Dear Members,


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


Upcoming Webinars:

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.


Navigating Uncertain Futures with Scenario Planning

Wednesday, October 7th at 2:00 PM ET

Emerging technologies, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the uncertainties faced by cities and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for the future. Scenario planning is a proven methodology for analyzing and preparing for uncertain futures, that has been used by companies, cities, and organizations. This webinar will feature an overview of scenario planning concepts and tools, discuss a framework for implementing scenario planning for nonprofit organization strategic planning, and provide examples of how urban planners use scenarios.


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.


Yours in learning,

Marissa Shadburn

Field Education Coordinator                        
Americans for the Arts

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Washington, DC 20005-4940

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