2022 Member Briefings


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2022 Member Briefings

Member Briefings are our opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

Topics will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the scheduled briefing.

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


March 2022

Topic: Six Principles for Transformational Change at Americans for the Arts with President and CEO Nolen Bivens

Date: March 8, 2022

June 2022

Topic: Social Impact Explorer 2.0

Date: TBA

 

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  • Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/07/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Member Briefings are our opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.


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    About the Member Briefing

    June 7 at 3:00PM ET  

    Join Clay Lord, our VP of Strategic Impact, to introduce and give a tour of the second iteration of our Social Impact Explorer. Clay will take this opportunity to tour the new interface, give a history on how the Explorer came to be, and give you a chance to ask questions about how it can best serve you and your work!


    Clayton W. Lord

    Vice President of Strategic Impact

    Americans for the Arts

    Clayton Lord is Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Strategic Impact. In that role, he and the Strategic Impact team collaborate closely with research, communications, and program staff to connect the dots between the various components of work done at Americans for the Arts and encourage the creation of solid, complex initiatives that progress the core mission and goals of the organization and drive systemic change. Prior to shifting into this role, Lord was the Vice President of Local Arts Advancement for the organization for seven years. Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the public value of the arts and has edited and contributed to three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the ArtsArts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992. He led Americans for the Arts’ New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and LAAs in American communities, and now oversees initiatives focused on the social impact of the arts, the equitable treatment of creative workers, and the proliferation of pro-arts policy. This has included the Arts + Social Impact Explorer (AmericansForTheArts.org/SocialImpact). He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/08/2022

    Member Briefings are our opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.


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    About the Member Briefing

    March 8 at 3:00PM ET  


    As Americans for the Arts staff, board, stakeholders, and partners continue work on the strategic realignment process, workplace culture rebuild, and the proposed actions from the Task Force for Racial and Cultural Equity, President and CEO Nolen Bivens shared a memo summarizing six ideas he considers necessary for achieving transformational change.

    1. The arts are a national asset: arts everywhere and for everyone.
    2. Community is where the arts make a difference.
    3. Focus on our place in a network of networks.
    4. Success depends on equitable and collaborative partnerships.
    5. We must build trust and resiliency.
    6. Stay relevant, be prepared.

    Join us for the March member briefing where Nolen will discuss these themes in more detail, to continue a more transparent and inclusive conversation about the way forward.

    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.