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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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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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