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Raising Arts Advocates

Inspiration can strike at any time. For example, last night I was reading a book to my five-year old son, Logan. We reached the end of the book and he said very casually after looking at the author’s photo, “There’s the dead guy who wrote this book.” I laughed. I said to him, “Logan, how do you know this author is dead?” Then I said, “That’s like saying all composers are dead.” To which he responded, “But all composers are dead!” Thanks to Lemony Snicket for reinforcing that concept. Anyway, I treated this as a teachable moment, an opportunity to remind him that there are many artists (including writers and composers) that are making work today – and that they should be supported. As I said, inspiration can strike at any time. That’s when I realized that it was the perfect time to share with our readers a really important concept…that arts advocacy begins at home.

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Advocacy: Our Obligation

As nonprofits and artists, this idea may be overwhelming. Taking on more obligations as we work to serve our constituents through programs and services with limited resources is a challenge, to put it lightly. Advocacy is expensive and time-consuming, right? Especially as the federal government proposes policies that restrict the voices of nonprofits and the people we serve…but isn’t silence a disservice to those same amazing people who count on us? One answer to these questions might be that it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, and there are resources to help you join the public sector conversation.

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Categories: advocacy, capacity building, civic, cross-sector, issues, public policy, resources, voting | comments

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cre•a•tiv•i•tyˌkrē-āˈtivitē/noun - the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.

“In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in; it’s the things we choose to leave out.” ― Austin Kleon, “Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative”

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Categories: Artists, books, community, connect, creativity, Investing in Creativity, resources | comments

Top Videos from 2013

With the onset of the New Year we are taking the opportunity for a “look back” at some of the “knowledge” or “best practices” that we at CPAC shared with all of you in 2013.  For our purposes here, that knowledge resonates in the videos that we posted to encourage, inform, and inspire all of you in lessons we learned along the way, or resources we believed would benefit and better the arts and culture community that we all share in together.   

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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

The multifaceted role of the arts and health in Cleveland: How can the city’s arts and culture sector citizens benefit?

As a recently appointed Research Fellow at CPAC, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in an exploration of the fusion of arts and health. The project, which involves conducting research for a white paper on Cleveland’s arts and health combinations, has been a real eye-opener for me. Through the research, I have gained firsthand knowledge of the opportunities presented by Cleveland’s well-known health sector and its vibrant arts and culture scene.

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Five Ways to Support Our Friends in the Fall Election

If you’re a regular reader of the CultureForward blog, you’ll know that CPAC’s president Tom Schorgl recently pointed out why it’s important for the arts and culture sector to support our civic partners in the November election. Some of you may have come away from reading that post feeling energized and ready to get to work in those issue campaigns. However, you also may be wondering in the back of your minds if, as an arts and culture organization, you can support a ballot issue. And if so, how? Well, you CAN support these ballot issues and here are 5 ways you can do so now.

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Categories: advocacy, ballot measure, community development, public policy, voting | comments

Support Our Civic Partners

Public issue campaigns and Election Days have always inspired me.  How we determine our public leadership and resolve civic issues is fascinating. Our participation in the democratic process, particularly at the local level, is a special opportunity to sustain vital civic services and assets and chart a positive path for our community.

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Categories: advocacy, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, issues, partnership, public policy | comments

Take the Leap

It’s the time of year when summer slowly comes to a close and the pace of our routine seems to accelerate. For students it’s a time to wind down the summer and begin on a new journey for the academic year ahead. Many go back having new experiences to draw upon, whether they were summer jobs, internships, camps or classes. For others, the moments of refreshment during these months have allowed the chance to step back and approach the time ahead with clearer insights.

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Categories: internship, Jobs, network | comments

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