What Can You Do? No, What Can YOU Do?

Posted by Mrs. Elizabeth Sweeney, Jul 29, 2016 0 comments

I think there are plenty of people like me, sitting in that room at the staff retreat, who felt like they had never been asked, “What can you do? Nobody knows your job better than you, nobody knows your daily work better than you. So what can you do?” 

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Our Cultural Equity Statement: My Thoughts Moving Forward

Posted by Ms. Ashley McDonald, Jul 29, 2016 0 comments

I've been pretty optimistic since learning about the release of our cultural equity statement. I feel that this was a necessary and appropriate first step if we want our work to continue to be purposeful and are serious about making the arts accessible to all.

 
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The View from Another Perspective

Posted by Mr. Jay Dick, Jul 28, 2016 0 comments

Growing up in small town Iowa, I was taught to never discuss race, religion or politics in "polite society." I guess the idea behind this was that one should not talk about topics that are "sensitive" or "controversial" in nature as they can upset or make others feel uncomfortable. Alas, this is not always the best practice.

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What Are You Here For, and What Are You Going to Do About It?

Posted by Ms. Angel Baker, Jul 28, 2016 0 comments

It’s about commitment. Commitment to this place, commitment to doing some of this work. When you’re at Americans for the Arts and you’re participating in this work, it puts us in the forefront. So it’s good that we’re out there saying we’re tackling this—it’s a sore topic, but at the end of the day somebody has to do it. 

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Creative Aging Takes Hold

Posted by Mr. Robert Schultz, Jul 27, 2016 0 comments

Mesa Arts Center has just concluded its fourth year of Creative Aging programming, in partnership with several local organizations that serve seniors, people with dementia, and their caregivers. Creative Aging is a process where organizations utilize the arts to reach seniors, and employ trained teaching artists to engage them in creative activities that benefit their physical, mental, and emotional health.

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