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Cultural Districts and Communities: Catalysts for Change

Posted by Theresa Cameron, Feb 06, 2015 0 comments

This week’s blog salon on Cultural Districts and Communities: Catalysts for Change explored how cultural districts are improving, engaging, and sometimes changing their communities. Kicking off the salon, I introduced our new tool - the National Cultural Districts Exchange, which is a suite of online tools and resources to provide research and information about cultural districts. This new resource is meant to be an exchange of ideas, information, and resources - and this blog salon supplemented this new tool with great viewpoints and unique perspectives on cultural districts.

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Mayor Jim Brainard on Carmel, Indiana's Arts and Culture District

Posted by Mayor Jim Brainard, Feb 04, 2015 0 comments

As American suburbs developed in the years after World War II, people tended to think of them as little more than places to sleep after a long day working in the big city nearby. They made their homes, educated their kids and went to church in the suburbs. But when it came to experiencing the arts, they were forced to get in their cars and drive into the core of the big city.

In Carmel, Indiana – a suburb north of Indianapolis that has grown to more than 85,000 residents – we chose to do things differently. We thought it was important that our “bedroom suburb” have easy access to the arts. As busy families began to seek other forms of entertainment closer to home, we recognized that they stood the risk of missing out on experiencing the arts telling the story of our country through dance, music, and sculpture.

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Back to School Arts Education Checklist

Posted by Stephanie Milling, Jul 30, 2014 2 comments

Stephanie Milling Stephanie Milling

With the end of the summer rapidly approaching, it is time to start thinking about the new school year. Even though I have been living on an academic calendar most of my life, I never get tired of the excitement and exhilaration that accompanies new beginnings. As a college professor, the new year provides a time to develop an artistic and educational vision for the future and determine how I will guide students in their learning. As we wrap up summer looking forward into the fall, it is time to consider what should be on our back-to-school checklist. In addition to planning curriculum, it is necessary to consider the arts education advocacy agenda for the year ahead and our role in supporting its continued benefits to students around the country.

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It Was TOO Short!

Posted by Ms. Norie Sato, Jun 24, 2014 0 comments

Norie Sato receiving the 2014 Public Art Network Award at Annual Convention Norie Sato receiving the 2014 Public Art Network Award at Annual Convention

The Nashville PAN Preconference has come and gone, sniff sniff, I miss seeing everyone already. I was thrilled to be able to speak to so many of you and to be with smart, hard working people in the field. The PAN preconference is such a great time to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new people as well as to learn. And so many issues and things to learn just to keep up or to innovate do not fit into the time we had. A special thanks to those who worked so hard for us to organize the conference.

But in the spirit of constructive feedback and reflections back on the precon, I offer the following:

1)  The Preconference is TOO short. We had essentially only 1 day. 2 panel session slots do not give us enough time for the various issues that need covering. At least another half day would have allowed us at least another session slot to allow for some more breadth and depth would truly be desirable. The Nashville team worked hard to showcase their city…and maybe we (I) could have spent more time in it, as well.

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Employee Engagement: A Resource Round-Up

Posted by Jordan Shue, May 29, 2014 0 comments

Employee Engagement Employee Engagement

 

In response to an increase in demand for corporate social responsibility–as well as employee expectations for opportunities that are more connected to their workplace and community–businesses are incorporating more and more chances for employee engagement with nonprofits and social causes, in addition to monetary support for these organizations. This is a tremendous opportunity for the arts sector, as it has much to offer individual employees who seek to feel more fulfilled in their work and everyday lives.

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