Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists (Fall 2020)

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Summary

Executives in art agencies and nonprofit organizations are powerful in many ways. But it’s the program coordinators, managers and support staff who have the unique insight and ability to be catalysts for artists and small arts organizations. “Arts Administrators’ Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists” assists mid-level employees in mid to large arts nonprofits and agencies to be the necessary support for individual creatives in their communities. Through this online classroom, participants will learn how nonprofit arts organizations function, how to lead from their position, strategies to engage with communities, best practices for developing programming, ways to support artists, and how to gain support from supervisors to be effective. It is our goal to help participants use their knowledge and love for the arts to grow our nation’s creative economy.

Curriculum for this classroom was developed through the generous support by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. For a limited time, this classroom is offered for free. You may be asked for your feedback on elements of this classroom. To preserve the reflection, peer knowledge sharing and discussion element, we ask that you limit registration to no more than 2 staff from the same organization.

This classroom is recommended for: 

  • New program staff and practitioners 
  • Program staff who want to refresh their perspective 
  • Board members wanting to build their knowledge 

Classroom requirements:

Upon completion of this classroom, attendees will receive a certificate of completion from Americans for the Arts. Please consider these requirements before registering for the course:

  • Must pass all six quizzes with a 90% or above
  • Must attend at least five of six live discussions

Outline

Module 1: Being a Professional Artist

Open Date: September 21, 2020

Facilitated online discussion: October 6, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

To understand the professional role and leadership responsibilities of the artist in society and examine the non-profit, public, commercial, and academic career paths open to artists and those working in cultural fields. Participants will explore the necessary entrepreneurial skills for artists to thrive in the marketplace of ideas, arts products, and cultural services in order to help artists generate and manage revenue and resources.

Module 2: Helping Artists Thrive: How to be a Coach

Open Date: October 5, 2020

Facilitated online discussion: October 20, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

To examine the skills needed to be in responsible leadership roles in nonprofit art organizations and their relationship as constituents of public arts agencies. Through the examination of readings and interviews, participants will enhance their knowledge and ability to be a coach, implement assessment tools, and offer resources to artists.

Module 3: Engaging Communities for Sustainability

Open Date: October 19, 2020

Facilitated online Discussion: November 3, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

To explore approaches to interact with and support artists in the community. Participants will reflect on personal, social and the cultural value of arts, learn the importance of acknowledging and supporting culture, and how to build productive relationships with artist communities.

Module 4: Creating Relevant Programs

Open Date: November 2, 2020

Facilitated online Discussion: November 17, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

To understand theory versus practice in design, implementation and evaluation of arts programs and community organizations. Participants will examine both historical and contemporary paradigms that contribute to the success or demise of these organizations. Programming approaches, tasks and functions as well as strategic planning will be covered for organizations and community arts partnerships.

Module 5: Partnership Strategies

Open Date: November 16, 2020

Facilitated online Discussion: December 1, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

To learn ways to formulate organizational partnership strategies for facilitating a value exchange between distinct arts and non-arts organization in order to expand reach and exposure for artists.

Module 6: Helping Leaders Value Artists

Open Date: November 30, 2020

Facilitated online Discussion: December 15, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

Investigate practical strategies negotiating and advocating for artists with apprehensive executive leaders and supervisors to support new programs and approaches. Participants will learn how to be strategic in communicating needs to meet programmatic goals, demonstrate the value of individual artists, articulate tangible needs from leaders, and how to connect community goals with the mission of the organization for effective results. Participants will be able to articulate their position and artists’ importance in the creative ecosystem.

Curriculum for this classroom was developed through the generous support by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. For a limited time, this classroom is offered for free. You may be asked for your feedback on elements of this classroom. To preserve the reflection, peer knowledge sharing and discussion element, we ask that you limit registration to no more than 2 staff from the same organization.

  • AAE:SIA Module 6: Helping Leaders Value Artists (Fall 2020)

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    Investigate practical strategies negotiating and advocating for artists with apprehensive executive leaders and supervisors to support new programs and approaches. Participants will learn how to be strategic in communicating needs to meet programmatic goals, demonstrate the value of individual artists, articulate tangible needs from leaders, and how to connect community goals with the mission of the organization for effective results. Participants will be able to articulate their position and artists’ importance in the creative ecosystem.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists 

    Module 6: Helping Leaders Value Artists


    Access Dates: November 30, 2020

    Quiz Due: December 14, 2020

    Facilitated online Discussion: December 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

    Investigate practical strategies negotiating and advocating for artists with apprehensive executive leaders and supervisors to support new programs and approaches. Participants will learn how to be strategic in communicating needs to meet programmatic goals, demonstrate the value of individual artists, articulate tangible needs from leaders, and how to connect community goals with the mission of the organization for effective results. Participants will be able to articulate their position and artists’ importance in the creative ecosystem.

    Share your feedback! Please complete our Classroom Evaluation Survey so we can continue to improve our programs.

  • AAE:SIA Module 5: Partnership Strategies (Fall 2020)

    Contains 6 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/01/2020

    To learn ways to formulate organizational partnership strategies for facilitating a value exchange between distinct arts and non-arts organization in order to expand reach and exposure for artists.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists

    Module 5: Partnership Strategies

    Open Date: November 16, 2020

    Quiz Due: November 30, 2020

    Facilitated online Discussion: December 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

    To learn ways to formulate organizational partnership strategies for facilitating a value exchange between distinct arts and non-arts organization in order to expand reach and exposure for artists.

  • AAE:SIA Module 4: Creating Relevant Programs (Fall 2020)

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    To understand theory versus practice in design, implementation and evaluation of arts programs and community organizations. Participants will examine both historical and contemporary paradigms that contribute to the success or demise of these organizations. Programming approaches, tasks and functions as well as strategic planning will be covered for organizations and community arts partnerships.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists

    Module 4: Creating Relevant Programs


    Open Date: November 2, 2020

    Quiz Due: November 16, 2020

    Facilitated online Discussion: November 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT

    To understand theory versus practice in design, implementation and evaluation of arts programs and community organizations. Participants will examine both historical and contemporary paradigms that contribute to the success or demise of these organizations. Programming approaches, tasks and functions as well as strategic planning will be covered for organizations and community arts partnerships.

  • AAE:SIA Module 3: Engaging Communities for Sustainability (Fall 2020)

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    To explore approaches to interact with and support artists in the community. Participants will reflect on personal, social and the cultural value of arts, learn the importance of acknowledging and supporting culture, and how to build productive relationships with artist communities.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists

    Module 3: Engaging Communities for Sustainability

    Open Date: October 19, 2020

    Quiz Due: November 2, 2020

    Facilitated online Discussion: November 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM EDT  The live discussion for this module has been cancelled. There will be on optional webinar screening on November 10th at 2:00 PM EDT. Stay tuned for details via email.

    To explore approaches to interact with and support artists in the community. Participants will reflect on personal, social and the cultural value of arts, learn the importance of acknowledging and supporting culture, and how to build productive relationships with artist communities.

  • AAE:SIA Module 2: Helping Artists Thrive: How to be a Coach (Fall 2020)

    Contains 6 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/20/2020

    To examine the skills needed to be in responsible leadership roles in nonprofit art organizations and their relationship as constituents of public arts agencies. Through the examination of readings and interviews, participants will enhance their knowledge and ability to be a coach, implement assessment tools, and offer resources to artists.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists 

    Module 2: Helping Artists Thrive: How to be a Coach

    Open Date: October 5, 2020

    Quiz Due: October 19, 2020

    Facilitated online discussion: October 20, 2020 - 2:00PM EDT

    To examine the skills needed to be in responsible leadership roles in nonprofit art organizations and their relationship as constituents of public arts agencies. Through the examination of readings and interviews, participants will enhance their knowledge and ability to be a coach, implement assessment tools, and offer resources to artists.

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  • AAE:SIA Module 1: Being a Professional Artist (Fall 2020)

    Contains 6 Component(s)

    To understand the professional role and leadership responsibilities of the artist in society and examine the non-profit, public, commercial, and academic career paths open to artists and those working in cultural fields. Participants will explore the necessary entrepreneurial skills for artists to thrive in the marketplace of ideas, arts products, and cultural services in order to help artists generate and manage revenue and resources.

    Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists

    Module 1: Being a Professional Artist


    Open Date: September 21, 2020

    Quiz Due: October 5, 2020

    Facilitated online discussion: October 6, 2020 at 2:00PM EDT

    To understand the professional role and leadership responsibilities of the artist in society and examine the non-profit, public, commercial, and academic career paths open to artists and those working in cultural fields. Participants will explore the necessary entrepreneurial skills for artists to thrive in the marketplace of ideas, arts products, and cultural services in order to help artists generate and manage revenue and resources.

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