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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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Shattering Teenaged Observations of My Hometown

I remember as a teenager vowing to never return to this place. Oklahoma City was by no means ‘cool,’ and the record-breaking, triple degree summer heat doesn’t help. But thanks to the Thunder, a recession-resistant economy, low cost of living, and a booming energy industry, Oklahoma City has become a bonafide destination spot. And its […]

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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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Fundraising Innovation: Solving the Artist Auction Dilemma

It’s a cold snowy morning in Fairbanks, AK. Volunteer ushers are gathered in the lobby of Hering Auditorium, anticipating the arrival of 1300 students who will be attending a performance. One of the volunteers, local artist Carol Hilgemann, knowing that I would be interested, brought a copy of an article dealing with considerations that art […]

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The Critical Supporting Role of Curation in Making Innovation Possible

Through the work of the [Emerging Leaders Council] Emerging Ideas Committee this year, I’ve become acquainted with a wealth of new approaches to old problems and exciting combinations of existing models about which I was previously unaware. You’re seeing some examples of them on the Blog Salon this week, and we’ll be sharing more on […]

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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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Enhancing Arts Education with Innovative Ideas

Hello cyberpeople. My name is Ryan Hurley and I am a part-time educator and writer, and full-time Program Coordinator for an arts education organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin called Arts @ Large ([email protected]). I’m excited to share some of the things that we are doing in Milwaukee and read about the emerging ideas blooming around the […]

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Artists Demonstrate the Process of Innovation Everyday

While working on the 2010 01SJ Biennial I was involved in commissioning 46 new artworks, so I was able to witness firsthand the creativity, risk-taking, and innovation that come into play as an artist is realizing a new work. Innovation is a process. It (whatever “it” is) always starts with an idea. The idea alone […]

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