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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.

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.

Photo: Participants in the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Strategies for Success program, which supports organizational development for entities serving historically under-represented, diverse communities


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.

Photo: Raven Paiz 


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.