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Work for Art: Using Video to Take a Campaign to a New Level

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), serving the Portland (OR) Metropolitan region, has been a driving force for the arts and arts education in that area of the country since 1995. The organization’s many programs and services include advocacy, grantmaking, an acclaimed public art program, community services, and a national model arts education program. […]

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Up Close and Personal: Sybarite5 and Confessions of a New Kickstarter Junkie

Sybarite5 has a dream—to change the face of chamber music across the globe. They want to be the first string quintet to perform in all 50 states. They have a strategy to make it real. Like many artists across the country, they are seeking potential investors around the world by launching their “play in 50 […]

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Connecting Creativity, Innovation, & the Education System

Running short on money for long-term big picture projects? Is “Community Outreach” a part of your mission statement or goal? Is working with the school district a maze (um, maybe talk to so and so, oh he’s no longer there, leave a message, come on in – but not today…), a closed door (we can’t […]

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The Accessibility and Affordability of the Arts

As the news cycle has been dominated with concerns over the debt ceiling and the potential dangers associate with default, we are painfully reminded that our economy is far from stable. It seems increasingly likely that the way forward will include some kind of austerity measures, such as spending cuts, downsizing of government agencies, and […]

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Blog Salon Wrap-Up: Leading Through Innovation

Innovation happens at the local level. Despite budget cuts and debt ceiling debates that currently seem to take over our news media, we have seen strong examples of impactful innovation in our field through the projects profiled this week on ARTSBlog. I use the term “impactful innovation” because if a great project or idea is […]

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From Art Auctions to Art Lotteries: A Better Way to Fundraise?

Reading the blog entry by Stephanie Evans Hanson that focused on the beginnings of new methods through close observance of our conversations reminded me that changes employed by Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) on the issue of art-for-sale at fundraisers started with conversations. One of my previous posts told of FAA’s new direction for art auctions […]

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WTF? (or in other words…Where’s the Funding?)

One of the greatest challenges of creating work at the intersection of art and social justice is finding the resources — read funding — to produce it. The reality seems to be that art funders don’t seem to have much interest in this type of work and social justice funders are looking for measureable impacts […]

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Lessons in Innovation from “Door 2 Door”

All in all, our “Door 2 Door” program was a success. There are some hilarious failures to talk about, which include a prospect calling the police after suspicions of terrorism and the group dancing on the lawn of a prospect that had security cameras – all of the types of mishaps you can imagine when […]

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Door-to-Door Fundraising

Readers! Hello there – my name is Shelby Morrison and I’m currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Raw Art Works in Lynn, MA. RAW is a community based youth arts nonprofit led by art therapists with the mission to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. In short, […]

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Public Support for the Arts – A Success Story

With each day’s news, we read about further reductions in public arts funding at the state and federal level. We are all challenged to, yet again, help our public officials see the value in supporting institutions such as our state arts councils, under threat as our states look for solutions to budget gaps. Permit me […]

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