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  • Giving Tuesday and the Arts

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    Learn about the core tenets of #GivingTuesday from its founders and how your organization can successfully become involved in the movement.

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    #GivingTuesday

    #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, is celebrating its fifth year anniversary.

    Celebrated in the U.S after the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. As giving days have increased in popularity, 92nd Street Y, the founder of #GivingTuesday, joins Americans for the Arts for a look at the implications for participating arts organizations. Anne Katz, executive director of Arts Wisconsin, talks about her community's experiences in planning and implementing successful giving days.

    Learn about the core tenets of #GivingTuesday from its founders and how your organization can successfully become involved in the movement and hear from a peer in the field about how they've made partners in the community, developed messaging and hooks, and promoted their giving days for successful and meaningful results.


    Speakers:

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    Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy & Collaboration, Center for Innovation & Social Impact, 92nd Street Y


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    Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

    Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy & Collaboration, Center for Innovation & Social Impact Organization: 92nd Street Y

    Twitter Handle: @92Y Website: https://www.92y.org/

    Jessica Schneider is the Director of Strategy & Collaboration in 92nd Street Y's Belfer Center for Innovation. In this role, Jessica leverages the power of new media and partnerships with outside organizations to strengthen and extend the reach of 92Y's core values. She spearheads several initiatives and programs, including #GivingTuesday, the Women inPower Fellowship, and Social Good Summit. Jessica has also held positions at Rent the Runway, General Assembly and the Palely Center for Media. She earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU.



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    Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin

    Twitter Handle: @artswisconsin Website: http://www.artswisconsin.org/

    Anne Katz is executive director of Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin's independent statewide community arts action, service, and development organization, whose mission is to nurture, serve, promote, and speak up for the arts in Wisconsin and all of its communities. She guides Arts Wisconsin's programs and activities, serves Wisconsin's diverse and ever-expanding creative community, and advocates and builds partnerships in the public and private sectors for the arts and creative industries on the local level.

    Under her leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor's Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts. Anne was an Arts Administration Fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988, and was a member of the 2014-2015 class of National Arts Strategies' Chief Executive Program, a global leadership program focused on community cultural development. She has received the Alene Valkanas Arts Advocacy Award from Americans for the Arts, the “Service to Music" Award from the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestras, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award, and has been recognized as one of the 25 most powerful arts leaders in the country, according to “Barry's Blog."

    Anne is a nationally sought after speaker and has been a review panelist for numerous local, state, regional and national grant programs. She serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Radio Association and the Wisconsin Downtown Action Council and is a past chair of the State Arts Action Council, the national network of statewide arts service and advocacy organizations affiliated with Americans for the Arts. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
  • BCA 10 Businesses in Action 2016

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    Learn how businesses are partnering with the arts programmatically to fuel community development, and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community

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    Each year the BCA 10 honors ten businesses that have been exceptional partners with the arts. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for other businesses to follow. Hear directly from 2016 honorees–Dogfish Head Brewery, Austin Energy, and Johnson & Johnson–about why they partner with the arts and learn how to create successful partnerships with the businesses in your community.

    In this webinar you will learn how businesses are partnering with arts programs to fuel community development and determine the best tools, talking points, and approaches for starting conversations with businesses in your community.

    Hashtag: #ArtsandBiz #BCA10


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    Consider nominating exceptional businesses in your community that are partnering with the arts for the 2017 BCA 10 award to honor their commitment to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen your relationship with them.


    Speakers:

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    Mark Carter, Dogfish Head Brewery, @dogfishbeer



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    Ashley Atkins, Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations, Johnson & Johnson, @aatkinscsr


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    Stacy Hecht, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson


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    Allen Small, Austin Energy, @austinenergy



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    Allison Orr, Artistic Director, Forklift Danceworks, @forkliftdance


    Moderator:

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    Jordan Shue, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts


    Mark Carter, Dogfish Head Brewery

    @dogfishbeer; http://www.dogfish.com/; mark@dogfish.com

    Mark Carter is a Delaware native and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He is the head of philanthropy for Dogfish Head Companies where he oversees their “Beer & Benevolence" program, which endeavors to collaborate with non-profit organizations to foster community, nourish artistic advancement, and cultivate environmental stewardship. Prior to coming aboard at Dogfish, he served as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.


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    Ashley Atkins,Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations
    Johnson & Johnson Twitter Handle: @aatkinscsr Website: http://www.jnj.com/

    Dr. Ashley L. Atkins is Manager, Corporate Contributions & Community Relations at Johnson
    & Johnson where she is responsible for partner relationships and grant making. Since 2013, she has directed program development in the areas of healthcare, education and the arts in the New Jersey communities where Johnson & Johnson employees live and work. Since 2007, Dr. Atkins has led Johnson & Johnson's work in arts and health, a program that enhances the healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers through the support of innovative arts programs in healthcare settings.

    Before serving in this role, Dr. Atkins managed the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program, where she was responsible for curating and managing the Corporate Art Collection and several exhibitions series in the Corporate Headquarters. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson in 2001, she was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University as well as University of Massachusetts Amherst where she taught courses in art history and expository writing. Dr. Atkins is also the Co-Chairman of the steering committee of the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, completing a dissertation entitled, “Winslow Homer and the Aesthetic Movement." She holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a B.A. in Art History from Duke University.


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    Stacy Hecht, Exhibitions Coordinator, Johnson & Johnson Website: http://www.jnj.com/

    Stacey Hecht is an arts administrator in the greater New York area. Specializing in corporate art programs and collections, Stacey is the current Exhibitions Coordinator for the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program. She received her M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from NYU in 2014. ,


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    Allen Smal, Austin Energy

    Twitter Handle: @austinenergy Website: www.austinenergy.com/

    Allen Small is a Distribution Director at the St. Elmo Service Center for Austin Energy (AE). His main role at AE is overseeing the design and construction of electric service in the southern part of Austin's service territory and in Downtown Austin. Allen has worked at Austin Energy for nearly 25 years. His electric utility experience at AE has ranged in this time from the design of high voltage transmission lines to managing projects involving the upgrade and installation of electric system infrastructure to managing distribution design personnel. Allen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

    Allen is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and enjoys watching most sports, especially college football, and attending poetry events. Allen has been performing spoken word poetry in Austin and across the nation, and has competed in the National Poetry Slam competition.


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    Allison Orr, Artistic Director Organization: Forklift Danceworks

    Twitter Handle: @forkliftdance Website: http://www.forkliftdanceworks.org/

    From sanitation workers to firefighters, Venetian gondoliers to professional baseball players, power linemen to forestry technicians, Allison Orr creates award-winning choreography with all kinds of performers. Challenging audiences to expand notions of dance and performer, Allison finds the raw material for her work in the stories and experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging.

    Allison was named Best Choreographer of 2003, 2008 and 2013 by the Austin Critics Table. She has been commissioned three times by the Fusebox Festival and was the single US choreographer selected by the Kyoto Arts Center as part of NPN's Asian Exchange program in 2015. Allison gives frequent lectures and talks, and was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Texas Commission on the Arts statewide conference. Her work has been funded by the City of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, numerous foundations, and the City of Venice, Italy.

    As teacher, Allison has taught a variety of students, including children, adults over 65, and people with disabilities. Before founding Forklift Danceworks, Allison taught and studied with MacArthur Award winner Liz Lerman and performed with Robert Moses and Janice Garrett in the San Francisco Bay Area. Orr is a native Texan and holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College and a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University.

  • Virtual Conversation: Cultural Tourism – Funding, Measurements and Why

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    Join us for an informative and lively discussion around the impact of cultural tourism and how to evaluate efforts.

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    Cultural Tourism is an effective strategy for communities to strengthen their local economy and a part of making their city a cultural destination.

    Building on the conversation at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in Boston, join us for an informative and lively discussion around the impact of cultural tourism and how to evaluate efforts. Jonathon Glus, President and CEO of Houston Arts Alliance and Sheri Chaney Jones, President and Founder of Measurement Resources Company, will share their insight and experience and answer your questions about funding and evaluating cultural tourism programs.


    Speakers:

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    Jonathon Glus, President and CEO, Houston Arts Alliance


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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President & Founder, Measurement Resources Company


    Moderator:

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    Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services

    Americans for the Arts




    To Participate:

    To join register through the link on the top right hand corner and return to this page at the day and time of the conversation. Access the web platform through the column on the right. You will use a combination of your phone to call-in and the webinar platform (accessible on the column on the right) to participate.

    If viewing live on a ipad/ iphone download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter Meeting Id #: 653163


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    Jonathon Glus, President and CEO, Houston Arts Alliance

    As the first Chief Executive Officer of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Mr. Glus provides strategic leadership to Houston's designated, nonprofit arts and culture agency (a local arts agency). He serves as the chief staff liaison to the HAA Board of Directors and elected officials and provides oversight of strategic planning, development, and agency program areas. As part of his role, Mr. Glus serves as board president for Texans for the Arts and co-chairs the Joint Tourism Committee of Houston First. He is also on the executive committee of the United States Urban Arts Federation; the board of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston; the advisory boards of University of Houston Center for Arts Leadership and Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston; and the Greater Houston Partnership's Arts, Sports, and Tourism Committee.


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    Sheri Chaney Jones, President & Founder, Measurement Resources Company

    Prior to founding Measurement Resources, Sheri served as the Performance Center Manager for the Ohio Department of Aging, the Deputy Director of Performance Evaluation for the Franklin County Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court, and Associate for the Columbus-based organizational research firm, Decision Support Services, Inc. Sheri is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. with distinction in psychology. Sheri earned her Master's in industrial and organizational psychology from Central Michigan University. Sheri is committed to giving back to the community and educating our future leaders. She teaches Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics at Franklin University, as well as Planning, Research, and Evaluation at Ohio Dominican University. Sheri served for two years on the membership committee for the Ohio Program Evaluators Group and was an honored member in the 2009 Cambridge Who's Who of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs. On weekends, Sheri enjoys staying active in her community, teaching Sunday School, and spending time with her husband, Matt and their four children.


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

    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 and serves on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts. 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 Philanthropy Ohio on their Member Services Committee.



  • Virtual Conversations: Community Engagement Resource Exchange (CERE)

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    A virtual gathering for arts professionals focused on community engagement.

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    The final 10/6 event has been canceled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Community Engagement Resource Exchange (CERE)

    Americans for the Arts and ArtsEngaged will present a series of conversations addressing issues of importance for furthering community engagement work. Hosted by Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Doug Borwick, the events will provide information, address questions and concerns, and offer an opportunity for participants to share success stories and lessons learned from their own experience. The conversations will make use of a virtual meeting platform and opportunities for dialogue will be emphasized.

    While of primary interest to community engagement advocates working in nonprofit arts organizations, the conversations welcome anyone interested in creating stronger connections between the arts and communities.

    The objective of these calls is to create a network for arts professionals working on community engagement for peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.


    The 5/26 Virtual Recording is now available on the right-hand column.


    Hashtag: #artsengage


    To Participate:

    These calls are open to all arts administrators, to join register through the link on the top right hand corner and return to this page at the day and time of the conversation, and access the platform through the column on the right. .

    May 26 Guests:

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    Kathy Mouacheupao, Program Officer Creative Placemaking, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC)


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    Jared Shortmeier, Community Engagement Manager at Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC)


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    Rebecca Berrios, Director of Community Engagement, Metro Nashville Arts Commission


    Hosts:

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


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    Doug Borwick, CEO of ArtsEngaged

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    info@artsengaged.com

    Doug is the spokesperson for the importance and value of community engagement,and provides tools and thinking to improve your organization's operations in this area.

    Doug Borwick is an artist. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP. He gained experience as an arts administrator and producer working with the Arts Council of Rochester (NY) and through founding and leading the NC Composers Alliance in the mid-1980's.

    Dr. Borwick is an educator, having served for nearly thirty years as Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. (He was named Salem Distinguished Professor in 1997.) He has served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field.

    And Dr. Borwick is a leading advocate for community engagement in the arts. He is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal, author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S., and author of Engage Now! A Guide to Making the Arts Indispensable. In addition, he is CEO of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to engage with their communities more effectively as well as CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofit organizations.


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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 provides leadership in program development for Local Arts Advancement 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. She has worked as a consultant in program design and evaluation for state and local arts agencies and private foundations nationally. 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 serves on the board of WomanArts. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA school committee. In 2011 Barbara was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


    Guests:

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    Kathy Mouacheupao is the Program Officer for Creative Placemaking with the Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation (TC LISC) supporting community organizations that leverage arts and culture for community and economic development throughout the Twin Cities. She was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2011 to research the Hmong diaspora with an emphasis on the impact of the arts. Before the Fellowship, Kathy was the Executive Director for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT). She has been hosting HmongFM on KFAI Community Radio since 2007 and currently serves on three organizational boards: the Hmong Museum, a newly incorporated organization that recognizes and acknowledges the intersections of all things Hmong; the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), a nonprofit that increases access to the arts in 7-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support and grants and; the MN Association of Museums, which exists to provide a forum for individuals who work in and with museums throughout the state.


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    Jared Shortmeier joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company in January 2016. Mr. Shortmeier spearheads marketing and recruitment efforts, manages community workshops, residencies and festivals, and coordinates STC's volunteer programs. Prior to STC, he worked as the Assistant Director of Education for Adventure Theatre MTC and Director of Choral and Drama Activities for Appomattox County Public Schools. Mr. Shortmeier has served as a grants panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and adjudicator for the Larry Neal Writers' Awards. He holds a BA in Music Education from Liberty University and MA in Arts Management from George Mason University.


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    Rebecca Berrios is the Director of Community Engagement for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts). With over 18 years of experience as an arts administrator, she has specialized in community relations, marketing, event-planning and program management in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors. Berrios leads various initiatives to expand equity and support the arts in Nashville including Metro Arts' $1.9 million grants program; THRIVE, a neighborhood focused funding program that encourages professional development and community participation in the arts; Artober Nashville, a citywide month long celebration of arts and culture; and the Racial Equity & Arts Leadership (REAL) program.
  • Local Arts Agencies in America: 2015 LAA Census Results

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    In this webinar, participants will explore the 2015 LAA Census results and get tips on how to incorporate the data to help your organization’s case making efforts.

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    Americans are engaged in the arts now more than ever. The reason? The remarkable growth and impact of our nation's 4,500 local arts agencies (LAAs) working to ensure the arts have a vital presence in communities.

    Part of that growth and impact has been due to effective case-making of the important role of arts and LAAs in creating healthy and vibrant communities. In this webinar, participants will explore the 2015 LAA Census results and get tips on how to use the data to help your organization's efforts.


    Presenter:

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    Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

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    Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts

    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 one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. 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 750,000 arts establishments and their employees.

  • Virtual Conversation: Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

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    A Review & Discussion of New Federal Changes Impacting the Arts in Local Transit and Transportation Projects in Your Communities & What You Can Do

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    Arts in Transit & Transportation Projects

    A Review & Discussion of New Federal Changes Impacting the Arts in Local Transit and Transportation Projects in Your Communities & What You Can Do

    Join us to learn about the recently approved Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act impacting federally funded transit projects. During this virtual conversation, Americans for the Arts staff will review our current understanding of the changes to arts transit projects and participants will be invited to join the conversation and share feedback on how these changes may impact their local programs.

    This Virtual Conversation will use a combination of a webinar platform and conference line. The number will be provided at the beginning of the program.

    If you will be viewing on your ipad or iphone you will need to download the MobileMeetings APP By E-STREAM.COM, Inc. and enter meeting number 898992.

    *This virtual conversation is free and open to all.

    Moderators:

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


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    Patricia Walsh, Public Art Programs Manager, Americans for the Arts

  • Winning Websites

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    Optimizing your website for your customer doesn't have to mean a complete redesign. We'll take a look at data showing how people interact with websites as well as case studies of successful design to help you adjust your website for maximum usability. You'll also learn what Google Analytics data you should be looking at regularly to determine the efficacy of your website.

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    Optimizing your website for your customer doesn't have to mean a complete redesign. We'll take a look at data showing how people interact with websites as well as case studies of successful design to help you adjust your website for maximum usability. You'll also learn what Google Analytics data you should be looking at regularly to determine the efficacy of your website.

    If you are planning to embark on a website design project, this session will give you a great place to start to build your site right from the beginning. You'll walk away with useful knowledge and concrete takeaways that you can implement right away on your website.

    In this webinar, participants will learn:

    • How to make your website layout more effective
    • What Google Analytics data is the most important
    • How to create an optimized landing page for an event

    Please note that this webinar will be pre-recorded and made available on June 8th. Register now and receive an email notifying you when it is ready.

    Presenter:

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    Ceci Dadisman

    President, Cardinal + Company

    @cecidadisman

    http://cecidadisman.com/

    Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods.

    A frequent public speaker, Ceci's recent and upcoming engagements include the OPERA America Conference, National Arts Marketing Project Conference and Social Media Day South Florida in addition to many other local and regional appearances. Known for her easy going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

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

    She is on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council Marketing Committee, is the Immediate Past President of Femfessionals West Palm Beach, the Immediate Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair. She is the Chapter Leader of the West Palm Beach Chapter of Girl Develop It which is a nonprofit organization that teaches women how to code. She was recently appointed to the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee.

    Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance.

  • Engaging And Welcoming People With Disabilities To Our Arts Organizations

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    This webinar will explore misconceptions, assumptions and fears we have about disability. If we want to welcome people with disabilities to our arts organizations, then we need to better understand the barriers they encounter, the attitudes they face and other issues that prevent their full participation. This webinar will consider disability from a community/multi-cultural perspective, providing suggestions on how to create relationships with different segments of the disability community. Join me for an open and honest conversation about disability.

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    The arts are for everyone and everyone is different. How we understand and respect each other's' difference is a priority of arts marketers. We often talk about our difference, our diversity by categories such as race, age, gender, social-economic status, sexual orientation, etc. More often than not, disability is the 'etc' on the diversity continuum. It's hidden, it's not to be talked about or discussed. Don't look, don't say the wrong thing. But it's OK to say disability. It's OK to ask questions, I'm disabled and I'm here to talk about disability.

    This webinar will explore misconceptions, assumptions and fears we have about disability. If we want to welcome people with disabilities to our arts organizations, then we need to better understand the barriers they encounter, the attitudes they face and other issues that prevent their full participation. This webinar will consider disability from a community/multi-cultural perspective, providing suggestions on how to create relationships with different segments of the disability community. Join me for an open and honest conversation about disability.


    Presenter:

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    Beth Prevor, Co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On: Providing accessibility to arts & cultural events for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities

    Beth Prevor is the co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On, an arts service organization which provides, supports and advocates for the accessibility of the arts for the Deaf/hard of hearing community through the following services: production of sign language interpreted performances, information and referral, theater consultations and workshops. Beth currently serves as an advisory board member for Lincoln Center's Department of Program and Services for People with Disabilities and the Museum Access Consortium. She has advised for the New Jersey Theater Alliance and Hospital Audiences. She has presented workshops on arts marketing for people with disabilities at the Kennedy Center's LEAD conference and Americans for the Arts. As a person with a disability, Beth has promoted and advocated for inclusion in the arts for all people with disabilities for the last 30 years.

  • Local Arts Agencies & Businesses

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/17/2016

    In this webinar hear why local arts agencies around the country made working with business a priority, how they incorporated the work into their existing programming, and how it's helped to move the work of the rest of the organization forward.

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    We know that business sector support for the arts is integral to the success and longevity of the arts, and essential in building communities where the business sector can thrives. Though many local arts agencies play multiple roles in their communities as conveners, programmers, and supporters, it's important to make time to foster these important relationships with the business communities.

    Learn from two local arts agencies–Silicon Valley Creates in California and COCA-Center of Creative Arts in St. Louis–about why they made working with business a priority, how they incorporated the work into their existing programming, and how it's helped to move the work of the rest of the organization forward.

    Hashtag: #ArtsandBiz

    The Local Arts Agencies and Business webinar is brought to you by Nanda Journeys. Learn more about Amy Kweskin's Arts Management Journey to Cuba at www.nandajourneys.com.

    Presenters:

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    Alexandra Urbanowski, Associate Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Silicon Valley Creates


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    Steve Knight, Director of COCAbiz, COCA-Center of Creative Arts, @snknight


    Alexandra Urbanowski, Associate Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives, Silicon Valley Creates

    Website:
    http://www.svcreates.org/ Email: alexandra@svcreates.org

    Alexandra Urbanowski joined SVCreates in 2015, bringing over two decades of extensive fundraising, marketing, nonprofit administration and organizational development experience. She has provided leadership, advocacy and strategic management for a range of community development projects and cultural advancement initiatives on both the east and west coasts. She is currently a partner at management consulting firm Opus Advisors (where her clients have included NH State Council on the Arts, Prescott Park Arts Festival, York County Community College and others). Alexandra has held leadership positions with number of nonprofit organizations including COO of American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, VP at New Hampshire Public Radio, and Managing Director of San Jose Repertory Theatre where she directed the project to build a new $25 million performing arts facility – now the Hammer Theater Center. She has served on many community Board's including the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rotary San Jose, Council on Fundraising, 7 Stages Shakespeare Company and others. Alexandra is an alumna of Smith College and has participated in Harvard Business School's Executive Education program.



    Steve Knight, Director of COCAbiz , COCA-Center of Creative Arts

    Twitter Handle: @snknight Website: http://www.cocastl.org/cocabiz/

    Email: sknight@cocastl.org

    Short Bio (200 words):
    Steve Knight is the Director of COCAbiz, COCA's arts in business training division. This growing division of the organization focuses on teaching business skills through immersive arts-based learning. A native of St. Louis, Steve returned to the area after many years in California working for Integral Talent Systems (ITS), where he served as Executive Vice President for fifteen years. ITS specializes in creative, innovative approaches to assessments, learning experiences and talent management systems. Prior to ITS, Steve was Regional Vice President at Achieve Global, where he oversaw its transition from product-focused individual sales to a team-based consultative approach to business issues. He also held positions at Zenger Miller, Psychological Associates and Western Electric/AT&T. Steve holds a Masters of Divinity degree in Non-Profit Organizational Development from Eden Theological Seminary and a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Virtual Conversations: #ArtsEdChat

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    Connect with Arts Education experts, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward.

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    As an arts education supporter, connect with experts in this field, learn the language of the work, and identify new ideas to inform your path forward. Use #ArtsEdChat and the month's hashtag to follow the conversation.


    Monday, December 5th: #ArtsInESSA

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we can reflect on how the new law is taking shape in states across America. Across the country, arts educators, state leaders, and organizations are speaking up on behalf of their work and arts education in their communities. What is our role in advocating for state arts education policy shaped by ESSA? What can we learn from others who have already started? How do we plan for and engage our stakeholders in joining the cause? .

    Participants will be connected to experts in the field of Advocacy and Arts Education to inform their practice or exploration of the field or work in their community.

    Use #ArtsInESSA and #ArtsEdChat to follow the conversation



    Host: Jeff M. Poulin @JeffMPoulin

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    How to Participate

    This virtual conversation will be held on twitter. To participate make sure you have an active twitter account, on the set time either click on the right hand panel link or search #ArtsEdChat on twitter to follow the conversation, and use #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g #ArtsInESSAs) when contributing to the conversation.

    Register to receive a reminder of the event and receive notification of future twitter chats.

    Click the red register button on the top right.

    You do not have to be a member of Americans for the Arts to register - you just need to use your existing Americans for the Arts main site login credentials (or create one).


    Twitter Chat Tips:

    • Follow the moderator (@JeffMPoulin)
    • Be sure to reply to the original question tweet – it helps the flow of the conversation.
    • Reply using A1 (for Q1, and so on) to help the clarity of the conversation.
    • Include links to subjects you reference (like reports, websites, resources, etc). Be sure to use shortlinks through bit.ly
    • ALWAYS use the hashtags #ArtsEdChat and the topics hashtag (e.g. #ArtsInESSA)


    Dates

    All #ArtsEdChat virtual conversation will be held on the first Monday of the Month at 8pm EST (unless otherwise noted).

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    Jeff M Poulin, Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal supporters of arts education to become effective advocates to advance policies supportive of equitable access to arts education for all students.

    In his role at Americans for the Arts, Jeff has trained over 10,000 advocates in all 50 states.He was also been instrumental in the publication of the 2014 National Core Arts Standards, a leader in the creative youth development movement, and a founding board member of the Innovation Collaborative. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities.

    Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.


    Twitter Handle: @JeffMPoulin Website: www.americansforthearts.org/artseducation

    Contact Jeff!