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News + Updates: Online Initiatives

Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture Now Open for Enrollment

Leading Innovation in Arts & Culture is back and open for enrollment on Coursera! This course is designed to help those in the arts and culture sector build environments where new management and program ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.

We worked with David Owens at Vanderbilt University to customize this course for those working in the cultural sector. Over eight weeks, you will take a deep dive into these questions:

  • What are the conditions for successful innovation?
  • What causes innovation to fail?
  • What allows creative people to be creative?
  • How should I manage an innovative team?
  • What is an innovation portfolio and how can I manage one?

 
Enrollment is free and presented online through Coursera. You will join a global cohort of colleagues and leave ready to better manage creativity, innovation and change.
 

 
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Call for Submissions: A Conversation on Failure

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We are undertaking an exploration of a topic that tends to get glossed over in our field… failure. We’re gathering a range of opinions and experiences from inside and outside the field on failure to share widely this March on Field Notes  in order to create an archive of experiences and a dialogue on the many forms of failure.

We’re accepting submissions from anyone interested in participating in this conversation. We simply ask that you give some thought to the questions below, chose one and write a 300- to 500-word response:

  • How do you define failure?
  • What role do expectations play in having failed?
  • Do you feel supported to fail in your job? Why or why not?
  • Tell us about the ways you motivate yourself after you’ve failed. What gets you centered and back up again?
  • How have your thoughts about failure changed throughout your career?

 
Submissions will be accepted through February 24, 2015 and finalists will be featured on our ArtsJournal blog, Field Notes throughout March.

Please send submissions to Taylor Craig, tcraig@artstrategies.org. Selected submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions you have regarding this call.

 

We’ve Got A MOOC For You

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Our Arts & Culture Strategy MOOC is back! This online course combines an overview of the arts and culture field and the unique challenges to working in mission-driven organizations. Learners build strategy skills and develop their personal leadership potential. The course curriculum is rigorous, relevant and the result of an exciting partnership with the University of Pennsylvania.

Enrollment is free, on-demand and presented online through Coursera. This provides the flexibility we know is necessary and allows you to work at your own pace – when and where it is best for you. Complete the entire course in one day or take as long as you need, returning to the videos and exercises that are most critical for your work.

This MOOC is ideal for team participation. Gather a group of colleagues or challenge your staff to move through the content simultaneously. Set times as a group to debrief and discuss burning questions. Apply curriculum in real time, to your organization.

Join thousands of learners from around the world to develop your leadership skills and cultivate your personal view of the role arts and culture play in society.

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Call for Submissions: A Conversation on Career Plans

SLIDE_Call_SubmissionsHow do you craft a career plan? Why is it important to have a career plan? How do you identify your gaps in learning? How do you begin to fill those gaps?

We’re exploring all these questions and more in a conversation on Field Notes this October and we want to hear from you! We aim to host a field-wide conversation on how to craft a career plan in order to highlight the range of experiences and bring to light the array of tools that can be helpful to staff, colleagues and ourselves.

We’ve all been or are currently in some part of the career plan journey. Either you are a long-time CEO of an established organization with a unique story of how you got there or you’re a new graduate with a few years of experience trying to figure out what’s the next step. We want to hear from you – all of you.

We’re accepting submissions from anyone interested in writing a 200-300 word piece about this topic in our field. Submissions will be accepted through September 30, 2015 COB and featured on our Arts Journal blog, Field Notes throughout October 2015.

Please share this call with those in your network and encourage your colleagues to get involved in this conversation.

Please send submissions to Taylor Craig, tcraig@artstrategies.org. Selected submissions may be edited for length and clarity. Feel free to contact Taylor with any questions you have regarding this call.

 

 

 

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture: Get Your Team Together

 
Curious about how to participate in Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture as a team? We’ve received several unique responses to our suggestion that this course is ideal for individuals or team participation.
 
A team from an arts service organization shared their plans to enroll in the course, watch the course lectures together in their conference room and talk through discussion points in real time, creating a team building and learning environment throughout the organization.
 
We know that for some it may be difficult to gather a team of colleagues you work with on a weekly basis. While teams can be from your organization, they can also include people from across organizations. Sam Oliver at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans and Morgan Sasser at the Arts Council of New Orleans shared their plans to create a cross-organizational group to complete the course together. Sam and Morgan plan to gather a team of young professionals working in arts and cultural organizations across the city to work through the course together. This unique team structure will allow for members to watch lectures on their own time and come together to apply the learning. By working together on the course, this young professionals group will build relationships between organizations in the New Orleans community.
 
Teams can also be made up of members across locations. The online platform provides the perfect space for sharing and collaboration throughout the sector, regardless of time zone.
 
Still don’t have a team in mind? Don’t worry! Once the course begins, you can search for a team or for others to join your team using the class discussion board dedicated to this topic or you can choose to participate in the course individually without completing a team innovation project.
 
Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture is now open for free enrollment on Coursera. Class begins on September 16.

 

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Free Online Innovation Course Specifically for Arts and Culture

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture open for enrollment on Coursera

Innovation. It’s the buzzword that everyone loves to talk about and often only in grand terms. What is the next big thing? How do we make radical change? We like to think of innovation as more integrated into what you do like finding new ways to realize your mission, to raise funds, to deliver programs and to use your resources effectively. Innovation is not mysterious or other, but it is tough to do really well. Whether you are taking on radical changes or making continuous improvements, Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture, will give you the tools you need.

This free online course was developed by David Owens at Vanderbilt University and customized for the cultural sector by National Arts Strategies. Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture is designed to help you answer the following types of questions:

  • What are the conditions for successful innovation?
  • What causes innovation to fail?
  • What allows creative people to be creative?
  • How should I manage an innovative team?
  • What is an innovation portfolio and how can I manage one?

 
Through video lectures with embedded quizzes, team exercises, readings, diagnostic surveys and weekly reflection papers, this course will help your team develop an “innovation strategy” on your own time. This highly interactive 8-week course is designed for those involved in arts and culture around the globe in all types of cultural organizations. Participation is ideal for teams and creates a great opportunity to form a team at your office to learn together and push a project forward.

We know that not everyone has the same learning objectives or available time, so this course is offered at two levels of engagement. The Standard Level allows students to engage in the course materials and discussions without completing an innovation project, while the Studio Mastery Level gives students the opportunity to apply the class material by completing an innovation project in a small team.

Leading Innovation in Arts and Culture begins on September 16, 2014 on Coursera. Join colleagues around the world to build environments where ideas are created, shared, evaluated and the best ones are successfully put to work.

 

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