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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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Perserverance and Imagination

Perseverance and imagination. These are two words that successfully describe what rural and small arts organizations continually do. I was once again reminded of this first-hand as I listened to the rural and small arts organization peer group discussion at our Annual Convention in San Diego last week. It’s been a few years since Americans […]

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Finding the Right Words: Facts and Figures to Aid Your Fight for the Arts

It is now more important than ever to defend funding and preservation of the arts. This was the subject of “Making the Case for the Arts,” a session at this year’s Americans for the Arts convention. While many reasons for supporting the arts were addressed, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans […]

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It’s Not ‘What Future?’, It’s ‘What a Future!’

The Americans for the Arts Annual Conference just wrapped up in San Diego. It was terrific! On the plane from Tulsa, I had begun writing my blog for this week. I had just received an urgent e-mail from the Arts Action Fund that immediate action was needed to oppose any effort to terminate arts education […]

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Reflections of an Arts Administrator on her Umpteenth Americans for the Arts Convention

My first convention was in 1983 or 1984 in Hartford, when the then National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies met with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. (Those were not only the pre-digital years, but the period when the acronyms – NALAA and NASAA – were more in alignment.) I was a fresh-faced community […]

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Basic Online Fundraising for Busy People

At the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, I had the pleasure of listening to Camille Schenkkan of Arts for LA giving an unusually lucid and helpful introductory summary to online tools for donor development and management. I think those of us who work in online fundraising for a living — especially those of us […]

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Sending An Arts Message to the President

Penny Ross eyed my “I Wish to Say” office from across the room and I beckoned her over and invited her to dictate a postcard to the President. It was early in the morning at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego, and Ms. Ross clearly had something to say. She started […]

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Well, I Do Declare: Studying Arts Not A Major Mistake

I have the great privilege of attending this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention as a student representative of San Diego State University. As a student, I was excited to attend the Higher Education Peer Group. During the session, the conversation gravitated toward the difficult decision college students face as they declare their major. […]

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What About Those Who Simply Don’t Know What They Don’t Know?

I like structure. It helps me think clearly, feel organized and productive about my day, and create balance in my life. Then I entered the field of arts management: a sector that by it’s very nature and design is possibly one of the most unstructured career paths you could enter into. Yesterday, I co-facilitated the […]

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