Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Harnessing the Power of Design Thinking
Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) and the Student Think Center at The University of Southern Mississippi are collaborating to engage youth in the state's creative economy initiative. This spring, the two partners hosted a special event for students at two area high schools: a government class from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Sciences and a visual arts class from the Mississippi School of the Arts. These two classes engaged 31 students in a workshop to formulate new ideas for using the arts to create economic opportunities in Mississippi. The event included guests from MAC, Mississippi Council on Economic Education and Mississippi Development Authority. This event and other activities at the Student Think Center apply a "design thinking" approach to the process of learning. Originating from engineering and design disciplines for product development, design thinking blends skills from the arts, the social sciences, business and other disciplines to help students learn to collaborate and to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. For more information on this event, contact MAC Arts in Education Director Kim Whitt.
Facilitating Fund-raising On-line
Kentucky Arts Council
The Kentucky Arts Council (KAC) and the Fund for the Arts are helping arts organizations in Kentucky and southern Indiana develop contributed income through power2give.org. Power2give is an initiative of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, North Carolina, designed to address changing trends in philanthropic giving. The initiative provides a mechanism for securing on-line donations, connecting local nonprofit arts projects with potential donors through a crowdfunding website. Since its debut in the Charlotte area, the service has expanded to Kentucky and Miami. The Kentucky hub is hosted by the Fund for the Arts in Louisville. The site was launched in December 2011 and in the first 84 days generated $322,000 in contributions to the arts. Gifts from 650 donors went to 122 projects posted by 55 different organizations. KAC provides matching funds for projects posted by current Kentucky Arts Partnership organizations, and coordinated a statewide series of workshops to help constituents learn how to take advantage of the new resource. For additional information on KAC's role in this effort, contact KAC Senior Program Analyst Dan Strauss.
Promoting the Value of Arts Education
Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts (DDA) celebrated its state Arts in Education Month by creating a series of videos promoting the value of arts education. The Excellence in Arts Education videos featured a series of outstanding arts education programs in schools, cultural venues and community centers around the state. These signature programs demonstrate the short- and long-term impact that the arts have on student learning and preparation for the 21st century work force for many different populations, including youth at risk and students with disabilities. A video introduction by Delaware First Lady Carla Markell accompanies the collection of six videos on learning programs in the visual and performing arts. For more information, contact DDA Arts in Education Program Manager Sheila Dean Ross.
Marketing the Arts in New Jersey
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
As part of its ongoing efforts to increase arts awareness and participation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts partners with the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation on a multifaceted program called Discover Jersey Arts (DJA). DJA priorities include a comprehensive individual membership program, a list exchange and audience census, cooperative advertising opportunities, seasonal ad campaigns, and an on-line presence designed to attract new arts audiences, engage arts lovers and develop arts advocates. DJA's on-line strategy includes targeted social media, an interactive events calendar, and a comprehensive directory. Social media tactics include the Culture Vultures blog and Jersey Arts podcast. Through its rotating team of bloggers, Culture Vultures presents short, entertaining stories about New Jersey's arts scene. The Jersey Arts podcast provides more in-depth profiles of creative people and places. From the casts of hit shows to critically acclaimed film producers; from world renowned poets to classically trained musicians; from ground-breaking dance visionaries to cutting-edge fine artists, the blog and podcast connect people to what's happening in the arts community. Both are regularly updated content features of JerseyArts.com, a one-stop-shop for all things arts in the Garden State that is on pace to record nearly 1 million site visits in 2012. To learn more, contact Discover Jersey Arts Program Director Jim Atkinson.