Good Morning Americans for the Arts Members,


Welcome to June! Things are buzzing around here as we are just over a week away from this year’s Annual Convention in the Twin Cities. Even with Convention coming up, we still have a ton of great virtual events happening that we want you to know about. Check out the list of what’s coming up in June below. Be sure to register for anything that looks interesting to you. Not able to tune-in live? Register anyway and be the first to check-out the recording of the session. Remember, all of these great sessions are FREE to you as a member benefit!


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 and how you can check things out? 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.


June 2019 Mid-Career Leaders Network Call

Wednesday, June 19 @ 3:00PM EDT

Join us for our quarterly Mid-Career Leaders Network call. Each call features a Mid-Career Leaders in the Arts and Culture field, discusses trends in the sector, includes open space for Mid-Career Leaders to share and receive feedback, and has an Americans for the Arts update. Mid-Career Leaders from across the arts and culture sector are encouraged to join. This quarter we will be joined be Iris Regn, Civic Art Project Manager with Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


June 2019 Membership Briefing: Introducing the NEW pARTnership Movement

Thursday, June 20 @ 3:00PM EDT

Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! For June, we will be joined by Jessica Stern, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager with Americans for the Arts, as she talks about the recently relaunched pARTnership Movement website and resources.


Best Practices for Public Art Commissions

Friday, June 21 @ 3:00PM EDT

In 2016, the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) Advisory Council launched a series of best practices for the commissioning of public art projects to provide a nationally accepted set of standards and guidelines for the development and implementation of public art projects. Three years later, The PAN Council is currently updating and reviewing the best practices and are looking for feedback from the field. Join PAN Council representatives to review recent edits and provide insight for the updated Best Practices for Public Art Commissions.


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Marketing Support for Artists

Wednesday, June 26 @ 1:00PM EDT

Each month, we bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for June answers the question, what skills do artists need to thrive as entrepreneurs in a crowded marketplace? Join Ceylon Mitchell, Musician and Owner/Director of Music Media Marketing, as he discusses strategies to start, manage, and grow a business for an individual artist. Learn tips about how you can support musicians and other artists in their journey of growing their recognition and business.


Federal Funding for Arts in Transit & Transportation Update

Wednesday, June 26 @ 3:00PM EDT

On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94) was signed into law which provides a long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. Unfortunately, the FAST Act also established a prohibition for use of FTA funds for art in transit projects, disrupting a long standing and highly lauded national tradition. The 2015 prohibitions remove local control from transit authorities and reverses nearly over 100 years of systemic enhancement of our transit systems to the detriment of communities across the U.S. In this webinar, hear from Americans for the Arts staff as they outline the history and impact of this issue and highlight how you can advocate for the return of federal funding for arts in transit projects.


Yours in Learning,



Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager                         
Americans for the Arts

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