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Shifting Policy and Practice: Insights and Actions for States

2020 has been a watershed year for the arts, America and state arts agencies. Lives and livelihoods have been lost, and cracks in the foundation of American justice, public health and support for the arts have been called into stark relief. What’s next for the arts and state arts agencies? How can we catalyze positive change and forge a strong and equitable future, one in which the arts are the backbone of a society in which all will flourish?

This special series of online learning events—especially for state arts agency staff and council members—offers provocative perspectives and actionable ideas. Participation is free for all state arts agency staff and council members and regional arts organizations. Register for the whole series or participate in the sessions of your choice. For more information, contact NASAA Learning Services Director Eric Giles.
Art by Steve Johnson

REGISTER for the full series or for individual sessions.

Pivot – Part 1

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

State arts agencies and the communities we serve are navigating a time of profound reckoning—and potential renewal—in 2020. A global pandemic, rising inequality and economic contractions are reshaping the American landscape, bringing painful losses as well as encouraging change. How will these trends affect the arts in the future? What’s shifting in how the arts are produced, shared and funded? Join leading experts from across the country to look at the changing arts landscape and imagine how arts grant makers can make a difference at this crucial moment in our field’s evolution.

Pivot – Part 2

3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Eastern

Many state arts agencies are altering their programs to address the aftershocks of COVID-19 and financial losses for the arts field. What lessons can we draw from their adaptive practices to date? Join your colleagues for a virtual dialogue that will examine a variety of state arts agency response strategies. We’ll emphasize grant program adaptations as well as technical assistance services designed to bolster the sustainability of the arts sector.

Building Bridges in a Time of Crisis

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern

In a time of social distancing and fractured ideologies, connecting people and fighting against racism, xenophobia and polarization are crucial.  What actions can we take—as institutions and as individuals—to build empathy, mend divides and build solidarity when working with fractured communities? Join nationally renowned experts in civic practice, the dynamics of race and ethnicity, and the roles of arts and culture in communities to discuss how state arts agencies can lead and engage in this important work.

Equity Choice Points

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Eastern

State arts agencies are striving to achieve high standards of equity and inclusion in their grant making. But bias and other obstacles still lurk within in some policies and practices that public agencies have historically used to award grants. This session will help state arts agencies to examine their own grant making, recognize choice points and highlight practical tactics for reducing funding barriers. Tune in to explore a new tool (coming soon from NASAA!) and to learn how some fellow state arts agencies have made public funding for the arts more equitable and accessible.

New Opportunities for Creative Aging

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Eastern

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on older adults, bringing into stark relief the damaging effects of ageism and isolation. It also has inspired arts providers and teaching artists to find new ways of delivering creative aging programs to engage and empower older adults, to enrich their social connections and unleash their creative potential. See how the arts are reaching this priority population.

Shifting the Narratives: Successful Messaging for Public Funding for the Arts

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Eastern

In this time of financial belt tightening and increased competition for government dollars, it is important to establish broad political will to sustain public funding for the arts. This entails engaging both conservative and progressive policymakers and helping them recognize that the arts are a necessary investment—not merely a nicety—for the public sector. New research commissioned by NASAA reveals the factors that led to sustained public funding in other fields, and that is elevating shifts in messaging and messengers that will be core to our field’s success. This session shares findings from this work and implications for enhancing arts advocacy in congressional districts nationwide.

Business Bash

4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Eastern

For our learning series grand finale, celebrate online with your state arts agency colleagues! Salute outstanding leaders in our field, hear NASAA President and CEO Pam Breaux deliver a “State of the States” address, experience the fastest-ever virtual business meeting, and raise a glass with your peers.

REGISTER for the full series or for individual sessions.