Webinar: Teatro Visión and The Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts
Jul
24
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Teatro Visión and The Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts

This free webinar will feature staff from Teatro Visión and the Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts. They’ll be discussing how they have applied Creating Connection and made their programming more participatory.

The webinar is offered via Adobe Connect. Download the free Adobe Connect app to access it on your system. Then join us

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Chorus America Conference: What does your community value?
Jun
21
2:30 PM14:30

Chorus America Conference: What does your community value?

What inspires people to participate in arts, culture, and creativity? How can your organization tap into this inspiration to provide arts experiences that are more meaningful to your audiences? Arts Midwest’s Creating Connection team shares an overview of emerging audience research and communications insights that will help you deepen relevance and relationships with your stakeholders.

This session is taking place as part of the Chorus America Conference and registration is required. To register, please visit the Chorus America Conference website.

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Chorus America Conference: In-Depth Seminar
Jun
20
12:00 PM12:00

Chorus America Conference: In-Depth Seminar

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by artists and arts organizations. Join Arts Midwest’s Creating Connection team for a workshop that unpacks the values that inspire people to participate in arts, culture, and creativity, and explores the messages and experiences that matter most to current and prospective audiences. You'll walk away with new insights, tools, and messaging ideas that you can put into action right away to increase participation and engagement in your organization. 

This session is taking place as part of the Chorus America Conference and registration is required. To register, please visit the Chorus America Conference website.

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League of American Orchestras Conference: Messages that Matter
Jun
14
8:45 AM08:45

League of American Orchestras Conference: Messages that Matter

Effectively communicating how your orchestra delivers on the expectations of community stakeholders is key to gaining essential support of funders and the wider public. This session unpacks the data-driven strategies coming out of Creating Connection, a national research and communications initiative that is rooted in understanding and sharing the values that inspire people to participate in arts, culture, and creativity. We’ll also explore the League’s hands-on public value messaging resources in use by orchestras

This session is taking place as part of the League of American Orchestras Conference and registration is required. To register, please visit the League of American Orchestras Conference website

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Creating Connection Luncheon
May
4
11:30 AM11:30

Creating Connection Luncheon

Rhode Island State Council of Arts (RISCA) invites art leaders to attend a luncheon about Creating Connection which is a national social change movement driven by a goal of making arts, culture, and creativity a more recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life. The initiative is using a public will building theory of social change to catalyze shifts around the way people support, advocate for, and expect creativity in their lives.

Since it launched in 2015, Creating Connection has undertaken significant national research aimed at understanding what it is that people value in their lives and communities, what motivates people to engage in creative activities. Project leaders are now sharing the findings and recommendations from that research with arts leaders across the country, engaging in conversations around how the arts community can work together to create experiences and messages that align with those values. The full Creating Connection research report, as well as complementary tools designed to help arts organization apply the concepts to their work, are available on www.creatingconnection.org

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Grantmakers in the Arts: Movements That Matter: How Data-driven Strategies are Building Communities
Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

Grantmakers in the Arts: Movements That Matter: How Data-driven Strategies are Building Communities

In the coming years, the cultural sector faces an uphill battle to preserve and deepen America's investment in the arts. Three major national-level research intiaitives are advancing use of localized data for arts advocacy and cultural policy development: Arts Midwest's Creating Connection, which uses data-driven, values-based messaged and tools to build public support; DataArts' community empowerment strategy, which provides a DIY advocacy tool and online courses to build skills; and Arts and Economic Prsoperity 5, an economic impact study carried out in 341 regions across all fifty states. Presenters will provide eamples of how the initatives are being applied at hte lcoal and state level by both private and public sector arts funders.

This session is offered as part of the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, held from October 28-31, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.

Organized and moderated by San San Wong, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation. Presented by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts; David Fraher, President &CEO, Arts Midwest; and Arin Sullivan, Vice President and Director of Programs and Products, DataArts.

 

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National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Oct
11
4:30 PM16:30

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Research shows that most Americans value the arts and participate in them on a regular basis. Despite this broad engagement, the arts are too often portrayed as "a nicety rather than a necessity." Can our field shift this perception and tap into more enduring support? Learn how Arts Midwest, The Metropolitan Group and a growing cohort of cultural leaders in Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Michigan are using proven research and communications methods to build public will and make the arts a more recognized and valued part of everyday life.

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Creating Connection: Traverse City
Sep
28
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Traverse City

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations. Join Arts Midwest for a workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

The event is free but RSVPs are required. 

Access driving directions to the Old Town Playhouse. 

 

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Creating Connection: Grand Rapids
Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Grand Rapids

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations. Join Arts Midwest for a workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

The event is free but RSVPs are required. 

 

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Creating Connection: Kalamazoo
Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Kalamazoo

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations. Join Arts Midwest for a workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

The event is free but RSVPs are required. 

 

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Western Arts Alliance: Pre-Conference Seminar
Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Western Arts Alliance: Pre-Conference Seminar

This workshop explores the research, theory, and practice of Creating Connection.

You’ll learn how arts organizations have begun to experiment with new programs, strategies, and messaging that align with public values. You’ll take-away tools to help you implement Creating Connection in your organization, and get hands-on experience with applying the Creating Connection framework in your community.

This session is available to attendees at the Western Arts Alliance conference.  Visit the WAA registration page to learn more. 

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What Does Your Community Value?
Aug
30
8:00 AM08:00

What Does Your Community Value?

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by artists and arts organizations. Join Arts Midwest for new insights, tools, and real-time examples that can help you craft new messages and experiences that increase participation and engagement in your organization. You'll walk away with new messaging ideas that you can put into action right away, and the inspiration to get started.

This session is available for attendees of the Arts Midwest Conference. Registration is required and details are available on the Conference website

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Arts Midwest Conference: In-Depth Seminar
Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Arts Midwest Conference: In-Depth Seminar

Ever wondered what core values inspire people to participate in arts, culture, and creativity, and which messages you should use to connect your programs to what people really care about?

This seminar will share the data-driven strategies coming out of Creating Connection that can help increase the power of your communications, programming, and outreach. It will discuss a growing body of research around the intersection of creativity and public values, and offer tangible messaging strategies, tools, and real-time examples aimed at helping you attract and retain audiences and connect more deeply with your communities.

Work in tandem with your artistic, marketing, and executive team during this session, and be prepared for hands-on learning that you can take back to your organization to start exploring how your offerings can tap in to the values and motivations of diverse stakeholders.

This session is taking place as part of the Arts Midwest Conference and registration is required. It is open to both attendees of the Conference and the public. To register, please visit the Arts Midwest Conference website. 

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Creating Connection: Astoria
Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Astoria

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations.

Join Metropolitan Group for a morning introduction and afternoon champion's workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

Please RSVP.

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Creating Connection: Salem
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Salem

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations.

Join Metropolitan Group for a morning introduction and afternoon champion's workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

Please RSVP.

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Creating Connection: The Dalles
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: The Dalles

  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations.

Join Metropolitan Group for a morning introduction and afternoon champion's workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

Please RSVP

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Creating Connection: Klamath Falls
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Connection: Klamath Falls

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations.

Join Metropolitan Group for a morning introduction and afternoon champion's workshop designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

Please RSVP.

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Americans for the Arts
Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

Americans for the Arts

Talking about Social Value and the Practical Impact Together

How, in this moment, do we balance the need to push practice and immediate advocacy messages to governing bodies with the need to nurture a long-term value proposition among the masses?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions at the 2017 Americans for the Arts Convention. Interested attendees should register directly with AFTA

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Loving Disruption: Creating Radical New Connections with Your Audience
Jun
10
9:00 AM09:00

Loving Disruption: Creating Radical New Connections with Your Audience

Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference

This panel discussion explores how the changing landscape of our communities and audiences drives the Creating Connection movement, a national initiative to change social norms so creative expression, arts, and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life. We will provide emerging audience research, a brief overview of the frameworks used by the Creating Connection movement, and concrete examples from Oregon and California. The goal of our time together is to provide frameworks and examples such that those participating in the room may brainstorm the necessary institutional shifts that will allow for participants to lead into their own loving disruption. Participants will leave with inspiration from the power of collective learning. The workshop will help participants devise ways to use the findings at their own organizations, encouraging creativity, experimentation and meaningful communication with their audiences and stakeholders. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring artistic or education programing ideas and related communication pieces from their organization that can be used during discussion. When we share creative experiences and express our creativity, we build powerful connections with the people we’re closest to, with our community and the world around us, and with ourselves.

 

Speakers:  

Brett Crawford, Ph.D. | Educator / Writer | Carnegie Mellon University / Arts Management and Technology Lab

Lisa Mallette | Executive Artistic Director | City Lights Theater Company

Brian Weaver | Artistic Director | Portland Playhouse

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Stakeholder Engagement
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Stakeholder Engagement

A hands-on training session for those who want to learn how to engage with diverse stakeholders (such as millennials, people of color, women, and parents with young children).

Note: If you have not attended a Creating Connection workshop in the past, please attend the 9 a.m. session that precedes this workshop. *This session includes lunch. 

Please RSVP by May 11th.

 

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Introduction to Creating Connection
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Introduction to Creating Connection

An overview of the background, messaging, tools, and application. This workshop is applicable for executive leadership, communication staff, and program leads.

Please bring a recent communication piece (e.g., ads, brochures, social media posts, or annual letters) to practice applying the Creating Connection message frame.

Please RSVP by May 11th

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Creating Connection Workshop: New York Mills, MN
May
8
9:30 AM09:30

Creating Connection Workshop: New York Mills, MN

  • New York Mills Regional Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work undertaken by arts and culture organizations. Join Arts Midwest for a workshop on Monday, May 8 designed to help arts and cultural leaders create messages and experiences that respond to the expectations and interests of diverse audiences.

RSVP to Anne Romens, program director at Arts Midwest.

This training is reserved for Operating Support Grantees of the Minnesota State Arts Board.

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