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Join us for a Member-to-Member Dialogue about the Cultural Power of the Arts. This virtual forum offers an opportunity for members across the country to work and share in a collaborative space. This conversation about the Cultural Power of the Arts will be moderated by Americans for the Arts staff but will be driven by the members. Come ready to meet new people, ask questions, share ideas, and learn! This is a live event that will not be recorded, so make sure to save the date!
December 2023 Member-to-Member Dialogue:
Cultural Power of the Arts
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Member-to-Member Dialogues are bi-monthly open Zoom calls where members across the country can work and share in a collaborative virtual space. While this discussion will be moderated and by Americans for the Arts staff, these sessions are designed to promote networking and conversations between members. Come ready to meet new people, ask questions, share ideas, and learn! We hope you will keep these conversations going both in your own communities and with the new connections you make during the session. These are live events that will not be recorded.
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Date Member to Member Dialogues Wednesday, February 8 Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access Tuesday, April 11 Economic Power of the Arts Thursday, June 15 Social Power of the Arts Wednesday, August 9 Public Art Tuesday, October 10 Educational Power of the Arts Thursday, December 14 Cultural Power of the Arts
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/29/2023
When elected officials don’t hear from their constituents about the arts and culture, they could easily assume that arts issues aren’t important to their voters. That is why it is imperative that arts advocates speak up regularly by letting key decision makers know their positions. To help you get ready, the Americans for the Arts’ Government Affairs team along with the Arts Action Fund will host this timely webinar entitled Advocacy 101 on March 29 at 3 p.m. ET. Learn how you can advocate for the arts on the local, state, and federal levels both as an individual and organization. Hear from arts advocacy veterans on tips and tools to make your work as effective as possible.
About this Webinar
March 29, 2023 3 PM ET
- Learning how to be a grassroots arts advocate by being prepared with a specific ask, unified messaging, and connections to representatives.
- Understanding the top legislative issues for 2023 along with their talking points.
- How to connect with your state’s advocacy organizations to coordinate state and local advocacy work.
ASL interpretation was available for the live recording of this webinar. Unfortunately, ASL interpretation was not available until 5 minutes into the webinar and there is a momentary lapse in ASL interpretation around 13-minutes in but did resume quickly. We apologize for the interruption of services. Captions and a transcript are available now.
Nolen V. Bivens
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, is a former U.S. Army General and serves as chair of the National Leadership Advisory Council, the National Initiative for Arts & Health Across the Military (NIAHM); military community advisor for the National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network’s Creative Forces program, and senior Policy Fellow on Arts & Military.
Bivens is president of Leader Six, Inc. and has executive leadership experience delivering successful results for public, private sector, and nonprofit organizations with $1B (+) in annual revenue, including strategic business development and sales at the VP level for a top four defense corporation, General Dynamics Mission Systems. A retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, he’s held leadership and staff positions from company through Army and Joint Pentagon Staff and U.S. Combatant and Special Operations Command levels. He has testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and co-chairs the National Leadership Advisory Committee for NIAHM. He has been guest speaker for national nonprofit conferences, the Aspen Seminar for Leadership in the Arts; and is a contributing writer for the Smithsonian Institution, HuffPost, and American for the Arts’ social media.
Bivens holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from South Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University.
Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts
Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Nina is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local government and public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2009, she spearheaded the very successful “Arts = Jobs” advocacy campaign that strategically secured $50 million of federal support for more than 7,000 arts jobs and millions of dollars more for arts infrastructure projects within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Nina produces several programmatic events annually, including National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill; the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors.
Serving simultaneously as the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected Political Action Committee, the only dedicated arts PAC in America, Nina mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 420,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues among legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She recently completed ArtsVote2012, culminating with high profile arts policy events at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in French Literature, and of The University of Richmond School of Law with a J.D. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs
Americans for the Arts
Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works with state and local arts advocates to assist them in creating and promoting policies that promote equitable state and local funding along with the overall expansion of the arts and culture into society. Further, he works with a variety of associations representing elected officials to not only educate them on a national level about the arts and culture but connecting them back to their local arts constituents to establish strongly connections.
Social Media: @JayAFTA
Senior Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
David Reid brings a wealth of on-the-ground policy and finance experience to his government relations work with Brownstein. He combines his experience in both business and politics on building, funding and setting the strategic direction for advocacy campaigns and political action committees. A seasoned campaign veteran, David joins the firm from Hillary for America where he was the Washington, D.C., and PAC finance director. His efforts raised a record-breaking $30 million from the D.C. and PAC community during the last election. Before joining Hillary for America, David was the Mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, ran the political finance operation of a Fortune 100 global healthcare company and served as the deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association. David advocates on behalf of a wide range of clients, representing arts and public health funding coalitions, health care organizations and hospitality and telecom companies. He also remains active and engaged with the Democratic Party and campaign committees. Over the course of his career, David has amassed an in-depth network of industry contacts both on Capitol Hill and within the business and association communities. He also serves on the firm's Pro Bono Committee.
Director of Public Policy
Americans for the Arts
Before joining Americans for the Arts, Tooshar served as Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the National Association for Music Education. There he oversaw federal and state policy initiatives while supporting music educators in their efforts to advocate for their music programs. During this time, he also served as a board member for both the Committee for Education Funding and the Title IV-A Coalition.
Tooshar began his career on Capitol Hill working on tax policy, judiciary, and healthcare issues in the United States Senate. Following his time on Capitol Hill, Tooshar joined the Bio technology Innovation Organization where we worked on tax policy and financial service issues for emerging companies. Tooshar has also worked as both a policy and communications consultant for presidential and congressional campaigns.
As the husband of a teacher and the father of two daughters, Tooshar has seen firsthand the need for the arts in a child’s life. This drives his commitment to advocacy for the arts on all levels.
President & CEO, Arts Orange County
During more than 14 years under Rick’s leadership, Arts Orange County has addressed the needs of the arts and culture community in Orange County, California by becoming a trailblazer among nonprofit arts councils worldwide-- augmenting traditional arts agency programs and services with its unique role as the community’s go-to arts consultant to government, education and nonprofit organizations. This has helped enable Arts Orange County to become a leading advocate for the arts and arts education on the local, state and national level.
Prior to his appointment at Arts Orange County in August, 2008, Rick transformed the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach into a major resident professional theatre over the course of more than 17 years as its Executive Director, growing it from an annual budget of $700,000 to $7 million, and producing more than 100 plays, including two national touring productions. There he also directed many notable productions, including several premieres.
Rick first came to Orange County in 1987 to serve as Managing Director of the Grove Shakespeare Festival in Garden Grove following a five-year stint as Director of Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford (Connecticut), and holding management positions in two major symphony orchestras before that. Rick holds degrees in English from Columbia and Syracuse Universities and returned to Columbia for post-graduate study in drama on a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship. He was sent to Korea on a cultural exchange by the International Theatre Institute-US, served on the executive committee of the League of Resident Theatres, and was a contributing writer to AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.
Rick is a past Chair of the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission (appointed by Orange County Supervisor Harriet Weider), past President of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals-Orange County Chapter, and past co-Chair (twice) of National Philanthropy Day-Orange County. From 2009 to 2022, he served on the board of Californians for the Arts/California Arts Advocates, a statewide organization promoting the interests of the arts community, including three years as its President.
He has been a guest lecturer at University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton, and was a commencement keynote speaker at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He has served as a panelist or site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Western States Arts Federation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Riverside Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Louisville Fund for the Arts, City of Pasadena, and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, for which he also produced its State Arts Awards.
Although his career has largely been in the theatre, Rick’s first post after finishing graduate school was as Executive Director of a local arts agency, Oswego County Council on the Arts, located in Fulton, New York. Also, the theatre company he cofounded in 1977, Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, continues operation today as The Red House, a highly successful producer of multi-disciplinary arts. He is a 33 year resident of San Juan Capistrano with his wife, Alison, an artist.
Utah Cultural Alliance
Joshua Stavros has over 18 years of professional arts management experience, including serving as Media and Public Relations Manager and Associate Education Director at the Tony-Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has a BS in Theatre and an MFA in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. In addition to his arts management work, he has acted and directed in a number of collegiate and professional productions, including three Greenshows, and taught in the Cedar City area high schools. He has served as the spokesperson for the Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers, and has been a member at large of the Utah Thespians Association. He currently serves as the chair of the Utah Cultural Alliance.
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The Americans for the Arts’ Government Affairs team will host this timely advocacy webinar on Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Earmarks) on March 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Learn about the earmark process; best practices for securing an earmark; and examples of how nonprofit arts, governmental arts, and arts education groups secured millions of dollars last year. The application period for earmarks is short, so please attend to learn how to navigate the process quickly and efficiently.
This webinar is now available on demand. Captions will be available in a few business days. Feel free to use the discussion board to ask question and leave comments!
The Americans for the Arts’ Government Affairs team will host this timely advocacy webinar on Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Earmarks) on March 2nd 3 p.m. ET. Learn about the earmark process; best practices for securing an earmark; and examples of how nonprofit arts, governmental arts, and arts education groups secured millions of dollars last year. The application period for earmarks is short, so please attend to learn how to navigate the process quickly and efficiently.
- Learning about the appropriations and earmark process
- Learning from numerous examples of arts projects that received millions of dollars in funding.
- Learning that earmarks are meant for arts programmers, advocates and enthusiasts who wish to enhance their communities through the arts.
Nolen V. Bivens
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts
Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts
Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Director of Public Policy
Americans for the Arts
Government Affairs Consultant
Bill Harper is a Minnesota-based government affairs consultant specializing in federal policy and congressional appropriations. Harper retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2023 after serving 22-years as chief of staff to Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN04), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. Harper has vast experience advancing both domestic and national security policy initiatives while also driving a robust appropriations agenda, especially during Rep. McCollum’s tenure as chair of the Interior, Environment Appropriations subcommittee in the 116th Congress and chair of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee in the 117th Congress. In his role as chief of staff, Harper directed the effort to restore funding to Save America’s Treasures, protect and increase funding for the NEA, and helped to secure over $9 million in community project funding in FY2023 to arts organizations in Minnesota’s 4th congressional district.
Prior to the U.S. House, Harper served as campaign manager for Betty McCollum’s first race for Congress in 2000, at the time making her only the second woman ever elected to federal office in Minnesota history.
Playwrights’ Center, Managing Director
Robert Chelimsky is in his sixth season as the managing director at Playwrights’ Center, and his twenty-sixth as an executive leader in the nonprofit arts. In that span, in addition to other projects, he co-founded (with Charles R. Miller) the Smoky Mt. Shakespeare Festival/Bard of Education Shakespeare-in-the-Schools program, executive produced world premieres of Dispatches from (A)mended America by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. and Brandt Adams, and Nilaja Sun’s Pike St., the NY premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths Off-Broadway, and partnered with Vivienne Benesch and Ethan McSweeney to create the Chautauqua New Play Commission. Now, in partnership with Jeremy B. Cohen, the staff, and the board of Playwrights’ Center, he has worked to deepen Playwrights’ Center’s organizational and financial durability and resilience, while expanding the breadth and depth of the Center’s support for playwrights, and leading the All Narratives Campaign to build the organization’s new home and next chapter. He’s proud to have served his communities by spending seven years on regional boards for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as multiple terms on the board of Uprising Theater. He is currently the president of the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce-MN. For all of that, his most valued roles are Katharine’s (24) and Winter’s (13) dad, and Emily’s husband.
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Listen to Vanessa Cruz and Beth Prevor discuss how organizations can be proactive in addressing accessibility and disability justice in their budgets. Vanessa and Beth push the audience to see how local art agencies can make things accessible that look like art in their 30 minutes pre-recorded conversation.
Budgeting and Disability Justice
There were two aspects of the programming, a pre-recorded video and live conversation are on the topic of budgeting and disability justice.
- You can listen to Vanessa Cruz and Beth Prevor, in a pre-recorded 30-minute video, how an organization can be proactive in addressing accessibility and disability justice in their budget.
- A live conversation with Vanessa and Beth took place May 19.
Executive Director, Hands On
Beth Prevor is a co-founder and Executive Director of Hands On, an arts service organization that advocates for access to the cultural arts for the Deaf community and audiences with disabilities. For the last 30+ years, Hands On has been providing access for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities of NYC through sign language interpreted theater at some of NYC’s most prestigious theaters including The Roundabout Theater Company, The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and The New Victory Theater.
As Executive Director, Beth works with arts organizations to ensure inclusion for all by providing marketing, community engagement and audience development strategies. As a disabled advocate, Beth is active as an advisory member to many groups including, The Shubert Accessibility Committee, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC). She has led workshops on accessibility and the arts for organizations around the country including the Kennedy Center’s LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability) Conference, Americans for the Arts, The National Arts Marketing Project, the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (ART/NY) and Theater Communications Group (TCG). She currently works as a Disability Consultant with ART/NY.
She is the 2015 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Excellence in Accessibility Leadership Lifetime Achievement award.
Vanessa Hernández Cruz
Vanessa Hernández Cruz (she, her, ella) is an interdependent Chicana Disabled dance artist, filmmaker, visual artist, poet & an Intersectional Disability Justice activist. She was born and raised in the unceded land of the Tongva & Kizh lands colonially known as Los Angeles, California. She received her Associates Degree in Dance from Santa Monica College. She recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Science. Vanessa recently premiered two solos: “Nycto-Eternity” & “Timeless Hourglass” at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles as a guest artist with the international dance company LuxBit Art Company based in Seoul, Korea. In the summer of 2022, she was commissioned through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to produce the dance film “Los Portales del Corazón” for the ‘Dance in the Districts’ program.
Vanessa has been implementing the Disability Justice framework (Sins Invalid) through her activism & dance work. She is currently working with DANC (Dance Artists’ National Collective) as their Communications & Social Media Co-Coordinator. She also serves as a consultant in their BIPOC & Disabled Circle. She is also working as an Accessibility Advisor for HomeLA. In the past, she guided Cal State Long Beach Department of Dance to adopt Disability Justice elements into their dance productions and curriculum with the support of CSULB Affinity AIDE (Advocates for Inclusion & Dancer Equity). She has developed two workshops: Dismantling Ableism in Dance & Accessibility at the Forefront of Dance Making Series. In addition she offers accessibility consulting to individuals & a variety of arts organizations.
Vanessa is committed to generating substantial changes in the dance field and making the dance field an equitable space for our multi-marginalized disabled communities.
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Listen to Dominic Bradley and Lily Lipman discuss the complexity of accountability within Disability Justice as a topic area that is still being discovered. Dominic and Lily work to inspire the audience to dig deeper in their 30 minutes pre-recorded conversation.
Accountability and Disability Justice
There were two aspects of the programming, a pre-recorded video and live conversation are on the topic of accountability and disability justice.
- You can listen to Dominic Bradley and Lily Lipman, in a pre-recorded 30-minute video, discuss the importance of holding individuals and the organization as a whole accountable a topic that is still being discovered.
- A live conversation with Dominic and Lily took place April 14, 2023.
Dominic Cinnamon Bradley
Dominic Cinnamon Bradley (The Johns Hopkins University BA | Columbia University MSW) is a Brooklyn-based Black, disabled, non-binary artist reared in the crunk-era “Dirty South.” Currently, Dominic is a co-editor for an upcoming book project on disability artistry.
Director of Accessibility
Lily Lipman (she/they) is a disabled freelance access consultant, educator, and actor. Lily is the Director of Accessibility for Emit Theatre where she makes their immersive productions for children more accessible for everyone participating. Lily also works at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where she runs the Lincoln Center Moments program for folks with Dementia and their caregivers. She’s worked throughout NYC as an access consultant for cultural institutions including the Leslie Lohman Museum and New York City Children’s Theatre. Lily is an educator for the Museum Access Consortium where she teaches a course through CUNY to disabled students about careers in cultural institutions. She believes in creating spaces for disabled and d/Deaf people to find community and advocate for more accessible systems. They love talking with other disabled creatives and workers about advocating for change. If you’d like to chat with them feel free to reach out at LilyALipman@gmail.com or visit their website at www.LilyLipman.com
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/02/2023
Listen to Joselia Hughes and Kayla Hamilton discuss deeply how disability justice is uniquely positioned to break down systematic oppressions. Disability justice as an ethos and a practice - gives shape to a day and how you perceive an experience. How can your local art agency or organization bring forward a consciousness of changing siloed or monolithic perceptions to inclusive ideology.
Intersectionality and Disability Justice
There were two aspects of the programming, a pre-recorded video and live conversation are on the topic of intersectionality and disability justice.
- You can listen to Joselia Hughes and Kayla Hamilton discuss deeply, in a pre-recorded 30-minute video, how disability justice is uniquely positioned to break down systematic oppressions.
- A live conversation with Joselia and Kayla took place March 17, 2023.
K. Hamilton projects
Kayla Hamilton is a Texas born, Bronx based performance maker, dancer, educator, cultural consultant, and the artistic director of K. Hamilton projects.
Kayla is a 2023-2025 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow. Her past performance work has been presented at the Whitney Museum, Gibney, Performance Space New York, New York Live Arts, Abrons Arts Center, and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD).
Kayla has co developed ‘Crip Movement Lab’ with fellow Disabled Artist, Elisabeth Motley- a pedagogical framework centering cross-Disability accessible movement practices that are open to every-body. She has taught dance at Sarah Lawrence College, Amherst College, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Utah, and Texas Improv Festivals.
As a consultant, Kayla has developed and implemented programming for Disabled artist for the Mellon Foundation, ArtSpeak, Dance USA, Movement Research and The Shed.
As a dancer, Kayla was part of the Bessie award winning skeleton architecture, she has also danced for Maria Bauman, Sydnie L. Mosley and Gesel Mason.
Kayla is currently in the process of creating a future organization centering the work of BIPOC Disabled creatives, while co-leading the 10th anniversary season of Angela’s Pulse/Dancing While Black, and developing a new evening length performance set to premier in NY at The Shed in 2024.
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Further building on Parts 1 and 2 of the How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce Series, participants will look to rural communities and consider how innovative partnerships can be used as inspiration or scaled to suburban and urban areas for long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. This module will explore practical ways of orienting local economies around "Quality of Place" and of rethinking the individual roles of arts and business in a local economy. It will demonstrate how navigating public/private partnerships can strengthen the relationship between the business and arts sectors. This module will explore, in varying depth, case studies in multiple rural communities, and highlight how these arts and chamber entities have worked together to build community wealth, deepen alliances, and expand opportunity for artists and businesses alike. This Part will ask the questions: When the LAA is seen as a respected and equal partner to their chamber and economic development entities, what are you advocating for together? What can you do together that you can’t do alone? Participants are encouraged to use the toolkit as complimentary learning, and participate in a live discussion with presenters once completing the 3-part on-demand webinar series.
About Part 3
Further building on Parts 1 and 2 of the How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce Series, participants will look to rural communities and consider how innovative partnerships can be used as inspiration or scaled to suburban and urban areas for long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. This module will explore practical ways of orienting local economies around "Quality of Place" and of rethinking the individual roles of arts and business in a local economy. It will demonstrate how navigating public/private partnerships can strengthen the relationship between the business and arts sectors. This module will explore, in varying depth, case studies in multiple rural communities, and highlight how these arts and chamber entities have worked together to build community wealth, deepen alliances, and expand opportunity for artists and businesses alike. This Part will ask the questions: When the LAA is seen as a respected and equal partner to their chamber and economic development entities, what are you advocating for together? What can you do together that you can’t do alone?
Participants are encouraged to use the toolkit as complimentary learning, and participate in a live discussion with presenters once completing the 3-part on-demand webinar series.
Session 1: Policy, Politics and Resource Distribution
What can you do when you’ve built trust with key players throughout the community? When elected leaders come and go, how do you create consistency with your partners? How do you navigate local politics alongside your chamber and strive to adopt forward-thinking economic and civic ideals in your community? How can you best integrate arts & culture into conversations in which they've traditionally been left out? This session will present a moderated conversation to get to the bottom of some of these key questions in order to build strong alliances meant to last.
- Participants will learn how to take on the role of arts advocate in their respective communities and will explore concrete strategies for effective advocacy.
- Participants will explore how to navigate policy and civic norms within their chamber partnerships in pursuit of shared goals.
- Participants will hear examples of productive arts, local government, and chamber conversations, as well as the process by which these conversations have led to partnerships and ensuing action.
Session 2 – Reimagining Your Assets to Create Alignment with Your Chamber
After working to build trust and relationship with your chamber(s) of commerce, how can LAAs see themselves beyond running in their lane; beyond managing a facility; or providing grants? How can you creatively leverage these private sector partners whether through recognition, collaboration, sharing networks, or developing community-driven development goals? This session will explore examples of how local arts agencies can recognize their own organizational and community assets to multiply community impact.
- Participants will hear examples of how local arts leaders have creatively leveraged chamber partnerships to achieve goals or exchange assets.
- Participants will explore ways to generate revenue via complex chamber and municipal partnerships that engage the business community.
- Participants will hear of visionary examples for community, business, and economic development that coordinate arts and chamber activities.
Session 3 – Moving as Equals: Accomplishing Long-Term Development Goals
This session explores complex partnerships and projects that center equity and push both the chamber and arts entities to move outside their normal comfort zones. It focuses on how local communities have challenged traditional arts-business relationships, orienting them instead around a shared "Quality of Place" ideal, and implementing programs to allow for deeper integration and collaboration between the sectors and their respective communities.
- What steps would it take for your community to shift traditional economic values towards more community-focused, inclusive practices?
- As an equal and respected partner alongside your chamber, how are you working together to identify mutual goals and needs, and aligning them within the programs, services, and resources you offer? If you haven't formed this partnership yet, what are some initial steps you could take to establish it?
What groundwork would need to be laid in order for these partnerships and programs to be sustainable beyond the initial excitement? What about even beyond the tenures of the individuals responsible for starting these partnerships?
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Vice President, Economic and Community Development
Economic Alliance of York County
Silas Chamberlin, PhD, is vice president of economic and community development at the York County Economic Alliance, a position in which he serves as executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of the County of York and oversees a variety of economic financing, business attraction, entrepreneurship, and workforce development initiatives throughout York County. In 2020, Silas led the creation of York County's new 10-year economic development plan, which ultimately convened 1,000+ stakeholders to cast a bold vision for people-focused and place-based economic development. He founded and oversees the York County Trail Towns program—now active in 7 communities—and is leading development of the $75 million Codorus Greenway, the largest green infrastructure project in the City of York’s history.
Silas holds a PhD in environmental history from Lehigh University and certificate in commercial real estate development from Cornell University. He is the author of On the Trail: A History of American Hiking, published by Yale University Press in 2016. Silas is past chair of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, current corporate secretary of the PA Downtown Center's board of directors, and serves as a Governor’s appointee to PA’s Conservation & Natural Resources Advisory Council.
Cultural Alliance York County
Kelley Gibson is the President of the Cultural Alliance of York County, South-Central Pennsylvania’s only United Arts Fund, efficiently raising and re-granting critical operating support for arts and culture organizations and artists. As President, Kelley is responsible for the day to day leadership, management and success of the organization, including grant management, staff development, fund development, fiscal management, and relationship building with business, government and the community.
With 20 years of experience working with arts, culture, and community organizations for the betterment of York, Kelley’s areas of expertise include grant-making, fundraising and special event planning.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Fund for the Arts
Kate Gipson is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Fund for the Arts where she heads the Arts in Neighborhoods, I Am An Artist. And NeXt! Ambassador initiatives. In addition to a career in non-profit and arts administration, she is a theatre-maker and educator. Prior to joining Fund for the Arts, Kate was the General Manager at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, KY, Manager of Workforce Development - Youth Services at Goodwill Denver, Associate Artistic Director at Curious Theatre Company in Denver, CO, and Education Director at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MS. Some favorite accomplishments include producing the inaugural Local Performance Village at St. James Court Art Show (2022), co-producing the Colorado Creative Careers Festival in 2019, and After Orlando (2017) at Benchmark Theatre.
President & CEO, Monroe Chamber of Commerce
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce; Main Street Assistant Manager, Columbia, LA; small business owner.
West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce
Kristopher Kelley serves as the Executive Director for the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Assistant Manager for Columbia, LA, and is a small business owner. He is a local naturalist entrepreneur with over two decades of experience as a small business owner, non-profit consultant, biology instructor, and environmental chemist. He has worked not only for business development and promotional initiatives with local and regional government organizations; but also, with US Fish and Wildlife, US Corps of Engineers, and the USDA, just to name a few. He works tirelessly as a promoter of our local businesses, as an environmental educator, as the past regional chair for the American Chemical Society all while serving on the boards of 12 non-profits fully committed to advancing the mission of many arts organizations in our region. Kristopher is passionate about workforce development for our region, the role the arts play in developing quality citizens, historic preservation, and celebrating the natural diversity of Louisiana.
Chief Economic & Cultural Development Officer
City of Monroe, Louisiana
Kelsea McCrary is the Chief Economic & Cultural Development Officer for the City of Monroe. Her style of telling Louisiana’s stories elevates the artistic and cultural threads woven throughout each community and ties them deeply into the economic prospects of Louisiana’s cultural richness. Kelsea’s background includes leading the Cultural Districts and Civic Design program for the Louisiana Division of the Arts, creating the Public Policy communications brand at LUMEN Technologies and building out their Employer Brand function. Kelsea has grown arts organizations, programmed historic buildings, executed cultural events and quality of life initiatives, and led creative place-keeping projects throughout the state of Louisiana for nearly fifteen years. Her artistic background ranges from dance, to music, to design and visual art and her economic development areas of expertise focus on foundational aspects of the cultural economy in a community’s ability to thrive. She and her pup Murphy love to run levees and camp in state parks with her nieces, but there’s nowhere she’d rather be than sitting at her grandparents’ dinner table. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University.
Vice President, Talent, Workforce & Brand Strategies
Greater Louisville Inc. | Live in Lou
Christine Tarquinio is Vice President for Talent, Workforce & Brand Strategies at Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), the metro chamber of commerce in Louisville, KY. Prior to joining GLI, Christine worked in marketing, advertising and branding, representing local, regional, national and global brands like Fireball Whisky, Big O Tires, UofL, and the YMCA, among others. For over four years Christine has taken her marketing expertise and turned that to solving the region’s talent attraction, retention and workforce development issues. Christine currently serves on the board of directors for the American Advertising Federation – Louisville, and volunteers with the Kentucky Opera, Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation and Family Scholar House. She is a NeXt! Arts Graduate, Certified Tourism Ambassador, SKAL member, Top 100 Influencer in Marketing & Advertising, and a Top 20 People to Know in Economic Development. To relax, Christine enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband, three kids and two dogs.
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Just as local arts agencies act as voices and conveners for their arts and culture communities, so do local chambers of commerce for their business communities. This three-part curriculum will guide local arts leaders on how to build strong and lasting partnerships with their local chambers of commerce to achieve shared community and economic development goals. The collection and accompanying toolkits will focus attention on how local arts leaders can build business-to-business (B2B) relationships, shift thinking and actions to one of a creative business that positions one’s assets differently, and position their local arts agency as a driving force for equitable community and economic development alongside their private sector partners. This collection aims to flip the conversation away from ‘business support of the arts’ to ‘how and why the arts are an essential part of business and community development strategies.'
About the How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce Collection
Just as local arts agencies act as voices and conveners for their arts and culture communities, so do local chambers of commerce for their business communities. This three-part curriculum will guide local arts leaders on how to build strong and lasting partnerships with their local chambers of commerce to achieve shared community and economic development goals. The collection and accompanying toolkits will focus attention on how local arts leaders can build business-to-business (B2B) relationships, shift thinking and actions to one of a creative business that positions one’s assets differently, and position their local arts agency as a driving force for equitable community and economic development alongside their private sector partners.
This collection aims to flip the conversation away from ‘business support of the arts’ to ‘how and why the arts are an essential part of business and community development strategies.'
Arts leaders will gain the following competencies:
- Basic understanding of the chamber of commerce landscape, their service organizations and networks, and their primary challenges and priorities. Leaders will be able to identify the various spaces businesses organize and congregate in their communities and who are the leaders in those spaces.
- The ability to perform ongoing analysis and inventory of organizational needs and identify which business partners can provide those assets in an exchange that isn’t cash-based. Organizations will be able to identify the return on investment of their activities and apply them as a benefit in terms of solving business, civic, and social challenges.
- Learn how to expand their networks, allowing for access to potential partnerships and circles of influence, providing opportunity for previously unrecognized potential.
- Create visibility for their organizations through new partnerships and build trust among their community of fellow arts organizations.
- Provide tools to change the case for the value of what the arts organization does in a narrow sense to one of an essential community and economic development partner.
Part 1: Local Arts Agencies & Chambers of Commerce - The Very Basics
Part 1 of this collection will establish a foundational knowledge of local chambers of commerce, the networks in which they operate and that serve them, how to navigate a traditional business environment, and basic activations a local arts agency can undertake to establish a partnership. Participants will hear from chamber and arts leaders and gain perspective on chamber priorities and challenges and learn to identify the various chamber and economic development entities in their communities. Participants are encouraged to use the toolkit as complimentary learning, and participate in a live discussion with presenters once completing the 3-part on-demand webinar series.
Part 2: Connecting Community Impact to Arts and Chambers Partnerships
In Part 2 of the series, participants will take the foundational knowledge gained and basic activations from the first series and expand beyond their role as arts leaders into the role of community and economic development partner. Participants will learn about how to identify their own work and assets within their full community and creative ecosystem and begin to leverage new connections and relationships inside the chamber to address social impact, equity, and community issues. Participants will gain fluency in the Arts & Economic Prosperity studies, as well as learn how to use other creative economy research to make their case to their chamber and economic development counterparts. Participants are encouraged to use the toolkit as complimentary learning and participate in a live peer discussion once completing the 3-part on-demand webinar series.
Part 3: Supporting and Advancing Inclusive Creative Economies with Your Chamber of Commerce
Further building on parts 1 and 2 of the How to Partner with Your Chamber of Commerce collection, participants will consider what they can do in their communities alongside their chambers after building trust and mutual respect. How can local arts leaders navigate policy, politics, resource distribution, access to capital and economic development opportunities as equal players with their chamber partners? This module will also discuss centering equity and equitable economic development, and solidarity economy principals into the chamber space. Participants are encouraged to use the toolkit as complimentary learning, and participate in a live discussion with presenters once completing the 3-part on-demand webinar series.
Participants can sign-up for all three parts of the collection or select individual areas of interest. Each part contains three prerecorded learning sessions which can be watched on-demand. Register on this page for the entire collection. To register for an individual Part of the collection, click the CONTENT tab, select the Part you wish to register for, and then press the red REGISTER button. Questions? Please email email@example.com.
ARTSU SUPPORT PROGRAM
Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2022
In this workshop, teaching artists Raz Salvarita (Philippines) and Francine Kliemann (Brazil) share their respective creative practices and projects as well as their evaluation efforts and learning using the Continuum of IMPACT. Raz’s project, Unmasking Climate Injustices: Voices from the Past, Present, and Emerging Generations, aims to magnify citizens’ and students’ roles individually and collectively as activators, facilitators, and educators toward shifting community consciousness about climate change. Francine’s project, The School of the (Im)Possible, engaged eight- to 10-year-olds to give voice to the meaningful perspectives and expectations that youth bring regarding the future and issues of climate change. This workshop delves into the nitty gritty of how the Continuum was adopted and applied in each project to help specify desired outcomes and indicators and formulate a logic model and evaluation plan. Raz and Francine will share what data they collected, how they approached data analysis, and what outcomes they were able to gauge. As teaching artists who are receiving continued support through the ITAC IMPACT: Climate initiative, they will talk about what that extended support is enabling toward policy and systems change. ITAC’s Aislinn Ryan provides a preview of a 20-hour online curriculum that ITAC will offer for teaching artists and their allies to develop their own climate change projects, including a look at the evaluation curriculum.
About this Webinar
Part 2 Deep Dive: Teaching Artists Unpack Using the Continuum to Understand Impact
September 21, 12:00 noon - 1:15 ET
- Gain practical evaluation know-how through these artists’ adoption and practical application of the Continuum of IMPACT.
- Learn how the Continuum can help understand multiple layers of impact from individual to the collective.
- Consider program design measures such as duration and multi-year funding to ensure sustainability of efforts that can further structural and systemic changes.
- Consider how sharpened attention to civic or social outcomes may influence aesthetic choices and/or creative practice.
Students and community members engage with public artwork installation from Raz Salvarita’s Unmasking Climate Injustices project. Photo: Courtesy of Raz Salvarita
Francine Kliemann is an interdisciplinary artist and theatre maker. She holds a BA in Theatre at UFRGS (BR, 2011) and a MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University of London(2017). She is the founder and artistic director of Platô Cultural, a company that creates immersive experiences in Education. Her work explores new ways of learning and connecting to the world through imagination and play. Platô Cultural combines design, immersive art and new technologies to create playful experiences that nurture the individual and the collective learning, looking for new relationships between people and places. Francine founded Plato Cultural in 2018 with support from Goldsmiths University of London. Since 2020, Platô Cultural has been based in Florianópolis, Brazil. Platô’s current project is “School of the Impossible” is an immersive education experience for 8 to 10 year old. The pilot project of School of the (Im)Possible was commissioned by the International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC) as part of the ITAC IMPACT: Climate in 2021 in a a co-creation process between my company Platô Cultural, Santa Terezinha School(São José, Brazil), the Environmental School (São José, Brazil), and the Secretariat of Education of São José. (Brazil). They are now partnering with The Necessary Space (Scotland) and the International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC) to deliver this project to more schools in Brazil and Scotland in 2022, funded by the British Council International Collaboration Grant.
Márcia Donadel is an artist-researcher andeducator. She coordinates the pedagogical approaches, and assessment of Platô’sprojects. She holds a PhD (2019) and a MA (2012) in Performing Arts at UFRGS(Brazil). She was awarded with the CAPES-PDSE (2018) research grant for adoctoral internship at C-DaRE, Coventry University, UK. Her practice and herresearch focus on embodied methodologies and creative practices in education.
Razcel Jan Salvarita hails from the Philippines and works internationally at the intersection of arts, culture, and environmental conservation. He is a cross-disciplinary creative artist, a socially engaged community arts organizer, and staunch advocate for sustainable development. He identifies his role as an “activator, facilitator, and educator” and serves as an independent cultural bearer. Raz is a recipient of numerous international fellowship grants including: ITAC Impact: Climate and Future Arts Leaders of the Australia Council for the Arts, among others. He is a TEDx speaker on “Effecting Environmental Consciousness through Arts.” He is the founder of Baryo Balangaw Creative Initiatives: Bridging Creativity in Rural Communities in the Philippines. Raz believes in the transformative power of the arts as a centering place for healing, recovery, and renewal of courage.
Project Manager, ITAC Impact: Climate
International Teaching Artist
Aislinn Ryan is Project Manager for ITAC’s pioneering initiative, ITAC IMPACT: Climate. Working alongside a climate expert, a curriculum designer, and partner networks, Aislinn coordinates the activities of the Climate Collective: an international cohort of teaching artists commissioned to design and deliver community-engagement projects that combat climate change. Prior to joining ITAC, Aislinn worked in the Tours and Projects department at Askonas Holt, managing international tours for major orchestras and dance companies. She has worked for English Touring Opera, where she managed relationships with trusts and foundations, brokered creative partnerships, and expanded the membership scheme. Aislinn also previously served on the Board of OYAP (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership). Aislinn is a former professional dancer; she toured the world as the principal dancer of Riverdance and is a qualified Irish dance teacher. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and History from Victoria University in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.