Warm (and Arty) Fuzzies

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 23, 2008 0 comments

Time flies! It feels like the first session just started, but now its time to wrap-up. Unfortunately, I had to leave a bit early on Saturday afternoon. So sorry to have missed the Emerging Leaders Reception at World Cafe Live - such a cool space! In honor of my absence, I loaded my iPod with cool new music to listen to on the flight back to LA.

As I reflect upon the last couple of days, I can't help but feel honored to be a part of such a great community of committed and creative individuals.

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Intern(al) Inspiration

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 23, 2008 0 comments

While everyone else was at an ArtVenture Saturday afternoon, the rest of us convened to explore a new Convention track - Career 360. The goal of Career 360 sessions was to provide a forum to workout career issues, either assessing one’s own career or gaining tools to spark those of others. The latter was certainly the case at Multicultural Internship Programs, a session I facilitated along with my colleagues Talia Gibas (Program Assistant, The Getty Foundation, Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program) and Will Maitland Weiss (Executive Director, Arts And Business Council of New York).

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Getting Unstuck

Posted by Americans for the Arts, Jun 22, 2008 0 comments

Through the joys of technology, I have been stuck in a virtual world unable to post my entries—so on the final day, here is my first post.

I started getting unstuck with the Animating Democracy Workshop looking at best practices of civic engagement—and we moved. We re-framed ideas, asked creative questions, and literally spoke from our positions in the room. We brainstormed projects and examined how to bring dialogue, action, and participation through artistic and civic engagement into the same space, and what we can do once we are in that space.  

Other highlights thus far:

  • An overview of the Arts Policy Roundtable on Arts and Workforce development—how Americans for the Arts is engaging with K-12 education and business to examine the idea of creativity as a critical skill
  • A.B. Spellman and Claudine Brown discuss authentically connecting  programs and communities
  • Rob "Biko" Baker share his experiences engaging youth through hip-hop
  • Morning meeting on the multiple ways we work arts and higher education
  • How to measure and talk about the impact of the arts as a tool for social change
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