Blog Posts for Leadership

Learning to Take Risks in Life by Taking Risks on Art

Posted by Kim Willey, Sep 22, 2009 1 comment

My high school ceramics instructor thought I was crazy when I told him I wanted to be an orthodontist.  “No, I think you should be an artist,” He said sternly to me as I worked on my perfecting my pinch pot jack o’lantern that was suffering from a severe under bite.  That was a little over 8 years ago, and now I’m writing this blog.

Over the last 6 years I have been involved in multiple aspects of arts education; teaching Saturday art classes to youth, working at a youth museum, and working at a state arts agency for over three years.  I received both my BFA and MA from Arizona State University in Arts Education.  I recently relocated from Arizona to DC after experiencing a three-month travel adventure.

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Emerging Arts Leaders Respond in Droves to 20UNDER40 Submission Call

Posted by Graham Dunstan, Sep 18, 2009 0 comments

Edward Clapp, Project Director of 20UNDER40, has just reported that the project received 304 chapter proposals from 343 prospective authors on five continents—all under the age of forty.

From the 20UNDER40 website: "20UNDER40 endeavors to collect twenty essays about the future of the arts and arts education, each written by an emerging leader under the age of forty. In doing so, this anthology will provide a unique arena for new ideas by formally gathering the thoughts of young artists, teaching artists, administrators, researchers, and other arts and arts education professionals—legitimizing the talent of young leaders by bringing their ideas out of the margins and into the forefront of our dialogue."

To continue intergenerational dialogue,  20UNDER40 has established an online discussion board where you can answer this question amongst a cadre of international arts professionals.

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Host a Creative Conversation in Your Community

Posted by Stephanie Hanson, Aug 28, 2009 1 comment

It’s that time of year again!  Creative Conversations and National Arts and Humanities Month are right around the corner.  Every October, in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month, Americans for the Arts partners with emerging leaders from across the country to host Creative Conversations—local gatherings and discussions that focus on pertinent topics from arts leadership to arts advocacy.  Last year, more than 1,500 emerging arts leaders participated in 43 locally hosted Creative Conversations throughout the country, and those leaders continue to be engaged at the national level.  In celebration of 2009 being the 5th Anniversary of Creative Conversations, the 10th Anniversary of the Emerging Leader Network and the 50th Anniversary of Americans for the Arts, our goal is to support communities in hosting at least 50 Creative Conversations this year.

Is someone in your community planning to host a Creative Conversation?  Are you considering it?  If so, there are a few easy steps to follow:

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Have You Found Your Voice Today?

Posted by Stephanie Hanson, Aug 24, 2009 3 comments

I’m writing this blog post immediately after reading Edward Clapp’s Open Letter to Young Arts Professionals, titled This is Our Emergency.  Edward is the editor and project director for 20UNDER40, “an anthology of critical discourse that aims to collect twenty essays about the future of the arts and arts education – each written by a young arts professional under the age of forty.”

While the 20UNDER40 project has received strong support and praise, there has also been an undercurrent of criticism (as Edward references in his letter).  However, what is more surprising – are the number of letters Edward has received from young arts professionals who have something to say and contribute – but do not feel they have the authority or courage to do so.  Is it possible that so many members of the Gen X and Gen Y generation are afraid to speak out?  What is it that we are worried about – Failure?  Criticism and judgment from our peers?  Losing our jobs?  Engaging in a debate? 

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