Blog Posts for Community Engagement

What Lyle Lovett Can Teach Us About Audience Engagement

Posted by Mr. Robert Bettmann, Aug 30, 2016 3 comments

I started doing trainings for arts advocates almost a decade ago. At that time, I gave a lot of thought to what advocates need to know in order to start being advocates. I came up with two messages. First: you already know enough to be an effective advocate. And second: carry a little water for all of us.

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The Case for an “Arts Bureaucrat” in the City Government

Posted by Ms. Jennifer A. Lasik, Aug 29, 2016 0 comments

When people ask what I do, I frequently describe myself as an “arts bureaucrat.” My boss hates that moniker and reminds me that there is plenty of visioning, policy-making, leading and communications in my role. He’s right, of course. But “arts bureaucracy,” boring though it sounds, is one of my most important roles.

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Day Two: Notes to a Young Arts Advocate from a Young Arts Advocate

Posted by Mr. Ryan Antony Nicotra, Aug 19, 2016 2 comments

Young(er) arts advocate, do you realize that you are powerful? Do you realize that because you took your stand with grace and strength, your community will be changed?

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Finding Community In A Place That Seemingly Had None

Posted by Julia Vogl, Aug 18, 2016 0 comments

My brief was to make something temporary, to create a colorful distraction to the development and inspire people—but it accomplished so much more: it confirmed that culture is an essential amenity to the growth of a city. 

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Creative Justice

Posted by Aaron Counts, Aug 16, 2016 0 comments

Creative Justice is a public art program, but it is also a social justice movement. No coincidence that both art and social movements are born of imagination. They are about exploring the possibilities we create as individuals and as members of communities. About seeing where we are and where we want to go. In doing so, they articulate the power and potential of our communities.

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“Not Just a Patient”: Arts and Healing in Pediatric Clinics

Posted by Rachel Zink, Aug 09, 2016 0 comments

Access to hands-on arts experiences and creativity-boosting activities helps to positively transform the healthcare experience for children and their families. By providing educational visual art, music, and creative writing lessons to children and teens while in the hospital or clinic, Arts For Life is nurturing their minds and spirits and helping keep them active and engaged in life.

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