2011Americans for the Arts members are truly diverse – from large arts organizations to small ones; from funders to presenters; from urban centers to rural outposts. Despite their differences, they share the common goal of advancing and promoting the arts in their communities. Featured Member Projects highlights some of the many interesting and innovative means our members are using to strengthen their communities through the arts.
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Sad to say, but it is actually extremely rare to be given the chance to simply think about an idea for a new program: To spend time reading about a topic, imagining how a concept might take shape. To have a chance to talk to others, gain perspective, learn about their experiences, and ask lots of questions. The process of researching our proposal to have Center Theatre Group (CTG) serve as the host for a city-wide arts management internship program for graduate students has been remarkable. This article outlines our year-long process investigating this idea.Read more »
We're focusing this month’s Featured Member on an organization that celebrated National Arts and Humanities Month in part by hosting a Creative Conversation in its community. Creative Conversations are local gatherings of engaged citizens in communities across the country and are part of a grassroots movement to elevate the profile of the arts in America. While the program initially started in 2004 as a part of the Emerging Leaders Network, Americans for the Arts expanded the scope of the event this year to invite all arts leaders and interested individuals to participate.Read more »
There is modern wisdom in the old adage when life gives you lemons…
In Arizona, citrus trees thrive. We know what to do with lemons.
October 2010––Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) launched IN FLUX, an initiative to connect with and support local artists, merchants, and property owners, bringing renewed vitality to downtown Scottsdale through a series of multidisciplinary temporary storefront installations. IN FLUX featured city border-crossing partnerships to reach new audiences and artists in the greater Phoenix area, co-curation with stakeholders and the public, in-kind participation nearly matching the total project budget, and artworks that were at once eye candy and conversation-inducing conceptual pieces.
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As technology and social media rapidly change, all types of interactions, the Arts & Science Council (ASC) of Charlotte is in the midst of creating the latest innovation in fundraising. Later this month, the ASC is launching an easy to navigate, revolutionary giving website, www.power2give.org, which makes donating to cultural organizations easier than ever before. The council conceived the idea for the online marketplace after acknowledging specific donor trends: increased online giving, social media utilization, and a desire for transparency—wanting to know exactly how organizations use donations to impact the community. The intent of ASC’s power2give is to broaden the cultural donor base in Charlotte and eventually other cities, attracting the attention of patrons who attend cultural events, but are not yet donors to these events and projects.Read more »
P.S. ARTS, an organization in Los Angeles working to improve children's lives through arts education, recently announced the launch of the TakePART program in the Lawndale, Lennox, and Wiseburn school districts. TakePART (Public-School Arts Regional Team) is a collaborative effort to streamline resources, increase arts opportunities, and strengthen communities across neighboring school districts. P.S. ARTS leads the TakePART taskforce with school district leaders and other community stakeholders, or “PARTners.” PARTners work together to plan, develop, and implement arts education initiatives that benefit students and families across the entire region—beyond what can be accomplished within individual school districts.Read more »
The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) located in Cleveland, OH, just launched an exciting pilot program to invest directly in artist based community development. The program, Artists in Residence, is a two-year, $500,000 pilot that will explore what artists can do for Cleveland neighborhoods and what Cleveland neighborhoods can do for artists.Read more »
Advocacy by Numbers: Creative Economy Development Success Story
Weeks ago, when Gov. Rick Perry of Texas called for the elimination of all funding for the Texas Commission on the Arts—an agency he felt was outside the scope of the core functions of government—advocates knew that a tough battle was on the horizon. But thanks to recent in-depth studies conducted by the Texas Cultural Trust, those advocates could take comfort in the fact they had the data to challenge Gov. Perry’s notion that public funding of the arts somehow did not benefit the government, and subsequently, the people of Texas.Read more »
Creativity Works in Milwaukee
On January 19, 2011, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, unveiled Creativity Works!—a year-long study on the creative economy potential of the region’s seven counties. The project aims to define and understand the Milwaukee region’s creative industries—the individuals, organizations, and businesses whose products and services originate in artistic, cultural, creative, and/or aesthetic content. More than 2,000 people participated in surveys, public events, focus groups, etc. for this year-long study.
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee was created in 2005 as an umbrella organization representing the arts and culture sector in greater Milwaukee. Christine Harris joined the organization in 2007 as its President and Executive Director. This year, under Harris’ leadership, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee made a change, not just in their name, but in their business model, service, and most importantly, their mission.Read more »