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Community Engagement & College Degrees: Building the Next Generation of Arts Leaders

Lately, it seems that every conference I attend, classroom I enter, or art forum I participate in is fixated on the notion of transforming those in the arts field from just merely that of an artist or an administrator to that of a community leader. While the arts have been recognized for over two decades […]

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How Can Local Arts Agencies Engage Their Communities?

It seems that “community engagement” and “community arts” are paving the way to a new paradigm in the local arts sector. By browsing through some local arts agency (LAA) websites, I got the sense that most organizations were somehow relating to their local communities already. But what exactly IS community engagement and how do you […]

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Why I Do the Work: Virtues, Bones, & Tolerance

Last September, I went to East San Jose Elementary School here in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM. While there I spoke with over 200 fourth and fifth grade students in six classes. For the three weeks before I visited, the students had been studying “virtues” under the guidance of their teacher, Amy Sweet, who heard […]

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Growing Future Artists (& Vegetables): Lessons from a Community Garden Project

The goal of the 53rd Street Community Garden was to create a sustainable community garden with colorful artistic components and outdoor classrooms. Students would utilize this outdoor space to discover scientific exploration of plants, insects, and animals, while fostering a respect for the neighborhood. Although this project is still pretty fresh and constantly evolving, we […]

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The Relationship Between Innovation and Impact

I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego. One of the most engaging ideas that I took home with me was the relationship between innovation and impact. We talked about how these two ideas are often assumed to go hand-in-hand and although many innovative ideas do […]

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