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It Only Takes One: How an Emerging Arts Leader Can Impact a Community

When I received the call from Americans for the Arts saying that I had been selected to receive the 2011 American Express Emerging Leaders Award, I had so many emotions. I was thrilled that the panel appreciated the impact that I was making in the community. I was proud that all of the hard work […]

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The Top-50 Tweets from #AFTA11: Part Two

So, I’ve gone through the entire stream of tweets using the hashtag #AFTA11 (all 2389 of them!) cut out all fat, and filtered them down to my picks for the top 50 most-useful tweets to me from this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention. I say most useful because I wanted to separate out […]

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Moving from Arts Leaders to Community Leaders

I recently attended the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego and I return from these conferences inspired and energized. Of particular relevance to our work at the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City is the changing role of the arts in community development. We often talk about how nothing like the arts […]

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Arts Education Advocacy Success in Sunny San Diego

For those of you who were able to attend our local arts education advocacy session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, you know all about the work of the San Diego Alliance for Arts Education. For those that couldn’t make it to San Diego a few weeks ago, the Alliance was created as […]

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50 Ways to Love Your Conference

I like to think I am a better person, smarter, my head filled with new ways of thinking, and ready to rock and roll after being surrounded by people who love and respect the power of the arts to change the world. The truth is, I am probably heavier after all of the dine-arounds and […]

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Changing the World, One Ballroom at a Time

It is a good thing to know what you are good at. According to my wise thirteen-year-old son, I am good at lunch, sewing on buttons, and getting better at playing Action Potato on my phone. Oh, and hugs, lots of them. My dear friend Barbara Schaffer Bacon who is the Co-Director of Animating Democracy […]

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Engaging Corporate Citizens – ‘Begin with the Small and Possible’

Does this happen to you at a convention? I find myself feeling being swept under by the torrent of talk, ideas, cool people to follow up with, session after session of topics I am intrigued by and of course, the beautiful San Diego weather, and views of the bay are a constant distraction as well. […]

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Not Just Butts in Seats…Eyeballs on Screens

I have now successfully attended four Americans for the Arts Annual Conventions (Philadelphia, Seattle, Baltimore, and San Diego) as a member of the staff. In my previous two roles, I worked with the dedicated members of the State Arts Action Network while in the Government and Public Affairs Department and I managed the Arts Education […]

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How to Build and Protect Intellectual Property with Uncle Sam

I love listening to smart women and being surrounded by many of them this weekend at the Americans for the Arts Convention in San Diego. There are ballrooms filled with people who are committed to working in the arts and with the arts to make life better. Of course we know how the arts affect […]

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