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Is an arts job really as legitimate as a [insert every other industry here] job?

My colleagues in the arts industry may bristle at this question, particularly in light of the fact that I’m an arts and culture advocate. If truth be told, I thought we had moved beyond the point where we have to answer this question, due in large part to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis & National Endowment for the Arts. Last year, they released data demonstrating the considerable contribution that arts and cultural production makes to the GDP. After years of local and national organizations conducting analyses to explore the role of arts and culture in the economy – much to the dismay of some in the arts and culture field – the economists in government were finally paying attention.

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Categories: artist, Artist as an Entrepreneur, Education, research | comments

this is a great moment

I was suddenly thrown back to my earlier days at CPAC, just before the age-old idea of integrating artists into community revitalization efforts was coined “creative placemaking.” CPAC and community organizers were discussing not only how artists can help revive communities, but how communities could give back to these artists. There was, and is, a clear understanding of the need to sustain growth without pricing out existing residents, which often includes people working in creative professions. Now that real estate professionals all over the state are recognizing Cleveland’s increasing property values--a result of any number of factors--some of the theories, I imagine, will be put to the test. In fact, a number of efforts that were set in motion in 2008-2010 have already proven themselves and grown in all the obvious neighborhoods, and some not so obvious ones.

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Categories: Artists, artsandhealth, Best Practices, community development, connect, creative minds in medicine, creative placemaking, Creative Workforce Fellowship, cross-sector, Neighborhoods, public benefit, research, resources | 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

I Hate Numbers

I hate numbers. I have always hated numbers. Story problems make my toes curl; asking me to do addition typically elicits a blank stare and a long ‘Uhhhhmmmm…’ before someone else eventually answers. My method of measuring things like wood and paper, involves a well-developed technique I like to call eyeballing, so as to avoid dealing with a ruler, tape measure, or, god-forbid, fractions. Recently I’ve found myself in the presence of things like statistics and data.

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Categories: Artists, Cleveland, research, Visual | comments

Making the wrong argument to the wrong people

Working at a research organization is strange for me because I’ve always felt most at ease when I’m doing. I want to design and create, to be at the event, to write the content, not analyzing participation and setting strategic plan metrics.  If it’s good content and the right people benefit, we’ve done our job right? Arts and culture changes lives. We know it inherently.

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Categories: Arts Education, research, Storytelling | comments

Plan for the Future

CPAC's 2013-16 Strategic Plan

Where are we? Where do we need to be? Why is it important? How will we get there?  The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC’s) board, staff and advisors used these questions to frame and develop our fourth strategic plan.  We examined past accomplishments such as, positioning the arts and culture sector in its public policy efforts to realize public support. We asked members of the arts and culture community and leaders in other sectors to reflect and comment on the value of CPAC’s work in public policy, research and capacity building. Equally important, we received thoughtful advice and new perspectives on service needs or gaps within the arts and culture sector. Here is a distillation of what we learned that helped us address the questions; where are we? and where do we need to be?

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Categories: metrics, research, strategic planning | comments

Telling a Research Story

When’s the last time you looked forward to reading a research paper?  You know the type – it has a title that’s a paragraph long, pages filled with statistical hieroglyphics, and it’s so heavy it threatens to topple over your desk when it lands there. Your next step is probably one of the following:

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Categories: Best Practices, research, Storytelling | comments

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