Dear Americans for the Arts Members,


November is here, so it’s time to put on your comfy sweaters, settle in with a piping hot cup of hot chocolate, and tune in for some webinars! We have some very exciting trainings and conversations coming up that we’re thrilled to share with you. 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.


Creative Conversation: Gina Rodriguez-Drix

Wednesday, November 6th at 3:00 PM EST

In this Creative Conversation, Emerging Leaders Council Member Todd Trebour will be joined in discussion by Gina Rodríguez-Drix, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The two will discuss how the past is shaping the future of the arts and culture in Providence and Rhode Island. As Providence begins its second cultural planning process, Gina will reflect on the progress of the 2009 Creative Providence Plan and on the complexity and opportunity provided by a public plan that expresses values of equity, access and transformation.


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. 


Making the Most of In-Person and Virtual Trainings

Wednesday, November 20th at 3:00 PM EST

From venue to speakers to content and beyond, making the most of your in-person and virtual trainings can be a challenge. Cutting through the noise and creating an engaging experience can be the most difficult part. Join us for a webinar packed with tips and best practices for delivering in-person and virtual experiences that will leave your audience wanting more. Led by arts and culture sector presentation experts, participants will learn the value of both in-person and virtual trainings, as well as tactics to increase engagement.


Arts and Immigration

Thursday, November 21st at 2:00 PM EST

At this present moment, immigrant artists are often extremely vulnerable and marginalized in our society. Support for them includes respect for the artist and their art form (frequently, traditional art practices of their native lands). Further, programs specific for immigrant artists need to be created in partnership with the immigrant artists communities. Using real-world examples and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program as a case study; this webinar will share stories from its’ twelve year history, recent experiences offering this program nationwide, suggest recommended ways of empowering immigrant artists with tools, resources, and access to own their rightful place in national conversations, and creative processes in the cultural landscape.


Successful Successions: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

Friday, November 22nd at 3:00 PM EST

Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Crafting an Artist Statement

Monday, November 25th at 2:00 PM

Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Our topic for this month is: How can artists create statements to set them apart? Join Naomi RaMona Schliesman, Artist Development Director for rural programming for Springboard for the Arts’ Fergus Falls, MN office, as she discusses the who, what, and why of crafting an artist statement, as well as how artists can sharpen the best description of who they are. 


NEW! Online Anytime Learning:

Artists at the Community Development Table Online Classroom

Artists of all kinds have always been powerful influencers in the culture of any society. But the roles of artists are changing as the world both shrinks and expands through new means of communication and media. While many artists will continue to work solely - some are adding the practice of working in collaboration and with communities. This self-guided classroom is designed to provide usable information and research on how artists and arts organizations can deepen the capacity for community development and engagement. It will outline ideas about how to bring creativity and new thought to the conversations artists of all disciplines, local arts agencies, organizations, and their communities are having about how to collaborate across sectors, borders, and boundaries. While there are complexities and many layers to working in this way, these webinars aim to connect threads and make those complexities visible. 


Yours in Learning,



Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator                        
Americans for the Arts

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