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  • December 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    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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    December 2020 Member Briefing

    December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    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.

    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!

  • 2020 Member Briefings

    Contains 6 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.

     image 2020 Member Briefings

    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.

    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!

    January 2020

    Topic: Membership in the Year Ahead

    Date: January 21, 2020

    February 2020

    Topic: The Arts Education Network Council

    Date: February 18, 2020

    April 2020

    Topic: Gathering Insight into the PAN Year In Review

    Date: April 21, 2020

    July 2020

    Date: July 21, 2020

    October 2020

    Date: October 20, 2020

    December 2020

    Date: December 15, 2020

  • October 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    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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    October 2020 Member Briefing

    October 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    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.

    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!

  • ArtsU Intensive: Bold Brand Bootcamp - October 20th

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    *If you are an arts and culture organization based in Pennsylvania, please contact Jerelle Jenkins (jejenkins@artsusa.org) before registering for this event.*

    imageAbout this Intensive

    October 20th 2020, 1:00 - 5:00PM ET

    Bold Brand Bootcamp is for curious and brave arts leaders eager to explore the relevancy of their brand related to mission, goals, and fundraising. This workshop will surprise you with reflective questions and games to reveal brand insights that clearly convey your higher purpose and elevate your value amid the challenges of the pandemic and in building just, equitable communities. You’ll also be surprised at how much fun this will be.

    This session calls for an open, honest look at your organizational identity and its ability to harness donor and community support. It draws the direct connection of a bold brand to your values and teaches you how to position your voice with the stakeholders crucial to your success.

    The Bootcamp requires ACTIVE PARTICIPATION and an upbeat attitude . It’s NOT a “check my email while the webinar is on,” or “watch the recording later flyby.” It’s a roll-up-your-sleeves, high-energy ride to an immediately better brand. After an expert tutorial on brand research, messaging, and design, you’ll use your own collateral in a real-time assessment of how well your brand reflects your mission and culture and what to do if it falls short.

    SPACE IS LIMITED. Bold Brand Bootcamp is conducted in a real-time virtual learning community with a maximum class size of 20 so that every participant has a chance to take part and work on their own brand. It requires a little prep work and a lot of positive energy on game day. We guarantee you’ll have fun and leave with an inspired, stronger brand. Register to join us if you are excited to contribute to the group’s success.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Learn how to self-assess your organization's brand
    • Understand your brand’s connection to your values and addressing social responsibility
    • Discover your brand's relevancy rating
    • Understand how to better humanize and connect your brand for support

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Transformed language and imagery ideas for immediate use in communication and fundraising efforts
    • Brand assessment skills to apply to future efforts to ensure your voice is bold, clear, compelling, unique, and human
    About ArtsU Intensives

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    Surale Phillips

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Surale Phillips has provided research and consulting services to the nonprofit cultural sector for more than 20 years. Her work supports organizational capacity building, resource development, community engagement, and marketing, programming, and strategic planning.

    Her services have been the foundation for research and evaluation projects supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, community foundations, and municipalities.

    Surale’s national client base includes foundations, service organizations, united arts funds, state, regional and local cultural service organizations, cities, counties, and arts and cultural nonprofits of every arts discipline. Her presenting engagements have included Americans for the Arts National Convention, National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Latino Memphis Congreso, Convening Culture Florida, Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Midwest Council on Philanthropy, Kentucky Arts Presenters, San Diego Commission on Cultural Affairs, and the American Folklore Society, among others.

    She has served on the Montana State Arts Council’s Cultural and Aesthetic Grants Committee and as an Adjudicator for the Tennessee Arts Commission Major Institutional Grants, Research Technical Advisor for Dance USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences program, and evaluator for several state and regional arts councils.

    In 2019, together with her two West Palm Beach business partners, Surale launched DRMTM – arts and culture brands reimagined – a collaborative that brings branding research, messaging, and mission-based design together exclusively for the arts sector.

    From 2005 to 2007, Surale served as Executive Director for Classics for Kids Foundation in Bozeman, MT. Before founding Decision Support Partners, Inc. in 2002, Surale was Vice President of Research and Administration for a national arts consulting firm for 13 years.

    Cheryl Baldwin

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Cheryl Baldwin has been a creative professional in various capacities for over 25 years. Starting out as a graphic designer in the Washington, DC area, she worked with many association and government clients before moving to South Florida in 2003. She then was the owner of KidzArt, teaching drawing classes to children for several years, before becoming the marketing manager at Suffolk Construction in West Palm Beach. In 2010, Cheryl launched Sweet Boo Design, specializing in brand design for nonprofits. She provides creative and professional marketing materials to her clients, through logos, brochures, annual reports, infographics and more. Sweet Boo Design has been recognized with multiple awards over the years, and continues to develop new ways to communicate the good work of nonprofits in the South Florida area.

    Cheryl is also the Brand Designer for DRMTM, an agency that reimagines brands for arts + culture organizations. Working with both research and messaging partners, DRMTM helps creative organizations communicate their mission in meaningful and impactful ways.

    Cheryl is a past co-chair of the Women’s Foundation of Florida’s Professional Development Committee, past President of FemCity West Palm Beach, a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County 2016, as well as a multi-committee member, and a volunteer with St. Georges.

    Laura Bessinger-Morse

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Laura Bessinger-Morse is a former nonprofit executive with twenty years of expertise in brand development, organizational messaging, fundraising, and programs management. She is passionate about helping great causes grow and thrive through authentic, moving voices.

    Before founding Sharp11, a communications and strategy consulting studio for nonprofits, Laura was Program Officer for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Vice President of Development and Communications for Community Partners of South Florida, Executive Director of the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center, and Museum Educator and Exhibit Designer for the UWF Historic Trust and Historic Pensacola Village.

    Laura’s national client base includes nonprofit service and cultural arts organizations, private foundations, and local government. Presenting engagements include Nonprofits First of Palm Beach County, Florida Association of Museums, Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Public Relations Society of America PBC, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Americans for the Arts.

    She has served on the City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Board, the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Committee, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 to Save Committee, and as a grants panelist for the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources.

    In 2019, together with her two West Palm Beach business partners, Laura launched DRMTM (dreamteam), a collaborative that brings branding research, messaging, and mission-based design together exclusively for the arts and culture sector.

  • ArtsU Intensive: Bold Brand Bootcamp - October 19th

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/19/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    *If you are an arts and culture organization based in Pennsylvania, please contact Jerelle Jenkins (jejenkins@artsusa.org) before registering for this event.*

    imageAbout this Intensive

    October 19th 2020, 1:00 - 5:00PM ET

    Bold Brand Bootcamp is for curious and brave arts leaders eager to explore the relevancy of their brand related to mission, goals, and fundraising. This workshop will surprise you with reflective questions and games to reveal brand insights that clearly convey your higher purpose and elevate your value amid the challenges of the pandemic and in building just, equitable communities. You’ll also be surprised at how much fun this will be.

    This session calls for an open, honest look at your organizational identity and its ability to harness donor and community support. It draws the direct connection of a bold brand to your values and teaches you how to position your voice with the stakeholders crucial to your success.

    The Bootcamp requires ACTIVE PARTICIPATION and an upbeat attitude . It’s NOT a “check my email while the webinar is on,” or “watch the recording later flyby.” It’s a roll-up-your-sleeves, high-energy ride to an immediately better brand. After an expert tutorial on brand research, messaging, and design, you’ll use your own collateral in a real-time assessment of how well your brand reflects your mission and culture and what to do if it falls short.

    SPACE IS LIMITED. Bold Brand Bootcamp is conducted in a real-time virtual learning community with a maximum class size of 20 so that every participant has a chance to take part and work on their own brand. It requires a little prep work and a lot of positive energy on game day. We guarantee you’ll have fun and leave with an inspired, stronger brand. Register to join us if you are excited to contribute to the group’s success.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    • Learn how to self-assess your organization's brand
    • Understand your brand’s connection to your values and addressing social responsibility
    • Discover your brand's relevancy rating
    • Understand how to better humanize and connect your brand for support

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Transformed language and imagery ideas for immediate use in communication and fundraising efforts
    • Brand assessment skills to apply to future efforts to ensure your voice is bold, clear, compelling, unique, and human
    About ArtsU Intensives

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    Surale Phillips

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Surale Phillips has provided research and consulting services to the nonprofit cultural sector for more than 20 years. Her work supports organizational capacity building, resource development, community engagement, and marketing, programming, and strategic planning.

    Her services have been the foundation for research and evaluation projects supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Wallace Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Knight Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Surdna Foundation, community foundations, and municipalities.

    Surale’s national client base includes foundations, service organizations, united arts funds, state, regional and local cultural service organizations, cities, counties, and arts and cultural nonprofits of every arts discipline. Her presenting engagements have included Americans for the Arts National Convention, National Arts Marketing Project Conference, Latino Memphis Congreso, Convening Culture Florida, Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Midwest Council on Philanthropy, Kentucky Arts Presenters, San Diego Commission on Cultural Affairs, and the American Folklore Society, among others.

    She has served on the Montana State Arts Council’s Cultural and Aesthetic Grants Committee and as an Adjudicator for the Tennessee Arts Commission Major Institutional Grants, Research Technical Advisor for Dance USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences program, and evaluator for several state and regional arts councils.

    In 2019, together with her two West Palm Beach business partners, Surale launched DRMTM – arts and culture brands reimagined – a collaborative that brings branding research, messaging, and mission-based design together exclusively for the arts sector.

    From 2005 to 2007, Surale served as Executive Director for Classics for Kids Foundation in Bozeman, MT. Before founding Decision Support Partners, Inc. in 2002, Surale was Vice President of Research and Administration for a national arts consulting firm for 13 years.

    Cheryl Baldwin

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Cheryl Baldwin has been a creative professional in various capacities for over 25 years. Starting out as a graphic designer in the Washington, DC area, she worked with many association and government clients before moving to South Florida in 2003. She then was the owner of KidzArt, teaching drawing classes to children for several years, before becoming the marketing manager at Suffolk Construction in West Palm Beach. In 2010, Cheryl launched Sweet Boo Design, specializing in brand design for nonprofits. She provides creative and professional marketing materials to her clients, through logos, brochures, annual reports, infographics and more. Sweet Boo Design has been recognized with multiple awards over the years, and continues to develop new ways to communicate the good work of nonprofits in the South Florida area.

    Cheryl is also the Brand Designer for DRMTM, an agency that reimagines brands for arts + culture organizations. Working with both research and messaging partners, DRMTM helps creative organizations communicate their mission in meaningful and impactful ways.

    Cheryl is a past co-chair of the Women’s Foundation of Florida’s Professional Development Committee, past President of FemCity West Palm Beach, a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County 2016, as well as a multi-committee member, and a volunteer with St. Georges.

    Laura Bessinger-Morse

    Co-Founder, DRMTM

    Laura Bessinger-Morse is a former nonprofit executive with twenty years of expertise in brand development, organizational messaging, fundraising, and programs management. She is passionate about helping great causes grow and thrive through authentic, moving voices.

    Before founding Sharp11, a communications and strategy consulting studio for nonprofits, Laura was Program Officer for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Vice President of Development and Communications for Community Partners of South Florida, Executive Director of the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center, and Museum Educator and Exhibit Designer for the UWF Historic Trust and Historic Pensacola Village.

    Laura’s national client base includes nonprofit service and cultural arts organizations, private foundations, and local government. Presenting engagements include Nonprofits First of Palm Beach County, Florida Association of Museums, Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Public Relations Society of America PBC, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Americans for the Arts.

    She has served on the City of West Palm Beach Historic Preservation Board, the City of West Palm Beach Art in Public Places Committee, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 to Save Committee, and as a grants panelist for the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources.

    In 2019, together with her two West Palm Beach business partners, Laura launched DRMTM (dreamteam), a collaborative that brings branding research, messaging, and mission-based design together exclusively for the arts and culture sector.

  • Navigating Uncertain Futures with Scenario Planning

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/07/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. Drawing on my recent book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, this webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET

    Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. Drawing on my recent book, Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions: Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Futures, this webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Arts organization leaders will be able to define scenario planning, and explain how it differs from other frameworks such as visioning and strategic planning, in order to decide with others whether it is appropriate for their organization.
    • Arts organization leaders will gain familiarity with practical scenario planning frameworks and resources, and understand their potential value.

    Americans for the Arts is providing the arts and culture field with this and other COVID-19 webinars and resources at no charge to you. Please consider supporting our ability to deliver this important work with a donation by clicking HERE 

    We also encourage you to become a member with us for access to even more webinars and other resources, please visit www.americansforthearts.org/membership for more information.

    Robert Goodspeed, PhD, AICP

    Robert Goodspeed, PhD, AICP is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of collaborative planning, urban informatics, and scenario planning theory and methods. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and serves as a board member of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Consortium for Scenario Planning.

    Twitter: @RGoodspeed

  • ArtsU Intensive: Achieving Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Audiences

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/30/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    *If you are an arts and culture organization based in Pennsylvania, please contact Jerelle Jenkins (jejenkins@artsusa.org) before registering for this event.*

    imageAbout this Intensive

    September 30th 2020, 1:00 - 5:00PM ET

    Data shows us that the U.S. population has been steadily diversifying, yet the average demographic of most current arts audiences has remained stagnant and does not reflect the diverse makeup of our communities. The long-term success of arts and culture organizations depends on audience diversification and engagement.

    In this intensive, we will take a hands-on approach to identify successful methods that can be used to build engagement in diverse communities. There will be a mix of presentation, conversation, and interactive activities that will help you create a framework for diversification efforts at your organization. At the end of the session, you will have the foundational elements of how you can implement tactics to meaningfully engage with the diverse communities in your area.

    We'll also look at case studies from around the industry including those from Palm Beach Opera and The High Museum. Palm Beach Opera successfully engaged the African American community and increased attendance at the Opera’s events through a multi-year initiative. The High Museum has tripled the nonwhite audience so that its visitors more closely mirror the population of the Atlanta metro area, of which 51 percent are people of color.

    This session will focus on tactics that organizations of all budget sizes and attendees will walk away with actionable knowledge about:

    • Determining your target audience(s)
    • Best communication methods and channels
    • Creating messaging that resonates
    • Grass-roots methods that actually work
    • Creating successful short-term and long-term strategies 
    About ArtsU Intensives

    ArtsU Intensives are extended deep dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts.

    Ceci Dadisman

    Keynote Speaker, Communications Strategist, Arts Marketer

    Ceci Dadisman is a marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience creating effective communications campaigns utilizing innovative, forward thinking methods. 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 and is the Dean of Chorus America’s Chorus Management Institute.

    A chronic early-adopter, Ceci has a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create more engaging experiences.  The Curated Arts Experience focuses on collecting real-world case studies about how organizations around the world are using technology to engage the participant or enrich the experience at an arts event.

    She is a member of the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee and the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee, and is a mentor in West Virginia University’s Creative Consultant program. She has also 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.

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

    WEBSITE: https://cecidadisman.com/

    TWITTER: @CeciDadisman

    EMAIL: cecidadisman@gmail.com 

    Kristie Swink Benson

    Director of Communications, High Museum of Art

    Kristie Swink Benson, APR, is the director of communications at the High Museum of Art where she leads a team of ROCKSTARS who support all public relations, marketing, creative services, database and web/new media needs for the museum. She is dedicated to building an exceptional brand that is consistent with the High’s priorities of growth, inclusivity, collaboration and connectivity.

    As a communications executive, she has extensive experience in public relations, crisis communications, marketing and strategy.

    She started her career more than a decade ago in local government and has since provided communications expertise to mental health, utilities and now the art, culture, and entertainment industries.

    Benson serves on the board for the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Atlanta Marketing Association, and Art Marketing Museum Association. She is a 2018 member of the American Express Leadership Academy class and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Further dedicating herself to her professional craft as a communicator, Benson earned her Accreditation in public relations in June 2015, a prestigious designation given by the Universal Accreditation Board. She also holds a Master of Arts in Public Communication from American University (Washington, D.C.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Winston-Salem State University (Winston Salem, NC).

    WEBSITE: www.high.org

    TWITTER: @SwiBens

    LINKEDIN: Linkedin/in/kristiebenson

    EMAIL: Kristie.Benson@high.org

    Ann Marie Sorrell

    President & CEO, The Mosaic Group

    Ann Marie Sorrell is an award-winning business leader and the President & CEO of The Mosaic Group, an award-winning public relations, marketing, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. Ann Marie oversees the day-to-day operations, serves as Project Manager for most of the firm’s projects, and has managed more than 500 campaigns and projects ranging from $10,000 to $3 billion. Clients include AECOM, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, City of West Palm Beach, Broward Health, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward College, and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to name a few.  Ann Marie is the author of Chronicles of a Serial Dater, a journey through the good, bad, funny – and steamy – of dating and relationships told through short stories. 

    She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management from Florida A&M University.  She is a Charter Member of the South Florida Business Journal Leadership Trust, and a member of Leadership Palm Beach County, Leadership Florida, Economic Forum, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Florida Advisory Committee, National Association of Black Women in Construction, Urban League Young Professionals of Palm Beach County and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Ann Marie is a subject matter expert and guru in the field of Marketing and has developed The Marketing MashUp which includes trainings, seminars, webinars, and a book series (will be released in Winter 2020).

    The Mosaic Group

    The Mosaic Group is an award-winning, full-service marketing, public relations, events management, and government relations firm serving clients throughout the United States and Caribbean. We are a certified minority and women-owned business enterprise. The Mosaic Group was incorporated in 2005 and has served over 500 clients locally, regionally, and globally. We have offices in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Our mission is to build credibility and increase visibility for our clients. We strive to provide the highest quality of customer care and innovative solutions.

    Our multi-cultural team of English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese speaking communications specialists is comprised of a highly-qualified and seasoned group of experts who boasts over 150 years of combined experience and backgrounds to serve diverse audiences.  Our expertise with diverse markets including African American, Caribbean and Hispanic communities allow our clients to stand out and reach target audiences with the right media and the right message. It is no secret that our frontline team has direct access to media outlets locally, throughout the United States and internationally—allowing a more hands-on approach to organize, inform, and engage. We blend in and we can stand out! The Mosaic Group have developed and managed more than 300 campaigns and projects ranging from $10,000 to $3 billion. Clients include AECOM, Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, City of West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach Housing Authority, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Broward College, Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale to name a few.  Recent awards include the Chamber of the Palm Beaches 2018 Diverse Organization of the Year Award, Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) 2018 Advertising Agency of the Year Award, South Florida Business Journal 2016 Best Places to Work Award, PBC Business Matchmaker 2016 DBE of the Year Award, and PBC Business Matchmaker 2015 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award.

  • Supporting Individual Artists: How Prioritizing Affordable Workspaces Pays Off

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 09/23/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    September 23, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET

    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover how providing proper infrastructure for individual artists benefits communities in profound ways.
    • Learn a new approach to building creative workspaces that is financially self sustaining and forward-thinking in diverse ways.

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

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    Siobhan Spain

    Director, Mainframe Studios

    Mainframe Studios director Siobhan Spain has over 25 years of experience in arts administration as an advocate of individual artists. She managed contemporary art nonprofit SITE Santa Fe, the studio office of MacArthur Fellow and blacksmith Tom Joyce, and Mary Goldman Gallery in Los Angeles. Siobhan has served in committee and board roles for Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Los Angeles Times’ foundation, and Women, Food & Agriculture Network.

    Website: mainframestudios.org

    Instagram: @mainframearts

    Facebook: @mainframearts

    Deshara Bohanna

    Owner, Design Fetish by Deshara

    Deshara Bohanna is the owner of Design Fetish by Deshara, member of her local school board and an active community volunteer. After earning a BA in Journalism at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and pursuing a graduate degree at Iowa State University, Deshara worked in corporate America for more than 10 years. In 2016, she decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams in the wreath and floral industry. At Design Fetish, Deshara’s mission is to create beautiful conversation pieces and décor that uplift, inspire and celebrate life’s special moments, even when they’re hard to find. Deshara’s designer wreaths are now sold in local hospital boutiques, gift shops and a top purchase item for realtors, event planners, restaurants and hotels.

    Website: bydeshara.com

    Instagram: @designfetish_wreaths

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bydeshara

    Gretchen Bohling

    Owner, Gretchen Bohling Design

    Gretchen Bohling is a graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago with her BFA in Fashion Design. Her fashion brand, Gretchen Bohling Design, launched in 2016 with a mission to provide the highest quality sustainably handmade wardrobe. Gretchen's brand works hard to educate her clients on how to maintain an ethical wardrobe through the several different services she provides at her downtown Des Moines atelier. GBD offers a size-inclusive private label collection of handmade-to-order garments, one of a kind bespoke garments, custom tailoring and alterations services, and hosts private sewing lessons. Gretchen is adjunct Professor at Des Moines Area Community College where she recently partnered with her students and faculty to make and donate masks to local healthcare employees and essential workers.

    Website: gretchenbohling.com

    Instagram: @gretchenbohling

    Facebook: Gretchen Bohling Design - GBD

    Pinterest: Gretchen Bohling Design

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Keep Arts Working - Creating More Than a Message

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/16/2020

    The income of many individual artists has been compromised due to COVID-19. To continue to support local artists, the Arts Council for Long Beach created the Keep Arts Working project. Join us on #ArtsU for our next webinar in the Supporting Individual Artists series on 9/9 to learn about how arts organizations can create meaningful and valuable grassroots connections for artists, businesses, and community.

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    On March 14th, 2020, the Arts Council for Long Beach cancelled its monthly art walk because of COVID-19 health orders. We knew that this moment was already catastrophic because so many artists sell their art, perform their music, and promote their practice to the community during this event. So, on March 26th, we launched our first virtual live stream event and created the Keep Arts Working project. Since then we have partnered with 2 local media outlets, more than a dozen businesses, and over 25 artists of various genres. We are still finding new partners daily. Keep Arts Working has continued to grow after Long Beach residents protested George Floyd's murder and the city met social unrest on May 31st. The project was adopted by the city and other business improvement partners in order to address the damage left on June 1st. 

    This project and marketing campaign is strongly grounded in valuing grassroots connections that can be uplifted with established communication organizations.

    Leaning Objectives: 

    • Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages and obstacles an independent city arts non-profit faces when needing to pivot in a crisis.
    • Participants will learn from artists directly how their work was successful during this time and share what arts organizations can do to continue to pay artists and promote their work. 

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

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    Jose Cordon

    Photographer

    Jose Cordon by birth is a southern Cali raised street photographer based out of the LBC, a seaside city regularly referred to as Long Beach, CA. With an affinity for industrialism and the makeup of city life, Deadendbrigade is constantly in search of the montage that make up urban landscapes and the images they create.

    Instagram: @deadendbrigade

    Website: https://www.deadendbrigade.com

    Jewels Long Beach

    Comedian, Host, Drag Queen and Philanthropist

    She is a staple at Hamburger Mary’s, where she is the entertainment director for its 19 locations nationwide. But outside of the weekly drag brunches she hosts, Jewels has also become a powerful fundraiser. Her efforts have helped raise money for entities like the LGBTQ Center, the International Imperial Court of Long Beach and the Arts Council for Long Beach. 

    Instagram: @jewelslongbeach

    Twitter: @jewelslongbeach

    Facebook: @jewelslongbeach

    Brandie Davison

    Founder, Arts Realm Collective

    She was born and raised in the wonderful city of Long Beach, California. and has a passion for art and creativity. Davison launched Art Realm in the summer of 2017, a tight-knit community of emerging artists, ranging from filmmakers to painters, sculptors to zine-makers, that make up one of the city’s most visible groups of visual artists.

    Instagram: @lilbrandie@art.realm.collective

    Griselda Suarez

    Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach

    “As an arts community, we are at a very exciting place. We have built an amazing relationship with the city. We’re really at a place where we can begin to show the strength we have in the arts and in the creative economy we have here in Long Beach.”

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

    Contains 11 Product(s)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.

    About this Series

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


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

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