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  • Virtual Conversation: How Arts Vibrant is Your Community?

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    Healthy communities have healthy arts communities. Learn about NCAR's Arts Vibrancy Index which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. Find out where your community falls on the related Heat Map, with rank scores on all measures for every U.S. county. Understand what makes a city vibrant in the arts and the different elements that come into play to foster that vibrancy. Discuss how communities can boost vibrancy and why it matters to their overall health.

    About this Webinar

    April 10, 2018 at 3:30PM

    Healthy communities have healthy arts communities. Learn about NCAR's Arts Vibrancy Index which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. Find out where your community falls on the related Heat Map, with rank scores on all measures for every U.S. county. Understand what makes a city vibrant in the arts and the different elements that come into play to foster that vibrancy. Discuss how communities can boost vibrancy and why it matters to their overall health.

    Presenter:

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    Zannie Voss, Director, National Center for Arts Research

    @artsresearch, zvoss@smu.edu

    Dr. Zannie Voss is Director of the National Center for Arts Research and Professor of Arts Management in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business.  Prior to SMU, she was a Professor at Duke University and Producing Director of Theater Previews at Duke. Before transitioning to academia, Zannie served as managing director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, associate manager of the Alley Theatre, and assistant director of Audience Development at the Mark Taper Forum. Zannie has consulted on projects for the Irvine Foundation, the League of American Orchestras, Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Communications Group, co-authoring TCG’s Theatre Facts since 1998.  She has published over a dozen articles in top academic and practitioner journals.

  • Ask the Expert with Stan Rosenberg: Influencing Your State Budgeting Process

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    While many states have just finished their budget processes, the time for advocating for next year’s budgets is not too far away. This ArtsU program will offer tips and tools to help arts advocates work to influence their state’s budgeting process to advance the arts and culture. Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, a former Budget Committee Chair and President of the Senate will answer your questions and offer advice on how you can work with your state’s elected officials during the budget process. This session will be moderated by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.

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    Tuesday, April 10th at 1:00PM (ET)

    While many states have just finished their budget processes, the time for advocating for next year’s budgets is not too far away. This ArtsU program will offer tips and tools to help arts advocates work to influence their state’s budgeting process to advance the arts and culture. Massachusetts State Senator Stan Rosenberg, a former Budget Committee Chair and President of the Senate will answer your questions and offer advice on how you can work with your state’s elected officials during the budget process. This session will be moderated by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.

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    Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts State Senator, Massachusetts State Senate

    Website: https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/SCR0
    Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
    Twitter: @SenStan

    Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg has represented the Hampshire, Franklin & Worcester County district in the Massachusetts Senate since 1991 and served as Senate President from 2015-2017. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed. 
    Stan believes that government works better when a diversity of viewpoints are heard. During his time as Senate President, he transformed the culture of the Senate by empowering and engaging his colleagues in a model he calls “Shared Leadership,” which encourages participation and cooperation. He has embraced technology and community outreach, creating a more accessible, modern and engaged Senate which reacts quickly to the needs of voters. Stan’s push to make government more responsive stretches back to 1993, when he co-authored the “Motor Voter” bill to modernize our voting system and boost voter turnout. He was later asked two times to redraw Massachusetts’ political boundaries during the redistricting process, earning high praise the second time for an exceptionally transparent process which created a new minority-majority district.
    Stan’s attention seldom strays far from fighting for working families and growing our economy from the bottom up. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, he passed a long-overdue wage hike for the Commonwealth’s lowest-paid human service workers. His tireless work to increase funding for education from early childhood to college has driven the creation of an innovation economy which keeps Massachusetts competitive.

    Moderator:

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

    Website: www.americansforthearts.org
    Email: jay@artsusa.org
    Twitter: @JayAFTA

    Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  As a twenty-five-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives. Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions.

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

  • Yes, And! Why evaluation is essential for good storytelling

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    In this high-energy webinar, Sheri Chaney Jones will share how stories and evaluation results lead to increase revenues, stronger relationships with funders, more engaged volunteers, and more meaningful impact. Inspiring research from Impact & Excellence will be shared around how arts organizations who establish specific measurement best practices are more successful. Participants will learn that this is fun, can be accomplished with any size organization, and will lead to positive results. Practical strategies that participants can start implemented immediately will be shared.

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    March 21, 2018 at 3:00PM

    In this high-energy webinar, Sheri Chaney Jones will share how stories and evaluation results lead to increase revenues, stronger relationships with funders, more engaged volunteers, and more meaningful impact. Inspiring research from Impact & Excellence will be shared around how arts organizations who establish specific measurement best practices are more successful. Participants will learn that this is fun, can be accomplished with any size organization, and will lead to positive results. Practical strategies that participants can start implemented immediately will be shared. 

    Learning Objectives

    • Discover how to use stories and evaluation data to increase effective operations and generate new sources of partnerships and funding.
    • Define success measures and learn proven strategies to effectively measure impact and outcomes.
    • Move toward the creation of solid organizational structures that are the foundation of evaluation best practices. 

    Presenter

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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President, Measurement Resources Company

    Website: www.measurementresourcesco.com

    Email: scjones@measurementresourcesco.com

    Twitter: @MRCCEO

    For over 17 years, Sheri Chaney Jones has improved government and  nonprofit organizations using performance management, evaluation, and organizational behavior best practices.  Her experience and expertise has transformed cultures and as a result, saved public dollars, improved outcomes, demonstrated effectiveness, and increased revenues.  By developing a measurement culture and using data collection and analysis, Sheri has helped one client turn a $420,000 loss into a $420,000 gain. A successful project with another client resulted in a program savings of approximately $100,000 a year; and yet another client saw an annual savings of $250,000,000 in Medicaid spending.  Sheri is the President of Measurement Resources Company and author of Impact & Excellence published by Jossey-Bass in 2014. At The Ohio State University, Sheri teaches a course on creating measurement cultures as part of the Certified Public Manager’s Program. Sheri earned a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a B.S. with distinction in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

    To register for this webinar, select "Register" in the top right hand corner of the screen.

  • March 2018 Member Briefing: Behind the Scenes of Arts Advocacy Day

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    March 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    Join us to learn more about our training day and hill visits. You know our policy objectives and strategy, but do you know how that actually plays out on the ground? We'll share stories about what actually happens when our members and partners engage directly with their legislators both in person and via social media, then we'll open things up to Q and A with Lauren Cohen, our Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, and Ann Marie Watson, our Digital Communications and Strategy Manager - both of whom engage directly with individuals in the field. Bring your questions about ways to modify our stakeholder engagement strategies or how to develop your own.

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Bridget Woodbury at bwoodbury@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!

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:867568.

    Presenters:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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    Lauren Cohen, Government Affairs and Grassroots Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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

  • Digital Overview - Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector - Cohort 2

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    Digital Overview: Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector is a two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, that supports, strengthens and advances the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of arts and cultural professionals.

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    KEY DATES:

    Application/Organization Nomination Form Opens: March 5, 2018
    Application/Organization Form Deadline: April 27, 2018
    Cohort 2 Participants Notified: May 18, 2018

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector is a two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, that supports, strengthens and advances the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of arts and cultural professionals. The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania.
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations – particularly those within diverse communities – in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    Arts professionals who reside and work in Pennsylvania arts and cultural organizations are invited to watch this FREE, On-Demand video overview to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria, and the application process will be covered. Click the REGISTER button on the right to watch.

    The application pdf above is to serve as a guide, ONLY. Please complete the application online, linked below.

    USEFUL LINKS:

    2018-20 Program Guidelines

    2018-20 Application

    2018-20 Organization Nomination Form

  • Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/05/2018

    Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go

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    March 12-13, 2018 in Washington, DC

    Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 500 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Visit the website!

    To view the Arts Advocacy Day 2018: Know Before You Go video, please select "View Video" on the right.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices in the Public Art Process

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2018

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

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    February 26,2018 at 1:00PM

    In this new series, Americans for the Art’s Public Art Network will line up experts on current topics and trends for our public art members and the field. Held quarterly, these virtual conversations will allow attendees to learn from experts who are knowledgeable on specific issues.

    Learning Objectives:

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the public art selection process have a growing interesting to professionals and artists alike. Taken from the Public Art Network Listserv, the topic of DEI will be addressed in this virtual conversation to provide another form of discussion on this important issue.

    After registering, be sure to check out further resources in the tabs above.

    To find more resources on Cultural Equity, Diversity and Inclusion visit the Public Art Resource Center at www.AmericansfortheArts.org/PARC

    Presenters:

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    Julie Muney Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Website: www.indyarts.org

    Email: jmoore@indyarts.org


    Julia Moore is an arts administrator, curator, educator, and art historian. She has curated, selected, and managed public art projects since 2000. Driven by a belief that public art should both inspire and reflect its community, Julia’s favorite projects are those that challenge traditional approaches to bring a mixture of surprise, thoughtfulness and joy into public space.

    At the Arts Council, Julia oversees community and civic public art projects, public art master planning, and ongoing programming to improve artists’ capacity to create public art. She is currently developing a new Public Art for Neighborhoods program with the City of Indianapolis, integrating both grant funding for neighborhood organizations and percent-for-art-style installations in private development.

    Prior to her work at the Arts Council, she served as the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services at the Indianapolis Art Center, curating over 250 gallery and public projects in 14 years. As the Public Art Administrator for Blackburn Architects, Inc., she oversaw the selection, fabrication and installation of public art in new construction; key projects included developing multi-million-dollar public art programs for Indianapolis International Airport and Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, and planning public art for cultural districts and other civic initiatives. Julia has also taught art history and art appreciation at colleges and universities in Central Indiana. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, in addition to a M.B.A. from Ball State University.

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    Amina K. Cooper, Manager of External Affairs and Public Art, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

    Website: www.creativemoco.com
    Email: amina.cooper@creativemoco.com

    Amina has spent the past ten years developing strategies that increase the capacity of community-based artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, she has served as a curator and public arts manager at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), the region’s designated local arts agency. Montgomery County’s public art program was initiated over 30 years ago and has grown to roughly 300 public artworks and 500 contemporary works on paper over time. In her role, Amina helps to lead conservation, maintenance, policy development and commissioning for the county. She also curates and manages the county’s gallery and exhibition space. Amina is interested in expanding cultural equity, leading research, community outreach and fundraising planning for public art projects in underserved communities. With an interest in new and best practices, Amina has helped to develop the programs’ new strategic plan and public art guidelines. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Boston University.

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    Caroline Vincent, Public Art & Placemaking Director, Metro Arts

    Website: artsnashville.org  
    Email: caroline.vincent@nashville.gov

    Caroline is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for the city of Nashville. The city’s Percent for Public Art program recently dedicated its 50th artwork in the collection. She currently oversees more than 40 active public art and community projects annually. In addition to the Percent for Art program, Vincent manages partnerships with multiple city agencies including a new focus on transportation and transit-related projects, as well as an artist training program called Learning Lab, which was initially funded via a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. She also supervises a micro-fund program called THRIVE that has supported more than 350 artists and 100 community projects over the last 4 years. In 2016 and 2017, she led a city-wide public art planning process that resulted in a Public Art Community Investment Plan that positions public art as a community investment tool for neighborhood transformation, creative workforce development and equitable practices throughout the city. Vincent has 18 years’ experience as a curator and consultant in public art programs, galleries and with corporate clients. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia.

  • February 2018 Member Briefing: Legislative Updates and Next Steps on Charitable Giving and the NEA

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/20/2018

    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    February 20, 2018 at 3:00PM

    About the Member Briefing

    One of the benefits you’re entitled to as an #AFTAmember is direct access to our staff when you need it most. Join our staff on February’s member-exclusive briefing call on February 20th at 3pm. We’ll update you on the Charitable Giving implications of the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and the proposal to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

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

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Bridget Woodbury at bwoodbury@artsusa.org.

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number:326390.

    Presenters:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Senior Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

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    Christina Ritchie, Director of Individual Giving, Americans for the Arts

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    Kate McClanahan, Director of Federal Affairs, Americans for the Arts

  • Member Briefing: A Closer Look at the Aesthetics Perspective Framework and Measuring Impact

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    Join us for this member only briefing!

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    About the Member Briefing

    If you will be viewing the live event on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter the meeting number: 818022.


    Presenters:

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    Pam Korza, Co-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

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    Barbara Schaffer BaconCo-Director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

    Moderator:

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


  • 2018 Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Cohort 2 Info Session (Erie, PA)

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    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector

    About the Initiative 

    This two-year capacity-building initiative, funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, aims to support, strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of the commonwealth’s arts and cultural professionals.

    The Initiative seeks to:

    1. Assist Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural organizations achieve increased and engaged audiences on a consistent basis through skill-building in the areas of arts marketing and audience engagement.
    2. Address long-term systemic issues of declining arts participation and loyal arts audiences in Pennsylvania
    3. Assist arts and cultural organizations–particularly those within diverse communities–in attracting and retaining expanded audiences.

    2018 Information Sessions in Western PA

    2018 marks the second, two-year training cycle for this initiative, which will begin in early summer of this year. Arts professionals who reside in Western PA and work at arts and cultural organizations in this region are invited and encouraged to attend a free, two-hour, in-person information session to learn what is required to complete a successful application. Program details, selection criteria and the application process will be covered. A digital informational session will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

    Please confirm attendance by clicking the "register" button in the top right.

    Location:

    Nonprofit Partnership
    609 Walnut Street
    Erie, PA | 16502

    Date and Time: Monday, February 12th at 10:00AM