Supporting Artists With Disabilities

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This recent holiday season, Benetech began supporting an innovative organization that helps people with disabilities develop their creative abilities and become working artists. Creativity Explored works with more than 120 artists with developmental disabilities, providing services that help these artists create, exhibit, and sell their art. The organization works with people in their 20s, to elder artists in their 80s.

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Predictions for a Post-Pandemic Future for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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As we head into the final months of 2020, some parts of the country are opening up more than others, consumers are itching to get out of their homes, and arts and culture organizations are at a pivotal moment in planning for their comeback.

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4 Clever Ways to Recruit and Retain More Members at Arts & Cultural Organizations

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These clever names for membership tiers — which can easily be adapted to work for a zoo or any other organization — got me thinking about how arts and cultural organizations are getting creative with their memberships. S hortly after I joined the Blanton Museum in Austin, I got an invitation to hear an artist talk. Network and swap ideas with your peers in Blackbaud University’s new 90-minute Organizational Best Practices workshop, Arts and Cultural – Memberships. .

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“Getting Real” with Donors: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy for Securing Unrestricted Gifts

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A new building, a new program, a new artistic endeavor – all exciting opportunities to raise more donor dollars! Fundraising Arts & Culture fundraising ideas fundraising tips nonprofit culture Unrestricted Gifts Sara Woldt is an MBA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration with career interests in marketing and development.

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Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

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What happens when a formal art museum invites a group of collaborative, participatory artists to be in residence for a year? Will the artists ruin the museum with their plant vacations and coatroom concerts? Will the bureaucracy of the institution drown the artists in red tape? The 182-page book includes detailed descriptions of projects, budgets, and decision-making processes, along with extensive interviews with artists, curators, and museum staff of all stripes.

Case Study: Artist Trust Applies Lessons from the Nonprofit Technology Leadership Academy


Based in Seattle, Artist Trust supports and encourages artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout the state of Washington. It''s not uncommon for artists in rural areas to have to drive long distances simply to access the Internet. "We Change Management Community Leadership nonprofit leadership academy nonprofit technology planning nptech Organizational Culture Strategy Communications Kimberlee Roth. Owner. Out-Word, LLC.

iCommons: Artist Residency - Exploring Open Content

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Icommons Artist-in-Residency program is seeking artists who create work both in the physical and digital world and who engage with copyright in some way - either by using Creative Commons licenced content as their inspiration, or by licencing their work under CC; or artists who simply challenge the boundaries of copyright law. During the residency, the artists will be exploring different themes around what it means to be an artist creating in a digital world.

How the Currier Museum of Art Prepared for Its Reopening

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We sent weekly Membership Monday emails; created a new space online and on social media with story time, art activities, curatorial walk throughs; provided holiday meals for purchase from our café each month; and hosted Zoom talks with artists from our collection.

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Six Alternative (U.S.) Cultural Venues to Keep an Eye On

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I've been spending time recently interviewing people who run unusual cultural and learning venues. In the past, I've highlighted a few--like 826 Valencia and the Denver Community Museum --that I think have already influenced the way many traditional cultural organization do business. It's run by Jon Rubin, an artist and professor of social practice at Carnegie Mellon, and his students.

Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: The First Step

Beth Kanter

Their program includes about teaching artists. Opening Acts executive director also understood the importance of creating a workplace culture of wellbeing or what we call in the book, “We-Care.” Erika says it did not take much convincing when she proposed the idea of having staff create self-care plans at the staff retreat. Does your nonprofit have a culture of wellbeing?

Faith Ringgold: 30 Years of Art-Making and Activism and Video Clip on Women Artists

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Click here to listen to a very brief interview Over the weekend, I attended the Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh where artist and activist Faith Ringgold was one of the keynote speakers. " I had a chance to do a quick video interview with her about her thoughts on women artists. Her talk was inspiring and often humorous, sharing her stories to illustrate her life's work as an artist, activist, author, teacher, and parent.

Interview with My Dad, Tom Aageson, Co-Founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship

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"If we start losing cultural diversity, we begin to lose our whole sense of community because community is defined by culture. We want to give people an opportunity to really develop, innovate, and preserve their own culture." -- Tom Aageson, co-founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship A week, or so ago I interviewed my Dad, Tom Aageson, for a special Father's Day show on the Big Vision Podcast. That's cultural entrepreneurship."

Reader Beware, You're in for a Scare: 4th Annual Nonprofit Halloween Celebration


They host workshops on mural painting, a hip hop academy, and an ambassador program where they send artists aboard to facilitate cultural exchange. Joe's Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction!

Inconveniently, Subscriptions Still Sustain the Arts

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To work at an arts organization today, you must believe that there is value in, and demand for, your artistic product. Nonprofit Management Arts & Cultural arts and culture subscription ticket sales ticketing This post was originally published on Analysis from TRG Arts. Have you ever wondered why so many arts organizations still sell subscriptions?

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Father's Day Show: My Dad, Tom Aageson, Co-Founder, Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship

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Tom Aageson, the co-Founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Since moving to Santa Fe, he has developed New Mexico Creates , an economic development initiative that creates market links for New Mexico artists and artisans. Previous to that, he was at the Mystic Seaport Museum where he created the Mystic Maritime Gallery , which led to the opening of new markets for martime artists, and eventually spawned six for-profit gallery enterprises across the US.

Your Official #NN18 Local's Guide to New Orleans


Anyone briefly strolling through this park will likely hear the sound of a brass band and see local artists scattered along the sidewalk. Peaches Records (Uptown on Magazine Street) - Family-owned since 1975 and a cultural staple in the New Orleans community. We're just a few weeks away from one of the most highly anticipated nonprofit conferences of the year , and we're so excited to be headed down South to the Big Easy!

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Kid-Tested, Hipster-Approved: How Austin’s Thinkery Curated a Whole New Audience.

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” How is this influx of new people influencing Austin’s Arts & Cultural community? The team at Thinkery has done an excellent job in getting the word out in all the right publications (Austin’s Culture Map, Austin’s Social Planner, among others) since they launched this innovative idea in December 2013. Austin is full of brilliant artists, scientists, musicians, performers, educators and organizations doing incredible work. Oh, Austin, TX.

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Crowd Fundraising for the Arts: No Running, Walking, or Freezing Plunges Required

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Here are 3 arts and cultural organizations that have given crowd fundraising a go for compelling causes: National Air & Space Museum. A young artist program you hope to get off the ground? Nonprofit Fundraising Arts & Cultural crowd fundraising crowdfunding fundraising ideas peer to peerIn 2011, in the name of raising money for the Special Olympics, I participated in the Polar Plunge.

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Guest Post by Lina Srivastava: Building Cultural Engagement for Change Through Media and Narrative

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The same constructs which were discussed around combating issue fatigue can be used in creating a cultural movement around an issue. There are a few foundational questions to be asked before building a cultural movement through the use of media and storytelling. that effective cultural movements move. Screencapture from charity:water.

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4 Tips for Turning Your Visitors into Loyal Members

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Product Marketing Manager for Arts and Cultural Solutions. Met the artist? Membership Arts & Cultural moves management relationship management ticket sales ticketing Guest post by Laura Beussman , Blackbaud’s Sr. Laura’s experience working at and serving on the board of multiple arts organizations around the country shape her insights into the nonprofit community. For more insights, follow her on Twitter @laurabeussman. — —.

Resolve to Improve – 7 Goals for Being Better in 2014

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Over the past eight years, Michael has been specifically focused on the Arts and Cultural marketplace and is an active participant in delivering speaking engagements and contributing to trade publication articles. . However, in thinking about our business of Arts and Culture, can we confidently say we put the same rigor towards our organizational goals and objectives? How do you internally define arts and culture? This is a guest post from Michael Culler.

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Games and Cultural Spaces: Live Blog Notes from Games for Change


CNN "Many of the games at Babycastles don't fit the traditional definitions of the medium; they veer closer to artistic experimentation than they do to mass-market viability." - New York Times Future Babycastles is in Williamsburg, just opened. Questions and Discussion Tracy : When we speak about cultureal spaces, we are really talking about caging and preserving culture. That's one of the goals of research institutions and cultural spaces in general.

Book Club Part 7: NMAI and the Challenge of Cultural Storytelling

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But today, a conversation about the often sticky world of cultural interpretation with chapter 20, "A Jew Among Indians" How working outside of one's culture works." The institution of museums was regarded with suspicion, and the interior museum experience was to be reconceived in line with the "multisensory spiritual aspect of the individual Indian cultures," making exhibition design (fire in galleries? This first issue is about cross-cultural understanding.

3 Ways Social Media Changed This World for the Better


Like there are no borders for career development any more, there are no geographical limits for your artistic development. You have an invaluable exposure to your connections’ artistic experiences and plans. Social media is profoundly changing culture. “Never before has an artist had the power to get into a conversation directly with their audience,” cheers artist Stuart Semple in Gotham Magazine.

A Different Story of Thanksgiving: The Repatriation Journey of Glenbow Museum and the Blackfoot Nations

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One of the most powerful books I read while doing research was We are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence ( read it free here , great appreciation to Bob Janes for sharing it with us). By protecting the bundles, museums were protecting important cultural heritage for generations to come. Blackfoot people were eager to reclaim their culture. cultural competency institutional change relevance social bridging

Brooklyn Museum: Community: bloggers@brooklynmuseum ? Join us at #table17

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Brooklyn Museum: Community: bloggers@brooklynmuseum  Join us at #table17 : Starting Friday, Brooklyn-based artist Man Bartlett will take over these two feeds and create a project that speaks to how everyone can bring something to the table. It is meant to act as a reminder of the multitude of ways that people attribute value to objects and ideas in culture, while simultaneously offering access without regard to significant financial or societal limitations.

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Activating the Millennial Generation

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Year after year, MCON proves to be an unforgettable experience for artists, media, social entrepreneurs, corporate, nonprofit and public leaders, and passionate people from across the country. In that spirit, MCON 2015 will focus on the idea of influence, specifically the people and ideas that influence us in the areas of art, media business and place: Art: Designers and artists whose projects are increasing awareness and inspiring action.

What I Didn't Learn in School: Diane Ragsdale's Crash Course on Beauty and Aesthetic Values

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The course is roughly split into two parts: defining beauty (both universally and relationally, through "big idea" texts, videos, museum visits, and artist lectures), and exploring beauty (through encounters in formal art contexts and the wider world). You'll burrow down rabbit holes of gorgeous videos, cerebral reading lists, and provocative artist talks. I've filled some gaps in my cultural education through a career in museums: reading, looking, exploring, listening.

Guest Post: Restoration Artwork

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In this post, George grapples with the challenges of balancing the care for a museum collection with that of contemporary artists-in-residence who are constantly reinterpreting it. Every Saturday, the curatorial team at Elsewhere , a living museum in downtown Greensboro, NC, reviews the project proposals of its artists-in-residence. This past July, artist Guillermo Gómez proposed to restore a piece of art. Each artist brings a restorative and disruptive process.

#KeepThePeopleDancing: Futures in Digital Engagement

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With many nations hit hard by the virus and events cancelled, the epidemic has already levied a major economic, cultural, and spiritual impact on Indian Country. There, dancers post videos to compete for likes, artists and artisans sell their works, and in the comments viewers offer prayers and encouragement. This week, we're hearing from Adrienne Lalli Hills. I can't say when I met her, but I certainly remember knowing her. Adrienne is a rare person, true and strong and kind.

Crossing the Professional-Amateur Line

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As our culture explodes in embracing creativity across the professional/amateur spectrum, museums have two choices: we can sharpen the line. We wanted to reflect this diversity of identities by inviting all kinds of artists and artworks into the gallery. The exhibition includes artwork about the ocean by over 250 artists of all backgrounds and abilities, grouped into ten poetic metaphors for the ocean. But some visitors--especially some artists--hate it.

The 13th Issue of NTEN: Change is Out - "Competitive & Innovative Nonprofits"


We’re proud to welcome new Editorial Committee members, and introduce Ashley Paulisick, the artist behind the cover painting. Advocacy Advocacy change journal change management Change Management Community Infrastructure Leadership Leadership nten change Organizational Culture seo Staffing strategy Strategy technology Web Sites websites When the words of our quarterly theme, “innovative and competitive” come to mind, I think about what we can learn from farmers.

Be a Producer! Networking the Arts and Project Development

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Here is a cool example of the networked culture connecting art supporters and artists. This is in the same stream of thinking behind innocentive, kiva, extrondinaries, 99designs, daylo, bounty county, etc. I like the design and the concept. They also seem to have jumped on some great projects from the launch. . . Screen clipping taken: 11/4/2009, 4:23 PM

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From Multicultural to Intercultural: Evolution or Spectrum of Engagement?

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To actively weave together cultures across differences instead of accentuating the distinctions among them. In cross-cultural communities, there is some reaching across boundaries. But I also appreciate the complexity and interdependence of these constructs--especially in cultural institutions. That can come at the cost of celebrating and learning about distinctive cultural practices. Is it better to organize the content by cultural group or by theme?

How Nonprofit CEOs Use Social Media (Enthusiastically) for Personal and Organizational Leadership

Beth Kanter

Take for example Robert Falls who is the artistic director of the Goodman Theater he not only uses his personal Twitter account to highlight the Goodman’s shows, but also to share creative ideas, connect with peers, and discuss the art of theatre. Organizational Culture

Quick Hit: Five Great Links

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Elsewhere in podcast-land, Radiolab did a fascinating piece about cultural appropriation and gate-keeping in hip hop music. It asks basic questions about who can define authenticity and quality in an art practice that was historically based in a specific cultural identity but is now being assimilated/exploited/expanded. Some serious parallels to curating exhibitions and performances, especially with living artists. This week, a kitchen sink of inspiring bits.

Is it Real? Artwork, Authenticity. and Cognitive Science

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Many artists work with assistants and reproducing processes. They conducted a simple experiment: People read a story about a painting called "Dawn" created by an artist. In some, the artist produced the original painting. Gallerists hired another artist to reproduce it. When asked whether the new work was still "Dawn," about 30% of people said yes-- if the artist had made the original with his own hand.

NEW! Artomatic Diaries, A Living Social Media Case Study


Douglas Development donated the use of the buildings to a group of artists who invited their friends to exhibit. The artists coined the name “Art-O-Matic” to acknowledge the spontaneity of the event and its location in the old laundry building. The festival is completely unjuried, and welcomes over 20o0 artists and musicians on a first-come-first served basis.

Equity in Arts Funding: We're Not There Yet. We're Not Even Close.

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This week, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy released a new paper by Holly Sidford called Fusing Arts, Culture, and Social Change. Sidford makes a clear, well-researched, and persuasive argument that "current arts grantmaking disregards large segments of cultural practice, and by doing so, it disregards large segments of our society." All of these questions and barriers are worth grappling with and debating among cultural practitioners.

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One Simple Question to Make Your Work More Participatory

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Wes is an artist, and this is his first time running a museum exhibition development process. In the case of the exhibition process that Wes is leading, we talked about how others could be involved in an experimental exhibition/residency in which artists work with visitors in the gallery. The obvious start was to think about how we recruit the artists--using an open call to invite anyone, anywhere to participate. He asked staff and artist friends for feedback on the concept.

Vote for the Best Nonprofit Tagline


Feed Your Inner Starving Artist -- Raffle for a glass making class in the museum glass studio and dinner -- by the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum – Why I liked it? Everyone has an artist inside them waiting to paint, sculpt, craft, etc. Arts and Culture Category. Over 1400 taglines were submitted to the Nonprofit Tagline Awards. The final voting is down to just 63 tagline finalists. Creating good taglines for your nonprofit’s brand is challenging.

Populism, Commercialism, and Jeffrey Deitch: The Shifting Debate about LA MOCA

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Schimmel's departure was seen as the final confirmation of Deitch and Broad's populist, celebrity-driven approach to exhibitions, and that concerned many critics , artists , and museum directors in the art world. Schimmel's departure was followed by the resignation of the four high-profile artists on the MOCA board and a huge amount of debate in the press, including prominent people calling for Deitch to resign. Last week, my mom called.

Building Community: Who / How / Why

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We had incredible success transforming our institution into a vibrant cultural center. For example, in Santa Cruz there is a huge community of creative people who identify as artists in non-traditional media. That’s why we partner with fire sculptors, knitters, graffiti artists, and bonsai growers. They are artists whose experience deserves a home in our institution alongside painters, photographers, and sculptors.

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