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  • Branding for Artists Demystified: Are you doing it right?

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    Artists, are you wondering how to define your unique brand and how to use it to promote your work to reach your big goals?

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    Artists, are you wondering how to define your unique brand and how to use it to promote your work to reach your big goals? This course will answer all of your questions about what your personal brand should be, why it’s important, and how to build your marketing confidence. Plus,you’ll learn that you’re already doing a lot of it right already! 


    In this 60-minute course, we’ll cover:
    • what it means to have a personal brand as an artist
    • how to find your brand voice
    • how to genuinely and clearly write about yourself and your work
    • finding confidence in your own unique story
    • how to create strong visuals to support your story
    • defining your ideal audience
    • what exact marketing materials you need to support your brand
    • And, most importantly, how to celebrate your unique vision and work to achieve success!

    Go to the "Handouts" tab above and find "Define Your Brand in Three Steps" worksheet.


    DELVE is an educational and coaching platform that helps artists and creatives tell their unique stories and establish a clear, genuine and powerful presence in the world: online, in person, and in writing. Our mission is to help you reach your biggest goals by creating community, to empower you to hone the professional skills you need to put your best work into the world, and to inspire each other to take action on projects that truly matter.

    DELVE was founded by Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency run by two artists, Sara Jones, a painter, and Andrea Wenglowskyj, a photographer. They met in graduate school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2004 and have been collaborating on projects to support artists ever since.



  • Member Briefing: AFTA’s Strategy for Defending the NEA

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    AFTA’s Strategy for Defending the NEA

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    The efforts to defend federal funding for the arts are going to happen over months—and we need to have a strategy that keeps both federal and grassroots momentum going over that time. In this member-exclusive call, hear more about AFTA’s plans and how you can take part. Join the call with Americans for the Arts Vice President of Government Affairs Narric Rome in conversation with membership coordinator Bridget Woodbury.

    Sign up, call-in, and join the discussion!

    Please note, to join the call you must first access the platform on the right-hand column. 

    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: 708763.

    Speakers:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts

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    Bridget Woodbury, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


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

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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 7, 2017
    Application/Organization Form Deadline: April 29, 2017
    Cohort 1 Participants Notified: May 26, 2017

    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.

    USEFUL LINKS:

    2017-19 Program Guidelines

    2017-19 Application

    2017-19 Organization Nomination Form

    Ruby Lopez Harper

    Director of Local Arts Services

    Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.

    Originally from California, where she was a dance instructor in her spare time, Ruby worked with local community theatre companies creating choreography for their musical theatre productions earning numerous local, state and regional recognition for her work both on and offstage. She has and continues to serve on grant panels for the Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, MetroArts Nashville and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruby has an associate degree from Cerritos College, a certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, and is a trained meeting facilitator.

    Laura Kakolewski

    Manager, National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP)

    As the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Manager, Laura is in charge of overseeing the programmatic development and execution of a suite of services in the areas of marketing, media and audience engagement, including the annual NAMP Conference. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts in September 2010, she was responsible for planning a variety of events for undergraduate students at Brown University in Providence, RI. She has also worked coordinating European and American painting auctions in Dalllas, TX. Laura holds a B.A from Fordham University in art history and M.A. in art history from Brooklyn College.

    Norah Johnson

    Director of New Projects & Capabilities

    Norah G. Johnson oversees activities that aim to extend and deepen the PCA’s fulfillment of its mission to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the commonwealth. She is currently working with AFTA’s National Arts Marketing Project to bring to life Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector. Johnson’s past projects at the PCA include an exhibit of Pennsylvania textiles, and a video on the history of the Pennsylvania arts community’s 50-year+ relationship with the National Endowment for the Arts.  Prior to joining the PCA, Johnson worked in user experience design and research for Andculture, based in Harrisburg, PA.

    Juliet Ramirez

    National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Associate

    Prior to becoming the National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Associate, Juliet was the Arts Marketing Intern at Americans for the Arts. As an intern, she worked closely with the Local Arts Advancement team, supporting and helping with all tasks related to NAMP. As the NAMP Associate,Juliet’s main job is to create and maintain a smooth implementation for a variety of tasks that will help create an easier transition when planning and organizing the NAMP Conference. Juliet graduated from the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a B.A. in public relations and advertising, and a minor in business administration.

  • Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts."


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    With the arts advocacy season fully upon us, join Randy Cohen, our VP of Research and Policy, to discuss the latest updates to the top “10 Reasons to Support the Arts” and get 10 case-making arrows to include in your arts advocacy quiver to convince anyone to support the arts.

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    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts




    Randy Cohen, VP of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts
    Email | Twitter Handle: @artsinfoguy

    Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public's opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation's 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. In the late 1990's, Randy collaborated with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

  • Federal Arts Policy Quarterly Updates

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    Quarterly federal updates for arts advocates on arts and arts education policy.

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    Be an Arts Professional in the know! Stay current on the latest federal updates. This webinar series updates arts advocates on the latest federal news, recently passed federal bills, proposed federal legislation, and current advocacy actions.

    2017 Quarterly Update 1:

    1. The Arts Mobilization Center
    2. Proposed Budget Cuts
    3. Congressional Actions in Support of the NEA
    4. Arts Advocacy Day
    5. Americans for the Arts Statements & Ads
    6. Immediate Actions for Arts Advocates


    Presenters:

    Narric W. Rome, Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education, Americans for the Arts



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

    You might be interested in the following webinar:

    The 2016 Election: What's Next?

    Virtual Conversation: Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

    Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

    Quarterly Update 4 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    Quarterly Update 3 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • The Continued Budget Negotiations
    • Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
    • What's Next for the Budget
    • The Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act
    • Military Bands
    • Federal Rulemaking Impacting Overtime (Check out the Department of Labor's fact sheet on the new rule to learn more)
    • Art in Transit
    • 2016 Elections & effects
    • Fall in Congress

    Quarterly Update 2 :

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • What's going on with the budget?
    • FY 2017 Funding for the NEA
    • The CREATE Act
    • The Artist-Museum Partnership Act
    • Congressional Arts Caucus
    • Congressional STEAM Caucus
    • What's next?

    Quarterly Update 1:

    In this webinar you will be briefed on the following:

    • Top Art Policy Wins of 2015
    • The Budget & Appropriations Process
    • The President's Budget Request
    • The Congressional Appropriations Process
    • Annual Public & Outside Witness Testimony
  • Supercharging Your Arts Career!

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    Supercharging Your Arts Career! uses the superpower tools of inquiry, brainstorming, and visceral language to help individuals get to clarity on seemingly evasive or obtuse professional goals.

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    Achieving your arts career aspirations requires some clarity and planning. Supercharging Your Arts Career uses the superpower tools of inquiry, brainstorming, and visceral language to help individuals get to clarity on seemingly evasive or obtuse professional goals. The Clarity Process, developed by Sandy Seufert, is an amalgam of select processes and techniques including the Question Formulation Technique and the Technology of Participation. Through her own work as a facilitator, strategic planner and professional development professional, Sandy discovered a new adaptation and application of these techniques that prove powerful in both individual and group reflection.

    In this self-paced lesson, learn how to get to value-centered, emotionally connected, and mission aligned professional goals that are organized in an organic yet logical way.


    Module #1: Getting Clear on your WHAT and your WHY (8 minutes)

    This module helps individuals take a clear and honest look at their past and current career situations, reflecting on what has worked and what challenges remain. Through a series of Journal Activities, participants get clear on the WHAT (the issues at hand) as well as the values and circumstances that make up their WHY. The belief that personal development and professional development are closely linked is the theme of this unit.



    Module #2: The Power of Inquiry (10 minutes)

    This module builds on the reflection from Module #1 and begins a strategic process of inquiry using a technique called Question Formulation Technique. QFT, stemming from the Right Question Institute, has been adapted to help facilitate individual reflection that leads to a high-leverage Focus Question that is the basis for the upcoming module.



    Module #3: The Clarity Process, Part 1 (7 minutes)

    This module takes the participant on a journey to brainstorm and organize key thoughts and actions that stem from the powerful and personal Focus Question created in Module #2. This step-by-step guided process draws heavily on a method called Technology of Participation from the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Adapted in a few but significant ways, the Clarity Process allows participants to begin to group ideas that reveal trends and insights.



    Module #4: The Clarity Process, Part 2 and Getting from Clarity to Action (9 minutes)

    This module completes the Clarity Process by guiding participants to create clear, concise and powerful names for the grouping of ideas. Those names are then prioritized into a hierarchical graphic organizer that serves as a guidepost for further action planning.


    Handouts & Materials:

    Handout associated with a particular module:
    1. Clarity Worksheet (to be downloaded for use with Module 3 and continued use in Module 4))

    Additional handouts available for those wanting to conduct this work with a group are:
    1. Sample Individual QFoci
    2. Clarity Process Step-By-Step (This includes two additional activities if doing the Clarity Process with a group)
    3. Additional Resources from Sandy Seufert


    Here are a list of materials needed for the whole process:
    1. Journal or blank pieces of paper
    2. 2 printed copies of the Clarity Worksheet (downloaded from the site)
    3. Pens in at least two colors and perhaps a pencil
    4. Mini sticky notes (1" x 1 1/2", approximately)


    Resources:

    For helpful resources check out the tab above or visit the ArtsU leadership section.



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    Sandy Seufert, Arts Consultant

    After eleven years of working in Los Angeles Unified School District in special education, Sandy left the world of education to pursue her artistic career as a cellist, playing in several orchestras as well as teaching cello in her private studio and working as a teaching artist in schools. At that time, Sandy also took up a new instrument, the violin, and is now an accomplished folk fiddler in the Scandinavian tradition and regularly performs and composes as a homage to her ancestry. As that musical path continued, Sandy simultaneously started working in arts administration and over the past 15 years has worked for many large and small arts organizations including the Da Camera Society, Los Angeles Opera, The Music Center: Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, The Armory Center for the Arts, Turnaround Arts: California, Dramatic Results, PS Arts and the California Alliance for Arts Education. Her areas of specialty include arts integration, teaching artist training/development, curriculum development, and strategies for working special needs students.


    Sandy currently works as a consultant in arts education in the Los Angeles area and works as a coach with Arts for All as part of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she assists school districts to create strategic plans for the arts. She is also on the roster of coaches with the California Alliance for Arts Education to do this same work on a statewide level. She also coordinates the Arts and STEM Collaborative, a tri-county effort from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties to help create guidelines for school districts wishing to create or retrofit schools as STEAM schools.


    The Clarity Process Story

    Sandy Seufert has had a somewhat unplanned yet perfect career path that has traversed education, the performing arts, and arts administration. Through her own experience in struggling with a lack of clarity and direction in much of her career, Sandy has made it a mission the past few years to pursue a multitude of studies and practices to get to the bottom of finding clarity for her own life and now feels a deep mission to help other find clarity that leads to positive and aligned action. Her own interest in personal development alongside with her background as a professional development trainer, a strategic planner and a facilitator has created a “perfect storm" of interest, mission, and talent for working with people and ideas. Sandy has shared her Clarity Process in workshops with emerging and mid-career arts administrators with grantees of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as well as members of Emerging Arts Leaders – LA, helping people find not only clarity on their professional development goals but a new sense of agency and enthusiasm. The opportunity to create the Supercharging Your PD lesson with Americans for the Arts is a dream that is beautifully realized from her own Focus Question – “How can I add more value to the field?"


    When taking a course in strategic planning methods in 2015 from the Institute of Cultural Affairs, Sandy challenged herself to do an exercise in the appendix of the course manual that used the methods of Technology of Participation to apply to the creation of her individual vision. In a coffee shop armed with a stack of mini sticky notes, Sandy had the first light bulb go off in her head. This was fun and empowering! Nearly a year passed where Sandy did not reference this document, but when she returned to the work she did at that coffee shop, the second light bulb moment happened. Many of the goals she outlined on that paper had been actualized, almost seeming to be part of some subliminal programming. This sent her interest and action into overdrive and she began to develop The Clarity Process through taking individuals as well as groups through the process. With feedback and iteration, the Clarity Process is now a streamlined and user-friendly way to get to value-centered, emotionally connected, and mission aligned goals that are organized in an organic yet logical way.

    Additional Resources from Sandy Seufert for Supercharging Your PD

    To learn more about the techniques referenced in these modules, visit:The Right Question Institute www.rqi.org and The Institute of Cultural Affairs http://www.ica-usa.org/


    Podcasts that offer support developing Action Plans, working smarter, and thinking out of the box

    Achieve Your Goals Podcast with Hal Elrod http://halelrod.com/podcast/

    Entrepreneur on Fire with John Lee Dumas http://www.eofire.com/podcast/

    Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/podcasts/


    Web resources that support the creation of an Action Plan
    https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_04....
    http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Effective-Action-...
    https://www.smartsheet.com/develop-plan-action-fre...


    Resources for Self-Assessment
    http://www.gallup.com/products/170957/clifton-stre...
    http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-typ...
    https://www.colorcode.com/choose_personality_test/


    Sandy's Top Five Game-Changing Books

    The Miracle Morning: The Not So Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8:00am by Hal Elrod

    The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truths Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jan Papasan

    SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life: A Four-Step Guide to Getting Unstuck by Julie Morgenstern

    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

    DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

  • Equitable Grantmaking: Virtual Conversation

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    Creating equitable access and supporting the residents and visitors to your county can be a challenge. With so much focus on multi-cultural relationships and community engagement, how do you consider the best options for investing support and where to invest that support?

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    Creating equitable access and supporting the residents and visitors to your county can be a challenge. With so much focus on multi-cultural relationships and community engagement, how do you consider the best options for investing support and where to invest that support?


    Join Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director Animating Democracy and Suzan Jenkins, Chief Executive Office for Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, to learn more about Equity 360: Grantmaking and the tools and resources available to support you. Hear more about the work happening in the field and get expert advice about the work you are doing.

    If viewing live on an iPad or iphone, first install the app here, or search the App store for MobileMeetings By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. Once the iPad/iphone app is installed and launched enter meeting number 659702 to open the live webinar.

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    Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts


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    Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County


    Moderator:

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    Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts

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    Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

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    Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. Additionally, she contributes to Local Arts Advancement work at Americans for the Arts. Barbara has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking; Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue; Fundamentals of Local Arts Management; and The Cultural Planning Work Kit. A consultant in program design and evaluation, Barbara has served as an adviser for state and national arts agencies and private foundations. Barbara previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She is president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. and a board member for WomenArts. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA School Committee. She currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



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    Suzan E. Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
    Website: http://creativemoco.com/

    Recognized as one of the Top CEOs You Need To Know in 2009 by The Gazette of Politics and Business, featured in Women Business Leaders of Maryland 2010, recipient of the Friend of Glen Echo Park Award in 2011 and winner of the 2012 Washingtonian Green Giant Award, Suzan Jenkins is a visionary CEO with a knack for leading cultural initiatives. She has over 20 years' extensive experience spearheading organizational and programmatic development in the non-profit arts and culture sector from world renown organizations such as the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Recording Industry Association of America to name but a few. In May 2012 she will be awarded an Honorary Degree for Associate of Arts in Public Service from Montgomery College, Maryland and in February 2013 she was awarded the Jazz Service Award by the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

  • Arts Advocacy Best Practices with Senator Stan Rosenberg

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    Join Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg as he guides arts advocates and supporters through his best practices for effective arts advocacy.

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    Part 3: It's Time to Engage and Listen to Millennials

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    It's not uncommon for our media and popular culture to generalize Millennials as lazy and narcissistic, with an outsized sense of entitlement, interested only in their next opportunity to take a selfie. But this is the largest, best educated and most college debt-ridden generation in Western history, and its members possess a number of positive characteristics that the arts community needs to understand and to which they need to respond.

    Based on a growing body of research, Millennials have emerged as creative, adventurous, civic minded, tech savvy, socially aware, and consider themselves global citizens, to name a few of their positive characteristics and drivers.

    That's why last year, Senator Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate, launched the Millennial Engagement Initiative to listen to their concerns and brainstorm with them ways to address those concerns, as well as ways to get and keep Millennials engaged in our democratic process.

    In the webinar, Sen. Rosenberg will discuss his program but also asks that you come to the webinar with an idea or two of a millennial engagement idea that you have tried or want to try. Did it work? Fail? and Why?

    If you are not comfortable bringing up an idea (or concern), email Jay Dick (Jay@artsusa.org) and he will bring up your question/thought anonymously.

    If viewing on an iPad or iphone, first install the app here, or search the App store for MobileMeetings By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. Once the iPad app is installed and launched enter meeting number 747326 to open the live webinar.


    Part 2: Pre and Post-Election Activities for 501(c)3 Organizations

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    Join Americans for the Arts Fellow Senator Stan Rosenberg, President of the Massachusetts Senate, as he discusses what arts organizations should be doing to prepare for the November elections. Senator Rosenberg will provide an overview of pre and post-election activities and highlight what election activities 501(c)3 organizations can legally engage in. The session will be moderated by Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts' Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs.


    Part 1: How to Talk to Elected Officials

    (Archive now Available)

    Effective arts advocacy requires building strong relationships with decision makers who can champion the arts in your community.

    Join Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg as he guides arts advocates and supporters through his best practices and recommendations on how to effectively engage with elected officials and their staff.

    In this webinar, Arts Advocates and supporters will learn the best language and approaches from Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg that they can apply in engaging and building relationships with their own elected officials and staff.



    Presenter:

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    Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President


    Moderator:

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


    Stan Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President

    Twitter Handle: @SenStan

    Website: http://www.stanrosenberg.com/

    Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov




    Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg was elected 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate by his colleagues in January, 2015. 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 is a 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.A. in Community Development & Arts Management. Shortly after graduating, he began his work in public service as an aide to former State Senator and Congressman John Olver.

    He was elected to the Massachusetts House in 1987 and then to the Senate in 1991, where he has been entrusted by his colleagues with leadership positions such as Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. To his neighbors in the Pioneer Valley, Stan is seen as an accessible reformer and a pragmatic progressive. Western Mass values like inclusion and equality inform his worldview – Stan was a chief strategist behind a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling, and a key leader in the battle on Beacon Hill to preserve the newly-won right of same-sex marriage in 2003.



    Jay Dick, Sr. Director of State and Local Government Affairs

    Americans for the Arts

    Twitter Handle: @JayAFTA

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

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

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

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

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

    Jay received his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in American History from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 1993.
  • Virtual Conversations: Emerging Leaders Networks

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    Are you running a Emerging Leader Network? Interested in starting one? Join us for a series of calls with active or prospective network leads to share network building best practices and troubleshoot common issues.

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    Emerging Leaders Network Virtual Conversation Series

    Are you running a Emerging Leader Network? Interested in starting one? Join us for a series of virtual conversations with active or prospective network leads to share network building best practices and troubleshoot common issues. Designed to be a forum for support and information exchange, participants are encouraged to share stories, challenges, successes, and questions.

    The objective of these calls is to assist emerging leader network leads in building, growing, and sustaining local emerging art leader networks through peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

    Long term Objectives:

    • Grow deeper connections and affinity between ELNs.
    • Inspire ELNs to increase their impact on the field and communities.
    • ELNs create a learning community where they share resources and best practices to advance the EL movement


    Find Helpful Documents in the "Resources" tab above.


    ELN Virtual Conversations:

    Starting, Growing, & Maintaining an Emerging Leader Network (ELN)

    Emerging Leader Networks for Community Impact & Change

    What do I do with the Money? A Financial Primer for Emerging Leader Networks, Art Collectives, and other Unincorporated Groups.

    Don't Let Your Network Die: How to Plan & Manager the Basics of Your Emerging Arts Leader Network

    Archive recording available on the right-hand panel.

    Agendas and speakers available in the tabs above.

    To Be or Not To Be… An Entity - online course from Minerva Financial

    Want to explore entity types in a bit more detail? Feel free to enroll in "To Be or Not to Be... An Entity," a self-paced, online learning experience from Minerva Financial Arts. Read more and register here. Use the discount code AFTA for 20% off the list price.

    Starting, Growing, & Maintaining an Emerging Leader Network (ELN)


    April 7th Virtual Conversation objectives:

    Participants will be able to begin:

    • Outlining the first steps in starting a new EL network.
    • Planning initial programing to grow an EL network.
    • Draft a succession plan and structure to maintain an active EL network.

    Agenda:

    Intro/overview

    Purpose & Impact of ELNs - Rebecca (Portland, OR)

    Starting a Network - Hilary (Salt Lake City)

    Growing a network - Liz (Seattle)

    Maintaining a network - Stephanie & Joe (DC)


    Join ELN Leads:


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    Rebecca Burrell,

    Portland
    Emerging
    Arts Leaders
    Hilary Amnah,
    Salt Lake
    Emerging Arts
    Professionals
    Elisheba
    Johnson,

    Seattle
    Arts Leadership
    Team
    Stephanie
    Johnson,

    Emerging Arts
    Leaders DC
    Joe Frandoni,
    Emerging Arts
    Leaders DC

    Don't Let Your Network Die: How to Plan & Manage the Basics of Your Emerging Arts Leader Network

    A thriving network chapter needs a clear structure and strategy to ensure continuity and relevant programming. Often networks are started by a couple of energetic individuals doing it all but if they forego proper planning and recruitment they will ultimately face burnout and a dying network.

    Join consultant and planning expert Alison T. McNeil and Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles Advisory Board member Lauren Nichols for a conversation on how to approach the planning process in order to create a strong framework and grow a successful and sustainable network. McNeil is the Founder & President of McNeil Creative Enterprises. She has experience consulting with Emerging Leader Networks, including Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, on strategic visioning and building a strong foundation.

    Participants should expect insight on the following topics:

    • What to Consider When Launching an Emerging Arts Leaders(EAL) Network
    • How to Plan for EAL Network Success
    • Common Issues/Challenges Faced by EAL Networks
    • Techniques to Address Issues/Challenges

    Presenters:

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    Alison T. McNeil, Founder & President of McNeil Creative Enterprises,


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    Lauren Nichols,
    Program Associate, Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
    Advisory Board Member, Emerging Arts Leaders Los Angeles


    Emerging Leader Networks for Community Impact & Change


    Conversation objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    Outline strategies or programming for ELNs to impact their community.


    Agenda:

    Welcome

    Creative Conversations as a Catalyst for Change - Donnie & Chelsea, Rising Arts Leaders San Diego

    Positioning Your Network for Community Impact- Adam, Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area

    Advancing Equity - Candace & Jessica, Portland Emerging Arts Leaders


    ELN Leads:


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    Dr. Donnie Matsuda
    Rising Arts Leaders San Diego




    Adam Fong
    Emerging Arts Pros SF/SB

    Candace Kita
    Portland Emerging Arts Leaders

    Jessica Stern
    Portland Emerging Arts Leaders

    What do I do with the Money? A Financial Primer for Emerging Leader Networks, Art Collectives, and other Unincorporated Groups.

    Whether it's event revenue, membership fees, or donations, running an unincorporated group requires you to track and manage money that isn't yours. What should you do with the money in order to keep in line with IRS rules and limit your liability? What are the rules for asking, accepting, and managing donations? What are your group's structural options?

    Join financial expert Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Founder of Minerva Financial Arts and author of "Arts & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Non-Profits, and other Members of the Creative Class", and Bridget Woodbury, co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders DC, in a conversation about financial best practices for unincorporated groups like EL Networks and Art Collectives.

    In this Virtual Conversation you will learn:

    • Best practices for managing an unincorporated group's money.
    • How to limit your personal liability
    • Options for accepting & managing donations
    • Structural options for your group.


    Speakers:

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    Elaine Grogan Luttrull, Founder of Minerva Financial Arts, and author of "Arts & Numbers"; @egluttrull


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    Bridget Woodbury, co-chair of Emerging Arts Leaders DC, Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts

    Become an Americans for the Arts Member!
  • USDA Rural Arts Funding

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Join Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, USDA Rural Development, as he overviews USDA programs that arts organizations can utilize, the people to know, and tips to make your organization stand out.

    ondemand.jpgAbout this Webinar

    When we talk about federal government funding for the arts, we typically think of the National Endowment for the Arts, but U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development budget not only dwarfs that of the NEA, but contains programs for which arts organizations may be eligible.

    Join Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, USDA Rural Development, as he overviews USDA programs that arts organizations can utilize, the people to know, and tips to make your organization stand out.

    Speaker:

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    Bill Menner, Iowa State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development


    Moderator:

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

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    Bill Menner was appointed to the Obama Administration in July 2009 as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa.

    Under his leadership USDA Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested $4.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families.

    This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,000 jobs, aided 2,600 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
    Prior to his appointment, Menner served as executive director of Poweshiek Iowa Development, a county-wide economic development organization based in Grinnell, Iowa. In addition to acting as the county economic development director, he led downtown development and tourism efforts in the City of Grinnell.

    Menner also spent 14 years as a public radio reporter, including five years as the Iowa Statehouse reporter for Cedar Falls-based KUNI. He is the author of two books about Grinnell, one of which tells the story of the Merchants National Bank building, a national historic landmark designed by the legendary architect Louis Sullivan.

    A native of the Cleveland, Ohio-area, Menner is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in journalism and an MA in political science. He and his wife, Grinnell College political science professor Barbara Trish, have lived in Grinnell since 1990.