The Arts Engage Candidates Series—Unique Candidate Engagement

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July 11, 2018 at 3:00PM (ET)

Arts-based community development drives meaningful and equitable change within communities. It is the duty of local arts agencies to ensure that fertile ground exists, to allow for growth and vibrancy of the arts and culture sector. The Arts Engage Candidates series will demonstrate to attendees the importance of proactively articulating arts issues to candidates running for office; cultivating relationships and buy-in from candidates running for office; and realizing their own leadership potential in running for office.

Support for the arts must come from every level within a community. Some of the most important allies the arts can have are elected officials and candidates. As such, arts advocates need to cultivate relationships with elected official and candidates and recruit them as arts champions. These relationships can be built through both traditional and non-traditional means. This webinar will look at organizations and individuals engaging political officials and candidates on arts issues in less traditional methods.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will hear less traditional approaches to engaging elected officials and candidates on arts and culture issues.
  2. Attendees will learn new strategies in building relationships with elected official candidates.

Sarah Gonzales Triplett

Director of Public Policy, Creative Many Michigan

Sarah Gonzales Triplett is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Creative Many Michigan, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to developing creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Her work focuses on advancing policy and sustainable funding to build support for the creative industries at the state and federal level by: directing advocacy and policy initiatives, developing research, creating communications tools, and leading grassroots organizing and coalition building efforts. Triplett is also an adjunct faculty member in Michigan State University's Arts and Cultural Management program. Before dedicating her work full-time to Creative Many, Sarah served as Assistant Director of Communications and Community Engagement for the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Triplett was elected in 2017 to serve a the chair of the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) for Americans for the Arts and is serving her third consecutive term as chair of the East Lansing Arts Commission. In 2018, Triplett was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan (TICOM) in addition to her role as chair of the TICOM Advocacy Committee. 

Sarah lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband Nathan and son Teddy

Twitter: @striplett

George Patrick McLeer

Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Alliance

George Patrick [GP] McLeer, Jr became the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance in July of 2016. Previously, GP served as the Administrator of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Mauldin, SC, where he was responsible for developing and managing the Mauldin Cultural Center, the Mauldin Public Art Trail, and the Railroad Concert Series, as well as managing all city-wide marketing, and advising on economic development projects.

GP is currently on the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph’s Catholic School (Greenville, SC), and a member of the College of Charleston’s School of the Arts Council. He also serves on the board for the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce, the Fountain Inn Chorale, Palmetto State Arts Education, and as a Steering Committee member for the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project.

GP holds a BA in Arts Management from the College of Charleston, where he has been recognized with the 2016 School of the Arts Young Alumni Award, the Julie Jett Arts Management Citizenship Award, and placed in the School of the Arts Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the first-ever Alumni Heart Award by St. Joseph’s Catholic School for his contribution to the arts community. GP currently resides in Fountain Inn, SC.

Twitter: @SCArtsAlliance



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