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Arts Learning and Education Research: What Are We Up To?

As you might have seen in the flurry of communication about all things new for us (new name, new strategic plan, new logo, new set of work imperatives), Arts Cleveland is also igniting a new focus on the arts learning and education ecosystem. This is exciting work, but anyone who works in this field, knows it’s a monstrous area of study, with lots of players, variables and unknowns.

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Categories: Arts Education, community, research, strategic planning, teaching | comments

Spring Update

As changes are happening all over Cleveland’s arts and culture communities, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes. Megan has been establishing our next set of strategic objectives as she grows and understands the lay of the land from a new perspective. She’s meeting with leaders all over Cleveland, following development of the changes at Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and keeping up on local issues -- we send our best to Jill Paulsen as she works with the CAC board during this transition. We’ve also spotted a new notebook dedicated to all Megan's ideas that is piquing our curiosity, though we know we have a lot to do before we get to sharing. And these are just a few of our most pressing tasks for defining our future. 

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Categories: management, public official, strategic planning | 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

We’re Planning for CPAC’s Future and We Need Your Input!

It’s hard to believe that CPAC is celebrating 20 years of service to the region this year! As we reflect on the past and look toward our future, we’re interested in your thoughts and ideas. What is your take on Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector? What’s needed today and what role should CPAC play? How have we gotten it right? How can we improve?

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Move Social Causes Through Your Art

Last week a number of us participated in a Creative Capital webinar with nationally renowned artist and advocate Stephanie Bleyer of Six Foot Chipmunk. Immediately taken by her energy and passion for advancing social causes through her work, I was continually impressed by her ideas. I’ve seen some great examples of creative film being used to advance causes on the Daily DoGooder (if you’re not familiar, it cheers up my inbox each day), but Stephanie really got to how it’s all done from the ground up.

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Categories: accessibility, advocacy, audience, Best Practices, civic, community organizing, cross-sector, experience, issues, leadership, partnership, strategic planning | comments

Where are you leading?

Looking to the future

What do all great leaders have? I’ve been fortunate to participate in a Leadership Boot Camp through the YWCA, and this question was posed at the start of our last session. We called out answers: “Integrity” “Confidence” ”Influence.” In my head I was dredging up all the great leaders in my life. They have all changed me in some way. They’ve surprised me, captivated my attention and made me understand something I hadn’t before. They’ve taught me how to make better decisions on my own terms. They’ve even tripped me up from time to time (literally and figuratively—I have three sisters). Now you may be quicker than I am, but when our presenter answered her own question, I was almost embarrassed at how simple it was to overlook. All leaders, great or otherwise, have followers.

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Categories: community, experience, leadership, management, public policy, Storytelling, strategic planning | comments

Plan for the Future

CPAC's 2013-16 Strategic Plan

Where are we? Where do we need to be? Why is it important? How will we get there?  The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC’s) board, staff and advisors used these questions to frame and develop our fourth strategic plan.  We examined past accomplishments such as, positioning the arts and culture sector in its public policy efforts to realize public support. We asked members of the arts and culture community and leaders in other sectors to reflect and comment on the value of CPAC’s work in public policy, research and capacity building. Equally important, we received thoughtful advice and new perspectives on service needs or gaps within the arts and culture sector. Here is a distillation of what we learned that helped us address the questions; where are we? and where do we need to be?

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Categories: metrics, research, strategic planning | comments

Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius - Pietro Aretino

Winter Garden Robin

With the Winter solstice fast approaching and the calendar  winding down it is not uncommon for our  thoughts to be centered on the end of the year; the taking of inventory for all that has transpired -- a cataloguing of activities, a celebration of successes and a renewed strategy to address ongoing challenges. Just as the soil sleeps in the winter until the spring announces a new time for growth, so too artists, and arts and cultural organizations may find themselves “resting” as the New Year approaches. 

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Categories: Artists, Best Practices, evaluate, management, strategic planning | comments

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