to the world music field.  He was recently selected for the DeVos Global Arts Management Fellowship (2018-2020).

    He has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in performing arts management from Columbia College Chicago.