Dear Americans for the Arts Members,


I’m back to bring you your next round-up of digital learning opportunities. Check out what we have coming up for the rest of May, including teasers for a few early June sessions. Remember, all of these sessions are FREE to you as a member benefit, so check out as many are you would like. Not able to tune-in live? Register anyway for easy access to replays.




Effective Civic Engagement for Arts Advocates

Wednesday, May 22 @ 3:00PM EDT

How can arts advocates be effectively engaged in our political discourse and in our upcoming elections? Learn some tips and best practices to being a great advocate while not running afoul of any rules.  Americans for the Arts Senor Fellow, former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg will lead this discussion using findings he gathered from interviewing arts advocates who are now elected officials.   


Ask an Expert: Mural Implementation & Community Engagement

Tuesday, May 28 @ 3:00PM EDT

Murals can be a source of pride for communities and come with their own opportunities and challenges for public art program administrators. Developing a mural requires skill and knowledge to best engage and represent the members of the surrounding community. In this second of two Ask an Expert virtual conversations about murals, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field on mural implementation and community engagement. Participants will gain insight on what it takes to implement a mural, manage community expectations, learn about available resources, and more! 


May Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Coffee Talk

Wednesday, May 29 @ 3:00PM EDT

Join us for our quarterly Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Network conversation. Each quarter, we bring you an arts administration professional to share their insights and journey to inspire you. This quarter we will be joined in conversation by De Andrea Nichols, Director of Design & Social Practice with Civic Creatives to hear about her journey, artistic endeavors and advice on finding motivation and embracing personal brand. This format invites you to ask questions and share your experiences with the group.


Build an Inclusive Audience with Radical Readability

Thursday, May 30 @ 3:00PM EDT

Every arts organization wants to be more inclusive. But do the words we use to communicate with the public keep new visitors away? This webinar will examine the impact of text readability on inclusion and explore how arts organizations can do better.




Know Before You Go: A Sneak Peek at the 2019 Annual Convention

Tuesday, June 4 @ 3:00PM EDT

Looking to make the most of your time at this year’s Annual Convention? Or maybe you aren’t able to attend in person but are curious about what will be happening? Join us for a webinar with Clay Lord, Vice President of Local Arts Advancement and Patricia Walsh, Public Arts and Civic Design Program Manager  with Americans for the Arts, as we highlight some of our fantastic keynote and plenary presenters, checkout some of the info packed sessions, and learn about other engagement and networking opportunities for you while you’re there. 



Supporting Individual Artists: Musicians Edition

Wednesday, June 5 @ 3:30PM EDT

Recognizing that communities need more than just strong businesses to thrive, Central Iowa has staked its claim on a robust arts and culture scene to attract, retain, engage, entertain and inspire residents and visitors alike. With a commitment to fostering a strong creative economy, this community recognizes and values the role that individual artists in creating a vibrant community. This commitment is evident as we look at the many organizations supporting artists of all disciplines, especially musicians. Join us for a webinar with representatives from Des Moines, Iowa as we explore ways that a community can holistically support musicians through avenues such as marketing, financial skill building, providing performance spaces, and more.


Creating Spaces: Performing Arts in Sacred Places

Thursday, June 6 @ 3:00PM EDT

Creating Spaces is series of focus groups, surveys, and inventories addresses head-on the facility needs of artists who need space and sacred places who have unused or underused space to share in a unique way that has the potential for catalytic change. This webinar will talk about how this research can be directly applied to any region, neighborhood, or community. It will also explore how what looks to be on the surface is not what you find once you dig just below. 


Promoting Appreciation for the Role of Arts in Health and Wellness

Friday, June 7 @ 2:00PM EDT

As arts advocates work to make the case for support of the arts, one of the best arguments is that of social impact. With benefits far beyond enrichment and enjoyment, one social impact area gaining attention is the intersection of arts and health. Americans for the Arts partnered with Topos and Metris Arts Consulting to launch a research project summarizing existing research and example projects in the arts and health realm. Join us for a webinar with Margy Waller, Senior Fellow with Topos Partnership, as we explore the findings of this report.



Yours in Learning,



Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager                         
Americans for the Arts

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