On July 20, the twenty-two Fellows in the residential track of Creative Community Fellows come together for a seven-day incubator at a breathtaking estate in Norfolk, CT. This is a core component of the Creative Community Fellows program for those in the residential track. After weeks of online introductions and connections, this is their first time meeting in-person. Fellows will take an in-depth look at the stage of their projects, the goals and the challenges that lie ahead. The house experience serves as a workshop atmosphere, where Fellows have the chance to test their model, improve their ideas and strengthen their projects with the help of diverse community experts.
The week will focus on transformative leadership, design thinking and community development. Fellows will dive into these topics during sessions led by Peter Frumkin, Professor of Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice; Sarah Lidgus, writer and strategist at IDEO; and Carlton Turner, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS.
Fellows are paired with mentors throughout the duration of the program. Mentors will join us at the house over the weekend to give one-on-one and group feedback to Fellows. Mentors include leaders in the field such as Tim Cynova, Tracy Harris, David Koren, Donna Neuwirth, Ellen Ryan, George Scheer, Beck Tench, Javier Torres, Gary Vikan and Lisa Yancey.
Taylor Craig, Dallas Shelby and Sunny Widmann serve as the NAS experience tour guides. You can follow the journey on Twitter at #NASCCF and get the Fellow experience by checking out their reactions on the Creative Community Blog. We’re looking forward to ending the month on a high surrounded by these world changers!
The Creative Community House is presented by National Arts Strategies and University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and Center for Social Impact Strategy and is made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation.
On Friday, NAS’ Pearl Bickersteth and Fielding Grasty hit the road and head for Chicago to attend the annual Americans for the Arts Convention taking place this June 12-14.
This year, the convention explores power and empowerment of the individual and the greater community. What’s at the top of our list? Our most anticipated events include Theaster Gates’ Keynote speech, Empowering the Voices Inside Communities and Agree or Disagree: Gentrification Is an Inevitable By-Product of Placemaking, a panel featuring Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council; Ann Markusen, Principal, Markusen Economic Research Organization; and Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts.
National Arts Strategies partnered with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to develop a custom program for their members. The first event, “AAMD Day of Learning” was held before their annual meeting last month in Detroit.
The event featured faculty from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the ILR School at Cornell University and live case discussions from AAMD members. Both focused on strategies and frameworks to help museum leaders lead change in their institutions and communities.
The event is part of a larger, three-year engagement meant to address the issues that AAMD members have identified as most critical — change management, organizational alignment and governance. Next year’s event will focus upon sustainability, in particular how does a leader insure that their programs, processes and people are all mission-aligned? Year three will address museums’ connection to their communities.
They hail from around the world. They build arts vocational skills for adults on the autism spectrum. They create card games that change pedestrian behavior and reduce vehicular accidents. They activate community spaces and host pertinent neighborhood discussions. They are the Creative Community Fellows!
This incredible community of 50 change makers will work with NAS and each other over the next nine months to build projects that will lead to stronger, healthier communities. We received nearly 200 applications from 34 states and 7 different countries. We were amazed by the drive and passion of the applicants and we know they are going to play a part in changing this world.
Each Fellow enters the program with a project that uses arts and culture to design solutions to community problems. NAS provides the tools, training and access to a community of support to help Fellows drive their projects forward. The program curriculum is led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, strategy and community development.
Fellows also gain access to and help create a powerful network in which ideas and opportunities flow freely. This network is a powerful one and through it we hope to create ripples that will spur connection throughout the field and promote sustainability.
We want to build and support a community of cultural entrepreneurs and leaders throughout the field. We encourage you to visit the Creative Community Fellows site and share it with your colleagues. In addition to project updates from the Fellows, we will post the content and tools from the program for you to use and share. We hope you will use the tools, share your insights and join this incredible community.
Emily Arden Eakland, Mt. Rainer, Maryland Bridget Bartolini, South Richmond Hill, New York Chad Bradford, Little Rock, Arkansas Erin Bregman, San Francisco, California Nicolas Cabrera, Boulder, Colorado Katie Campbell, Little Rock, Arkansas Crystal Campbell, Belleville, Michigan Kimberly Coburn, Decatur, Georgia April Counceller, Kodiak, Alaska Debasmita Dasgupta, Singapore Nicolas de la Fuente, Phoenix, Arizona Julia Devine, Plattsburgh, New York Jordan Dyniewski, Astoria, New York Hallie Ertman, Rockville, Maryland Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, St. Louis, Missouri Meghan Frank, Denver, Colorado Jill Freeman, Fairport, New York Jeremie Gluckman, Guiyang, China Sarah Gonzales, Tucson, Arizona Carly Griffith, Charlottesville, Virginia Megan Hobza, Whittier, California Mary Hoffman, Alamosa, Colorado Lauren Latessa, Ellicott City, Maryland Perryne Lee Poy Lokhandwala, Brooklyn, New York Daniel Leng, Seattle, Washington Dessa Lohrey, Atlanta, Georgia Erik Martinez Resly, Washington, DC Nikiko Masumoto, Del Ray, California Charlie Michaels, Ann Arbor, Michigan Mario Mesquita, Los Angeles, California Matice Moore, Tucson, Arizona Mikelle Moore, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida Tico Moore, Wilmington, Delaware Miriam Nash, London, United Kingdom Elena Olascoaga, Nuevo León, Mexico Aneliese Palmer, Anchorage, Alaska Sara Potler LaHayne, New York, New York Julie Potter, San Francisco, California Laura Ritchie, Durham, North Carolina Nathalie Sanchez, Los Angeles, California Ginger Savage, Baker City, Oregon Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, Baltimore, Maryland Yvonne Shortt, Long Island City, New York Jessica Solomon, Washington, DC Sarah Sullivan, Phoenix, Arizona Nell Taylor, Chicago, Illinois Christopher Taylor, Flagstaff, Arizona Joe Tolbert, Knoxville, Tennessee David White, San Diego, California Carol Zou, Dallas, Texas
This program is the result of the incredible collaboration and support of The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, ArtPlace America and RocketHub.
Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy Participants on the University of Pennsylvania campus during the March 2015 convening
The next phase of the journey for participants in our Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy has started! Participants have finished the core courses in the program: Arts & Culture Strategy and Arts & Culture Finance. Last week, they ventured on their custom paths, taking part in three electives over the next few months.
Electives in the program include Strategic Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media Strategies, Impact Management, Nonprofit Governance in Practice and Community & Collaboration. The elective courses are taught by leading professors and practitioners in the field, such as urban planning and comprehensive community revitalization expert Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson and Dr. Sherrie A. Madia, Executive Director of Communications, External Affairs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, among others. They feature case studies from cultural institutions such as NOCCA and the 11th Street Bridge Park and grapple with the relevant issues of organizations such as The Denver Zoo.
Following the electives, participants will convene for a final time at the University of Pennsylvania in August. While in Philadelphia, participants will put the skills they’ve gained over the year to the test, hone their leadership skills and share their final program portfolios with their colleagues.
May began with a bang! We spent the first week of the month surrounded by the incredible leaders in The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Participants worked with faculty in both the Ross School of Business and the Taubman College of Architecture of Urban Planning, diving into collaboration, building negotiation skills, internal and external leadership and creating an environment for innovation.
The 48 leaders in this cohort began their journey with us last fall when we gathered at Vanderbilt University to study the continuous improvement cycle of an organization. At the University of Michigan, we turned our focus to leading change in organizations and communities.
Professor Philip D’Aneri led a community mapping exercise and brought participants to Detroit where we visited the Riverwalk Conservancy and Eastern Market to learn from these live-case studies of community revitalization partnerships.
Participants also took a lunch break at a longtime NAS favorite, Zingerman’s Deli where co-founder Ari Weinzwig led a discussion on their unique business mindset, culture and his approach to leadership.
Participants Anne Katz, Tanner Methvin, Gretchen Dietrich and Michael Bobbit with NAS Director Sunny Widmann at Zingerman’s
Faculty director and NAS partner Paula Caproni was integral in creating such a fantastic curriculum for our participants and leading her team at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. Caproni teaches leadership and high performing teams at the University of Michigan MBA Executive Programs. She is also the Director of the Day MBA Program and is the Professional Development Coach for the Executive MBA Program. She led our cohort through an exercise to understand their social styles and how this impacts the way they lead their organizations and teams as well as how others may see them as a leader. Later in the week, Caproni addressed leading personal change and creating high performing teams. Participants also worked with University of Michigan – Ross School of Business Faculty Horst Abraham and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks.
The cohort will gather for the final time this November in Sundance, Utah where they will build on the ideas they have explored throughout the program and generate ideas for moving forward against the biggest challenges they are facing. We can’t wait to have this fantastic group of innovative leaders together again!
National Arts Strategies has updated our logo and website design. We think these cosmetic changes better reflect the organization NAS has become over the last few years.
Logo design is a lot like wine tasting. Experts will tell you that one design has a hint of this and a soupçon of that. We think the new logo design is a more creative, forward-leaning look. It reflects our approach, which is about bringing together ideas from all over to help and support your work.
The logo is just the beginning of this effort. Over the next few months we will be building out new features and content for the site that will allow you to better connect with the content and colleagues that you need to find new solutions and to push your own ideas forward.
We welcome your feedback on the design or your thoughts on what you would like to see on the new site.
In the final hours of his campaign, Creative Community Fellow, Philip Graulty shared with the cohort of Fellows, “Throughout this entire crowdfunding process, when I felt guilty for asking for help and money, I would think back to what Scott Shigeoka said during our interview for Arts Entrepreneurs:
“…the universe wants to support people that have dreams, that are fulfilling their missions and are alive… especially when they are doing things that serve community.”
It’s been the voice that’s kept me sane, the little angel on my shoulder that’s kept me going. So if you forget everything else, remember to let people in on your dreams! And know that we’re all here to help!”
As Kate Jopson reflects on her campaign, she notes, “It was the surprising generosity of so many people that really made this happen! I’ve never raised money like this before. My heart feels very full right now.”
It is with pleasure that weannounce the appointment of Samuel Hoi, President of the Maryland Institute College of Art, to our Board of Directors.
“Samuel’s commitment to social impact and collaboration make him a perfect match for our work. He is deeply committed to fostering the careers of young artists and their place in building vibrant communities. We are honored that Samuel is joining the Board,” stated National Arts Strategies President and CEO, Gail Crider.
Mr. Hoi is an advocate for art and design education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. Formerly, he was president of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he launched the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California. As dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C., Mr. Hoi created a visual arts program serving inner-city youth that received a National Multicultural Institute Award and a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.
Mr. Hoi has served on many boards, including those of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Arena Stage. He serves on and chaired the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) and United States Artists (USA). He also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).
Born and raised in Hong Kong, he received his BA from Columbia College in New York City and earned his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He subsequently obtained an AAS degree in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. Mr. Hoi holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and Otis College of Art and Design and was decorated in 2006 by the French government as an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Ken Fischer, National Arts Strategies’ board chair shared his thoughts on the appointment, “Samuel’s years of leadership experience in arts education amplify why he makes a great addition to the Board. We are delighted to welcome his leadership and expertise and look forward to working alongside him.”
“The work National Arts Strategies is doing and the direction they are headed is inspiring. I am thrilled to be a part of this journey,” stated Mr. Hoi.
Have a great idea to use arts and culture to better a community? Know someone who does? Well, you are in luck because applications are now open for the Creative Community Fellowsprogram! We are looking for artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the world who are using arts and culture to drive physical and social transformation in their communities.
With the support of The Kresge Foundation and now in its second year, this program grew out of our exploration of the role of art in civil society and the importance of community in the sustainability of the cultural sector. Presented in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, the Creative Community Fellows program is a nine-month intensive incubator that gives Fellows the tools, training and access to a community of support as they design and drive their projects forward. We have seen that this program establishes a network, far surpassing the reach of the 50 Fellows and encourages connections and collaboration with communities near and far.
The program incorporates a residential track where 22 Fellows jump-start the program through one week of living and learning together and an online track that gives Fellows the flexibility to connect and work when and where it works for them. However, we are creating a single, unique community of 50 cultural entrepreneurs and leaders. Fellows will take monthly online courses together, share updates on their projects with each other and the field and have the rare chance to engage face-to-face with funders and people already engaging in this work. Tuition for the program, including lodging and meals is completely underwritten! Fellows are only responsible for their transportation to in-person events.
We will also share tools and conversations online for open access. We are opening this up to help as many people in as many locations as possible to create, strengthen and advance projects that improve communities. We have seen how the collective wisdom of Fellows, mentors, faculty and communities fuels each project and expands the network. It will only continue to grow.
Please visit our website to learn more about the program and get involved. Apply to become a Fellow or share this information with others!