National Arts Marketing Project Kicks Off Second Pennsylvania Cohort

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, is pleased to announce the second cohort of the 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. 

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.

I can be anything, I can be me | March 17, 2018 – May 13, 2018
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
(located at Bells Mill Road in Chestnut Hill)
Reception: Sunday, March 25, 2 PM – 4 PM
RSVP: Julia@theArtWell.org
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Stand Against Hate | April 6 – 13, 2018
The Common Room, 1509 North Front Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
First Friday Exhibition Opening: April 6, 6 PM – 9 PM
Get Tickets (Free) / View on Facebook

2018 ARTWELL AWARDS /// April 19 at the National Museum of American Jewish History /// Thrive. Dream. Lead.

Preparing Your Organization and Your Donors for Shifts in the Charitable Tax Deduction

On January 1, the 2018 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act went into effect, a substantial change to the U.S. tax code which has the potential to negatively impact arts and culture nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. One of the most significant impacts will come in changes related to the thresholds and amounts associated with the charitable tax deduction. This 100-year-old provision was designed to stimulate giving to charities and other organizations serving the public good by providing an opportunity to claim a deduction as a reduction in an individual’s tax burden. While the repercussions of the federal tax code changes are still emerging, and corresponding shifts in state-by-state tax policy may impact your situation, the notes that follow are an introductory primer. If you have questions about state-level implications, we recommend you reach out to your state comptroller or state association of nonprofits.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 28th International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this October 25-28, 2018 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.
 
Submissions must be 200 words and include a clear but brief statement of the panel objective. Panel topics include:
 
Body and Context
Reimaging Monuments – Old and New

Arts Advocacy Day Is Coming

Although years may really just be a number, in its 31 years, Arts Advocacy Day has seen six different U.S. presidents spanning both political parties. It’s witnessed sixteen different congressional sessions and eight different Speakers of the U.S. House. Through it all, every year, attendees hear that “the arts are bipARTtisan.” Because, no matter who’s in office, arts advocacy matters. Funding decisions are made every year. Who’s deciding this year may not be deciding next year. Who’s to remember what happened before? Who’s to know why it matters? Who’s to learn from each other? The answer is us. All of us. All of us together.

Advancing Arts Locally

While we all work to serve audiences that are growing in diversity, we cannot prescribe the art that might engage our audience without engaging in conversation. We must be ready to walk with them, to find out through relationship and exploration together what their expectations, needs, and wants are. And that’s how we truly build community through the arts.

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?

Play runs from October 26 - November 19 with Speaker Sundays

Behind the Business: Learning about the 2017 BCA 10 Honorees, Best Businesses Partnering with Arts in America

On October 11, businesses of all types and sizes from all across the country—Vermont to Hawaii and eight states in between—will come together for the BCA 10 gala at the Central Park Boathouse in New York to be recognized by Americans for the Arts for their outstanding commitment to the arts. But WHO are these honorees? Learn more about their arts partnerships below including corporate performance groups, extensive art exhibits, and some fierce board leadership. 

Central PA Arts Coalition will hold its first meeting of arts nonprofit leaders from organizations stretching from Lancaster to York to Harrisburg, and beyond, to work together in coalition to strengthen the arts in Central PA.
Part of the meeting agenda will include a World Cafe style discussion of Creative Conversation, as part of the National Arts and Humanities Month focus through Americans for the Arts. 
RSVP is required.

In addition to our free monthly Drop In Art projects for children ages 5 and up, Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) will hold an opportunity to share their ideas about what art should represent, do, look like, and be.
This event will be held until noon PM front of the PCCA Gallery of PCCA, rain or shine, as part of the community's annual Canal Day event. 

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors have selected the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to receive the 2002 Award for Excellence in Arts Programming For Youth.  Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO for Americans for the Arts, stated “The dedication of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild to the youth and future of its community has had a tremendously positive effect on generations over the course of many years.  We are proud to honor the Guild and Bill Strickland for his foresight and devotion.”

Discovering Philadelphia with “47 Stories”

47 Stories reimagined Philadelphia's north-south-running 47 bus route, telling the stories of the immigrant and refugee communities that are connected from bus stop to bus stop. Through interviews, audio collage, alternative map designs, and a wrapped SEPTA bus, artists Shira Walinsky and Laura Deutch activated the public space of city transit in a new way. The goal was to make immigrant and refugee communities visible, to acknowledge and bring attention to their contributions to Philadelphia.

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