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NASAA 2024 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 2023 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.


July 31, 2024
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The way people interact with and consume the arts has changed drastically over the past five years. This is particularly the case when it comes to performing arts. It is harder to get people up and out of their houses to live events, but easier than ever to reach them through virtual platforms. This session looks at audience and engagement trends and delves into the driving forces that are changing the performing arts landscape.


Investing in Accessibility and Disabled Artists

June 26, 2024
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Eastern

As arts leaders, state arts agencies and regional arts organizations have an opportunity to invest in disability equity through grant making for disabled artists, accessibility efforts and capital funding. Join representatives from state arts agencies, regional arts organizations and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to learn about successful models for investing in people with disabilities through grant making for artists and cultural organizations. The NEA also shares best practices for accessible grant making, including recruiting and accommodating grant panelists with disabilities and ensuring the accessibility of grant application portals and grant management systems.


Assessing Grant-Making Outcomes and Community Reach

May 30, 2024
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Eastern

Through their enabling legislation, state arts agencies are entrusted with making the arts accessible to everyone in their state. Grant making is an important tool in that mission. Assessing grant programs to determine actual impacts, populations reached and accessibility for under-resourced communities becomes imperative. Join a panel of your peers to discover a variety of the latest assessment approaches and how state arts agencies are acting on what’s learned.


Resilience and Growth: The Value of Creative Economies

April 30, 2024
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Join NASAA and experts from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Lab at Indiana University Indianapolis to hear the latest facts illustrating how cultural production drives economic growth and strengthens economic resiliency. We’ll dig into just-released data from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account, published by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and discuss the findings from Arts and Creativity Drive Economies and Build Resilience, a new report commissioned by NASAA.


What Is AI and How Does It Affect the Arts?

March 27, 2024
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern

This interactive session provides state arts agencies with an introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), including the more recent “generative AI” applications such as text and image generation. It covers some of the opportunities and risks of AI in society and touches on controversies and debates specific to the arts, as well as artists’ use of AI technologies.

The session features artist and AI expert  Sarah W. Newman, director of art & education at the metaLAB at Harvard in the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.