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Who Are We Selling?

In this economic climate, reaching out to high-net-worth individuals, or the companies that seek to engage them, can be a touchy subject for the arts. The fact is, income inequality and the incredible wealth accumulated by a small percentage of our population have created great opportunities in terms of prospects and their passions. But we […]

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Feeling Competitive? Win Arts Education Funds for Your Local School

Nothing inspires that good ol’ American competitive spirit like the smell of fall. Football games, World Series fanatics, and chili cook-offs are around every corner and on every television channel. And it’s always a good day when we can take that internal drive to win and put it towards something good – like raising money […]

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Occupy Philanthropy

I admit I don’t know much about politics. Being the president of my high school drama club wasn’t exactly training for a career in political science. But after attending Arts Advocacy Day 2011, I realized I needed to be promoting and working for positive arts policies in our nation. That’s why I decided to intern […]

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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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Supporting Arts Education is Good Business

What is the role of business in ensuring that our educational system provides the workforce that they need? Businesses have been addressing this concern in a number of ways including forming partnerships with arts organizations and creating signature arts education programs to prepare students from elementary school through college to be successful in careers in […]

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The Arts: A New Business Strategy?

Once, while waiting in a really long, slow line I overheard a very proper Bostonian advising a companion in need of a restroom to just “alter your thinking, dear.” And perhaps that’s what the arts need to do regarding corporate philanthropy. Running the risk of rephrasing another Bostonian’s famous quote, ‘ask not what business can […]

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Change: Another Thought

I think the issue of our time is “changing how people see” … but let me come back to that. John Killacky wrote two posts for ARTSblog in late June/early July that said: “… many funders did not feel equipped to judge quality outside of their own world views and experiences. I know that was […]

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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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Five Trends to Watch in Corporate Social Responsibility

Much has been written about the current state of corporate social responsibility (CSR), and depending on your point of view, its waxing or waning influence inside the world’s largest corporations. While it may be true that some companies have de-emphasized their CSR programs while they were fighting for survival or focused on maintaining some semblance […]

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