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The Beauty of Change: Re-imagining Small Town America I am the Executive Director of Lanesboro Arts, a multidisciplinary arts organization founded in 1980. Lanesboro Arts fulfills its mission to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages through visual art galleries, the […]

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Not Just Pretty: Aesthetics in Social Impact Design Though the practice of design encompasses both form and function, conversation about it often circles around aesthetics—the graphics of the next iOS operating system, for instance, or the sleek lines of the newest Tesla model. In these instances, we assume that the objects are going to work; […]

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The Greater DC Diversity Pilot Initiative, #1: Doubling Down on Small Steps as Meaningful Progress The pursuit of forward progress in issues of diversity, access, and equity in the arts in America is a difficult and frustrating business. A conversation that starts with, say, a lack of racial diversity on an organization’s staff can quickly […]

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How coffee, crowd-funding, community radio and a cool arts presenter connect to make a difference for Seattle youth You probably already know that Starbucks sells coffee*. And even if you don’t know us, you can probably guess that ArtsFund has something to do with funding the arts. But what you might not know is how […]

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Rebuilding Fort Worth’s Business Volunteers for the Arts Program For those readers who may not know a ton about Fort Worth, our city has an incredibly unique and growing arts and culture scene. Approximately 40 minutes from Dallas, Fort Worth has a little bit of everything. From world-class museums, eclectic gallery spaces, and an emerging […]

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What the Midterm Elections Mean for the Arts: Summary of 2014 Election In this year’s midterm elections, Republicans took back the Senate, kept control of the House and won governorships in 31 states and counting. What does that mean for you and for us, as strong advocates of the arts and arts education? Here we break down the national, […]

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ONE VOTE, ONE VOICE I became involved with the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Network in order to form stronger relationships with arts leaders on a local and national level. Over the past few years, the network has given me the opportunity to forge vitally important connections, both personally and professionally. In addition, the […]

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The results are in. The arts are good for society (and business) A guest speaker in one of my graduate courses recently said, “94% of people don’t care about the arts.” While it may be true that a portion of people don’t actively seek out and participate in the arts, or consider themselves to be […]

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Giving Time & Treasure to the Arts Makes All the Difference Throughout the blog salon this week during National Arts and Humanities Month (and Pro Bono Week!), we hope these posts have demonstrated the value of giving your time and treasure to the arts. Whether you are an individual philanthropist, business volunteer, young patron, emerging […]

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Many Hats, Giving Back I remember little about my first time on stage: a ballet recital at age three. We danced to “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” and I had no idea what I was doing. Happily, the VHS evidence shows that I did not fall down. In first grade, I made my theatrical debut. […]

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