Dear Americans for the Arts Members,


Happy December! We’re excited to wrap up 2019 in a bow with a series of excellent webinars covering all topics 2019 and beyond. 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.


Best Practices from the Best Companies Partnering with the Arts

Thursday, December 5th at 3:00 PM EST

For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces and communities.


Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Activating Artists

Monday, December 9th at 2:00 PM EST

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 you activate artists in your local community? Join Edwige Charlot, Providence, RI based artist and strategist, as she discusses activating artists.

December 2019 Private Sector Network Call: Convening to Connect the Field

Tuesday, December 10th at 3:00 PM EST

Each year, executive leadership and senior staff of the country’s united arts funds gather in a different location to discuss best practices, trends, challenges, and opportunities that this field faces. United Arts Funds (UAF) seek to raise money to provide ongoing support to arts groups by consolidating cultural fundraising efforts in one organization and use their knowledge of the cultural community to disperse the funds accordingly. More and more, the UAFs operate as full-serve local arts agencies. This call is welcome to anyone interested in hearing about the primary topics that came up at this year’s UAF Leadership Retreat, and for those who wish to learn more about this field. 


Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

Thursday, December 12th at 3:00 PM EST

This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 


Arts Marketing Trends: 2020 Edition

Friday, December 13th at 3:00 PM EST

From AI to Generation Z, arts marketing in all its forms are evolving at a pace faster than ever before. Every day our inboxes are filled with more and more tips, techniques, and trends to help us do our jobs better, but what really works? Join us for this engaging session as we cut through the clutter of what you need to know and, more importantly, what you should avoid, when developing your strategies and plans for 2020. In this fun, fast-paced webinar, you'll learn about the trends which will be impacting you and your organization as well as what tools to use to manage all the moving parts. We'll take a look at macro and micro trends that can be adapted and put into your toolbox in the coming year.

December 2019 Member Briefing: Arts & Culture Trends of 2019

Tuesday, December 17th at 3:00 PM EST

For our final Member Briefing of 2019 we will be joined by Americans for the Arts President and CEO, Bob Lynch. Join us as Bob reflects back on 2019 and talks about the trends impacting the sector and the direction for the new year. We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

Arts and Housing

Thursday, December 19th at 3:00 PM EST

Artists and Developers: A Story of a Working Relationship and a Relationship That Works. For years the story has been “Artists move into a neighborhood and make it attractive and then the developers come in and move the artist out." In this webinar John Paradiso a Visual Artist that lives and works in the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County, Maryland will give an overview of working with a Community Development Corporation, other arts organizations, and local artists to pave the way for developers to come in and embrace their artistic community. This webinar is a part of our Arts and Social Impact Series.


Diversity in Arts Leadership Information Sessions

The Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program, administered by Americans for the Arts and national partners, matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2020, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grants paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey, New York City, and Nashville, TN.

Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Intern Info Session

Monday, December 16th at 3:00 PM EST

This information session will provide intern candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer internship with a program and intern experience overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) Arts Host Info Session

Friday, December 20th at 3:00 PM EST

This information session will provide arts host candidates seeking more information about applying to the 2020 Diversity in Arts Leadership summer program in Nashville, Southern New Jersey, and New York City, with a program overview, application instructions, tips for applying, and a live Q & A period.

Yours in learning,



Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator                        
Americans for the Arts

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