AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

About this Series

Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Musicians Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/05/2019

    What can your community do to fully support musicians in your creative industry? Join us on 6/5 for webinar with representatives from Des Moines as we take a look at how they are valuing musicians in their community and helping them create thriving practices.

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    Recognizing that communities need more than just strong businesses to thrive, Central Iowa has staked its claim on a robust arts and culture scene to attract, retain, engage, entertain and inspire residents and visitors alike. With a commitment to fostering a strong creative economy, this community recognizes and values the role that individual artists in creating a vibrant community. This commitment is evident as we look at the many organizations supporting artists of all disciplines, especially musicians. Join us for a webinar with representatives from Des Moines, Iowa as we explore ways that a community can holistically support musicians through avenues such as marketing, financial skill building, providing performance spaces, and more.

    Attendees will hear from:

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Sally Dix

    Executive Director, Bravo Greater Des Moines

    Sally Dix is the Executive Director for Bravo Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit organization that leverages community resources to maximize impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities.  Bravo’s revenue comes primarily from 17 local government partners who contribute a portion of their hotel/motel tax.  Bravo then strategically invests those through grants and leadership initiatives to elevate and enrich a vibrant Greater Des Moines.  

    Prior to joining Bravo, Dix served as the Vice President of Communications for the Science Center of Iowa.  She also served as the first Executive Director of the Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

    Dix has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins, both in Environmental Science and Policy.  She also received her MBA from the University of Iowa.   

    Website: http://bravogreaterdesmoines.org

    Facebook Page: @BravoGreaterDesMoines         

     

    Katie Byers

    Founder & CEO, HomeDitty, LLC

    Katie Byers is a former attorney turned entrepreneur and an avid music lover. She is the Founder & CEO of HomeDitty, a web based software built specifically for house concert hosts that launched into Beta testing in February 2017. HomeDitty connects musicians directly with house concert hosts, automates the entire hosting process and facilitates online payments to the musicians including a crowdfund payment option. Since its inception, hundreds of house concerts have been hosted through HomeDitty with over 500 host signups in 40 different states. HomeDitty was created and inspired by Katie’s love of hosting house concerts, to get more people across the country hosting private house concerts and to create an additional revenue stream for musicians.

    Katie is a graduate of The University of Iowa and The University of Iowa College of Law.  She received the David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year award from the Des Moines Music Coalition in 2017 in recognition for her dedication to hosting local house concerts and for helping create home venues across the country. Katie resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Jay and their two teenage daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter:  @homeditty

    Facebook:  @homeditty                                            

    Website:  https://www.homeditty.com/                   

    Jay Byers

    Chief Executive Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership

    Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and a network of more than 6400 regional members.

    Byers is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE), graduate of the U.S Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organization Management (IOM), graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and graduate of Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Ford Foundation Regionalism and Sustainable Development Fellowship. Byers currently serves as Vice Chair of ACCE and on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. He is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and International Economic Development Council. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Catch Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, Balance Autism and Keep Iowa Beautiful. He also is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Byers is a graduate of Simpson College and the University of Iowa College of Law. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife, Katie, and two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.

    Twitter: @DSMPartnership 

    Facebook:  @DSMPartnership                                                  

    Website: https://www.dsmpartnership.com/                  

    Tobi Parks

    Executive Director,Station 1 Records

    Tobi Parks is the creator and Executive Director of Station 1 Records, a non-profit 501(c)(3) artist development and entrepreneurship organization dedicated to the patronage and development of independent artists on the regional and national stage.  Prior to her starting the non-profit, she was Director of Copyright at Sony Music where she worked with Sony’s Columbia Records, Epic Records, and RCA Records labels.  She has a long history working in media having worked for a number of years as a Programming and Promotions Associate for Clear Channel Broadcasting and as Director of Marketing and Public Relations with the PBS produced series, In the Life.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, a Master of Arts in Media Literacy from Webster University in St. Louis, and a Juris Doctor from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is a musician that has played bass in the NYC glam-punk band Bambï, Toronto-based The Cliks, St. Louis-based acts The Star Death, Is That You?, and Grandpa’s Ghost.  As a solo performer and session player, she has worked with Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho, Darin Gray, Tim Garrigan, Keith Rowe, Mark Shippy, and video artist James Fotopoulos.  She has composed for stage, television and film.       

    Twitter: @station1records

    Facebook: @station1records                                        

    Website: www.station1records.com                  

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Keep Arts Working - Creating More Than a Message

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/16/2020

    The income of many individual artists has been compromised due to COVID-19. To continue to support local artists, the Arts Council for Long Beach created the Keep Arts Working project. Join us on #ArtsU for our next webinar in the Supporting Individual Artists series on 9/9 to learn about how arts organizations can create meaningful and valuable grassroots connections for artists, businesses, and community.

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    On March 14th, 2020, the Arts Council for Long Beach cancelled its monthly art walk because of COVID-19 health orders. We knew that this moment was already catastrophic because so many artists sell their art, perform their music, and promote their practice to the community during this event. So, on March 26th, we launched our first virtual live stream event and created the Keep Arts Working project. Since then we have partnered with 2 local media outlets, more than a dozen businesses, and over 25 artists of various genres. We are still finding new partners daily. Keep Arts Working has continued to grow after Long Beach residents protested George Floyd's murder and the city met social unrest on May 31st. The project was adopted by the city and other business improvement partners in order to address the damage left on June 1st. 

    This project and marketing campaign is strongly grounded in valuing grassroots connections that can be uplifted with established communication organizations.

    Leaning Objectives: 

    • Participants will gain an understanding of the advantages and obstacles an independent city arts non-profit faces when needing to pivot in a crisis.
    • Participants will learn from artists directly how their work was successful during this time and share what arts organizations can do to continue to pay artists and promote their work. 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Jose Cordon

    Photographer

    Jose Cordon by birth is a southern Cali raised street photographer based out of the LBC, a seaside city regularly referred to as Long Beach, CA. With an affinity for industrialism and the makeup of city life, Deadendbrigade is constantly in search of the montage that make up urban landscapes and the images they create.

    Instagram: @deadendbrigade

    Website: https://www.deadendbrigade.com

    Jewels Long Beach

    Comedian, Host, Drag Queen and Philanthropist

    She is a staple at Hamburger Mary’s, where she is the entertainment director for its 19 locations nationwide. But outside of the weekly drag brunches she hosts, Jewels has also become a powerful fundraiser. Her efforts have helped raise money for entities like the LGBTQ Center, the International Imperial Court of Long Beach and the Arts Council for Long Beach. 

    Instagram: @jewelslongbeach

    Twitter: @jewelslongbeach

    Facebook: @jewelslongbeach

    Brandie Davison

    Founder, Arts Realm Collective

    She was born and raised in the wonderful city of Long Beach, California. and has a passion for art and creativity. Davison launched Art Realm in the summer of 2017, a tight-knit community of emerging artists, ranging from filmmakers to painters, sculptors to zine-makers, that make up one of the city’s most visible groups of visual artists.

    Instagram: @lilbrandie@art.realm.collective

    Griselda Suarez

    Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach

    “As an arts community, we are at a very exciting place. We have built an amazing relationship with the city. We’re really at a place where we can begin to show the strength we have in the arts and in the creative economy we have here in Long Beach.”

  • Supporting Individual Artists: How Prioritizing Affordable Workspaces Pays Off

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2020

    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    Join Siobhan Spain of Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, Iowa, to learn about a replicable model for providing safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable studio options for creative professionals. Hear from Deshara Bohanna and Gretchen Bohling, two of the nonprofit’s 52 entrepreneurs, about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discover how providing proper infrastructure for individual artists benefits communities in profound ways.
    • Learn a new approach to building creative workspaces that is financially self sustaining and forward-thinking in diverse ways.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Siobhan Spain

    Director, Mainframe Studios

    Mainframe Studios director Siobhan Spain has over 25 years of experience in arts administration as an advocate of individual artists. She managed contemporary art nonprofit SITE Santa Fe, the studio office of MacArthur Fellow and blacksmith Tom Joyce, and Mary Goldman Gallery in Los Angeles. Siobhan has served in committee and board roles for Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Los Angeles Times’ foundation, and Women, Food & Agriculture Network.

    Website: mainframestudios.org

    Instagram: @mainframearts

    Facebook: @mainframearts

    Deshara Bohanna

    Owner, Design Fetish by Deshara

    Deshara Bohanna is the owner of Design Fetish by Deshara, member of her local school board and an active community volunteer. After earning a BA in Journalism at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and pursuing a graduate degree at Iowa State University, Deshara worked in corporate America for more than 10 years. In 2016, she decided to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams in the wreath and floral industry. At Design Fetish, Deshara’s mission is to create beautiful conversation pieces and décor that uplift, inspire and celebrate life’s special moments, even when they’re hard to find. Deshara’s designer wreaths are now sold in local hospital boutiques, gift shops and a top purchase item for realtors, event planners, restaurants and hotels.

    Website: bydeshara.com

    Instagram: @designfetish_wreaths

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bydeshara

    Gretchen Bohling

    Owner, Gretchen Bohling Design

    Gretchen Bohling is a graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago with her BFA in Fashion Design. Her fashion brand, Gretchen Bohling Design, launched in 2016 with a mission to provide the highest quality sustainably handmade wardrobe. Gretchen's brand works hard to educate her clients on how to maintain an ethical wardrobe through the several different services she provides at her downtown Des Moines atelier. GBD offers a size-inclusive private label collection of handmade-to-order garments, one of a kind bespoke garments, custom tailoring and alterations services, and hosts private sewing lessons. Gretchen is adjunct Professor at Des Moines Area Community College where she recently partnered with her students and faculty to make and donate masks to local healthcare employees and essential workers.

    Website: gretchenbohling.com

    Instagram: @gretchenbohling

    Facebook: Gretchen Bohling Design - GBD

    Pinterest: Gretchen Bohling Design

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artist Residencies

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/29/2020

    Explore the world of artist-in-residence communities and ways in which they support individual artists. There are more than 400 residency programs in the U.S. and 1,500 residency programs worldwide. These programs recognize creative process and the exploration of new ideas as essential to human progress.

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    About this Webinar

    July 29th at 3:00 PM EDT

    Explore the world of artist-in-residence communities and ways in which they support individual artists. There are more than 400 residency programs in the U.S. and 1,500 residency programs worldwide. These programs recognize creative process and the exploration of new ideas as essential to human progress.

    In this session, you will learn:

    • The benefits of residencies for individual artists as shown through artist experiences, including how residencies add credibility to your professional practice.
    • How to educate yourself and artists about residency opportunities, and how to research, apply to and especially, find the best match for your practice.
    • Processes for building criteria for selecting artist-in-residence participants.
    • The impact of making treasured friendships and building lifelong networks through residencies.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Nancy Lowden Norman

    Executive Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts

    Nancy Lowden Norman leads the vision of one of the top nonprofit artists' communities in the world, with input from stakeholders, including its Trustees, national artistic advisory board, artists, members, and the community at large. Founded by Doris Leeper in 1977, Atlantic Center for the Arts is an interdisciplinary artist-in-residence community located on 68 pristine acres in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  The program’s hallmark is mentorship offered by distinguished contemporary artists – Pulitzer-Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, Grammy-Award winners – during a three-week residency with 24 emerging and mid-career artists. Nancy oversees daily operations, and artistic and fiscal management, and is responsible for a premier residency program. She is also in charge of the management of Arts on Douglas Fine Arts & Collectibles Gallery, representing 50 Florida artists, and diverse programs engaging the community through arts education and multigenerational events in Arts & Wellness. Through her 24-year tenure, 13 years in an executive position, she has also experienced more than 125 residencies as part of its Artists-in-Residence Program. 

    An advocate for Atlantic Center for the Arts and the field of Artists’ Communities nationwide, Nancy completed the Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising from Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Winter Park, FL, and the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. She received an MS in Mass Communication from San Diego State University, a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida, and is on the Board of the Volusia County Cultural Alliance. She has presented at conferences including, THE CREATIVE AGE, Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging held in Washington DC, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Alliance of Artist Communities, among many others. She is also the editor of Doris Leeper: Legacy of a Visionary, a book published by the Florida Historical Society in 2017.  

    Website: www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Follow Atlantic Center for the Arts on Social Media:

    Facebook | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

    Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

    Interdisciplinary Visual and Performance Artist

    Born 1973, Bronx, New York, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is a nationally and internationally recognized, award winning interdisciplinary visual and performance artist. Honors include: Art and History Museum Maitland 2019-20 Artists in Action awardee, UCF 2018 Woman of Distinction Award, UCF LIFE award, 2018 Research Incentive Award, 2017 UCF Luminary Award; 2016 Franklin Furnace Grant for performance;  2016 United States Artist Fellow nominee; UCF’s 2016 Woman Making History honoree; 2016 Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition semifinalist, 2015 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art finalist; 2013 Creative Capital “On Our Radar” honorable mention; 2011 UCF Keeper of the Creed Award in Creativity.

    Raimundi-Ortiz was class of 2008 Rutgers University Mason Gross School of Art Ralph Bunche Fellow; AAS 1998 Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture alum, 2002. Selected exhibitions include The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art, Orlando Museum of Art 2015, Identify: Performance as Portraiture series, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 2017, Project 35: Last Call, Garage Museum, Moscow, Russia, Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain 2010, American Chambers, Gyeongnam Art Museum, Changwong City, South Korea 2011, Performa 05 biennial, Artist Space, NY; The S Files 05 and Artist in the Marketplace 25, Bronx Museum of the Arts; Gallery @ Hostos; The L Factor, Exit Art, New York. 

    Collections include: The Cornell Fine Art Museum at Rollins College, The Orlando Museum of Art, FL, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Jersey City Museum of Art, NJ, Dr. Robert Feldman, and numerous private collections. She is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida.

    Website: www.raimundiart.com

    Instagram: @Wanda_Raimundi

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WepaWoman

    Lexa Walsh

    Artist, Cultural Worker and Experience Maker

    Lexa Walsh is an artist, cultural worker and experience maker based in Oakland, CA. She employs social engagement, radical hospitality, performance, sculpture, installation, text and institutional critique in her projects, objects, and exhibitions. Her works become places for conversation, storytelling, collecting and classifying, and address subjects such as labor, power, and value.  

    Walsh is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department. She was a recipient of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant, the de Young Artist Fellowship, and Kala’s Print Public Residency Award. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions, and performances locally at the de Young, di Rosa, Exploratorium, Kala, Oakland Museum of California, NIAD, SFMOMA, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  She has shown nationally at Apexart, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Portland Art Museum, Smack Mellon, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, and has participated in several international artist residencies, tours, and projects in Europe and Taiwan.

    Her upbringing as the youngest child of fifteen informs her work, as does practicing collectivity while coming of age in the Bay Area post-punk cultural scene of the 1990’s.  She founded the experimental music and performance venue the Heinz Afterworld Lounge, worked for many years as a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international art center in Czech republic, whose team created radical curatorial projects to foster cross-cultural understanding. Walsh co-founded and conceived of the all-women, all-toy instrument ensemble Toychestra. She founded and organizes Oakland Stock, the Oakland branch of the Sunday Soup network micro-granting dinner series that supports artists’ projects, and the Bay Area Contemporary Arts Archive. She has been Culinary Artist in Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts since 2014.

    Website: www.lexawalsh.com

    Nancy Lowden Norman, Atlantic Center for the Arts Executive Director: nlowden@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Atlantic Center for the Arts: www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org

    Alliance of Artist Communities: https://www.artistcommunities.org/


    Ms. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Associate Professor in Studio Art, Affiliate Faculty in Graduate Studies, Women's and Gender Studies

    UCF Luminary Awardee, UCF School of Visual Art & Design - College of Arts & Humanities

    email: wanda.raimundi-ortiz@ucf.edu

    webpage: www.raimundiart.com

    Recent Research: Exodus|Pilgrimage

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25cuxybVwVQ

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artist Work Documentation

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/26/2020

    Compelling documentation is an invaluable tool for an artist to advance their career. It plays a critical role in the competitive grant process and can serve as an important archive of their evolving practice, contributing to the field at large. However, dedicated support for documentation is rare. In this webinar, artists Sita Bhaumik and Jocelyn Jackson, co-founders of the People’s Kitchen Collective and Adriana Grino, Program Officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will discuss the role of documentation in artist’s work, how to balance goals for documentation between funders and artists, as well as the importance of representation and cultural competency in documentation.

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    Compelling documentation is an invaluable tool for an artist to advance their career. It plays a critical role in the competitive grant process and can serve as an important archive of their evolving practice, contributing to the field at large. However, dedicated support for documentation is rare. In this webinar, artists Sita Bhaumik and Jocelyn Jackson, co-founders of the People’s Kitchen Collective and Adriana Grino, Program Officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will discuss the role of documentation in artist’s work, how to balance goals for documentation between funders and artists, as well as the importance of representation and cultural competency in documentation.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the impact of documentation for artists
    • How documentation can expand the reach of artists’ work
    • Identifying practices for how to support artists in documenting their work 
    • How to advance your program’s goals through documentation 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Adriana Grino

    Program Officer, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

    Adriana Grino (she/her/hers) is the Program Officer for the Rainin Foundation’s Arts Program. She collaborates with the Director and Associate Director of Arts Strategy & Ventures on grantmaking activities, and developing and implementing new initiatives. She currently serves as: the co-chair for the Arts Loan Fund at Northern California Grantmakers, Funding Advisory Committee member at the City of Oakland and member of Grantmakers in the Arts Support for Individual Artist Committee. Adriana came to the Foundation from Galería de la Raza, a non-profit community arts space based in the San Francisco Mission District that is dedicated to advancing intercultural dialogue, where she served as the Curatorial and Special Program Manager. She is a former fellow of the Harmony Initiative, a program of Justice Funders, which supports professional grantmakers in strengthen and ground their philanthropic practice in principles of equity and social justice. Adriana has a BA in Art History and Archaeology from Tufts University.

    Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik

    Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik is an artist, writer, and educator based in Oakland, California whose work has been called a “joyous political critique.” Her community-centered projects use craft, photography, and food to tell the stories migration and displacement. Sita is a co-founder of People's Kitchen Collective and teaches the interdisciplinary course A Taste of Resistance at California College of the Arts in Diversity Studies. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College, an MFA in interdisciplinary art and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Sita has exhibited internationally and is currently working on her first book forthcoming from Kaya Press. 

    Website: www.sitabhaumik.com | www.peopleskitchencollective.com

    Jocelyn Jackson

    Jocelyn Jackson’s passion for seasonal food, social justice, creativity, and community is rooted in a childhood spent on the Kansas plains. Her family would sing a song before sharing a soulful meal. Since then, Jocelyn has practiced law, taught environmental science and ethics, become a yoga instructor, and created performance and visual art. Her inspiring international experiences include serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa and teaching in an ecovillage in Southern India. Jocelyn has presented on the principles of community nourishment at Court Bouillon in Southern France and back home in Oakland for the Fusion of Food and Yoga series at Anasa Yoga. She enjoys collaborating with a wide range of wonderful people and organizations including People’s Community Market, BALLE, Bryant Terry, Life is Living, Impact HUB Oakland, MOAD, Kitchen Table Advisors, NUMI Tea, YES!, and Late Nite Art. She is beginning her fourth year of full hearted cooking. Jocelyn founded JUSTUS KITCHEN to continue to create food experiences that inspire people to reconnect with themselves, the earth, and one another. And she still begins every meal with a song. justuskitchen.com

    Website: justuskitchen.com | www.peopleskitchencollective.com

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Allies in Communities - How to Support Artist-Led Community Development

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/09/2020

    Join artist and entrepreneur Brittney Boyd Bullock and founder of ArtUp Linda Steele, forAllies in Communities: How To Support Artist-led Community Development. This informative and inspirational session on arts-based community development will provide insight on how arts managers and local arts agencies can support artists and communities in this critical work. You will learn what arts-based community development looks like, the various stakeholders, practical strategies and tactics to start, and how to continue this work during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these unprecedented times, it is critical that communities and those who serve them are able to tap into strategies that bolster sustainability, reliability, and creativity.

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    Join artist and entrepreneur Brittney Boyd Bullock and founder of ArtUp Linda Steele, for Allies in Communities: How To Support Artist-led Community Development

    This informative and inspirational session on arts-based community development will provide insight on how arts managers and local arts agencies can support artists and communities in this critical work.

    You will learn what arts-based community development looks like, the various stakeholders, practical strategies and tactics to start, and how to continue this work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    During these unprecedented times, it is critical that communities and those who serve them are able to tap into strategies that bolster sustainability, reliability, and creativity.

    Learning Objectives - In this workshop you will:

    • Review local Memphis models  of artist-led community development.
    • Learn 3 ways arts service organizations/managers can support  artists in community development work.
    • Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Arts-based Community Development.
    • Learn practical collaboration tools to consider when working with artists.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Linda Steele

    Founder + CEO, ArtUp

    Linda Steele is the Founder and CEO of ArtUp, an idea incubator and business accelerator that breaks down barriers to the creative economy; nurtures ideas that drive social change; and launches artists into creative entrepreneurship.

    ArtUp initially began as an idea during Steele’s leadership as Chief Engagement Officer at ArtsMemphis. Accomplishments during her tenure include creating an arts-based community development grant portfolio, the Engagement Transforms Communities (ETC ) grants, and launching a Community Engagement Fellowship to build the capacity of Memphis artists and neighborhood leaders in the field. She is the visionary and driving force behind the transformation of an abandoned storefront and former liquor store into an art gallery and community flex space called OMG in Orange Mound, Memphis, Tennessee.

    This work has allowed her opportunities to present on creative placemaking and the power of arts, creativity, and innovation to revitalize disinvested communities at conferences and workshops across the country and around the world.

    A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Linda has used her entrepreneurial expertise in the past to help open the first arts-based private pre-school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She has served in leadership positions at Urban Gateways: Center for Arts Education, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Cool Culture, Inc., and has an extensive background in youth development and education. She is a graduate of both Amherst College and Harvard University. Her work at ArtUp and ArtsMemphis has received numerous honors and
    awards including: the inaugural Robert E. Gard Award from Americans for the Arts; a 2016 and 2017 Artworks grant from The National Endowment for the Arts; membership in the 2016-17 PlaceLab Salon Sessions in Chicago, Illinois; and selection as a 2017-18 member of NEW INC in New York City, the first museum-led incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology. Steele is the host of The Artivism Podcast on The OAM Network where she interviews artists, musicians, activists, and creatives who work at the intersection of art and social activism.

    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/lindapsteele

    Brittney Boyd Bullock

    Brittney Boyd Bullock of Memphis, Tennessee, has worked as Project Manager for the Urban Art Commission managing Memphis’ largest public art archive and as the Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager for Crosstown Concourse & Crosstown Arts overseeing a variety of collaborative creative programs and exhibitions.

    She now holds the position of Director of Youth Programs for the Memphis Music Initiative helping to build sustainable relationships with Memphis' youth while implementing youth-led and youth-driven programs. Her journey of cultivating trust and lasting relationships has helped to naturally create opportunities for collaboration with various communities, organizations, and artists that invite participation from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise. 

    As a mentor and former fellow of the Robert E. Gard award ArtUp Fellowship, her interests in community engagement and social change has led her to an artistic practice that embraces artists to redefine why they create, how they create, and for what purposes. As a freelance artist, she is most interested in art that questions notions of identity and culture, with power and ownership. Her work and process engage ideas of trust, beauty, and memory.

    Instagram: @dontblink_bb

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artist Mentorships

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/26/2020

    This webinar will provide arts professionals with the tools by which they can become catalysts for creating mentorships. During the presentation, Sharon Louden, artist, educator, editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series of books and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, will share examples of successful mentorships that she has documented over the years. Louden will focus on the power of collaboration and intergenerational mentorships in particular. She will lay out steps that administrators can take to cultivate mentorships, which often lead to creating more opportunities for all involved. Finally, she will be joined by Washington DC-based artist, Julia Bloom, who will speak about her experience as an artist and how those relationships have helped grow her artistic practice.

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    This webinar will provide arts professionals the tools by which they can become catalysts for creating mentorships. 

    During the presentation, Sharon Louden, artist, educator, mentor, editor of the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution will share examples of successful mentorships that she has documented over the years. Louden will focus on the power of collaboration and intergenerational mentorships in particular. She will lay out steps that administrators can take to cultivate mentorships, which often lead to creating more opportunities for all involved. Finally, she will be joined by Washington DC-based mentee and artist, Julia Bloom, who will speak about her experience as an artist and how those relationships have helped grow her artistic practice. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the nuts-and-bolts of mentorship.
    • Identifying environments that help mentorships flourish.
    • How to strengthen and support mentorship relationships.
    • Focusing on community building vis a vis intergenerational exchange and resource sharing.
    • Creating opportunities through the mentorship exchange dynamic.

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Sharon Louden

    Artistic Director, Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution

    Sharon M. Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the Artistic Director of the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution.  Louden's work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Louden is also active on boards and committees of various not-for-profit art organizations and volunteers her time to artists to further their careers. Sharon is a consultant for Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and currently a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York as well as Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She is also a member of the Artist Advisory boards of the New York Foundation for the Arts, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. Sharon is also the editor of the popular Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, published by Intellect Books and distributed by the University of Chicago Press. 

    Website: www.sharonlouden.com | www.livesustain.org

    Twitter:  @LoudenStudio

    Instagram: @SharonLouden

    Julia Bloom

    Artist

    Julia Bloom is an artist who makes paintings, drawings and sculpture. She is also the creator of Freight Gallery, a small pop-up exhibition space in a freight elevator. She studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston Museum School, and Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her work has been exhibited at Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC; Greater Reston Arts Center in Reston, VA; Lucky Street Gallery in Key West, FL; Salzland Museum in Schoenebeck, Germany; the Katzen Arts Center at American University in Washington, DC; along with other regional and national galleries. Bloom was awarded Artist Fellowship Program Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014, an Individual Artist Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a fellowship from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, and seven fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Publications and articles about Bloom’s work are in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Northern Virginia Magazine, Poet Lore, Southern Accents and New American Paintings.  Bloom’s work is in several public and private collections, including the University of Virginia School of Law, Wheat First Securities and the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Bloom lives and works in Washington, DC and is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art.

    Website: http://www.juliabloom.net/

    Twitter: @juliasbloom  

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/12/2019

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked. Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will rethink their understandings of the national (and international) teaching artist field.
    • They will encounter with a wider variety of tools to support the growth in size, diversity and quality of local teaching artist talent pools, tools they may use in their home settings.
    • They will discover new ways in which teaching artists are employed to accomplish seven different purposes—which invites new ways to assess impact, develop productive partnerships, and create greater visibility for the field. 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

    In 2015 Eric Booth was given Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Leadership Award, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent are Playing for Their Lives (about the global El Sistema Movement) and Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion and The Music Teaching Artist's Bible.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 40 years, where now he is a leader of their Teaching Artist Development Labs). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S.. A frequent keynote speaker, he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference, and he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and founded the Teaching Artist Journal, and is the only recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry. 

    Websites:

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

    Victor Sawyer

    Teaching Artist

    Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble and as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of ten professional music Teaching Artists serving in traditionally underserved communities. 

    As a performer he has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. Sawyer has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more. 

    Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, While in NYC Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy. 

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Artists of Color Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2019

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences. This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today.

    imageAbout this Webinar

    The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive.

    In February 1996, the Arts Council premiered the Art & Soul program, a month-long celebration of African American art and artists, programmed by local African American arts administrators, with daily performances by local musicians, dancers, poets, and thespians in the Indianapolis Artsgarden (a performance and exhibition space owned and operated by ACI). Since its inception, the program has expanded to include a Featured Artist component, for emerging visual and performing artists; a reception for African American arts administrators; engagements beyond the month of February under the “Art & Soul” brand; and professional development opportunities specifically for artists participating in this program. While it was never in question, the expansion of Art & Soul represents the Arts Council’s acknowledgment that African American artists have value beyond Black History Month, and the organization is committed to developing this program in ways that lead to deeper and more regular engagement opportunities, strengthening relationships with African American artists and audiences.

    This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and additionally, how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. During the presentation, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity; of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement; and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • The importance of incorporating the respective community’s guidance throughout all three phases of a program (planning, implementation, and evaluation)
    • How programs designed for artists of color can be used as entry points for deeper engagement
    • How branding is important in making your organization relevant to new stakeholders (artists and audiences)

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Rishard Allen

    Director of Grant Services, Arts Council of Indianapolis

    Rishard Allen is the Director of Grant Services at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, working with artists and arts organizations to maintain the financial viability of the arts and culture sector in Indianapolis and to promote and elevate Indianapolis as a thriving cultural destination in the Midwest. His portfolio includes $1.8M in organizational grants and individual artist fellowships and over $10M in COVID-19 relief funding. As a grantmakerRishard values the opportunity to make deep financial investments in individuals and organizations with strong commitments toward innovation, creativity, and community impact. 

    Rishard is an Indianapolis-native who graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2017 with a B.S. in Arts Management and a minor in Psychology. Since graduating, Rishard has served as a Program Director at Arts for Learning Indiana and has assisted WolfBrown, a national nonprofit research consulting firm, with an evaluation of The Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program. Rishard is also a Board Member of the IndyHub Foundation and recently served on the inaugural Americans for the Art’s Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Steering Committee. 

    Website: https://indyarts.org/

    Twitter: @artscouncilindy and @RishardDAllen

    Instagram: @artscouncilindy

    Facebook: @indyarts

    Shamira Wilson

    Interdisciplinary Artist

    Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, has studied Furniture Design at the Herron School of Art, and attended a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Her work has been exhibited in Indianapolis at venues including the Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Contemporary.

    Website: https://shamirawilson.com/

    Instagram: @shamirawilson

  • Supporting Individual Artists: Dancers Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/25/2019

    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

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    With thousands of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, employing tens of thousands of people, the dance community in the US continues to be a driving force in the arts and culture sector. But how exactly can organizations best support the individual dancers so that they can be successful in achieving their personal goals, while positively impacting the communities they are a part of?

    Join Allyson Esposito, Senior Director of Arts and Culture at the Boston Foundation, to learn about the Next Steps for Boston Dance grantmaking initiative for Boston area choreographers. The Boston Foundation is one of the nation’s largest and oldest community foundations. The Next Steps for Boston Dance program was born out of the results of several different research initiatives led by the New England Foundation for the Arts, the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and the Boston Foundation, which identified dance as the least philanthropically supported discipline in the region, and articulated a need for artist-level support and the development of pathways for local choreographers and dance artists.  Next Steps was created with significant input from the dance community it was intended to serve and provides much needed rehearsal space, mentorship, and funds for artists to take their “next step”. Key to its success is the flexibility of the program (no pun intended!), with individualized supports provided to each artist recipient.  

    Attendees will learn:

    • How to create an artist-level grant program based on research and data, but with significant artist input into the program design process
    • How to create individualized supports within a grant program
    • What choreographers need to be most successful in achieving their career goals
    • What parallel investments and ecosystem shifts have had to occur to ensure Next Steps is most impactful
    • Choreographer mentorship models
    • Cohort and network building within a diverse and disparate dance ecology

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Allyson Esposito

    Senior Director of Arts & Culture, The Boston Foundation

    Allyson Esposito is a professional artist, arts administrator, change management consultant and lawyer with more than ten consecutive years of experience in the philanthropic field. In each of the philanthropy roles she has held, Esposito has led comprehensive change, designing and implementing new strategies, programs and systems to support a new vision that addresses areas of highest need and greatest opportunity, often in response to large scale, municipally-led cultural planning efforts. 

    She currently serves as the Senior Director of Arts & Culture for the Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s Community Foundation and one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of $1 billion. Relocating to Boston during a critical “arts renaissance” for the city, Esposito designed a large-scale philanthropic response to the city’s first large-scale cultural plan, Boston Creates. One of her programs, Live Arts Boston (LAB), has been hailed as most well-known, field-changing grant programs for the arts in Greater Boston. In three years, LAB has supported 185 projects and more than 450 artists (70% of whom identify as people of color) with nearly $3 million to create, present or produce new work for Greater Boston audiences.  A recent WBUR article about LAB noted that, since its inception, “the arts in Boston is demonstrably more vibrant.”

    Esposito came to Boston from her hometown of Chicago, where she worked for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as the Director of Cultural Grantmaking, leading efforts to strategically restructure all grant programs for the first time in 20 years, ultimately designing and managing 4 programs awarding more than 250 grants per year. Prior to DCASE, she was Program Officer for the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation during a time of significant organizational and leadership transition.

    Jean Appolon

    Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Jean Appolon Expressions

    In addition to being the Co-Founder and Director of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and master teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Appolon received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Lynn Williams Rousier Dance School, the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. at the Harvard and Radcliffe Dance Program (1995-1996, Boston, MA), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1996-1998, New York, NY) and the Joffrey American Ballet School (1998-2003, New York, NY), where he graduated with a B.A. from a joint degree program offered by The New School. 

    Appolon has also performed with Elma Lewis Productions (Black Nativity), Marlene Silva, North Star Ballet Company (Fairbanks, AL), Black Door Dance Company (Miami, FL), and the Atlantic City Ballet Company. Jean Appolon teaches dance at Boston Ballet’s City Dance and Boys in Motion programs, The Gold School, Wellesley College, UMass Boston and The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), among other locations. Beginning in 2006, Appolon conceived and has since directed a free annual summer dance course in Port-au-Prince that serves young, aspiring Haitian dancers who do not have regular access to dance training. The 2019 Summer Dance Institute is being held in Lawrence, MA for the first time this year, in partnership with Izizwe Dance Studio and Bread and Roses. 

    Jean Appolon’s Boston-based Haitian Contemporary dance company has toured to Washington DC, Silver Springs, MD, NYC and Port Au Prince, Haiti. JAE has also performed at major venues such as Boston’s Paramount Theater, John Hancock Hall and Silver Spring MD Civic Center, as well as in city parks and community spaces in free performances accessible to the public. JAE also has performed at many schools and colleges, including Boston University, American Universtiy, Dartmouth College, Dean College, Harvard University, Lesley College, Northeastern University and Wheaton College. JAE has been fortunate to share the stage with celebrities such as Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates and Edwidge Danticat, and to collaborate with community partners such as Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Central Square Theater CityPop Egleston and the Irish Immigration Center of Boston.

    Facebook: Jean Appolon Expressions

    Website: https://jeanappolonexpressions.org/

    The Boston Foundation’s Next Steps for Boston Dance: https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/grant-making-initiatives/next-steps-for-boston-dance

    The Boston Foundation’s General arts and culture site: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas/arts

    The Boston Foundation’s research and study about funding for Boston and 10 Other Cities (from 2016): https://www.tbf.org/-/media/tbforg/files/reports/arts-report_jan-7-2016.pdf?la=en

    The New England Foundation for the Arts study: https://www.nefa.org/moving-dance-forward