Hi Americans for the Arts Members,


Happy July! We have officially opened our next Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists Classroom. This six module deep-dive course focuses learning specifically on ways to support individual artists. This course is FREE to you as a member benefit. Registration for the course requires participation in each of the six modules, including the live discussion portions of each module.



Summary of Program


Executives in art agencies and nonprofit organizations are powerful in many ways. But it’s the program coordinators, managers and support staff who have the unique insight and ability to be catalysts for artists and small arts organizations. Arts Administrator Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists assists mid-level employees in mid to large arts nonprofits and agencies to be the necessary support for individual creatives in their communities. Through this online classroom, participants will learn how nonprofit arts organizations function, how to lead from their position, strategies to engage with communities, best practices for developing programming, ways to support artists, and how to gain support from supervisors to be effective. It is our goal to help participants use their knowledge and love for the arts to grow our nation’s creative economy.

Program Format

This course includes 6 modules, with a combination of self and instructor led elements. You will receive a certificate at the completion of all units.*

*Certificate is earned assuming a 90% score or higher on quizzes and a 90% or better attendance rate.


Included Modules and Live Discussions


Module 1: Being a Professional Artist

Live Discussion Thursday, August 8 @ 3:00pm EDT

Module 2: Helping Artists Thrive: How to be a Coach

Live Discussion Thursday, August 22 @ 3:00pm EDT

Module 3: Engaging Communities for Sustainability

Live Discussion Thursday, September 5 @ 3:00pm EDT

Module 4: Creating Relevant Programs

Live Discussion Thursday, September 19 @ 3:00pm EDT

Module 5: Partnership Strategies

Live Discussion Thursday, October 3 @ 3:00pm EDT

Module 6: Helping Leaders Value Artists

Live Discussion Thursday, October 17 @ 3:00pm EDT



We hope to see you in the classroom!





Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager                         
Americans for the Arts

1000 Vermont Ave NW 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20005-4940

202.371.2830 x2036

202.789.2830 fax


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This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.