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Community & Collaboration

How to work well with others – partnerships, alliances, community engagement

Creative Placemaking & Cultural Entrepreneurship

One of the perks of working at NAS is the number of incredible leaders we…

A Community Organizing Approach to Placemaking

When a multi-year infrastructure project threatened to disrupt businesses and cut off neighborhoods along a six-mile stretch of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, the team at Springboard for the Arts saw a transformational opportunity. Their response was Irrigate, a creative placemaking initiative that mobilizes local artists to collaborate with businesses, organizations and community groups to “change the landscape of the corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun.”

What does your experience with building community relationships teach about healthy partnerships?

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate ROOTS, talks about his approach to partnerships.

How Shared Consumer Data is Redefining an Organization and Helping the Field

Terence McFarland, LA Stage Alliance’s CEO, has united a broad community in the search for understanding of the region’s audiences through a project called Arts Census. He and his team have broadening their service to welcome all arts disciplines. They are living their mission “to empower artists and engage audiences.”

Becoming an Equal Partner in Community Development

Deborah Cullinan, former Executive Director of Intersection for the Arts, shares the experience of becoming part of the 5M Project.

How do you effect change in your community?

Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Native American Public Telecommunications, talks about the importance of big goals.

Reinventing a Museum as a Community Organization

Nina Simon, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, details how the organization’s financial crisis enabled them to take risks and explore a new model that would help them garner support and build relationships to turn around their finances and establish the museum as a community organization.

How is social media changing your definition of community?

Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, discusses his connection to the San Francisco Ballet despite never having seen them in person.

What does competition mean for nonprofit cultural organizations?

Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, suggests that thinking about competition on a more global scale brings greater opportunities.

What does the convergence of consumer interests, markets and industries mean for cultural organizations?

Abhijit Sengupta, Artistic Director and CEO of Fontana Chamber Arts, wonders whether developing new audiences is becoming more of a question of urban development.

How does an increased focus on community identity affect cultural organizations?

J. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, talks about how the inherent local nature of radio influences their work.

How do arts and culture organizations connect with their communities?

J. Mikel Ellcessor, general manager of WDET, Detroit, looks at how finding new audiences forces cultural institutions to rethink how they create their content — who is involved, what is the subject and tone.

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