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National expert to speak with Cleveland’s arts and culture sector on advocacy

Community Partnership for Arts and Culture’s Arts and Culture Roundtable

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

CLEVELAND –This Friday, May 10, 2013, Kelly J. Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) will present at CPAC’s Arts and Culture Roundtable. Barsdate will share some basic information about current arts advocacy efforts, strategies for successful advocacy and how it relates back to arts and culture locally.

Barsdate has worked for NASAA since 1991. She oversees NASAA’s knowledge services, including research, state policy analysis and member education programs. She also provides planning and evaluation consultation to public arts agencies, foundations and corporate arts supporters. In addition to designing NASAA’s own web seminars and conferences, Barsdate is a frequent facilitator and speaker at local, state and national arts gatherings. Her personal arts background includes formal training in dance, music and ceramics. Born and raised inAlaska, she is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid birdwatcher and angler.

The event will take place Friday, May 10, 2013, from 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Registration and information is available at

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Each of the 56 states and jurisdictions has created an agency to support excellence in and access to the arts. For more information about NASAA, please visit

CPAC’s Arts and Culture Roundtable is a forum to connect members of the arts and culture sector with one another, and those outside of arts and culture, around issues of civic and common cause. The first two Roundtables in the 2013 series featured Hunter Morrison, Executive Director of Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium Initiative, and Terrance C.Z. Egger, President and Publisher of The Plain Dealer.  Future Roundtables will take place at locations throughout greater Cleveland, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on July 26, September 27 and November 22.

CPAC is a nonprofit service organization dedicated to strengthening, unifying and connecting greater Cleveland’s arts and culture sector. CPAC provides counsel and research to foster a more informed dialogue between representatives of the arts and culture sector and public leaders concerning arts and culture’s role in the region’s development. It also supports the advancement of artists, arts and culture professionals and other civic leaders through an array of programs and services. For more information, please visit

CPAC is generously supported by The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Kulas Foundation and The John P. Murphy Foundation. CPAC is funded in part by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund CPAC with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.


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