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Integrating the Arts - Chicago's Ingenuity

A few weeks ago, Valerie and I had the opportunity to attend a presentation put on by the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium with guest speaker Nicole Losurdo Upton from Ingenuity. Ingenuity is an advocacy organization that has been working with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of Arts Education, certified teachers, students, parents and Chicago’s arts and culture community to ensure excellence in arts education for every student in Chicago’s Public Schools. Ms. Upton spoke on Ingenuity’s process on integrating the arts back into Chicago Public Schools through the CPS Arts Education Plan, a plan designed to bring the arts to every student, in every grade, in every school. Ingenuity started in 2011, and has since made strong progress in increasing the percentage of Chicago Public Schools that have arts programs.

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Categories: advocacy, Artists, Arts Education, creative intersections, Education, evaluate, public policy | comments

Support Our Quality of Life Partners

Cellist Paul Kushious engaged pediatric patients and pre-school children from a neighboring day care for 60 minutes in the children’s area. Photo courtesy of MetroHealth

"Quality of life" is a term many use to describe one of the public values produced by Cuyahoga County’s arts and culture sector. On November 3, 2015 Cuyahoga County voters expressed their deep appreciation for the quality of life that stems from our county’s arts and culture organizations and artists. This appreciation was evident when they overwhelmingly voted to renew county-wide funding for arts and culture. Clearly arts and culture is not the only community asset that contributes to quality of life. On March 15, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to consider renewing public sector funding for another valuable community force that contributes to “quality of life” through Issue 23, the health and human services levy. The health and human services field is every bit as much about improving quality of life as we are in the field of arts and culture. In fact many of those organizations employ art and music therapists and engage in arts and cultural activities and partnerships.

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Categories: artsandhealth, ballot measure, creative minds in medicine, Health, issues, public official, public policy, Roundtable | comments

What I did for Summer Vacation: A Reflection on the Arts and Democracy

This summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Kettering Foundation’s Deliberative Democracy Exchange in Dayton, Ohio. The week-long event brought people together from throughout the world to have conversations related to one fundamental question for Kettering: What does it take to make democracy work as it should? With the turmoil in the Middle East, the ongoing questions about the justice system in the United States, and the influence of money in our elections system, you like many Americans, might be wondering if democracy can work. In truth, there are days I get so frustrated by what I see that I wonder if there is any hope at all for our democracy. Then I remember something really important. It is our democracy, and without citizen engagement, it can’t function as such.

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Categories: Civic Engagement, Neighborhoods, public benefit, public policy | comments

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

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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Categories: Best Practices, public policy, resources | comments

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

5 Advocacy Resources Every Arts and Culture Leader Should Know About

It’s August. And, aside from it being that time of year when many people go on vacation and commuters experience a little lighter traffic, it’s also the time of year that our elected officials leave the Beltway and come back to their districts for the August Recess. It’s a time when the folks that have been elected to represent us reconnect with their constituents to hear about the issues they care about the most and their expectations about how those issues will progress or be resolved. For those of you arts and culture leaders, it is also the perfect time to reach out to your elected officials and schedule time for them to visit your facilities, learn about what you do and gain insight into how your work directly affects the people they serve. It’s also a time for you to listen and gather information on their chief concerns and priorities and to offer insight into how you can help. This is the foundational work of advocacy – relationship building.

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Categories: advocacy, Arts Education, public policy | comments

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