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Bringing Advocacy Home from the Annual Convention

TweetWhat I was really planning on doing at the conference this year was coming and learn what trusted friends and advisers are doing all across the country. We spend so much time being part of a small pool of people doing the work we do in our communities that this is a rare chance to […]

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Group Therapy in the Arts: The Mega Church Model

The Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL has an annual weekly attendance of 24,000 people. It’s what is referred to as a “mega church.” I remember details about this church opaquely from a history of modern Christianity class. It’s the organizational model they created I remember most. Obviously 24,000 people don’t smoothly pull […]

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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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Innovating Locally, Thinking Globally (from Arts Watch)

Earlier today, I had the chance to listen in on a talk by National Endowment for the Arts Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America Director Michael Killoren as he was speaking to a group of Americans for the Arts and NEA interns. As he spoke about his career path and what he’s learned thus far, […]

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Convention = Learning + Colleague Inspiration

This is my 13th Americans for the Arts Annual Convention—that’s if you count me crashing the closing reception at the World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta in 1999 even though I wasn’t a registered attendee. (That took effort, so I count it). I spent some time yesterday thinking about what Convention offers me and […]

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