Monday, December 12, 2011
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Documenting the Impact of Nongrant Services
Change Leader Brochure
Utah Division of Arts and Museums
Many state arts agencies provide documentation about their grant outlays, but articulating the impact of nongrant programs, such as training and technical assistance, can be more challenging. To address this issue, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums recently released a report about its Change Leader program. Formatted as a concise brochure, the document features:
The brochure summarizes data drawn from Change Leader testimonials as well as a "2010 Impact Survey" of the program. For more information about the Change Leader program, or to request a complete copy of the program impact survey, contact Performing Arts & Conference Coordinator Jason Bowcutt.
Promoting the Arts
Culture Builds Florida Campaign
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
In October, the Florida Department of State announced the launch of the Culture Builds Florida campaign. The campaign is designed to promote Florida's arts and cultural communities while growing public understanding about the comprehensive benefits of arts and culture to Florida. Conceived and organized by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the initiative seeks to involve not only the Division's grant partners, but other organizations, businesses and individuals who engage in creative expression or support arts and culture.
The campaign launched during a conference that included nearly 200 people from the Florida arts, culture and business communities and was facilitated by Florida business, culture and legislative leaders. As part of the campaign, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs is using social media to generate interest and connect with organizations and individuals in Florida's cultural community, and has plans to launch a survey, Culture Count, that will access data about culture organizations and build a cultural registry. The Culture Builds Florida website contains a blog highlighting Florida arts and cultural organizations and offering language and data that organizations can use to raise awareness of their contributions to the state. For more information on Culture Builds Florida, contact Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Arts Consultant Jennifer Hoesing, 850-245-6462.
Creating Vibrant Communities
A Community Colloquium for Innovation and Growth
Indiana Arts Commission
This fall, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) collaborated with Ball State University's Building Better Communities office to offer a two-day colloquium on creating dynamic, attractive and economically productive communities. Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts featured sessions on creating artist live-work communities, establishing cultural districts and developing community arts education centers. In addition to showcasing best practices from Indiana and from around the nation, the colloquium helped participants apply these ideas to their local planning efforts by sharing practical tools and facilitating team planning sessions.
A diverse crowd of 60 attendees participated, representing small to midsize cities and towns, community development offices, convention and visitors bureaus, universities, local arts councils and organizations, art galleries, and established cultural districts. Participants reported that they valued the networking opportunities and the case studies that demonstrated the power of the arts to drive economic development, as well as the opportunity to develop local action plans. The agenda, list of speakers, session materials and presentations are available on-line. For more information, contact IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci, 317-232-1288.