[quick link] Millennial Leaders Training in Art & Social Change

As the last few weeks of 2015 wind down, you might start thinking about the new year and planning how to evolve in your artistic/activist practice. So I’m sharing this quick link for an arts activism program in Oakland next summer aimed at building millennial leadership.

Art & Social Change: InterPlay for Millennial Leaders

interplayA training program for artists and activists age 18-35, aimed at exploring “ways to help people play with difficult issues, listen to and share the wisdom of their bodies and tell stories in ways that are direct, personal, and transformational.”

The program teaches participants how to “lead with creative, embodied InterPlay tools and techniques used around the world in peacemaking, prisons, classrooms, theaters, homes, places of worship, and health care.”

They’re accepting applications for July 2016, so visit their site and check out their brochure for details.

While I’m not personally familiar with or affiliated with the org (so I can’t necessarily endorse the specific methods, trainers, etc.) but I found the idea of such an innovative program compelling and intriguing enough to share!


[event] “LA as LAB” – Innovation in Arts & Culture 3/28/15



Living in Los Angeles, I’ve realized just what a hotbed of arts and cultural innovation.  If you look beyond Hollywood, you’ll find tech hubs like Silicon Beach, microhoods like the Arts District, and great venues like the Music Center.

For those in the area looking to expand your horizons, it’s worth a short trek eastward for this conference hosted by the Arts Management and Museum Studies programs at Claremont Graduate University on March 28th, 2015.

The conference will feature cutting edge models and projects in the arts sector in Los Angeles, stimulating discussion on how Los Angeles arts and cultural organizations are innovating in the field, transforming theory into practice.

Schedule, details, and registration here >> cgu.edu/bradshaw

Free arts & culture, every day in LA!

As a newbie to LA and an avid art lover (on a budget), I made it a mission to track down all the free museum days.

Luckily, I found an incredibly helpful chart that did all the work for me (thanks to NortonSimon.org). You’ll find a good variety of venues, small and large, that offer no-cost or discounted admission.

(Click the image for a larger PDF version)


*Note that Thursdays are your best bet.

This recent round of heatwaves gave me the perfect incentive to spend quality time indoors.  So far, I’ve been to the LACMA, the Paley Center, the Getty Center, and Huntington. And I can’t wait to see them all!

[quick link] Impact! Designing for Social Change

Today’s quick link > “Impact! Designing for Social Change” offers graduate-level intensive workshops for professionals and students interested in design for social advocacy.

Hosted at the School for Visual Arts,  the workshops feature sessions with faculty of designers, innovators, and social entrepreneurs. The program addresses the intersection of commercial and non-profit interests in this emerging “social design” sector:

To remain competitive, corporations are looking for innovation and impact in the area of social change as it relates to their businesses. The non-profit world is seeking new ways to support their constituencies through design strategy. This six-week summer intensive will introduce participants to the growing field of design for social advocacy.

Their impressive curriculum subject areas sound absolutely fascinating and so right up this blog’s alley.  (That’s #AwesomeDesignForSocialChange Alley, btw). I honestly wish I was still living near NYC  so I could participate!  (Also, I realize I’ve posted this a bit late and past the current Summer session enrollment date, but just sign up for alerts on the site to get news on their upcoming Fall 2013 session.)

The Impact! site is chock-full of resources and useful info, including archived webinar sessions on topics like:

Also don’t miss browsing their gallery of past Impact Projects which feature learning-in-action projects in social entrepreneurship, community education, environment, health, and politics to name a few.

Design Effect

New Girl

Local Focus


[quick link] Call for proposals for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium @ FSU

Sharing a quick link from FSU >  2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium –  call for proposals

The Florida State University College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance announces the call for research and creative works proposals for the 2014 Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium…. (taking place at) Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Florida on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th, 2014.

The Art & Design for Social Justice Symposium focuses on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be used to address issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world. The event is designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives, and allow examination of the role that art and design plays in the telling of a broader social narrative.

Abstracts are solicited for presentations on topics that reflect how art and/or design, broadly interpreted, can be avenues of solution seeking for issues of social justice. Proposals are also welcome from fields other than art and design including medicine, social work, criminal justice, law, music, theatre and dance. Proposals are due by midnight, October 4th, 2013.

[Quick links] Arts & Cultural Innovation Resources Roundup

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Flickr user: DavidYuWeb (CC licensed, some rights reserved)

As part of the team of Fellows hosting tonight’s event on how R&D fits into arts and cultural innovation, I’m posting just a sampling of quick links that I’ve found helpful in getting my brain into a more creative, innovative space for the discussion.

Note: stay tuned to EmergingSF.org for a fuller list of great links which EAP will update after we collect more input from the community and from the event!


From ArtsFwd: Next Practices for Arts Leaders (hands down, one of my favorite arts blogs!)


  • The James Irvine Foundation’s interactive “Arts Innovation Fund” Report
  • Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley is a think tank for the arts, a genuinely interdisciplinary space that brings people together–from across the university and beyond the university, from across the arts and beyond the arts–for unexpected conversations, collaborations, and community-building. “




Misc Ideas & Thought Pieces!

Last but not least: use #BYOID on Twitter to follow/join the convo!

The focus of this short list is nonprofit arts/cultural innovations, but I’m keen to find other examples of more cross-sectoral R&D/innovation partnerships working with the arts sector (e.g. tech, social entrepreneurship, city governments, community-based nonprofits, social services, health care, etc.). 

So please feel free to chime in the comments with other links or resources I should add!

Thanks 🙂

May 18, International Museum Day: (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change

I’m a huge museum nerd, so it was a nice surprise to discover this great annual celebration recently! (Thank goodness for the magical arts interwebs.)

According to the International Museum Day website, it all began with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1977 to “raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.”  Over 30,000 institutions representing 129 countries participated last year, making it a truly global event.

On this day, participating museums interpret an issue that concerns all cultural organisations. International Museum Day is also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public. At the heart of society, museums are institutions dedicated to its development.

Traditionally, International Museum Day is organised around 18 May. It can last a day, a weekend or a whole week, the objective being to meet at the museum with the motto: “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”.

2013’s theme is “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change”.  ICOM describes this as:

The richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today. Reconciling their traditional mission of conservation with the creativity necessary for their revival and the development of their audiences – this is the evolution that museums are trying to undertake, with the strong belief that their presence and actions can transform society constructively.

This truly optimistic theme in the form of an equation dynamically gathers several concepts that are essential to defining what a museum is today, highlighting the universal nature of those institutions and their positive influence on society. It summarises the complexity of museum tasks and recalls that they are meant to contribute to community development and gathering together.

I truly admire their encouraging tone towards educational innovation and the ongoing development of the museum as a community hub that can respond creatively to evolving public needs.  As arts administrators and advocates, I feel that aligning with social change values is a natural way to connect to our audiences, the improvement of our immediate communities, and to the core of our educational missions.


ICOM outlines 5 sub-themes using the lens of social change which form clear, strong advocacy points:

  1. Informal education structures: Museums educate in a recreational way; they are places of initiation without obligation that foster knowledge through continually renewed means.
  2. A social space rooted in its territory: Museums play a role in the identity and dynamism of their territory. Through their action, they contribute to promote the past of their territory and build its future.
  3. An intergenerational link: Museums keep the relationship between a community and its history alive. They are spaces for dialogue between generations.
  4. Displaying heritage in a modern way: Museums have quickly been able to seize the communication and mediation opportunities offered by new media and have broken away from the old-fashioned image they once had.
  5. Innovative practices for a better conservation: Conservation devices are improving and the museum is becoming a real laboratory where work techniques continue to evolve.

Learn more and get involved:

  • Find activities at museums near you: in North America
  • On Twitter, use the hashtag #IMD2013 
  • Follow their Facebook page
  • Download their full PDF press kit here

Arts and culture events, Spring SF [Part 2] May 9 “Social Mixer” and May 13 “Re-imagining the Box”

Welcome to part 2 of this post series featuring arts & culture events from my Emerging Arts Professionals fellowship program.  Rounding out the final two “Spring Series” public events: an EAP Social Mixer and “Re-imagining the Box”

But before we dive in, please make sure to save the date: June 3rd for our Annual Conference, “Emergence”.  I’ll add links and more info soon, promise!  And as always, get the latest and greatest from emergingsf.org and on Twitter @emergingarts.


Emerging Arts Professionals SF Bay Area – Spring Mixer
Thursday, May 9, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pro Arts – 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza  Oakland, CA 94612
FREE! RSVP via Eventbrite

You asked and we answered! We know you love our heady panel discussions and all but, perhaps even more, you love to let your hair down with us.

Come network, mingle, and explore one of Oakland’s leading galleries! Meet fellow Bay Area artists and arts sector workers over drinks and snacks at Pro Arts, and learn more about Emerging Arts Professionals (EAP). See over 400 pieces in Pro Arts’ East Bay Open Studios Preview Exhibition and enter our business card raffle for some special art prizes. Bring your cards and a desire to meet like-minded folks!

Mixer is FREE but please REGISTER HERE


Re-imagining the Box on May 13 at SOMArts

Re-imagining The Box

“Emerging Arts Professionals / San Francisco Bay Area invites you to an evening of open forum discussion to assess where and how R&D fits into arts and cultural innovation.

Join us on May 13 at SOMArts. Register today!

When other sectors are experiencing growth at exponential rates, how can we as arts leaders re-prioritize and re-imagine the R&D process to create impactful and innovative works in our communities? Does R&D necessary lead to innovation–and what does innovation in the arts field even look like at this point?

Re-imagining the Box
R&D, Innovation, and Future Thinkers in the Arts
Monday, May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
SOMArts Cutural Center

We’re conducting a little R&D about R&D, with plans to create a real resource for those in the field who are interested in the now, new, and next.  Who are the future thinkers in the field? How can we make forward thinking in the arts a higher priority in cycles of support?

We’ve invited some future thinkers of our own to get the conversation started, but we need you to bring you own ideas (#BYOID) to make it count!

Speakers include:

Mat Dryhurst, Artup and GAFTA; Jess Curtis, Director/Choreographer/Performer; Jayna Swartzman, Bay Area, Center for Cultural Innovation; Julie Potter, YBCA

Our ultimate goal with this forum is to create a resource informed from your ideas. It will offer a space to share and learn about ways our peers continue to push the field into new directions–but to get things started, we need you!”

We hope to see you all there for a fun, interactive, and creative collaboration on Monday night at SOMarts.  Thanks for supporting our events and stay tuned for updated event recaps soon!