Do as I say, not as I do.

Posted by Terence McFarland, Jun 21, 2008 0 comments

Having recently joined Leadership LA, I was excited to hear more about Leadership Phili's 101 Connectors Project.

Liz Dow gave the background on how the project came to be, the inspiration coming from a personal inscription from Malcolm Gladwell on her copy of The Tipping Point. She  discussed how the purpose of the project was to dis/uncover the hidden leaders of Philly. Straight up research involved and then...

Uh oh.

Suddenly the presentation took a turn. Forced audience participation and basic theater games.

Now, maybe it's me and my Gen X rearing its let me do my thing and you do yours, but notsomuch with the look your partner in the eyes and play a mirror.  Now, nothing against Penelope Reed, I bet she's an incredible teacher and her story about the paralyzed man finding his voice was incredibly touching, but I came for the data, not touching strangers. Perhaps I'm not the connector I thought I might be. (Am I alone here? Any others x-ers out there get the heeby jeebys from this stuff?)

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my brain hurts

Posted by Anne Katz, Jun 21, 2008 0 comments

It's the end of the first full day of the conference and my brain is already overflowing with ideas, thoughts, models, best practices gleaned from my colleagues in the field.  It's exhilarating!  My one on one conversations with colleagues and the larger sessions I've attended have been full of the language of the arts in the 21st century creative economy, community development, community vitality, investment in the arts and arts education, capacity-building, sustainability, creative capital, authentic and unique, hand-made and home-grown.  And, as an activist for the arts, I've attended sessions and had conversations about hardball advocacy for the arts, political organizing, strategic alliances, and building relationships.  Those are also part of the language of the arts in the 21st century.

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Connectors on Connection

Posted by Lex Leifheit, Jun 20, 2008 2 comments

Connectivity from Lex Leifheit on Vimeo.

In my role as Vice Chair of the Emerging Leaders Council of Americans for the Arts, I spend a lot of time thinking about the "big picture" role of leadership and professional development in the arts, but a significant part of my day-to-day work at the Green Street Arts Center involves grassroots leadership—connecting and collaborating with underserved artists who have great ideas, but need Green Street's assistance to realize them. These two hats (not mutually exclusive) brought me to  this morning's Leadership and Connectivity session.

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Who Says that National Arts Education Policy is not Fun?

Posted by Laura Reeder, Jun 20, 2008 1 comment

Lively hoots and hollers accompanied the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) panel introduction when Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education with the Arizona Department of Education, led 120+ national arts education professionals in a 20-minute overview of everything you ever wanted to know about NCLB and the arts.

She offered “NCLB BINGO” as the framework for sharing the plain-language facts about this legislation and the controversies that surround it. The dubious prizes included tomes on navigating titled programs, and other stimulating education legislation.

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