Action Fund Launches New Initiative

Posted by Chad Bauman, May 25, 2007 1 comment

We are pleased to share with you the news that the Americans for the Arts Action Fund ArtsVote initiative was launched on Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

ArtsVoteis a national initiative to help the arts impact the presidential election. In New Hampshire, the Arts Action Fund has partnered with New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts (NHCFA) to identify, educate, train, and mobilize likely arts voters to help influence candidates to take strong positions for the arts.  Through this partnership, ArtsVoteNH was launched.

This is an exciting effort and already is being noticed by the New Hampshire press and by presidential campaign staff. Check out the press clippings below:

05/10/2007:  Hippo Press: "They're Artists And They Vote"
05/17/2007:  Concord Monitor: "Putting New Color Into the Primary"
05/20/2007:  Nashua Telegraph: "Primary Mission: Promote the Arts"

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May 25, 2007 at 4:51 pm

From: Diane Sanborn [mailto:dianesanborn@cox.net]
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 12:17 PM
To: research
Subject: A passionate response from BRIO Fine Arts Center, a local center

I received your survey in the mail. After over 30 years of teaching art in the public schools, I came to a decision. I started BRIO Fine Arts Center, probably one of the few FOR PROFIT art centers in the US. Yes, it can work. I spent 6 months writing a sound business model, and today, just 3 years in business BRIO has enrolled over 1500 students in 30 classes, for both kids and adults. We are successfully filling a niche. I agree that there is a huge need for more public arts education, but as arts advocates and educators, we have to smarten up and realize that we don't need their bricks and buildings to do what we do best - teach art. BRIO is located in Scottsdale, AZ and while the location does offer some support of the arts, the public schools here are just like those in other areas - cutting back. There are many private and charter schools here because parents are looking for places that offer more arts education for their children. AZ ranks near the bottom in all education funding now the focus now on the AIMS standardized test scores.. My last public school meeting with art dept. heads was spent deciding if we could afford to buy pencils...so sad. So rather that be in a position of defensive thinking which really gets old, BRIO Fine Arts Center was born.

My advice is to try to get out of the "not-for-profit" mentality and understand and listen to what our artists/students have been telling us all along. Artists/students want great arts instruction, a well-lit room with a sink! That is certainly not too much to ask. As I was reading in your blog posts, art folks are creative, so we need to get out of the dark and make it happen on our own, and stop waiting for the public institutions to provide it for us. I noticed quite a respectable list of committee members, and I wondered if Robert Redford waited around for donations and support as he put his film studio Sundance in operation, don't think so.

My point is that in order for the arts advocates to get some attention, put those ideas into a action plan that is based on sound arts business principles.
I would be happy to share my experience with anyone who is interested in setting up their own for profit art educational center. Why indeed if arts are so important to the fabric of our lives, why then are we afraid to ask people to pay for it? Thanks!

BRIO means spirit in Italian.
con brio,
Diane Sanborn www.briofinearts.com

Diane Sanborn, Director
BRIO Fine Arts Center
8340 E. Raintree Dr. C-6
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
480 941 8310
www.briofinearts.com

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