Dear Members,


We’re excited to share with you what’s coming up on ArtsU this month!


Supporting Individual Artists: Keep Arts Working – Creating More Than a Message

Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 PM ET

To continue to support individual artists during COVID-19, the Arts Council for Long Beach created the Keep Arts Working project.  Join us to learn about how arts organizations can create meaningful and valuable grassroots connections for artists, businesses, and community.


Reframing Art| Reclaiming Place: Transforming A Liquor Store into an Artspace

Thursday, September 17 at 3:00 PM ET

How can communities activate vacant storefronts using arts and culture? What barriers might they encounter and how can they overcome them? How can arts and culture projects in vacant storefronts fit into wider community economic development strategies? In this engaging workshop, Linda Steele, Founder + CEO of ArtUp, will share her experience bringing a vacant storefront and other spaces to life using arts and culture. She will share challenges, how they came to solutions, and how these efforts contributed to a larger community economic development goals.


Supporting Individual Artists: How Prioritizing Affordable Workspaces Pays Off

Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 PM ET

How can we provide safe, accessible, inclusive, and sustainable studio options for creative professionals? Join us for the next webinar in our Supporting Individual Artists series where we will be joined by Mainframe Studios artists, administrators, and entrepreneurs to hear about how an affordable professional setting and supportive environment stimulated their business growth and community engagement.


NEW ON ARTSU: ArtsU Intensives!

ArtsU Intensives are extended, deep-dive learning sessions of hyper-focused topics. These enriched e-learning sessions are quarterly opportunities for members of the field to interact with, engage and immerse in crucial topics and concepts. Members of Americans for the Arts have access to these ArtsU intensives at a discounted rate of $75. We recommend registering promptly as space is limited.


ArtsU Intensive: Achieving Meaningful Engagement with Diverse Audiences

Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

In this intensive, we will take a hands-on approach to identify successful methods that can be used to build engagement in diverse communities. There will be a mix of presentation, conversation, and interactive activities that will help you create a framework for diversification efforts at your organization. This session will focus on tactics that organizations of all budget sizes and attendees will walk away with actionable knowledge about: determining your target audience(s); best communication methods and channels; creating messaging that resonates; grass-roots methods that actually work; and creating successful short-term and long-term strategies.


Bold Brand Bootcamp

Monday, October 19 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Tuesday, October 20 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Bold Brand Bootcamp is for curious and brave arts leaders eager to explore the relevancy of their brand related to mission, goals, and fundraising. This workshop will surprise you with reflective questions and games to reveal brand insights that clearly convey your higher purpose and elevate your value amid the challenges of the pandemic and in building just, equitable communities. You’ll also be surprised at how much fun this will be. This session calls for an open, honest look at your organizational identity and its ability to harness donor and community support. It draws the direct connection of a bold brand to your values and teaches you how to position your voice with the stakeholders crucial to your success. There will be two sessions of Bold Brand Bootcamp on October 19 and October 20, each session will feature the same content.


FEATURED REPLAY: Because That’s Where the Money Is: Fully Secured Borrowing for the Arts

COVID-19 has forced us all to re-imagine how we fund our projects and organizations. Join us for a webinar with expert consultants to learn about fully secured borrowing for nonprofits, a method of borrowing that places the control in your hands as you create a strong fiscal foundation for your institution.


Yours in learning,

Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator                        
Americans for the Arts

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Washington, DC 20005-4940

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