New Resources from Americans for the Arts

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Welcome to the ArtsU Connection! In this quarterly message you will learn about all of the upcoming events on ArtsU. We hope these webinars will keep you connected and continue to support your work during this time.

SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS

Americans for the Arts is pleased to share the release of the Supporting Individual Artists Toolkits! Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we band together to educate ourselves and one another on how we can best support artists to thrive in their careers. This toolkit was developed from the synthesis of knowledge from leaders in the field, and is meant to provide an overview of current needs that artists face and potential action steps for administrators. The information provided specifically discusses dancers, musicians, literary artists, teaching artists, LGBTQ artists, and artists of color.
Visit the new Supporting Individual Artists Page on ArtsU to access the toolkit, read blogs on supporting individual artists, and view upcoming and on-demand webinars and coffee chats.

UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS

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August 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET
How can we empower underinsured artists and musicians to take control of their well being? Organizers from O+ (pronounced O Positive) will share how they bring creatives and healthcare providers together in an exchange model that is holistic and honors everyone’s talents.

ICYMI COVID-19 WEBINARS

In this on-demand video series, hosts explore the federal relief programs available to artists and arts organizations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hosted by Nina Ozlu Tunceli, the Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts and the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, these videos will address topics such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Pandemic Unemployment, Small Business Loans, and more. Register for this series and automatically be notified when a new video is uploaded!
Arts organizations are grappling with what it means to serve their missions and audiences during the pandemic. This webinar will tackle these questions while reviewing the tenets of strong audience development. Hosts will review what hasn’t changed; explore approaches and frameworks to help us think about and understand our audiences in ways that can guide our programming and/or communication; and check-in with the most recent data for big-picture clues that can help inform our planning.

EQUITY RESOURCES FROM THE FIELD

ONLINE COURSES AND WEBINARS:
Offered by Leaderosity, a platform supported by long-time Americans for the Arts professional and leadership development partner American Express, “The Equity Journey” is a three-module, self-guided course that will equip participants with tools, language, and an understanding of how equity and bias play a role in our everyday lives. Participants will develop plans and strategies for how to advance equity personally and professionally.
A Conversation Between Artists Shaun Leonardo, Dread Scott, and Clifford Owens. During the talk, the three artists share their views on the intersections of performance art and protest, the effects of images of Black suffering, and the future of social responsibility in the art world.
Nonprofit HR’s REALITIES webinar series topics cover everything from workforce development, recruitment, talent attraction and recruitment, workplace culture, and beyond. Each session will be addressed through the lens of race and will incorporate facets of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices in talent management.
The Winters Group hosts complimentary public virtual learning labs to engage in conversations that are pressing and relevant to the workplace, but often times avoided. As part of their commitment to engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations®, and supporting others in building the skills to do so, they use these learning labs to challenge the status quo and address crirical equity.
READING:
To increase the number of people of color leading nonprofits, the sector needs a new narrative about the problem and new strategies to address it. Nonprofits have to transfer the responsibility for the racial leadership gap from those who are targeted by it (aspiring leaders of color), to those governing organizations.
Using inclusive language reminds us that the feelings and experiences generated by the arts unite us all. This curated list of inclusive-language resources offers state arts agencies guidance on: choosing language that includes rather than excludes; choosing language that acknowledges, accepts and celebrates differences; and choosing language that is welcoming to everyone.
Join the movement and help lead the change to disrupt invisibility and toxic stereotypes that fuel bias and racism against Native peoples. IllumiNative’s toolkits are designed to empower Native advocates and allies to start the conversation in your community, school, and/or institution about the importance of accurate and contemporary representation of Native peoples and inclusion of Native voices.

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