Why Nonprofits Need to Make Project Management a Priority

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Project management establishes a roadmap and timeline to get to its destination, and great project managers consider the journey it takes to get there. Project managers utilize a set of tools and processes that help identify resources and their efficacy.

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 Machine Project and the Hammer Museum have just released an incredible ebook documenting Machine's year-long residency at the Hammer in 2010. And the projects themselves are brilliant.


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By way of Greg Beuthin at ext.311 some interesting arts and technology links: Plone for Artists. By the way, Arts Wire was the original artist online network. Launched in the early 1990s using a text-based conferencing system (think the Well for artists), it didn't quite make it. As one of the staff members of that project for many years, I'm delighted to see these virtual artists communities continue to survive and thrive.

Guest Post by Rebecca Krause: How Can Artists Inspire Service in Community?

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  I worked for the New York Foundation for the Arts for 12 years on a range of arts and technology programs, including a network for artists called Arts Wire.   There were artists who had studio spaces in the buildings - lives were lost as well as complete life's work. The topic was the role that artists can play in shaping communities with particular focus on plans for 9/11, a new National Day of Service and Remembrance. Three Things Artists Can Do.

Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker

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I think about how hesitant I was to become an artist, because I didn't see role models, and even to this day how hard it is for me sometimes to find peers who are women of color, because of how systematically they are pushed out. I'm an artist and an institution builder. As an artist, I feel like I'm breaking boundaries, I feel I'm not the traditional artist that just works in their studio. What does that do to a young woman who wants to be an artist?

Tech nonprofit AIM finds a fit with a crowdfunding operation for artists - Omaha.com

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Tech nonprofit AIM finds a fit with a crowdfunding operation for artists - Omaha.com : The crowdfunding site that supported her book about her family''s experience with Alzheimer''s disease has now been acquired by an Omaha organization that expects to expand its influence nationwide.

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Arts Activist Naomi Natale and The One Million Bones Project

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I have to begin that conversation, even if it just ends with a conversation." - Naomi Natale, One Million Bones Naomi Natale is the founding artist behind One Million Bones , a collaborative art installation designed to recognize the millions of victims and survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burma. Over 550 cradles were created and donated by artists around the world.

What Happens When a Viral Participatory Project is Too Successful? Diagnosing the Power of the Love Locks

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And so, one of the most successful, accidental, and fraught participatory projects of the past decade comes to an end. The "love locks" are not a project with an institutional or artistic director. No one planned the love locks, but their success is rooted in the same principles that make all the best participatory projects work: it requires no instructions beyond its own example. creative placemaking design public space Unusual Projects and Influences

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Britt Bravo and I have the pleasure of being the blogging mentors this week on the Young Caucasus Women Project. Our assignment was to write an essay on the topic of "Who's your favorite artist (visual, dancer, performer, writer, or musician) and why?" " Here are our posts: Britt Bravo: Art for Social Change Beth Kanter: Are You An Artist too? Here's the posts - read and comment: Leyla has a hard time choosing one favorite artist.

Have Fun Do Good Link Love: Artists and Social Media, Be Bold Podcast, Miss Do-Gooder T-shirts and More!

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NEWS I'm speaking about how artists can use social media to market their business next week, August 8th, at Artists Building their Business in Santa Fe, NM. The event is free, but limited to 250 artists. The project is a collaboration of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops and the City of Santa Fe Economic Development Division. Hi Have Fun * Do Gooders!

The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings

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This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value. But the best participatory projects don't suffer from this problem, because they solicit visitors' contributions toward a very specific outcome. This works best when: Visitors have a clear understanding of the overall goal for the project. The project is designed to scale. The project never gets "full" and is always open to new contributors.

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GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program


By working your network and projecting your values, you can get people excited about your campaign and grow the volunteer base that you need. This can include activists, religious leaders, artists, and philanthropists — anyone with a network and a vested interest in your community. If you work at a nonprofit, you know what it feels like to have too much on your plate. You are eager to be as effective as possible, but you can’t do it all by yourself.

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

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It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. They designed a participatory project that delivers a compelling end product for onsite and online visitors… and they learned some unexpected lessons along the way. The project arose from a grant announcement from MetLife Foundation around community engagement and outreach. You also got some prime physical real estate for this project.

Yes, Kickstarter raises more money for artists than the NEA. Here’s why that’s not really surprising

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Yes, Kickstarter raises more money for artists than the NEA. Here’s why that’s not really surprising : During a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson asked Perry Chen, founder of Kickstarter, whether it was true that Kickstarter now funds more arts-related projects than the National Endowment for the Arts. The crowdfunding site has, Chen told Isaacson, funded over $600 million in arts projects.

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The World Beach Project: A Creative Contributory Project that Shines

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Today, a look at one of the projects I believe does this best--the World Beach Project. The World Beach Project is managed by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with artist-in-residence Sue Lawty. The World Beach Project does not exist in the V&A Museum. The World Beach Project is one of very few online museum projects that has truly "gone viral," enjoying press attention and growing participation from people all over the world.

Authenticity and Demystifying the Artistic Process: Walker Art Center Blogs - Part 2

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And, for a museum that is presenting contemporary art -- anything that helps us demystify the artistic process and better understand the art is, in my opinion, a good thing. We can learn about the status of the Walker's signage project , its " Art on Call " project, and more formal communication such as articles that will be published in the forthcoming newsletter. The best metaphor for the Walker New Media blog is a fish bowl.

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance


There are so many different projects and campaigns you’re currently working on from humanitarian aid to education to medical aid. If I had to pick one I would say the Maia project, Maia means water in Arabic, and according to a UN report 97% of the water in Gaza is unfit for human consumption. So this project, like most of our others, came from people on the ground. It was actually from students at a school in Gaza who met with our Director of Gaza Projects.

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. They also seem to have jumped on some great projects from the launch. . . Screen clipping taken: 11/4/2009, 4:23 PM This is in the same stream of thinking behind innocentive, kiva, extrondinaries, 99designs, daylo, spot.us bounty county, etc. I like the design and the concept.

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Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects.

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects.

What Could Kill an Elegant, High-Value Participatory Project?

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It's my "artistic rendering" of one of the most inspirational participatory projects I know of--the Bibliotheek Haarlem Oost book drops. Read the original post on this project for more info. Too often, cultural institutions design participatory projects that require visitors to learn new tools or make sacrifices to contribute. You can't innovate by capital projects and brilliant ideas alone. For the past year, I've been ending many of my talks with this image.

I'm a mentor for the Young Caucasus Women's Project!

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I'm mentor for a blog project for young women from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia entitled YoungCaucasusWomen. Here's the project description from the site: Recruited from current FLEX. s your favorite artist (visual, dancer, performer or musician) and why???? Through introducing ourselves to other mentors in the this project virtually, Britt and I discovered that we had a lot more in common than nonprofit technology and blogher interests.

Funding & Grant Resources For Nonprofits Focused On Arts & Culture


The arts and culture focus areas in this list include performing arts, artists, art education programs, museums, visual arts, and beyond. These organizations are currently offering grant and funding opportunities and/or accepting letters of inquiry or project ideas. .

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Boosting Your Association's Revenue with Attractive Microcopy

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We particularly appreciate search bar suggestions, like how Spotify invites users to search not only a song title but an artist or a podcast too. If you’ve ever worked on a single project long enough, you know that elements start to blend together over time.

Voting on Art and its Surprising Consequences

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Let's look at the statistics from three big participatory projects that wrapped up recently. This citywide festival showcased work by 1,517 artists competing for a $200,000 top cash prize awarded by public vote. The Brooklyn Museum just finished the public stage of GO , a "community-curated open studio project." 1,708 artists participated. An estimated 18,000 people attended, of which 4,929 nominated artists for the show.

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. Proposals involve sculpture, performance, participatory-projects, videos, and installation that use and respond to the museum’s collection.

Forward Unto the Breach: Don’t Rest on Nonprofit Laurels


I came up with an idea to mesh my love of weekend crafts fairs and artist open studio visits with my day job. and was delighted to find the artist community to be extremely generous. Once I had a few donations in hand, I had postcards printed with beautiful photos of the artists’ work.

Visualizing the Tate's Collection: What Open Data Makes Possible

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Detail on distribution of artworks in the Tate collection by birthdate of artists, visualized by Florian Krautli. Last month, the Tate joined the party when they opened up their collection database to the world on GitHub, a website where programmers collaborate on projects. The Tate is providing metadata about artworks and artists in its collection--over 70,000 artworks in all. Projects Technology Tools Worth Checking Out usercontent

Ze Frank Takes Over (My) Museum

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That's how I felt when artist Ze Frank got in touch to talk about a potential museum exhibition to explore a physical site/substantiation for his current online video project, A Show (s ee minute 2:20, above). And to cut to the end of the story first, yes, we are creating a project together, yes, you can participate, and yes to whatever other questions this brings up in your head. This project excites me for a number of reasons: Our values are aligned.

64 Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits and the Greater Good

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All artists work in a free and fair work environment in Cambodia where they are paid above average wages and receive benefits such as health insurance and stipends for their children’s education. 10) Tote Project :: thetoteproject.com.

OdysseyWorks: An Empathy-Based Approach to Making Art

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When I first heard about OdysseyWorks, I thought their projects were indulgent novelties. OdysseyWorks' projects get to the heart of the fiercest debates in the arts today. As artistic director Abe Burickson described their work to me, I imagined Theseus walking deeper into the labyrinth towards the Minotaur. He spoke of the audience as providing a challenge, a challenge like any other artistic constraint. The quest for relevance begins with knowing your audience.

MuseumCamp 2014: Experiments in Social Impact Assessment

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MuseumCamp is an annual professional development event at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in which teams of diverse, creative people work on quick and dirty projects on a big theme. We worked closely with Fractured Atlas to produce MuseumCamp, which brought together 100 campers and 8 experienced counselors to do 20 research projects in ~48 hours around Santa Cruz. We encouraged teams to think like artists, not researchers. You run a program.

ASKing about Art at the Brooklyn Museum: Interview with Shelley Bernstein and Sara Devine

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This project is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of their Bloomberg Connects program. I’ve been particularly interested in ASK, the mobile app component of the project. To learn more, I interviewed Brooklyn Museum project partners Shelley Bernstein, Vice Director of Digital Engagement & Technology, and Sara Devine, Manager of Audience Engagement & Interpretive Materials. We spent a year pilot-testing directly with visitors to develop the ASK project concept.

Three Provocations from the West Coast of the Arts

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ON PROCESSING NEGATIVITY// Jon Moscone (Artistic Director of CalShakes and son of the late San Francisco mayor George Moscone) talked about thinking politically about how we respond to criticism and to praise. Jon implored us to think more like activists and less like artists. ON COLLABORATION// Michael Garces (Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater ) shared about a killer workshop that made him completely rethink how collaboration is supposed to work.

Press Here: Breaking the Fourth Wall in Children's Books. and Museums?

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They recall other artistic work that breaks fourth walls--classically in theater, and more recently in new media projects. And I think of brilliant people in other mediums--authors like Herve Tullet, artists like Ze Frank--who are breaking walls we didn''t even know existed. interactives Unusual Projects and Influences You open a children''s book. You see a yellow dot. The text says "Press the yellow dot and turn the page." Suddenly there are two yellow dots.

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Will Your Nonprofit Cease to Exist? Here’s What You Can Do to Make Sure That Doesn’t Happen


I came up with an idea to mesh my love of weekend crafts fairs and artist open studio visits with my day job. and I was delighted to find the artist community was extremely generous when helping us out. . Why is this the project we should tackle? .

How to find free things: nonprofit students edition 


This content represents a wealth of credible sources for research papers and projects. . Patrons who visit Funding Information Network partners can also access Grants to Individuals (GTI) for free to find scholarships, fellowships, and awards for students, artists, researchers, and others.

What I Learned from Beck (the rock star) about Participatory Arts

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There are many artistic projects that offer a template for participation, whether a printed play, an orchestral score, or a visual artwork that involves an instructional set (from community murals to Sol LeWitt). Beck''s project is unusual because he deliberately resurrected a mostly-defunct participatory platform: sheet music for popular songs. These kinds of participatory projects can actually de-motivate because participants can''t possibly measure up to the display model.

Thinking about User Participation in Terms of Negotiated Agency

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Negotiation" implies a respectful relationship between institution (or artist) and user. Sometimes the negotiation can be exploited for artistic means. The theater is dark and the artist breaks the fourth wall and asks for conversation. institutional change relationships participatory museum Unusual Projects and Influences game visitors Early this month, I got the chance to hear legendary game designer Will Wright (Sim City) give a talk.

Looking for Inspiring Examples from Unlikely Suspects? Check These Out.

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Below are two excellent e-books put out by the National Arts Marketing Project, one on artistic interventions in uncommon places , and one on taking a leap of faith with "weird" programming. creative placemaking institutional change Unusual Projects and Influences How do you find fresh and inspiring resources in your field? This is a tricky question in the nonprofit arts world--and probably in every field. There are some industry blogs and twitter feeds.

Want to Get Your Content Out There? Put it on Wikipedia.

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For example, for the Brooklyn Museum's recent exhibition on women and pop art, Seductive Subversion , curatorial intern Rebecca Shaykin was assigned to improve (and write) Wikipedia articles on the 25 artists profiled in the show. The goal was twofold: to share knowledge about these artists with the world, and to create a content base that could be used for a n iPad-based interactive component of the exhibition. Projects

5 Tips To Help Your Nonprofit Receive MacKenzie Scott Funds


Her priorities are to those operating in communities facing high projected food insecurity, high measures of racial inequity, high local poverty rates, and low access to philanthropic capital.” Much has been written about the extraordinary grant making of businesswomen, MacKenzie Scott.

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Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

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We have witnessed and experienced incredible moments of transformation: homeless people and history buffs working together on historic restoration, graffiti artists and knitters collaborating on new artistic projects, visitors from different backgrounds making collages, or sculptures, or dance performances together. Reducing intergroup bias isn''t a primary goal in all of our work, but in some projects, it''s of particular interest.

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