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  • Barry's Blog: Twenty Major Issues GIA Members Face
    measure and evaluate the impact of funding Should achievement of outcomes be important for continued funding How to get scale in the aggregate meaning how does the funder achieve large goals and objectives as a result of the aggregate of its funding efforts 9 Data and Research driven decision making What is the role of data information and research in guiding decision making Is the time and cost reasonable to acquire and apply the data and research 10 Emphasis Strategy Where ought the strategic emphasis be On capacity building on sustainability or on engagement On all three Or somewhere else Should the emphasis be short or long long term 11 Client Constituent Designation Who does the funder ultimately serve the grantee the sector or the public Who are the funders stakeholders who are their authorizing agents 12 Intersections Where are the intersections for synergistic collaboration between public private corporate and crowdsourcing funders Where are the intersections to work with other sectors How do you develop that collaboration to identify and work in concert for common goals Or do you 13 Technology How do you first fully understand then promote the integration of technology into grantee thinking as part of their audience development marketing fundraising professional development management and other strategies 14 The Law of Unintended Consequences What are the possible negative consequences of the best of intended strategies and actions by the funder For example for a decade or longer funders concentrated on funding programs and projects but without support for the administration costs of those added programs and projects The intention was to expand the reach of programs to the public The unintended consequence was to stretch arts organization operations budgets thin How do you anticipate the unintended consequences of any given approach to funding What do you do after the fact when unintended consequences come to light 15 Relationships How does the funder address the fundamental inequality and power imbalance by and between grantors and grantees How much can funders reasonably demand of grantees What are the negative consequences of that imbalance 16 Leverage How does the funder promote leveraging its funding so the grantee diversifies its revenue stream 17 Internal Direction Often times an arts or grants program officer has to deal with Board Council established protocols and priorities that tend towards the more conservative How does the arts program officer move the Board Council and Senior Officers and shift priorities processes and protocols 18 Transparency How open and public should be the decision making process of a funder How different is that question for private v public funders 19 Framework All funders have to be concerned with the trends governing the health of arts philanthropic giving and of public funding to the arts 20 Planning Compounding the challenges is the need to try to make educated and informed guesses as to what the future may hold at least in the reasonable short term so as to plan Each of these issues is complex with layers of

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  • Barry's Blog: The Unrelenting Audacity of Gender Bias and the Marginalization of the Arts
    line also send the message that men are more creative than women so little girls shouldn t get involved in that either OMG At the same time one can make the argument that we may have sent little boys the opposite message that the arts are fluff and not the work for real men that somehow being an artist isn t real work and rather that it s horrors effeminate We may have created another perception in the collective consciousness that being an artist isn t a preferred vocation Doubt that this erroneous perception is perpetuated by the mainstream media Consider a recent ad campaign by Direct TV featuring prominent athletes in two incarnations For example the one featuring Superbowl Winner and future Hall of Fame quarterback Payton Manning In the television commercial there are two Payton Mannings the normal looking one living a good life speaking with a normal voice and the Direct TV subscriber Then there is the other Peyton Manning the one with a high voice must not be a man I guess who are you ready sings in a Barbershop Quartet This is the Peyton Manning you don t want to be an artist of sorts and a Cable subscriber That s the message Click on the link above and watch for yourself Offensive It was to me and I like football and Peyton Manning There are a couple of other athletes including Eli Manning quarterback for the N Y Giants and Peyton s brother as part of this ill considered campaign So it may be little wonder that the value of art and culture remains so marginalized in American society as we continue to send out messages that we have little value for either of the sexes Two years ago I wrote a blog suggesting the arts create an Anti Defamation League to counter exactly these kinds of messages Virtually every marginalized and threatened community has done this gays jews blacks etc And it has a positive effect The arts need to seriously consider doing the same A high profile organization with tens of thousands of members no dues just sign up that sends a letter to Direct TV pointing out how their ad campaign hurts the arts and demands it be removed would have I ll bet an effect No company wants to piss off a huge bloc of the public And by stopping these kinds of negative images from constantly seeping into the public consciousness we can eventually help to raise our own efforts for the value and contributions we know the arts make And my guess is there are hundreds if not thousands of these messages in ad campaigns television shows movies etc every year Think about it So I again call for the creation of an Arts Anti Defamation League NEA AFTA NASAA GIA somebody please you ought to get on this If you don t protect us who will And I will debate anybody any time who doesn t think

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  • Barry's Blog: I Need Your Help to Understand How We Communicate
    have agreed to help me I don t want any group in our sector to be under represented So I need your help I need you to take the survey yourself encourage others in your organization to take the survey and pass on the link to your clients constituents grantees etc This survey is comprised of check off questions only with no narrative responses required or asked for and is designed to take no more than 15 to 20 minutes to complete I wish I could pay everyone to take the survey I know your time is valuable But I can t We are offering two random drawings for all those who complete the survey and want to be in the drawing awarding an Apple Watch to the selected individual and a 500 cash award to the organization selected But the real reason to help me is to have this survey yield some information that will begin to help all of us understand better how we are communicating A final report will be widely disseminated based on the results of the survey I am hopeful this will be information that will be helpful to you and your organization and provide a baseline on which further research can be built So please help me Click on this link https www surveymonkey com r Knight Hewlett Survey today and complete the survey Again the survey is comprised of check off questions only with no narrative responses required or asked for and designed to take less than 20 minutes to complete And please take the time to pass on this request The survey will be open from September 28th to October 16th only I very much appreciate your help Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 7 52 PM No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Creative Vitality Suite Defined by the 59 SOC codes used in CVSuite Subscribe via email Enter your email address Delivered by FeedBurner Subscribe via Reader Subscribe in a reader Barry s Blog is a service of the Western States Arts Federation WESTAF The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of WESTAF Followers Buy Barry s Book HARDBALL LOBBYING FOR NONPROFITS Barry learned political advocacy the hard way convincing the California legislature to multiply many fold its investment in arts funding In his new book Barry extracts the lessons of his long experience into a readable and impassioned tutorial that has broad application throughout the nonprofit sector John Kriedler former President Community Initiative Fund This is a powerful provocative and daring look at the ups and downs of fighting for beliefs The book straightforwardly mixes together simple clear definitions strong opinions new ideas and in your face strategies all designed to help the good guys win Robert L Lynch President CEO Americans for the Arts Hardball Lobbying is an essential tool for every nonprofit leader who wants to see systems change and

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  • Barry's Blog: The Arts Anti Defamation League
    A three person office whose job would be to begin to organize the task of identifying those who defame us aggregate materials in response and make demands of those who consciously or unconsciously are harming us could be up and running within months of the decision to make it happen You make a start and you build on it overtime If the arts community would be supportive by lending the power of our numbers and perhaps even some minuscule individual contributions this kind of effort could become self supportive This could be jumpstarted by a relatively modest funding grant by a consortium of funders Over just a few years I believe we could begin to see a dramatic shift in the way we are portrayed in American society Would such an organization struggle on launch Of course and I suspect both the ADL and GLADD struggled a little too at the start But over time I think people in our field could see the value of fighting back and would be supportive of the effort And the publicity of defending ourselves would I believe relatively quickly position us so that those who without thinking attack us would think twice And how much would it cost relative to what we might gain by not finally having to always always defend ourselves as having relevance meaning and value I ll bet you could do this for a couple hundred thousand dollars and then it could be self supportive To me anyway that seems like a really small investment for a potential huge return It would help us to spread our case stories to rally those who support us within our own universe and in the wider public realm and it would help to build a sense of community among ourselves centering on the belief that we are not impotent to stop all those things that are harming us It would support our advocacy and lobbying efforts and perhaps even earn us more supporters and audiences We are in a titanic struggle for how we are perceived in society The constant relentless defamation of the arts insidiously works against all our good efforts We really can t afford to let that defamation continue unchallenged Or we can continue to do nothing but lament the inaccuracies of which we have so long been the brunt We can do something positive or we can let the problem grow worse We can fund a couple more studies on something by brilliant minds that will go unread and languish in the nether world that is the domain of such studies or we can use the money to actually try to do something Because there is little doubt it will continue to get worse I think the time has come to fight back in an organized and structured way Our past hit and miss approach of leaving the confrontation of those who marginalize and defame us to someone somewhere to pick up hasn t worked Oh yes when there is something so egregious as the recent New York Times Op Ed piece suggesting the arts as a charity was a bad charity choice we will respond in a chorus But there are a hundred nay tens of thousands such false ideas that work against us out there that in the aggregate are a lot more damaging than something so obvious The falsehoods the lies the mischaracterizations continue unabated Let s stop them now Let s at least try It is in all our interests to make this attempt BTW the retailer in the story about the girls tee shirt above stopped selling it and apologized for offending people This kind of action works And remember we have a very very powerful bloc of people in our universe and even wider untapped support in the general public When is the last time you read about someone who maligned the arts apologizing One good threatened boycott in the right situation could do wonders for our position We need to put those who would mischaracterize us on alert that we will no longer sit idly by and let those instances of defamation continue Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 1 23 PM 2 comments carter gillies September 4 2013 at 3 55 PM THANK YOU Barry I absolutely agree that one of our main issues is respect and I agree that the parallels you draw are entirely justified Your proposed remedy seems like an important step if the arts are to have a future that is not continually diminished and brushed aside by competing public interests and the nay sayers Advocacy perhaps has to become activism It may have to take a more abrasive less limp less polite form It will have to speak truths that people may be uncomfortable with Thanks for pointing this out One other parallel I would draw might be that of the environment Last month Createquity linked to an Australian blog post that made this connection One of the points raised was that until recently Environmental value was not something that was measured but that now it is We have changed how we think about the environment from merely the good of its utility to the environment being a good in itself And I think Art too can benefit from this restructuring of public perception In fact I think it may be necessary My sense is that for too long we have been arguing on art s behalf by way of its instrumental value what it is good for how relevant it is Instead we will need to change the conversation to declaring that art like the environment is a good in itself And art too is something that human life would not simply be poorer without but would be impossible without That is the case we need to make We simply need to teach people to respect the arts in the same sense that the public has increasingly come

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  • Barry's Blog: Interview with Kerry Adams Hapner
    is What is the opportunity to optimize the role of the arts in fostering equity access and equal opportunity San Jose is a large diverse city without a majority population It s one third Asian one third Latino and one third Caucasian Each of these groups and the sub groups within them has a long tradition of rich arts and culture that deserves support And there are communities including African Americans Native Americans LGBT and others that have a rich cultural history In San Jose one strategy that we have used successfully in our goal towards equity has been targeted capacity building programs Many of the culturally rooted arts organizations groups that were part of our multicultural arts incubation program a decade ago are thriving today with strong leadership that now serve as respected mentors for the next generation As stewards of public funds access to funding opportunities is a guiding principle Effective outreach is key priority for us and includes high touch methods as well as advertising grant opportunities in communities where English is not the dominant language One thing s for sure having a diverse community is certainly an asset in that we have many resources to draw from and we have a critical mass of people that helps keep us accountable on issues that we may overlook Our diverse arts and cultural sector has also played a significant role in building connections within and across our many communities BARRY There have been countless high profile closures of arts organizations across the country including the San Jose Rep What if anything could have been done to prevent these organizations from getting to the point of bankruptcy What lessons can be learned from these closures KERRY Wow where do I begin Let s start with a basic premise that art organizations need to be well capitalized Fostering a culture of philanthropy is vital Once an organization beings to experience financial loss they can slip to experience death by a 1 000 cuts Organizations try to curb costs and cut programming marketing and outreach It can become a downward spiral in which they are reaching fewer and fewer people The cost of building operations and maintenance can compound the strain for any organization without sufficient capitalization Adaptation relevancy and a deep connection to audiences are also essential to sustainable operating models In San Jose our demographic shifts over the past 30 years have been enormous San Jose is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation due to the iconic success of Silicon Valley There are life cycles to arts organizations yet their closures are a significant loss to a community and those that dedicated themselves to keeping them going A new model does not naturally reappear and if one does it takes years to cultivate The reuse of the 540 seat Hammer Theatre where the SJ Rep performed will involve a new performing arts model in partnership with San Jose State University which will take several years to incubate and refine BARRY San Jose is a major city more populous than San Francisco yet remains in the shadow of San Francisco in the greater Bay Area How have you been able to deal with that reality KERRY Yes with a population of a million San Jose is the largest city in the Northern California and the 10th largest in the US I don t engage in the SJ SF comparison or succumb to the in the shadow comparisons Both are great cities San Jose is the urban and cultural center of Silicon Valley with global recognition I embrace and love what is unique and authentic about San Jose Our history and identity are our own San Jose s culture is DIY People are participatory creative global educated and innovative They are actively engaging in the arts in a personal way San Jose s arts community is multi faceted diverse multicultural and adaptive BARRY How can you positively impact whatever it is that attracts artists How might LAAs better directly service working artists in their areas KERRY Artists are the backbones of any cultural community While each artist community is unique there are common ways in which they need support economic opportunity access to resources to advance their small businesses housing and the perennial need for rehearsal production and exhibition space There is also the need for networking a sense of belonging and of being valued Fostering an environment in which artists have opportunities is a core goal of our office One of San Jose s successful programs is the Creative Entrepreneur Program developed in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation We seek to support the business side of artists practice through professional development grants and convenings We are also aiming to move the needle on the crucial issue of affordable housing for artists Artists are resourceful and work across sectors nonprofit commercial and individual practice Three years ago we launched the Creative Industries Incentive Fund which awards funds to grow or stabilize commercial arts based businesses 501c3s are not eligible In the case of all of the grantees arts are at the heart of these businesses and they are making a contribution to San Jose s cultural life I m really proud of this program its modest but businesses and leaders who are all artists are growing We are also seeing a stickiness and commitment to San Jose as a result It is a talent retention strategy a wonderful hybrid of cultural and economic development BARRY I recently did a blogathon on Arts and Science Intersections Has your agency become involved in this growing effort and if so how KERRY The nexus of art and environmental science is an area of interest for San Jose s OCA In partnership with San Jose s Environmental Services Department the public art program is commissioning a series of artist interventions aimed at promoting environmental stewardship The projects seek to instill a better understanding about individual roles in influencing the

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  • Barry's Blog: The Challenge of Online Surveys for the Arts
    arts education advocacy performing arts etc leadership audience ethnicity etc etc and individual administrators according to job title years in the field gender education etc etc If each organization administrator was willing to take three less than 30 minute surveys per year over a two year period and we paid each person organization 10 for each survey they took then those organizations that wanted to conduct online surveys could use this pool if they paid the cost i e assuming 1000 names in each pool x 10 10 000 a reasonable fee given the alternative of creating every pool from scratch and it would be relatively easy to use That would open wide the possibility of more accurate polling for our field and arguably yield some important data and information of value to the field This would create the opportunity for 12 reliably representative surveys to be taken during a two year period by perhaps 12 different researchers It would cost very little to initially set it up And once created at least for two years essentially pay for itself by each research user Very little administration would be required It is a way we could help each other and the whole of us The token money paid to participants isn t that important The reason for participating is to help the field I write of this because I am in the process of doing a sector wide online survey inquiry on the subject of Communications and I want the potential responder pool to be representative of our whole field I can t use my own master list of some 5000 arts organization names because I want to honor and respect the prohibition against sending unsolicited email invitations And the 12 500 names on my subscriber list aren t organized to constitute a credible representative sampling More on my survey next week and a plea for your help But for the future I would hope some entity might help us emulate the Pew Research approach Have a great week Don t Quit Barry Posted by Barry at 8 17 PM 1 comment David Seals September 22 2015 at 11 56 AM An interesting and valuable idea I would add that surveying isn t the right tool for every research project and that many of the most important questions in the field can be answered via quantitative transactional data When it comes to building sustainable arts organizations the key to analyzing our support base is not how they feel but rather what they do Collecting and analyzing the combined transactions from a group of arts organizations could be really powerful Reply Delete Add comment Load more Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Creative Vitality Suite Defined by the 59 SOC codes used in CVSuite Subscribe via email Enter your email address Delivered by FeedBurner Subscribe via Reader Subscribe in a reader Barry s Blog is a service of the Western States Arts Federation WESTAF The opinions expressed

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  • Barry's Blog: 2015's Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts (USA)
    the expansion of information and knowledge within our field And here is the 2015 TOP 50 LIST In no particular order of ranking Categorical headings for informational purposes only Jamie Bennett Executive Director Art Place America Jamie had a very good year He expanded the Art Place staff and operation arranged a ground breaking collaborative effort with the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco resulting in their magazine devoting an entire issue to considerations of Placemaking and the Arts and supported yet more grant projects bearing fruit Placemaking is the elephant in every funding discussion and Art Place is all about Placemaking Jamie is firmly in charge of this effort and is both a visionary and details oriented leader Jane Chu Chairwoman National Endowment of the Arts Every Chair of the Endowment is on this list Chairwoman Chu has proven to be an effective voice for the arts in Washington and around the country Her travel schedule has been impressive as she has made contact with virtually every segment of our field stumping on the road in support of the arts in America The Endowment is perhaps the single most important arts organization in the country Mario Garcia Durham Executive Director Association of Performing Arts Presenters The Arts Presenters community is one of the field s principal links between the nonprofit organizations performing artists and the public and Durham effectively represents the whole range of the presenters and their needs and interests APAP is more than just a service provider organization it s a force in the policy arena in its own right Rick Lowe Project Row Houses Artist activist and now McArthur Foundation Genius Award winner Lowe has for years been extolling the value of the arts in the neighborhood He has not only helped to nurture artists but has helped others to understand how to help artists His influence continues to spread and he continues to carry his message across our universe and beyond it He s now one of the sector s foremost spokespeople and he has had his hand in projects from Watts to New Orleans to Seattle to Dallas and beyond Note While Lowe is clearly an artist he is also an active leader in the arts administration field hence his inclusion on this list Pam Breaux Executive Director National Assembly of State Arts Agencies NASAA Pam is now the leader of the SAAs and after 30 years with Jonathan Katz at its helm she is now charged with remaking reinventing and moving the agency forward Her members will expect her to continue to serve their needs at the same high level established by Katz but with new vision As the economy improves so generally does funding to the SAAs and with more money comes influence and power Adam Huttler Executive Director Fractured Atlas Fractured Atlas leads the field in services provided to small arts organizations individual artists and startups Moreover the organization is out front on employee compensation research workplace conditions and professional development He s moving from being one of the younger generation s leaders to an older more seasoned statesperson but he hasn t lost his firebrand or intensity That s good news for all of us State Regional Leaders Robert Booker Executive Director Arizona Commission on the Arts As the Chair of Grantmakers in the Arts and a senior leader of the State Arts Agencies his national star continues to shine bright And despite continued cuts and setbacks to his state agency budget he still finds innovative and adaptive ways to keep his agency alive in supporting the arts in Arizona e g look at his success in funding a new Arts and Aging program that is a way to put dollars in arts organization hands He s the very definition of a Pro Lisa Robb Executive Director New York State Council on the Arts Robb remains at the center of all that goes on in the arts in the Empire State And New York has money to spend Craig Watson Director California Arts Council With the CAC reinvigorated by the Governor s and Legislature s infusion of an additional eight million dollar funding budget plank ostensibly not a one time addition but a baseline budget item for the future the agency again has the wherewithal to re establish its influence and impact on the arts in California Craig is in a unique position and he will be challenged as he navigates the waters by both increased demands and expanded opportunities for real collaboration with the state s arts funding foundations His influence is on the rise and so is his power California is back Donna Collins Executive Director Ohio Arts Council Ohio has influence and few people have more influence in Ohio arts than Collins That influence is likely to increase significantly as Ohio always plays a pivotal and often deciding role in presidential elections and Collins is first and foremost an advocate City Agency Leaders Kerry Adams Hapner Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose CA As the Chair of the U S Urban Arts Federation she continues as the front person for the nation s 60 largest city arts agencies As Director of a major city LAA she has brought San Jose to the forefront of the nation s local hub efforts and San Jose is a participant in increasing numbers of national projects and initiatives Her star continues to ascend Randy Engstrom Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Seattle An up and coming national leader with a growing fan base nationally he has the opportunity to wield considerable influence in Seattle and beyond Roberto Bedoya Director of Civic Engagement Tucson Pima Arts Council Bedoya transitions to the newly created post of Director of Civic Engagement allowing him to focus on and grow the PLACE Initiative The PLACE Initiative PLACE stands for People Land Art Culture and Engagement is a series of grants for arts based civic engagement projects and research activities and this platform continues to give him a widely respected national reputation as the go to guy on issues of equity and diversity including as related to placemaking Michele Boone Commissioner City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events She is firmly established as perhaps the most important big city arts leader in the midwest and one of the principal players in big city arts in the country As one nominator put it She s smart She knows when to hold em and when to fold em Tom DeCaigny Executive Director San Francisco Arts Commission His quiet profile belies significant behind the scenes power brokering diplomacy and collaboration within the sometimes volatile San Francisco arts ecosystem As San Francisco continues to price all but the very well heeled out of residency and with the Mayor and City Council wanting to do something about that Tom has the opportunity to push for some creative and far reaching changes and new approaches and depending on the success of those efforts he is likely to have considerable influence as the same problem plagues other cities Jonathan Glus Executive Director Houston Arts Council Now as the President of Texans for the Arts the state advocacy umbrella organization and still head of the Houston Arts Council Glus continues to be all about the Benjamins celebrating the new 5 million allocation by the State Legislature to the state arts effort while his own agency in Houston continues to fare better than most He s shown political skill in handling potentially messy local situations well Lots of power in Texas and lots of influence beyond Robert Bush President Arts and Science Council Charlotte He s had influence for quite some time because of his experience and his quite extraordinary network of contacts via long time AFTA involvement and beyond Now fully established as the leader of the storied Charlotte agency he also has power One nominator noted He s opinionated but not pushy Smart but not cocky Self assured but not an egotist Tom Finkelpearl Commissioner New York City Department of Cultural Affairs With a budget rivaling that of the NEA a background in running a museum and the New York City platform as part of the new city administration Finkelpearl has considerable power and influence And his public persona doesn t seem shy Research Sunil Iyengar Director Office of Research and Analysis National Endowment for the Arts NEA research keeps getting better and better and his role in the sector wide research community just keeps growing Anne Gadwa Nicodemus Principal Metris Arts Consulting She continues to set the bar for professional standards and continues to be seemingly everywhere on the research stage One wonders where she finds the time Ian David Moss Senior Director of Information Strategy Fractured Atlas He turned his blog Createquity into a research entity complemented by its own stellar editorial staff and that editorial team is addressing some of the major issues facing the field with in depth serious articles on the site His influence on the whole of the research agenda continues to grow as the Createquity machine s probing and deep analysis pieces are widely regarded and respected throughout the field Ian is a very serious but wholly unpretentious leader who deals with big policy issues and concerns Advocacy Government Nina Ozlu Tunceli With the ramp up of the 2016 election AFTA s efforts to insert the arts into the Presidential campaign makes her and the Arts Action Fund the center point for advocacy for the rest of this year and next The Arts Action Fund while small compared to some political interest groups nonetheless has considerably more influence than most people appreciate She knows politics and lobbying and how the game is really played She also knows how to shift the focus from local concerns to the national stage If the arts had the money to hire a big time a K Street lobbyist she would easily fit the bill Arts Education This is Arts Education Week A deep bow to all who work in the area Talia Gibas Professional Development Programs Manager Los Angeles County Arts Commission She is seemingly everywhere as is her work product Highly respected she is in demand for all kinds of efforts to address issues from Arts Education to Leadership Transition to Arts and Wellness She is definitely on the rise Eric Booth Arts Education Eric is at the center of the burgeoning teaching artist movement and he is one of the key leaders in that arena and on a global basis Jonathan Herman Executive Director National Guild for Community Arts Education The Guild keeps getting bigger and Herman s influence continues to grow with it His conference is the one to go to for the arts education field Joe Landon Executive Director California Alliance for Arts Education He has taken the Alliance for Arts Education in California to new heights greater successes and deeper penetration into the education community and has gained national stature in the field CAAE is highly respected in large part because of the respect for Landon Linda Essig Director ASU s arts entrepreneurship program Pave Her extensive expertise and work in the field of arts entrepreneurship and her role as co editor of Artivate a journal of arts entrepreneurship have made her one of the forces in this area and she is widely known and respected in the movement Philanthropy Josephine Ramirez Program Director Arts The James Irvine Foundation Irvine takes chances other funders don t Under Ramirez s leadership the foundation is continually trying to understand what makes audiences tick as well as how and why people participate or don t in the arts She s not afraid of controversy asking hard questions getting unexpected answers and pushing the envelope Irvine is a leader in the arts philanthropic world in large part because Ramirez isn t risk averse or afraid to take chances You can disagree with her but can t deny her influence on thinking in the field Cora Mirikitani President CEO Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy AAPIP Aften a decade helming CCI Center for Cultural Innovation Cora s new position has her running an organization with a bigger portfolio than just the arts and she is well positioned to wield influence as a bridge builder and facilitator of cross over collaborations which might just be the new buzz word for the arts as the field moves towards arts and aging arts and science intersections arts and social justice expanded arts and education arts and entrepreneurship and more Multi layered philanthropic strategies whether termed engagement placemaking diversity or otherwise will likely dominate our field for the next decade or more and a few people like Cora will be in positions to define and frame the new ecosystem John McGuirk Program Director Performing Arts Program William and Flora Hewlett Foundation He is now one of the grand lions of California Arts Philanthropy having been at the core of the arts foundation philanthropic community at Irvine and Hewlett longer than perhaps anyone in the state except Francis Phillips at the Haas Foundation Active in GIA he is a voice listened to across the spectrum Likely Future Hall of Famer Gary Steuer President and CEO Bonfils Stanton Foundation With a number of foundations redirecting their philanthropic support away from the arts the Bonfils Stanton Foundation has moved in the other direction now funding the arts exclusively Steuer is in a unique position to influence other funders over the next few years as he rolls out this new approach and begins to measure the impact Huong Vu Bozarth The Boeing Company Her influence extends beyond the Seattle area where she is center stage and very highly regarded in that community Boeing is a private enterprise that supports the arts in a way we wish all corporate citizens would emulate One nominator said a passionate but informed advocate an inspiring but patient mentor and an ambassador who bridges many worlds to help us build a shared ethic of cultural empowerment San San Wong Senior Program Officer Arts and Culture Portfolio Barr Foundation A leader in the equity push with extensive grant making experience she is increasingly turning up on lists of leaders with influence Ellen Michelson Founder Aroha Philanthropies Teresa Bonner Program Director Aroha Philanthropies Arts and Aging is growing as a major initiative in the field for the arts to engage communities make the case for the value of the arts and as a bridge to other governmental programs and funding and Michelson is the catalyst of much of that progress and Bonner is one of those who make it happen Together they had a banner year F Javier Torres Director of national grantmaking ArtPlace America His experience with diversification of funding and community outreach play into his current platform at ArtPlace and gives him influence as to how placemaking can support equity among other things across the country Very smart guy Consultants Jerry Allen David Plettner Saunders Founders Partners The Cultural Planning Group Cultural planning particularly for cities and counties is a cottage industry and Allen and Plettner Saunders pretty much own the territory They are the ones hired by more clients in this area than virtually anyone else They know their stuff and because these plans are major factors in how cities and counties approach the arts in their area including prioritizing and funding they have a lot of influence on the field Maria Rosario Jackson Senior Advisor Kresge Foundation As director of the Culture Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute a Washington D C based national public policy research organization she honed her expertise in urban planning community development and the integration of the arts into those arenas and became one of the go to people in that area She s sat on a dozen or so Boards taught at university programs and consulted across the field Now as a senior advisor to the Kresge Foundation she continues her influence in foundation policy development not just as Kresge but far beyond If the arts actually had a national think tank she d be on it Richard Evans President EmcArts EmcArts continues to pioneer work in innovation and adaptive strategies for arts organizations He and his organization are increasingly well known and regarded across the spectrum of the nonprofit arts including the major funding community Community Arts Laura Zabel Executive Director Springboard for the Arts Her programs are innovative and have become textbook models for those in the community engagement and development areas Her influence remains on the upswing as her programs continue to succeed Deborah Cullinan Chief Executive Officer Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Yerba Buena center has had a number of nationally known arts administrators at its helm including John Kilacki and Ken Foster Cullinan joins that illustrious heritage and may eclipse those who came before her She is widely regarded as an innovative leader who knows how to enlist community involvement and inspire collaborative creative change in downtown environments She is a champion of the role of the connector and few do it better Considerable influence now augmented by a localized power base of some proportions James Kass Founder Executive Director Youth Speaks He basically launched the spoken word movement for young people pioneered the resurgence in interest in poetry by youth including rap hip hop strains and created and co produced the 7 part HBO series Brave New Voices He has had tremendous influence on the thrust in the sector towards the arts and social change movement from the youth perspective Discipline Areas Angie Kim Executive Director Center for Cultural Innovation Moving into the chair occupied by Cora Mirikitani she has substantial artist services and philanthropic experience under her belt as she now assumes the helm at a very influential and powerful organizational player in the sector Michael Rohd founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre Associate Professor at Northwestern University School of Communication Rohd is

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    field with a major presence in areas ranging from arts education and research to business and marketing to emerging leaders to professional development all on the base of local arts agencies It is Americans for the Arts that defends and seeks to protect the National Endowment for the Arts budget and without those efforts the agency might not have made it this far Bob refuses to slow down and is on the road as much as anyone in the industry and he is the default public spokesperson for the field Few people love their jobs as much as he does his Joan Shigekawa Acting Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Joan has astutely competently and professionally filled in as Chair of the Endowment following Rocco s departure and has done so with quiet class and grace Aaron Dworkin President The Sphinx Organization Reportedly a serious candidate for the Chair of the Endowment for whatever reasons he prefers to remain as the highly visible head of one of the country s most regarded performing arts organizations Very adept as using the bully pulpit and working philanthropic and corporate funders he has made the Sphinx organization a premier training ground for gifted young classical artists of color and in the process has become a national figure himself Maria Lopez De Leon Executive Director National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Her influence and cachet grew even more last year with her ongoing place on the National Arts Council and her increased profile as one of the art sector s foremost leaders of color As the Latino community grows and becomes more active in the field her influence cannot help but expand On people s short list for bigger things Jamie Bennett Chief of Staff Director of Public Affairs National Endowment for the Arts Rocco s and now Joan s Chief of Staff and the Director of the Endowment s public affairs arm Jamie is one of the nonprofit arts highly respected rising stars He has a huge network of supporters a razor sharp analytical mind and is unafraid of sharing his thinking His fan base has grown substantially over the past year due in part in appreciation of someone who cuts to the chase He appreciates the big picture while understanding how the details work Mario Garcia Durham Executive Director Association of Performing Arts Presenters He continues to deftly attend to the needs of the nation s presenters while simultaneously fashioning that field into a more cohesive whole Pressure is on as people expect big things from him Adam Huttler Executive Director Fractured Atlas Still the most visible and successful of a new generation of arts leaders Huttler has grown Fractured Atlas into a national influential powerhouse while keeping a start up buzz going Like others of his niche he is tireless and refuses to parse his words to placate the past Has had significant influence on the way small arts organizations do business Future Hall of Famer maybe Regional Leaders David Fraher Executive Director Arts Midwest Described as a savvy go to guy on any subject Farher runs Arts Midwest one of the regional arts organizations Nearing his 30th year at his post he is far more than just a survivor After a half a lifetime in one gig there isn t much he hasn t seen or about which he can t say Been there done that That kind of experience is invaluable His commitment to support for arts organization infrastructure and the professional development of leadership and his forging lasting relationships with funders and other partners coupled with strong programs of artist support have made him a national leader in the field City Agency Leaders Jonathan Glus CEO Houston Arts Alliance Awash in funding Houston s municipal arts agency is the envy of most of the other city agencies in the country and Jonathan is the one who heads the decision making process as to where to spend a seemingly almost endless money stream As the first head of the organization his exemplary performance has significantly raised Houston s and his own reputation On the way up Michele Boone Commissioner City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events She reportedly has Mayor Rahn Emanuel s ear and is using that access to wring increasing city support for the arts arts education and artists in the windy city Named to a handful of most powerful lists she is seen as one of the go to people in the sector for advice and her opinion Michael Spring Director Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs He helms one of the major urban arts agencies in the country and is a major player in the arts advocacy efforts both in Florida and on the national stage with his deep involvement with Americans for the Arts Savvy down to earth experienced and knowledgable he is highly esteemed by his colleagues Roberto Bedoya Executive Director Tucson Pima Arts Council Placing himself at the center of last year s increased dialogue on race and racism as manifested in the larger arena of the question of equity he has established himself as someone who must be included in any conversation about the arts as related to people of color He asks hard questions adroitly clothed in academic language and is pushing the envelope Laura Zucker Executive Director Los Angeles County Arts Commission A fixture on this list she remains the pen ultimate administrator who runs one of the best shops ever If something is on her priority list the chances are that it is on everyone in LA s list Olga Garay Executive Director Los Angeles City Department of Cultural Affairs Having raised 21 million in additional funding for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs she together with Laura Zucker at the County Arts agency have put Los Angeles on a solid footing for the future She is a politician knows how the game is played and has worked well with the Mayor and City Council Research Sunil Iyengar Director Office of Research and Analysis National Endowment for the Arts He has raised the role of and respect for the NEA s research activities as well as the value of arts research ten fold in the past year by championing transparency and a greater understanding for research Anne Gadwa Nicodemus Principal Metris Arts Consulting She s starting to climb out from Ann Markusen s shadow and shine in her own right and is increasingly recognized as one of the key pivotal point people in the world of arts data and research Randy Cohen Vice President Research and Policy Americans for the Arts Still the face of arts research and data to the rank and file of the nation s arts organizations he criss crosses the country preaching the gospel of the value of arts as confirmed by all kinds of data Unapologetic chief defender of the importance of the economic argument for arts support It works and hey if it ain t broke don t fix it His easy going style have made him very popular in the field Ian David Moss Director of Research Fractured Atlas Through his blog Createquity he has ramped up understanding and respect for both the value and the process of serious data collection and research This year he spearheaded the establishment of an online community the Cultural Research Network with other stalwarts in the research community and it has taken off He also has expanded his reputation as project advisor and strategic planner As one nominator put it While his blog is a major voice in the field his work consulting on a number of large scale community based strategic planning efforts have helped us envision new models for arts organizations and the way they are embedded into their community Big future in the field Advocacy Danielle Brazell Executive Director Arts for LA Los Angeles has one of the handful of the country s best arts advocacy organizations and Danielle is its heart soul and brains She has learned the ins and outs of effective lobbying by being proactive for a long time now and has raised the visibility of her organization to the point where people across the sector have taken note Another rising star Nina Ozlu Tunceli Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs Americans for the Arts and Executive Director Arts Action Fund Narric Rome Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Americans for the Arts Consummate government experts tireless protectors of the NEA and hearlded teachers and mentors to a generation of arts advocates across the country Nobody in the field knows more about the maze of intrigue in the political corridors of Washington D C than Nina And the Arts Action Fund remains the sector s best foray into real world lobbying Arts Ed Yo Yo Ma Artist His artistry commands respect and attention and his passion has made him the champion of the argument that the arts are essential to full growth of every individual in America Willing to use his celebrity to further arts education Philanthropy Darren Walker President Ford Foundation With a solid background in arts philanthropy and having played a major role in the ArtPlace efforts his impact and influence on the field already substantial is expected to grow in the coming years as he assumes the leadership of the nation s largest foundation Since 2010 he has served as vice president for Education Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation where he has shaped more than 140 million in annual grant making around the world covering areas as diverse as media and journalism arts and culture educational access and opportunity and religion He has been a driving force behind initiatives such as JustFilms one of the largest documentary film funds in the world He may walk softly but he carries a very big stick Lots of eyes on him Ben Cameron Program Director Arts Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Still the best public speaker the arts has yet to put forward He is a thinking man s philanthropist with money to spend and he continues to have major influence on arts philanthropy Judith Jennings Executive Director Kentucky Foundation for Women KFW Leading a private independent philanthropy that supports feminist art advancing social change Jennings championing of women s issues in the arts has earned her the growing respect of the philanthropic field She continues to show up on more people s radar screens as a rising voice Ruby Lerner President Executive Director Creative Capital Lerner s influence on grantmaking to artists continues to expand She s been around the block enough to fully understand all the issues in trying to help artists not just survive but actually thrive and the funding community listens attentively to her opinions One nominator described her simply She is a very very smart lady Kary Schulman Director Grants for the Arts San Francisco Another 30 year veteran Schulman has navigated the minefield that the SF Arts ecosystem can be with consummate skill and in the process has helped nurture and incubate scores of what are now model organizations adhering to the philosophy of sticking with organizations while they grow Over her span she has overseen many times tens of millions of dollars in grants and she has played an important role in protecting the hotel tax revenue stream that funds her organization Grants for the Arts from the political machinations of wannabe politicians bent on cutting the funding Few San Francisco arts organizations would today still be around were it not for Schulman s funding help at some point A remarkable legacy for an unassuming stalwart John McGuirk Program Director Performing Arts Program Hewlett Foundation Having run both Irvine s and Hewlett s arts funding programs and very involved in GIA McGuirk continues to be a major voice in the sector especially in California where Hewlett funds heavily in both arts education and performing arts Organizations throughout the greater Bay Area are his constituents so he wields considerable influence He s halfway through his tenure and the next two years will be his legacy Huong Vu Bozarth The Boeing Company Huong oversees The Boeing Company s Global Corporate Citizenship Pacific Northwest Region arts culture and civic grants portfolio Previously she was the senior arts program officer at The Paul G Allen Family Foundation guest curator at contemporary performance center On the Boards director of grants programs at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts and organizer of visual arts exhibitions She is currently an advisory commissioner for the Seattle Arts Commission and a board trustee for the Seattle Parks Foundation and she sits on the Board of GIA Deepa Gupta The Boeing Company Gupta is currently the Director of Education Initiatives and Strategy in the global corporate citizenship group at The Boeing Company Prior to Boeing Ms Gupta served as a program officer for The MacArthur Foundation where she managed its institutional building program called the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions the arts and culture grant program and internal efforts to define a framework for MacArthur s programmatic strategy development and impact assessment She is a member of the National Council on the Arts Because Boeing as a private sector corporation is so heavily involved in support for arts and culture Huong and Deepa are in great demand as speakers advisors and participants in all the policy convenings of the sector Carol Coletta former Director Arts Place Now Vice President Community and National Initiatives Knight Foundation Under her direction Arts Place became the major arm and funder of the Creative PlaceMaking movement and she was the movement s spokesperson champion and articulate defender Her direct experience with cities helped form her approach and helped land her the VP position at Knight where while she will be once removed from the arts she is likely to still have impact and sway on arts funding Jeremy Nowak Interim Director Arts Place Carol Coletta s successor Nowak is a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution as well as a Non Resident Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania s Institute for Urban Research He currently serves as the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia s board of directors He was President of the William Penn Foundation from 2011 2012 in a somewhat stormy tenure and the CEO of The Reinvestment Fund TRF in Philadelphia which he co founded in 1985 Among his publications is Creativity and Neighborhood Development a monograph that integrates art and cultural practices within a community development framework He certainly has the position and power to accomplish an ambitious agenda Time will tell where his priorities lie and how he will helm the PlaceMaking apparatus and whether or not he has found his niche and a support base Josephine Ramirez Program Director Arts The Irvine Foundation Foundations change their focus and stated strategic goals all the time but few shifts have had as much play and influence across the philanthropic sector as Irvine s move to Engagement as their operating philosophy Whether breaking new ground or recognizing and smartly reflecting a growing trend their focus change has had major impact on the field and Josephine is the one at the epicenter of the whole thing She has handled both criticism and applause with professionalism and humility and won a legion of fans in the process Consultants Alan Brown Wolf Brown Consulting Perhaps the most widely known and respected of all the arts consultants plying their trade today Brown s research and analysis continues to hold great sway over the thinking of the field One nominator described his influence thusly He is so adept and quick at both recognizing and describing new trends he holds the rapt attention of the nation s arts leaders and particularly the funders Russell Willis Taylor President and CEO National Arts Strategies Her Executive training initiatives remain the sterling entries in the field endorsed by scores of participants and funders and the network of graduates of her programs gives her a huge base of contacts seeking her advice and counsel Policy Wonks Bill Ivey Author lecturer former Chair of the NEA and Director of the Curb Center for Art Enterprise and Public Policy Back in the national spotlight this past year with his book Handmaking America Ivey continues his role as one of the pre eminent thinkers on the importance and workings of creativity in America and one of the most respected of all our policy mavens Steven Tepper Associate Director Curb Center for Art Enterprise and Public Policy Associate Professor Department of Sociology Vanderbilt University Widely recognized as one of the leading cultural policy experts in the sector his involvement with SNAPP the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project and its conference this year at Vanderbilt and the release of its report raised his visibility even higher DISCIPLINE AREAS Theatre Meiyin Wang Associate Artistic Producer Public Theater Under the Radar Festival Greatly respected and admired head of the Under the Radar festival and her championing of new and cutting edge theater Wang is widely seen as one of the rising voices in the theater community Visual Nina Simon Executive Director Santa Cruz Museum of Art History Back on the list again this year for her growing leadership of a new generation of museum directors Risk taker thought leader out of the box experimenter her blog is not only widely read and discussed it is widely quoted Increasingly regarded as one of the faces of the future of museums because of her bold innovative community emphasized approach Opera Marc Scorca President and CEO Opera America Champion of Opera not just for his membership but Opera everywhere He s been in his post since 1990 and has overseen growth of his membership from 120 opera companies to nearly 2 500 members Collaborative style he s an effective champion of opera music and the arts domestically and

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