Blog Posts for Annual Awards

The Vision Thing

Posted by Brad Erickson, Jun 03, 2016 0 comments

Brad Erickson is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

In 1988, as then Vice-President H. W. Bush was preparing to run for the Presidency, he found himself fending off complaints from within his own party that while he had a firm grip on the complexity of the many issues facing the nation, he lacked an overarching narrative that would tie his policy positions together in a clear and compelling way. His advisors suggested that he borrow Camp David for some time away to collect and articulate his thoughts. "Oh," the Vice-President responded dismissively, "the vision thing."

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WAASTST

Posted by Aileen Alon, Jun 03, 2016 0 comments

Michael Spring is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 Selina Roberts Ottum Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

This occasion instigates a rumination about some of the keys to longevity (almost 33 years!), if not to success, in the local arts agency field. Thank you for asking.

  1. Try not to say “no.” There are just so many “no’s” allocated to each of us professionally and it is prudent not to use them indiscriminately. For example, you can say, “Instead of starting a new global festival in celebration of left shoes, how about partnering with the annual 5K run and distributing one multi-colored shoelace to each runner designed exclusively for left shoes?”
  2. Realize that the person with the most energy prevails. In meetings, put on your performance face and emote your point of view as powerfully and persuasively as you can muster. If all else fails, make sure that you and your staff outnumber the “opposition.”
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Arts For All Day: Welcome to the Party—Everyone Invited!

Posted by Flora Maria Garcia, Jun 02, 2016 0 comments

Flora Maria Garcia is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 Michael Newton Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

Given the distinct disconnect between Central Florida cultural groups’ programs, audiences and boards regarding diversity,  United Arts of Central Florida for the past year has focused its efforts supported by  a generous grant from Duke Energy,  to engage the groups in an intensive education on demographics, spending power, education levels, and target marketing tactics to diverse populations.

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Why Does Art Need Collaborations

Posted by Octavia Yearwood, Jun 01, 2016 0 comments

Octavia Yearwood is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 American Express Emerging Leader Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

Yes, jelly sandwiches are great and so are peanut butter sandwiches, but put those babies together! [Not to mention with a cup of milk] *no words *. Chocolate is amazing but sprinkles some nuts and/or salt in there and voila! Magic!  Just the simple fact that your parents collaborated to create the art that is YOU should be proof enough, but we forget sometimes!

It is always daunting to me when organizations, non-profit or otherwise, have this mission to save or enhance the lives of young people via arts mediums and shy away from coming together to reach more youth. They jump at the ground pushing and shoving like children, after someone cracked the piñata open! I get it though—we all want enough to bring back. We forget that if we take what we have and combine it with another, you both automatically have more!  More importantly, your capacity to positively affect more people grow exponentially!

 

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Seven Reasons to Become a Public Art Leader

Posted by Ms. Barbara S. Goldstein, May 31, 2016 2 comments

Barbara Goldstein is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 Public Art Network Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

Usually when people ask me what I do and I say “public art planner” a lot of confusing questions follow. Many lay people identify murals and public sculpture as public art; others consider public art to be concerts in the park, painted utility boxes and Cows on Parade ™ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CowParade

I’m here to tell you that, yes, public art is all those things. But most of all, public art is a practice that creates a partnership between artists and stakeholders to create art in the public realm where people can discover it without having to pay admission.

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How Boston Bucked the Trend in Arts Education

Posted by Laura Perille, May 31, 2016 0 comments

Laura Perille is an Americans for the Arts member and recipient of the 2016 Arts Education Award. Find out more about the Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Arts Awards.

We all know the narrative: arts education has suffered from years of neglect and decline in our schools to make room for tested subjects and to balance squeezed school budgets. This trend has played out in many communities across the country. The data on arts access, especially for students of color and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, makes the impact clear.http://www.edvestors.org/news-item/new-report-how-collective-action-revitalized-arts-education-in-boston/

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