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"A strong arts and culture sector for a stronger community..." what does that mean to you? We have strong opinions as individuals, but one thing is clear; no matter what role you think arts and culture should play in our communities, those assets must be strong in order to perform any role at all. Megan Van Voorhis came out in full force last week to give you a flavor of her vision as our new president and CEO. That message was preceded by some incredible insights from two public leaders who care deeply about their communities and understand the unique roles arts and culture play in the lives of those they serve.

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Categories: advocacy, art therapy, Arts and Safety, Arts Education, artsandhealth, Economy, music therapy, Policy Makers, public policy | comments

On the Subject of Navel Gazing

What’s one of the best ways to find out what someone needs? Ask them.

Community conversations are a bit on trend these days, which we think is a good thing (asking people what they need instead of telling them what they need seems like a super idea for obvious reasons). Back in February of this year, we launched 4 public planning conversations to help inform our organizational direction. But CPAC isn’t the only organization going out into the field recently to collect community feedback on organizational work and practices. We’ve seen Gordon Square Arts District, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Cleveland Foundation all using similar methods to direct what they do and how they do it.

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Categories: advocacy, audience, connections, Education, funding, partnership, public policy, strategic planning | comments

Report from Capitol Hill

Earlier this week, I joined over 500 artists, arts administrators, arts educators and students in Washington, D.C. to advocate for favorable arts and cultural policy at the federal level. I have to confess, this is the first time I have ever been to the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day. My years of experience have demonstrated that the best relationships with public officials are built at home over time – long before you have to make an ask of them. What makes this year special, then? In short, for a second year in a row the President has proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts – an action that would have material impact on the arts and society. Going to Washington would ensure I can sleep at night, knowing that I had left no advocacy opportunity vacant.

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Categories: advocacy, Arts Education, Connecting with Policy Makers, funding | comments

The Federal Tax Bill…And Us.

Over the weekend, a tax reform bill was passed by the U.S. Senate. Now, a conference committee has been charged with reconciling that bill with one previously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The objective is to produce a bill that the President can sign before December 25. There are a number of provisions that affect those of us working in nonprofits and public service. The Arts Action Fund has a helpful analysis of the bills and how the arts could be affected. We wanted to make sure that you are aware of a few of those provisions and to provide you with some resources to find out more information.

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Categories: advocacy, public policy, tax | comments

Integrating the Arts - Chicago's Ingenuity

A few weeks ago, Valerie and I had the opportunity to attend a presentation put on by the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium with guest speaker Nicole Losurdo Upton from Ingenuity. Ingenuity is an advocacy organization that has been working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, students, parents and Chicago’s arts and culture community to ensure excellence in arts education for every student in Chicago’s Public Schools. Ms. Upton spoke on Ingenuity’s process on integrating the arts back into Chicago Public Schools through the CPS Arts Education Plan, a plan designed to bring the arts to every student, in every grade, in every school. Ingenuity started in 2011, and has since made strong progress in increasing the percentage of Chicago Public Schools that have arts programs.

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Categories: advocacy, Artists, Arts Education, creative intersections, Education, evaluate, public policy | comments

State Advocacy Alert: Music Therapy Licensure Efforts Gain Momentum…Your Help is Needed Now!

House Bill 184 (HB-184) has been introduced in the Ohio House under the bi-partisan leadership of Rep. Dovilla of Berea and Rep. Antonio of Lakewood. Music therapists led a highly successful outreach day where they had contact with the offices of all 99 House members and 33 Senate members with personal visits with over 40 elected officials. At the end of the day over 20 House members, from both sides of the aisle, signed on to co-sponsor with Reps Dovilla and Antonio….and three senators signed on to co-sponsor once the bill goes to their side of the legislature.

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Categories: advocacy, artsandhealth, creative minds in medicine, music therapy | comments

Doing More By Saying Nothing

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a public official in a local community to discuss the city’s strategic plan. Before the meeting, I had written down a few notes and done some research to better prepare. I had also written down a few objectives for the meeting; bullet points for how I could measure the ‘effectiveness’ of my conversation. About half way through the meeting, I put my notes away... 

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Categories: advocacy, advocacy training, arts and culture, Best Practices, Connecting with Policy Makers, Listening, Policy Makers, research, Roundtable | comments

Raising Arts Advocates

Inspiration can strike at any time. For example, last night I was reading a book to my five-year old son, Logan. We reached the end of the book and he said very casually after looking at the author’s photo, “There’s the dead guy who wrote this book.” I laughed. I said to him, “Logan, how do you know this author is dead?” Then I said, “That’s like saying all composers are dead.” To which he responded, “But all composers are dead!” Thanks to Lemony Snicket for reinforcing that concept. Anyway, I treated this as a teachable moment, an opportunity to remind him that there are many artists (including writers and composers) that are making work today – and that they should be supported. As I said, inspiration can strike at any time. That’s when I realized that it was the perfect time to share with our readers a really important concept…that arts advocacy begins at home.

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Advocacy: Our Obligation

As nonprofits and artists, this idea may be overwhelming. Taking on more obligations as we work to serve our constituents through programs and services with limited resources is a challenge, to put it lightly. Advocacy is expensive and time-consuming, right? Especially as the federal government proposes policies that restrict the voices of nonprofits and the people we serve…but isn’t silence a disservice to those same amazing people who count on us? One answer to these questions might be that it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, and there are resources to help you join the public sector conversation.

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Categories: advocacy, capacity building, civic, cross-sector, issues, public policy, resources, voting | comments

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