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NASAA 2022 Learning Series

Join your colleagues from all of the states and jurisdictions for professional development sessions designed for the current needs of state arts agencies. During the NASAA 2022 Learning Series, participants will explore subjects relevant to equity, recovery, arts and health, and more. Sessions offer state arts agencies a valuable opportunity to learn with and from one another, sharing an abundance of ideas to inform, inspire and energize our work.

All staff and council/board members from state arts agencies and regional arts organizations are encouraged to participate. To make this program accessible to all members, NASAA has waived all registration fees for this series.

Partnering with State Departments of Education

August 24, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The last few years have seen unprecedented pressure on students, teachers and our educational system. State arts agencies have responded in a number of ways to help support arts based learning initiatives both during the pandemic and looking forward to the future. During this session, we will look at how three state arts agencies have engaged with their state boards of education and departments of education to support and strengthen arts education in their states.

MODERATOR Eric Giles, Learning Services Director, NASAA

SPEAKERS Michael Faison, Executive Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts; Jennifer Allen-Barron, Arts Education Director, Oklahoma Arts Council; and David Platts, Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission


PHOTO: Creative activism and youth leadership are central to the experience of young artists at Aiken High School in South Carolina. Photo by Kayla Hyatt-Hostetler

The American Communities Project

June 28, 2022
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The American Communities Project correlates economic and demographic data to election results and consumer data, then uses a clustering technique to identify 15 types of counties‚ÄĒeverything from Big Cities to Aging Farmlands. It has mapped those types to show where the country’s political, socioeconomic and cultural fissures are and what moves different communities in order to better understand who is struggling and who is thriving.

MODERATOR Eric Giles, Learning Services Director, NASAA

SPEAKERS Dante Chinni, Project Director and Founder, American Communities Project; and Ari Pinkus, Senior Editor/Writer and Project Manager, American Communities Project


Diversifying and Empowering the Pipeline

May 26, 2022
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

We know from research that empowering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and/or people of color) administrators is an important part of long-term equity strategies. What can current arts leadership programs tell us about the needs of the field and how to design leadership development programs that are successful? Join NASAA Assistant to the President and Board Administrator Marisa Summers and a powerful trio of arts administrators from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, South Arts and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) for a look at what they are doing and a lively discussion on how state arts agencies can further strengthen their leadership pipelines.

MODERATOR Marisa Summers, Assistant to the President and Board Administrator, NASAA

SPEAKERS Anika Kwinana, Director of Social Responsibility and Inclusion, WESTAF; Dana Payne, Director of DEI Initiatives, Diverse Cultures & Heritage, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Joy Young, Vice President of Programs, South Arts


For questions about the NASAA 2022 Learning Series, contact Learning Services Director Eric Giles.


This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.