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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

5 Myths about the Creative Workforce Fellowship

Artists define the Creative Workforce Fellowship – through all aspects: the Fellowship year, the applications, the feedback... 

That last one is probably the toughest piece of the program for us on staff, but also the most interesting. We get some heated responses in the anonymous survey. We also hear directly from those who are not too shy to call us up.  I’ve been on the receiving end of many of these incredibly insightful conversations. The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) has revised the program every year based on these conversations…minus the curse words (totally kidding) and submits a new proposal for a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC). Along with the feedback, I’ve heard some less objective comments from the field over the years. I want to take a quick moment to address a few of the concerns that have popped up many more times than once.

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Categories: accessibility, Artists, creativity, Cuyahoga, funding, public | comments

20 Cleveland-area artists drive change for a better tomorrow

Today we release the video interviews with 2013 Creative Workforce Fellows as we accept applications for next year’s awards. Along with all of my colleagues at CPAC and throughout the sector, I believe in the power of arts and culture to drive change and shape better lives. For me, seeing these videos drove that message home in a way that I didn't even realize was such a core part of who I am as a young professional and citizen

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Categories: Artists, community, Cuyahoga, Economy, funding, Investing in Creativity, public policy, resources, Storytelling | comments

Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

The Fiscal Cliff. We’ve all been trying to avoid it. Perhaps you’ve been listening to audio books in your car on your way to and from work instead of your usual dose of NPR. Or maybe you’ve taken refuge in your portable music library. Perhaps you’ve chucked modern life entirely, choosing to live in a cave with no access to electricity or wireless. Regardless of your solution, you probably weren’t able to avoid discussion of the fiscal cliff entirely. For those of you in the cave, the cliff was right above you and it’s safe to come out now – at least for another two months. The reality is avoidance is a sure fire way to go right over a fiscal cliff, whether it’s the federal government or your own personal or organizational finances. So, as we begin 2013, here are a few tips for those of you who’ve made a resolution to ensure a bright, and cliff-free, financial future.

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Categories: Financial Management, funding, Money, public policy | comments

Application Narratives, Work Samples and More: What to include, what to skip and how to know the difference

Has this happened to you? You are completing a grant application relieved to find it is easier than anticipated. The first questions ask for contact information and take little time to complete. You are feeling confident and “on your way.”  You answer “yes” and “no” to questions, occasionally finding a drop down box and choosing an answer from one or two options. The minutes fly by – you upload your digital images and label each appropriately. You are feeling a sense of accomplishment; you are applying for a grant! 

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Categories: funding, grant, grants writing | comments

Fund and Follow Creativity

Fund and Follow Creativity

That is the first thing you see when visiting the Kickstarter web page. To those readers who might be unfamiliar with Kickstarter or the other crowdfunding platforms online, I encourage you to visit the Kickstarter website where you will find a plethora of creative projects submitted by artists and entrepreneurs. All of these folks have one goal in common; each needs help from you and other like-minded individuals who are willing to sign on as “backers” to fund a particular dream or vision.

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Categories: crowdfunding, funding, Kickstarter, Money | comments

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