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Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Supporting Artists with DisabilitiesContains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/06/2019
What do knowledge and resources do arts administrators need to support artists with disabilities? Join us on 8/6 for a Coffee Chat with Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, as she discusses strategies for your organization to ready itself to be more inclusive to people with disabilities.
About this Conversation
Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" 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. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for this month will be about supporting artists with disabilities.
How can you support artists with disabilities?
Join Judith Smith, Founder and Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, as she discusses strategies for your organization to ready itself to be more inclusive to people with disabilities; how you can support disabled artists in your programming and hiring processes; as well as what resources are available to support disabled artists.
This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.
Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita, AXIS Dance Company
Judith Smith, Founding Member and Artistic Director Emerita of AXIS Dance Company, is one of the world’s driving forces in physically integrated dance. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Prior to becoming disabled in a car accident at age 17 in 1977, Judith was a champion equestrian. She transferred her passion for riding to dance after discovering contact improvisation in 1983. Judith helped launch AXIS in 1987 and she grew the Company to be the nation’s leading physically integrated dance ensemble. She has left an amazing legacy and vision for the future of AXIS and integrated dance.
Her advocacy and equity work led to the first-ever National Convening on the Future of Physically Integrated Dance in the USA, followed by six regional town halls throughout the country in 2016. This project, supported by the prestigious Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Project Program, culminated in an extensive report and the launch of the AXIS Artistic Advancement Platform to Advance Artistry, Opportunity and Equity for Dancers with Disabilities. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dance/USA Disability and Dance Affinity Group and co-chairs the group.
Judith is currently working as an independent consultant in dance and disability. She is an activist for the environment, animals and people with disabilities. She gardens for pollinators, birdwatches, raises butterflies and is involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue and adaptive carriage driving.
Creative Counties: Developing Successful Maker SpacesContains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2019
What are makerspaces and how can they be leveraged to impact communities? Community makerspaces can impact communities as centers for education and/or economic development. This talk will explore these grassroots organizations and the work they are doing to teach through hands-on exploration, and creative problem-solving. It will look at what these spaces are doing do to transform communities and to support small business development. It will also give some insights about the types of support community makerspaces need to thrive. By exploring some successful community/makerspace partnerships, you will learn about some of the possibilities that can create positive impacts in the arts, in small business development, and in technology education within your community.
About this Webinar
- Gain a basic understanding of the services that makerspaces may offer
- See case studies of successful community / makerspace partnerships that have had significant positive impacts on their neighborhoods
- Learn about the largest needs of these community spaces and how to support them
- Come away with next-steps and suggestions for building successful partnerships with both non-profit and for-profit makerspaces
Data Visualization Specialist and Makerspace Advocate
Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a data visualization specialist and makerspace advocate. She is presently leading the Data Working Group within the Nation of Makers organization to conduct their Annual Survey of Makerspaces and report out about the findings on MakeTheData.org. Jennifer helped found Make Nashville, a non-profit makerspace in Nashville, TN, serving as both a board member and the Director of Educational Programming. Serving the maker community is a volunteer side-venture for her. By day she works as a Multimedia Instructional Designer at Schneider Electric, and she has recently received a MPS in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Nation of Makers - nationofmakers.us
Make the Data – makethedata.org
Personal Portfolio - jenniferdeafenbaugh.com
Creative CountiesContains 2 Product(s)
This series, created by the National Association of Counties (NACo) – in partnership with Americans for the Arts and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts – is built to provide county officials with a better understanding of how their communities can use arts and culture to transform place and solve local challenges.
About this Series
Creative Counties: Engaging Artists in the Community Development ProcessContains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/26/2019
ThebuildingcommunityWORKSHOP [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.
About this Webinar
The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP [bc] is a Texas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. They enrich the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, [bc] recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work. Join us as we hear from Lizzie MacWillie, bcWORKSHOP’s Associate Director, Dallas who will present on the work of buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She will focus on their creative placemaking work, including Activating Vacancy [bc]'s multiyear arts programs, and their community based architecture work, all of which place resident and community collaboration at the forefront. Lizzie will share specific examples of engagement methods and how these methods are integrated into [bc]'s overall practice.
- Learn how [bc] integrates design and community engagement
- Learn the Activating Vacancy process, from ideation to celebration
- Learn about the various community engagement methods employed by [bc]
Director at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Lizzie brings to the team critical design experience managing [bc]’s multi-year creative placemaking initiative, Activating Vacancy, an initiative focused on bringing people together to share food, stories, art, experience, and histories as well as enabling neighbors to talk, to learn, and to organize. This activation leads to cultural, physical, and political changes that can revitalize neighborhoods, improve infrastructure and bring economic benefits to residents.
Prior to joining [bc] in her current role, Lizzie was a part of OMA/AMO in Rotterdam, NL. She received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Master of Design Studies in Art, Design and the Public Domain from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Architecture from CarnegieMellon University.
Supporting Individual Artists: Dancers EditionContains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/25/2019
With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?
About this Webinar
Join Allyson Esposito, Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Boston Foundation, to learn about the Next Steps for Boston Dance grantmaking initiative for Boston area choreographers. The Boston Foundation is one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations. The Next Steps for Boston Dance program was born out of the results of several different research initiatives led by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Foundation, which identified dance as the least philanthropically supported discipline in the region, and articulated a need for artist-level support and the development of pathways for local choreographers and dance artists. Next Steps was created with significant input from the dance community it was intended to serve and provides much needed rehearsal space, mentorship, and funds for artists to take their “next step”. Key to its success is the flexibility of the program (no pun intended!), with individualized supports provided to each artist recipient.
Attendees will learn:
- How to create an artist-level grant program based on research and data, but with significant artist input into the program design process
- How to create individualized supports within a grant program
- What choreographers need to be most successful in achieving their career goals
- What parallel investments and ecosystem shifts have had to occur to ensure Next Steps is most impactful
- Choreographer mentorship models
- Cohort and network building within a diverse and disparate dance ecology
This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Senior Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation
Allyson Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer with more than ten consecutive years of experience in the philanthropic field. In each of the philanthropy roles she has held, Esposito has led comprehensive change, designing and implementing new strategies, programs and systems to support a new vision that addresses areas of highest need and greatest opportunity, often in response to large scale, municipally-led cultural planning efforts.
She currently serves as the Senior Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s Community Foundation and one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of $1 billion. Relocating to Boston during a critical “arts renaissance” for the city, Esposito designed a large-scale philanthropic response to the city’s first large-scale cultural plan, Boston Creates. One of her programs, Live Arts Boston (LAB), has been hailed as most well-known, field-changing grant programs for the arts in Greater Boston. In three years, LAB has supported 185 projects and more than 450 artists (70% of whom identify as people of color) with nearly $3 million to create, present or produce new work for Greater Boston audiences. A recent WBUR article about LAB noted that, since its inception, “the arts in Boston is demonstrably more vibrant.”
Esposito came to Boston from her hometown of Chicago, where she worked for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as the Director of Cultural Grantmaking, leading efforts to strategically restructure all grant programs for the first time in 20 years, ultimately designing and managing 4 programs awarding more than 250 grants per year. Prior to DCASE, she was Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation during a time of significant organizational and leadership transition.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Jean Appolon Expressions
In addition to being the Co-Founder and Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School.
Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches dance at Boston Ballet’s City Dance and Boys in Motion programs, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. The 2019 Summer Dance Institute is being held in Lawrence, MA for the first time this year, in partnership with Izizwe Dance Studio and Bread and Roses.
Jean Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has toured to Washington DC, Silver Springs, MD, NYC and Port Au Prince, Haiti. JAE has also performed at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater, John Hancock Hall and Silver Spring MD Civic Center, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, American Universtiy, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Central Square Theater CityPop Egleston and the Irish Immigration Center of Boston.
Facebook: Jean Appolon Expressions
The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance: https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/grant-making-initiatives/next-steps-for-boston-dance
The Boston Foundation’s General arts and culture site: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas/arts
The Boston Foundation’s research and study about funding for Boston and 10 Other Cities (from 2016): https://www.tbf.org/-/media/tbforg/files/reports/arts-report_jan-7-2016.pdf?la=en
The New England Foundation for the Arts study: https://www.nefa.org/moving-dance-forward
AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar SeriesContains 2 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.
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Creating Spaces: Performing Arts in Sacred Places - Part 2Contains 2 Component(s)
Artists have been creating out of and incubated by sacred places (churches, synagogues, temples, etc) for a long time. So much of that is based on the chance encounter, a congregant or clergy leader who happens to love art and wants it in their space or any number of other non-linear ways. Partners for Sacred Places has figured out how to put the two together in a purposeful and meaningful manner. Internal conversations and external transparency and more are key to a successful partnership between the two.
About this Webinar
Artists have been creating out of and incubated by sacred places (churches, synagogues, temples, etc) for a long time. However, so much of art in sacred places is based on the chance encounter, a congregant or clergy leader who happens to love art and wants it in their space or any number of other non-linear ways. Partners for Sacred Places has figured out how to put the two together in a purposeful and meaningful manner. Internal conversations and external transparency and more are key to a successful partnership between the two.
- Learn about what internal conversations need to be had before space sharing
- How are artist and sacred place space sharing relationships unique
- How do these relationships transcend the typical model of landlord/tenant and how can they do more than that model
Check out part one of this two-part webinar: https://artsu.americansforthearts.org/products/creating-spaces-performing-arts-in-sacred-places-part-1
Director, Making Homes for the Arts in Sacred Places, Partners for Sacred Places
Karen DiLossi earned her degrees from Washington College and Villanova University. Karen has worked professionally in theatre since 2000 both onstage and off and has achieved particular success as stage manager, director, and producer. As a director, she has tackled classics (Tartuffe & Twelfth Night) and contemporary pieces (Jump/Cut, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead) as well many original new works as Co-Artistic Director for Madhouse Theater Company. She was the Program Director for the Theatre Alliance for 8 years where she produced the Barrymore Awards many times and directed them herself twice. As Director of Arts in Sacred Places, she has built and brought to a national stage a program that connects artists and congregations and also engages multiple civic, nonprofit, and funder stakeholders. Over the past eight years, she has expanded this originally Philadelphia-based program into Chicago, Austin, and Baltimore. Starting in the summer of 2019, Karen will begin piloting the program in New York City. Karen also led the research report Creating Spaces which elevated the artist space crisis conversation nationwide and in the Spring of 2016 opened The Philadelphia Design Center, the first of its kind in the country. Just this May (2019), she produced Grounds that Shout! (and others merely shaking) a series of performances curated by Reggie Wilson (Fist and Heel Performance Group) where the artists performatively respond to religious spaces, with a focus on the history of the black and POC religious experience in Philadelphia and the United States.
Partners' website link to Arts in Sacred Places: https://sacredplaces.org/reimagine-your-community/arts-culture
Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Grounds that Shout project: https://sacredplaces.org/reimagine-your-community/grounds-that-shout
Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Creating Spaces report: https://sacredplaces.org/tools-research/3-city-arts-study
Partners' Arts in Sacred Places Philadelphia Design Center project: https://www.phillydesigncenter.org/
Connecting Communities Through EventsContains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/23/2019
Most organizations feel the need to produce regular events to gain new audiences and foster returning patrons. However, if each event is not connecting with the community in a meaningful way, it is hard to rationalize the long hours your staff has put into producing it. Event production is more than just a logistical task and success can be gauged in more ways than just the audience numbers. This webinar will touch on how to look for the right person to produce your events and how logistical details should not take precedence over the skill of creating a mini-program that furthers your organization's mission and most importantly connects communities and creates thriving collaborations.
About this Webinar
- Understanding how to cultivate relationships through events
- How to hire the right person to produce your events
- How to gauge success for your organization after events
Founder, Full Gallop
Sarah is a lifelong arts lover and advocate with 13 years of experience in arts research, programming and presenting. She is the founder of Full Gallop, which offers event production, community engagement and artist consulting services. Full Gallop strives to bridge cultures and connect communities through creative collaborations and programs. She has a personal mission to help increase equity in the arts, especially in Austin, where she recently started the Inclusion Riders Initiative ATX. She was also a founding board member of Austin Emerging Arts Leaders from 2013-2019.
400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just FutureContains 2 Component(s)
400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future is calling on communities across the country to engage in place-based observances of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of the first Africans trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean and sold into bondage in the U.S. Our initiative is calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy. To gear up for these observances, our webinar will feature members of the organizing team, Ashley Bernal and Molly Rose Kaufman. They will share the project background and offer tools and resources for people and organizations to activate place-based creative observances for truth-telling and collective healing. 400 Years of Inequality is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities.
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August 14, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT
400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance for a Just Future is calling on communities across the country to engage in place-based observances of the 400th anniversary of the 1619 arrival of the first Africans trafficked across the Atlantic Ocean and sold into bondage in the U.S. Our initiative is calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods, and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance. Inequality is a threat to our health and democracy. To gear up for these observances, our webinar will feature members of the organizing team, Ashley Bernal and Erika Kitzmiller. They will share the project background and offer tools and resources for people and organizations to activate place-based creative observances for truth-telling and collective healing. 400 Years of Inequality is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to dismantling structural inequality and building strong, healthy communities.
400 Years of Inequality / The New School
Ashley Bernal is a Ph.D. student in Public and Urban Policy at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs. Her research interests include the disparate impact on racial minorities and the various ways racial minorities experience US citizenship. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ashley served as a Gender-based Violence Program Coordinator where she created a culturally specific program to better service African-American and LGBTQIA domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking survivors of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Currently, she is a research consultant and adjunct professor at the City University of New York’s York College, teaching courses in the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Gender, and Social Stratification.
400 Years of Inequality / Columbia University
Erika M. Kitzmiller is a historian of race, inequality, and education whose scholarship focuses on the historical processes and current reforms that contribute to and address inequality today. Her current book project, The Roots of Educational Inequality: Philadelphia and Germantown High School (under contract, University of Pennsylvania Press), traces the history of racial and educational inequality in Philadelphia and one of the city's neighborhood high schools, Germantown High School, over the course of the 20th century from the school's founding to its ultimate closure in 2013. Her scholarship has been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation, Harvard University's Hutchins Center, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, and Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her dual Ph.D. in History and Education and M.P.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Wellesley College. She lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and young children.
How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit CultureContains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/17/2019
What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This webinar, the first of a three-part series, will reflect on the history of nonprofits and institutional norms, providing greater context for the structures that we work within. From this framework, the following two webinars will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.
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July 17, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT
Nonprofits are tasked with creating change, inspiring and cultivating future leaders and providing critical resources for healthy community development. However, they are often underfunded and understaffed, conditioning them to act from a place of scarcity or familiarity in pursuit of their mission. With this comes a limited set of possibilities.