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NASAA 2022 Learning Series

Colleagues from many states and jurisdictions gathered for professional development sessions designed for the current needs of state arts agencies during the NASAA 2022 Learning Series. Participants explored subjects relevant to equity, recovery, arts and health, and more. Sessions offered 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 were encouraged to participate. To make this program accessible to all members, NASAA  waived all registration fees for this series.

Leveraging Partnerships in the Arts to Strengthen Public Health

November 3, 2022
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Earlier this year, the National League of Cities and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) convened local and state leaders from Rhode Island to discuss how artists, in collaboration with governments, can meaningfully impact health outcomes in communities. In this free webinar, learn how your community can leverage partnerships in the arts to strengthen public health. The discussion features practitioners with experience implementing programs at the intersection of arts and health—and should be especially pertinent for public-sector leaders and administrators looking for innovative community health solutions.

MODERATOR Tasha Golden, director of research, International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University

SPEAKERS Steven Boudreau, chief administrative officer, Rhode Island Department of Health, and cochair, Rhode Island Arts and Health; Lynne McCormack, executive director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; Anisa Raoof, grants management fellow and arts and health coordinator, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and cochair, Rhode Island Arts Health Initiative; Gina Rodríguez-Drix, deputy director, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence


IMAGE: Things We Share, a graphic novel cookbook. Image courtesy Jazzmen Lee-Johnson

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—everything 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.