Dear Americans for the Arts Members,


Happy Autumn! This October, we’re thrilled to bring you a variety of webinars that we’re sure you’ll fall for! Remember that all of these great events are 100% FREE to you as a member benefit, so register for as many as you would like. All events are recorded, so if you aren’t able to tune-in live, register anyway to have first access to the recording.


October 2019 Member Briefing: National Arts Marketing Project Conference Highlights

Tuesday, October 15 @ 3:00PM EST (TODAY!)

For October we will be joined by Ruby Lopez Harper, Director or Local Arts Services with Americans for the Arts. In this Briefing Ruby will highlight some of the amazing things in-store for folks at this year's National Arts Marketing Project Conference. Taking place in Miami, this year's conference is full of inspiring keynotes, data-filled sessions, and exciting offsites exploring the local community. Tune in for this Briefing to find out what's in store and how you can participate, whether you are in Miami or across the country.


National Arts Awardee Creative Conversation Series

Happy National Arts and Humanities Month! In addition to our lineup of exciting webinars, we are doing a series of Creative Conversations with three of our National Arts Awardees, responding to this year’s Creative Conversation prompt, “how is the past shaping the future of the arts?” awardees will give their insight on how their work impacts their community and organization.


Margie Johnson Reese (2019 Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership)

Wednesday, October 16th at 2:00 PM EST


Roberto Bedoya (2019 Public Art Network Awardee)

Thursday, October 24th at 3:00 PM EST


Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham (2019 American Express Emerging Leader Awardee)

Wednesday, October 30th at 2:00 PM EST



Arts and…Community Development

Friday, October 18 @ 3:00 PM EST

The arts make more things possible, from better education to greater health outcomes to a more civically-engaged citizenry—but people don’t always see the connection to the arts when change happens. From education and job security to housing, public safety, the military, and more, demonstrating the social impact of the arts and other sectors is increasingly important. Arts and…community development requires a variety of partnerships and collaborations, often with individuals and groups from non-arts sectors. Using real-world examples and Love Bank Park in St. Louis, MO as a case study, this webinar will explore how to identify assets, be proactive about potential challenges, and work with a variety of individuals to grow sustainable development through art-based projects and initiatives. 


Attracting College Students to the Arts

Monday, October 21st at 3:00 PM EST

This session will explore tactics to increase arts engagement with students through social media, strategic partnerships, and data collection. Discover which channels college students are actually using, how to grow your social media following, the benefits of “campus influencers,” and how to engage non-arts students through a re-imagined focus group: “The Opinion Party.” Please note that this webinar will be most beneficial for arts organizations that are part of a university or those that are located near a college campus and are looking to increase engagement.


Counternarrative: Rethinking Teaching Artistry

Tuesday, October 22nd at 2:00 PM EST

In this interactive session, participants will join a lively conversation between teaching artist, Jeannette Rodriguez Pineda, and researcher-writer, Dennie Palmer Wolf. Referencing Animating Democracy’s Aesthetic Perspectives framework, these two thinkers and activists will discuss key points from the Teaching Artist Companion to the framework, which they co-authored.  In the Companion, they explore how teaching artists introduce young people to the many ways in which the arts build identity, reclaim life narratives, raise questions, and speak out for social change. The session will feature visual arts work done with young women who are court involved and middle school classrooms where theater is a forum for out-loud empathy.


Ask and Expert: Conserving and Maintaining Public Artworks

Tuesday, October 22nd at 3:00 PM EST

Conservators have unique skills and knowledge that help public art administrators in caring for public art collections. For this live, online event attendees will have the opportunity to connect with two public art conservation experts to ask questions regarding the care and maintenance of public art collections. Participants will gain insight into what conservators do, how to find and work with conservators, ways they can help maintain their collection, and more!


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Artist Portfolios

Monday, November 4th at 1:00 PM EST

This month’s Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat topic asks the question, what do artists need to consider when building their portfolios? Join Adia Morris Swanger, Professional Development and Operations Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts, as she discusses why artists need to have a portfolio, what should be included, and how artists should consider what they will include.


Supporting Individual Artists: Artists of Color Edition

Thursday, November 7th at 3:00 PM EST

This webinar will provide recommendations on how to design programs and services for artists of color with equity in mind, and how arts managers can utilize these programs to encourage and support participation in other offerings that aren’t oriented to a specific racial demographic. Using the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Art & Soul program as a case study, Rishard Allen, Grant Services & Education Partnerships Coordinator, will emphasize the importance of acting in a supporting capacity, of creating a pipeline for deeper engagement, and the art of making yourself relevant. Also, hear from Shamira Wilson, 2019 Featured Visual Artist, on her experience with the program and how that has impacted her relationship with the Arts Council today. 


Yours in Learning,



Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator                        
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