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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

State Advocacy Alert: Music Therapy Licensure Efforts Gain Momentum…Your Help is Needed Now!

House Bill 184 (HB-184) has been introduced in the Ohio House under the bi-partisan leadership of Rep. Dovilla of Berea and Rep. Antonio of Lakewood. Music therapists led a highly successful outreach day where they had contact with the offices of all 99 House members and 33 Senate members with personal visits with over 40 elected officials. At the end of the day over 20 House members, from both sides of the aisle, signed on to co-sponsor with Reps Dovilla and Antonio….and three senators signed on to co-sponsor once the bill goes to their side of the legislature.

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Categories: advocacy, artsandhealth, creative minds in medicine, music therapy | comments

Doing More By Saying Nothing

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a public official in a local community to discuss the city’s strategic plan. Before the meeting, I had written down a few notes and done some research to better prepare. I had also written down a few objectives for the meeting; bullet points for how I could measure the ‘effectiveness’ of my conversation. About half way through the meeting, I put my notes away... 

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Categories: advocacy, advocacy training, arts and culture, Best Practices, Connecting with Policy Makers, Listening, Policy Makers, research, Roundtable | comments

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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Categories: advocacy, Arts Education | 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

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

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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