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Led by master trainers, these full-day institutes will provide you with an increased understanding of critical issues in community arts education and the opportunity to develop and practice new skills.
Through the A to Z Grantwriting Institute you’ll gain the skills, resources, and tools needed to diversify and expand your organization’s funding base. Renowned grantwriting trainer Linda Vallejo will present a simple and proven system for securing funding from government, foundation, corporate, and individual donors. Come learn the basics of how to:
All participants will receive a detailed A to Z Grantwriting Manual.
So join us and gain a new, refreshed “can do” attitude toward grantwriting!
In this era of rapid change, boards have important decisions to make and major challenges to address. Many organizations are growing, modifying their missions, making dramatic changes to programs and activities, or struggling to secure the resources they need to succeed. Building a board capable of making sound strategic decisions and ensuring that the organization has the means to carry them out is a tall order.
Whether you're an executive director or a board member, this fast-paced, three-hour seminar will challenge you to re-think how your board works and who should be on it. We’ll explore new strategies for recruiting the board members you really need, mobilizing them to take on the most important and challenging work, and enabling them to work well together and with the CEO. We’ll toss out stale, conventional thinking about boards in favor of new strategies that can maximize a board’s contribution to organizational success.
Programs that blend arts education and youth development practices can help young people create their own artistic work while also building the personal, social, and intellectual capacities they need to succeed in school, career, and life. As young people experience the creative process over time, they learn that they can use it to express their own identities, understand and change the world around them, and connect to the greater human experience.
This work, which community arts educators do with such dedication, is of crucial importance, but often carried out with not enough support and recognition to achieve its full potential impact. The National Guild, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities convened the first ever National Summit on Creative Youth Development this past spring to examine how to ensure that creative youth development has the resources and methodologies to have as great a positive impact as possible. This session will build on that work, to further advance these important efforts.
During this highly interactive full-day session, we will focus on strategies to grow this crucial sector by 1) positioning creative youth development as the catalyst for dynamic cross-sector collaborations to ensure young people’s academic, professional, and personal success; 2) better capturing and communicating the vital impact and experience of creative youth development; and 3) advocating for a strong, sustainable creative youth development sector. Together, we will:
Funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders are looking to arts educators for evidence: credible measurement of "what's happening" in our programs, to our participants, and throughout our organizations. Though their requirements can feel burdensome, the evidence gleaned from well-designed and carefully implemented evaluations is more than content for a grant report—it's also what we need to assess effectiveness, improve practices, and support claims-making.
Join us for day-long investigation into the continuum of research, assessment, evaluation, and reporting—from basic to complex and free to almost-free. We'll be parsing and perusing topics that include:
For those who know a little as well as those who know a lot, this session will focus on the "how tos," "what fors?" and "so whats?" of evaluation. You'll walk away with a set of tools that will help you listen to and use data to pursue your goals effectively, affordably, and credibly.
Plus, you'll find out what Shakespeare thought about qualitative and quantitative methods—no extra charge!
Gandhi is reported to have said that he meditated for an hour every day, except on very difficult days, when he meditated for two.
When is the last time you took two hours to reflect on the purpose you want your life and work to serve?
Many of us pursue careers in arts education because we want to make a better world. Yet the daily demands of our jobs are often so consuming that we lose touch with the energy and fulfillment that comes from working with a higher sense of purpose.
We’ll devote the first half of this interactive seminar to gaining greater clarity regarding the higher of purpose of our work. Then we’ll consider how such clarity enables more effective and efficient choice making, attracts others to our cause, contributes to organizational cohesion, and unleashes potential.
In the afternoon, we’ll address two barriers to greater effectiveness, satisfaction, and impact: time and money. We’ll examine how our own assumptions about time and money may be getting in our way. And we will explore some practical tools for dealing with these often painful preoccupations.
This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. www.nationalguild.org
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