Ballin’ on a Budget? Five Reasons Why You Need to be Using Canva

Arts marketers, if you’ve never used the online design platform Canva, then you need to change that—starting today! Here are five reasons why.

Help, I’m Marketing and I Can’t Get Up

How many of us are walking a line at our jobs between being an arts marketer, or not? Nowadays it seems as if dual and blended roles are becoming increasingly the norm for all except the largest arts and cultural organizations.

What does hosting a birthday party for a hotel duck have to do with arts marketing?

Participating in a special marketing initiative for Pennsylvania arts administrators gave our organization the tools we needed to expand our reach and strengthen our storytelling strategies.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement Initiative

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Focusing on the Western part of Pennsylvania, the second Cohort of this program will participate in an intensive two-year curriculum that provides all participants the opportunity to build new skills in arts marketing and audience engagement. Applications for the 2018-2020 program are open through April 27, 2018.

Customer Retention is Broken. Here's How to Fix It.

Content sponsored by Spektrix.

For arts organizations, retaining customers means building a core audience who are loyal, will take risks with you and in general are easier to sell to. These customers are also more likely to support your organization with donations.

Memphis to Host Nearly 500 Arts Marketing Professionals at Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project Conference

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Americans for the Arts and ArtsMemphis will host the annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, November 10-13, 2017. The largest gathering of arts marketers in the country, the conference is a critical forum for arts groups to discuss the rapidly changing demographics and behaviors of U.S. consumers, as well as how arts and culture organizations can remain relevant in the era of consumer control. 

Arts and Cultural Solidarity

For many artists, making art is a coping mechanism to find inner calm and some kind of understanding about a confusing, chaotic world. So how might art heal our world? How might the artist become the healer?

Questions to Begin a Conversation about (Re)Designing Your Organization for Equity

As we approach the upcoming National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Memphis, I’m excited to enter a new conversation about the possibilities for our sector that can be unlocked by embracing a designer’s mentality to address the critical need to diversify our audiences, our leadership, and our organizations.

Please, Do Your Own Facebook Advertising

Facebook’s changes suggest a general direction towards offering incentive for DIY advertising. Anyone who can send an email, shop on Amazon, or navigate around a basic spreadsheet can learn Facebook advertising basics by launching a campaign in under an hour.

A Perspective on Accessibility

I’ve long held that audiences with disabilities, including deaf audiences, would benefit from being considered from a marketing perspective and understood from a multi-cultural standpoint, rather than a strictly legal requirement/service perspective.

Engaging a Mid-Size Community with Digital Content

When you work for a non-profit arts organization outside of a metropolitan area, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that what works for the big organizations won’t work for you—even when you know your mission is BIG.

This is Not Your Grandmother’s Arts Scene.

Or maybe it is? Or maybe it isn’t. The challenge that arts marketers face is navigating the changing landscape and being mindful of the identity and personality of the organization balancing against welcoming the whole community.

NAMPC Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday, August 25

Monday, August 21, 2017

On November 10-13, the NAMP Conference and more than 650 arts marketers from across the country will head to Memphis, TN to explore latest arts marketing trends, skills and innovations in technology. Register by August 25 to lock in early-bird pricing and save up to $100.

Send your constituents to NAMPC

The case for sending a “NAMP Team” to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference to increase their marketing and advertising skill levels, which in turn will serve to attract and entertain more visitors and residents in your community.

Passion Project, Public Resource

There is always a gap to fill. I took my frustration with the job hunt and turned my personal solution into a public resource for my sector.

Artists, Arts Patrons, and Access to Capital

Several community organizations are working to create innovative solutions that improve access to capital related to Memphis’s creative class.

Animating Democracy

Aesthetic Perspectives:
Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change

NEW framework offering 11 aesthetic attributes defined by artists that enhance the potency of arts and culture to motivate change in communities. Supports understanding, description, funding, and evaluation of arts at the intersection of community, civic, and social change.  Find out more.

Creating the Right Visual Hierarchy for Your Website

The ugly truth is: over the past 15 years, our patience has decreased. If you structure your web content into logical patterns, the chance of the average visitor leaving your site will decrease!

Six Secrets on How to Become Pennsylvania’s Next Hot Arts Marketer

This first-of-its-kind skill-building initiative combines best practices with new trends to give you and your organization the confidence to compete within the state's diverse and exciting arts space.

The Many Hats of the 21st Century Arts Marketer: There is a Solution

Realizations about trends in our field like multiple hat syndrome helped inspire a new program to support, strengthen and advance arts marketing and audience engagement skills in Pennsylvania.

The heart of your personal brand as an artist? Specificity.

Artists, we know you work hard, but are not always the most extroverted or business-savvy people. Yet you are expected to do it all.

Walk It Out: The Other Side of Brand No One Talks About

Whether you’re working in a swanky downtown office with 100 employees or if you’re an independent artist working out of your momma’s kitchen—Brand. Matters.

Americans for the Arts Unveils New Program to Advance and Strengthen Arts Marketing in Pennsylvania

Arts and Cultural Professionals Must Apply by April 29 Deadline

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, today announced Arts Marketing and Audience Engagement in the 21st Century: Building the Capacity of Pennsylvania’s Cultural Sector, a new, five-year initiative to strengthen and advance the arts marketing and audience engagement skills of Pennsylvania-based arts and cultural professionals. The first cohort of participants will start in July 2017.

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