Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists (Fall 2021)

Registration for this classroom is now closed. Interested participants who completed the inquiry form will be informed of their status by mid-September. 

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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:

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

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.

Outline

Module 1: Being a Professional Artist

Open Date: Monday, September 20

Facilitated online discussion: Tuesday, October 5 @ 2:00 PM ET

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: Monday, October 4

Facilitated online discussion: Tuesday, October 19 @ 2:00 PM ET

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: Monday, October 18

Facilitated online Discussion: Thursday, November 4 @ 2:00 PM ET

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: Monday, November 1

Facilitated online Discussion: Tuesday, November 16 @ 2:00 PM ET

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: Monday, November 15

Facilitated online Discussion: Tuesday, November 30 @ 2:00 PM ET

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: Monday, November 19

Facilitated online Discussion: Tuesday, December 14 @ 2:00 PM ET

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.

  • Contains 6 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/05/2021

    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: Monday, September 20 2021

    Quiz Due: Monday, October 4, 2021

    Facilitated online discussion: October 5, 2021 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.

    Take the Artists Thrive Survey

    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.

    Keya Crenshaw

    Founder

    Black Chick Media

    Keya Crenshaw, a native of Columbus, OH, attended The Ohio State University where she received her BA in 2006 with honors and double majors in Women's Studies and Film Studies. Keya has previously held positions at The Ohio State University in the Office of International Affairs, at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, American’s for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Columbus Post Newspaper.

    Founder of Black Chick Media, LLC, Keya acts as a Film Festival Consultant, Digital Media Maven, and Writer. As a creative entrepreneur and actor, Keya is a member of numerous organizations including the League of Professional Theatre Women based in New York City, the So and So Arts Club based in London, England, and Past Productions Columbus. Her most recent book chapter, Unbought & Unbossed: Black Womanist Resistance and the Power of Holding Space, is forthcoming this year from The University of Arizona Press.

  • Contains 6 Component(s)

    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 4, 2021

    Quiz Due: October 18, 2021

    Facilitated online discussion: October 19, 2021 @ 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.

    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.
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  • Contains 7 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/04/2021

    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 18, 2021

    Quiz Due: November 1, 2021

    Facilitated online Discussion: THURSDAY, November 4, 2021 @ 2:00 PM ET

    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.

    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.
  • Contains 7 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/16/2021

    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 1, 2020

    Quiz Due: November 15, 2020

    Facilitated online Discussion: November 16, 2021 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.

    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.
  • Contains 6 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/03/2021

    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 15, 2021

    Quiz Due: November 29, 2021

    Facilitated online Discussion: November 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT Rescheduled for Friday, December 3 at 11:00 AM ET

    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.

    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.
  • 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 29, 2021

    Quiz Due: December 13, 2021

    Facilitated online Discussion: December 14, 2021 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.

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    You may view the video lessons in two ways:

    1. Select the View Video button to stream the video online. 
    2. Select the Download Video File button to view the video offline. The video will open in a new window, right-click and select "Save As" to complete the download. These videos are available for download to enhance your learning experience and are not meant to be shared with anyone outside of the classroom.