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How does cultural identity impact arts leadership?

Posted by Adam Fong, Apr 25, 2016 0 comments

How does cultural identity impact arts leadership?

“We really need someone who’s more out front, who relishes the spotlight, who can shake the hands and kiss the babies.” (A major donor)

Let us picture the figurehead of an organization. The lighting rod. The glad-handing executive, the creative dynamo, the visionary. The confident and outspoken advocate with the answers. Is that what we want from a leader? Can that be anyone, any gender, any age (within reason), any race? Can it be a senior black woman? A young disabled veteran? Can that be a third-generation Asian-American, like me?

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Resilient Arts Leadership from the Inside Out: The Arts Leaders Showing Us How

Posted by Abe Flores, Apr 25, 2016 0 comments

Welcome to the annual Emerging Arts Leaders Blog Salon!  We asked over a dozen emerging leaders to reflect and respond to this year’s Arts Leadership Preconference theme: “Impact without Burnout: Resilient Arts Leadership from the Inside Out”. In the coming days you will read about the work of some of these leaders and their advice to the field.

To kick things off, I asked Beth Kanter, the lead facilitator and curator for this year’s Arts Leadership Preconference, four questions to help us define and better understand the concepts behind resilient leadership.

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Thank You for Being a Part of Innovations in State Arts Advocacy Blog Salon

Posted by Elisabeth Dorman, Apr 15, 2016 0 comments

Thank you for joining us for ArtsBlog’s first blog salon focused exclusively on innovative initiatives and programs in state arts advocacy. I hope that you enjoyed reading the stories and advice shared by state arts advocacy leaders from across the country during this blog salon.

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The Importance of Partnering with Associations of Elected Officials

Posted by Jay H. Dick, Apr 14, 2016 0 comments

Go down to your street corner and ask people if they have ever thought about whether their mayor or state legislator belongs to a professional trade association. You would probably get a lot of blank stares and muffled answers. But, to Americans for the Arts, this is serious business.

Starting over 20 years ago, Americans for the Arts made the strategic decision to partner with associations that represent elected officials. Those groups are: the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Association of Counties (NACo), The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), and the National League of Cities (NLC).

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12 Steps Towards Organization-Wide Equity at Your Nonprofit

Posted by Tricia Snell, Apr 08, 2016 0 comments

For some years now I’ve been striving—as a white woman leading an organization that serves a diverse constituency—to meet my responsibility to equity, and I share my thoughts in this blog because I think my journey could be relevant to others.

So here is a brief primer.

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Is Your House In Order?

Posted by Robyne Walker Murphy, Apr 08, 2016 0 comments

I love Viola Davis for obvious reasons, but I’ll name some: she’s a brilliant, passionate actor who has used her platform to advocate for equal opportunities for artist of color. She gained even MORE of my love for what she said after winning the SAG Award this year:

Diversity is not a trending topic.

It’s really not. Diversity is not something that you prioritize because it’s the new buzzword

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