Hi Americans for the Arts Members,


We have some exciting things coming up in August on ArtsU! A reminder that as a member of Americans for the Arts, you can attend as many digital events on ArtsU as you would like, for FREE. Also, if you would like to attend an event but aren’t available at the time it will be live, be sure to sign-up anyway. You will be able to access the recording of the event a few days after its initial launch.


Coming up in August


Young Patrons Programs in the Arts: How to Build a lot of Future Potential with a Little Bit of Resources

Wednesday, July 8, 2018 @ 3:00pm EDT

Many arts organizations have established or are considering starting programs to engage young professionals to build a future audience and/or donor base. However, the arts administrators responsible for managing these programs often work in isolation and with little dedicated training in how to make these unique programs successful and efficient. Learn how to manage a young professionals program in concert with other job responsibilities and competing priorities, use resources effectively, and work with volunteers who contribute to the program’s success.


Join the Movement: Host Your Own Creative Conversation

Wednesday, July 15, 2018 @ 3:00pm EDT

Are you interested in hosting a Creative Conversation in your community? Creative Conversations are a great way to connect your local community to a grassroots movement, elevating the profile of the arts in your community and across the country. Join us for a webinar with Emerging Leaders Council Members Brea Heidelberg and Todd Trebour as we take a look at the Creative Conversation process. Learn best practices for hosting your own Creative Conversation, including topics to cover, who to partner with, formatting options, and more. We’ll also take a trip down memory lane as we look at case studies of previous successful Creative Conversations. 


Arts Education & Public Art: Towards Practice

Tuesday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00am EDT (this event is pre-recorded)

Filmed  at the 2018 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, watch the third and final installment of the annual Arts Education & Public Art series, hear about what we've learned and explore some specific, replicable examples of crossover between public art and arts education.


August 2018 Member Briefing: Private Sector and pARTnership Resources

Tuesday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:00pm EDT

Join Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Jessica Stern, and Local Arts Advancement Program Manager, Cristyn Johnson for the latest on tools and resources for successfully engaging with the business community. You’ll have a chance for Q&A, so feel free to bring your specific question or case study!


Public Art Showcase: Educational Settings

Tuesday, July 28, 2018 @ 1:00pm EDT

Americans for the Arts presents a monthly online opportunity to showcase public art in your community, and to connect and engage with others about these artworks on social media. We'll convene on Facebook to post, view, and discuss the artworks in your community and across the country. Invite your friends and colleagues to join us too! Public art and education have a long history together. For this Showcase we'll highlight projects that engage students and enhance educational settings.



Bonus – Coming Up in Early September


Private Sector Quarterly Network Call: Equitable Funding Models and the Creative Economy

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 2:00pm EDT

This is the third installment of our 2018 quarterly Private Sector Network Conference Calls. This year’s series focuses on the creative economy, what it means, and what program models exist that can serve as examples for how to explore this work in your community. The Private Sector Network is open to all AFTA members who are interested in programming related to the intersection of arts and business. Conference calls serve as a way for members to connect regularly, learn about initiatives that engage the private sector and learn from colleagues.


Comprehensive Marketing Planning Workshop

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 3:00pm EDT

The Comprehensive Marketing Planning Workshop centers on 10 steps marketers can use to produce comprehensive marketing plans. Plans all too often today are made ‘on the fly’ and under the duress. Well intentioned marketing activities often yield poor results when deep and thorough planning did not occur prior to implementation. By following these tried and true 10 steps, marketers will increase their potential for success.


Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions at all.




Cristyn Johnson

Local Arts Advancement Program Manager                         
Americans for the Arts

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