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

http://cgu.edu/bradshaw

http://cgu.edu/bradshaw

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

Advertisements

[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

Allied Media Conference 2013: “communications, art, technology, education and social justice”

If you’ve been following this blog, I’m sure you’re already in-the-know about the Allied Media Conference 2013 that’s happening right now.

Matter of fact, if it wasn’t for a recent bout with bronchitis + laryngitis, I’d love to be in Detroit along with all the amazing activists, artists, and cultural organizers working at the intersections of comms, art, tech, education & SJ.  Thankfully, there’s PLENTY of great content to follow online to e-share in the uniquely grassroots and participatory vibe that AMC does so well.

Make sure to check out http://amc.alliedmedia.org to follow their blog, along with the happenings on social media:

I can’t wait to see all the videos, blog posts, and recaps after this weekend.  Chime in the comments below if you were there, and/or feel free to suggest any other sites with additional info, photos/videos, or notes from the conference participants!

Who’s AMP & what’s AMC all about?

A few excerpts from their sites:

Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just and creative world.

From the intersection of communications, art, technology, education and social justice, we share and develop models for transforming ourselves and our communities. Read our mission and network principles.  AMP organizes the annual Allied Media Conference. Our local programs innovate media-based practices in education, economic development and community organizing.

The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing.

AMC Vision

PARTICIPATORY MEDIA TO TRANSFORM OUR SELVES & OUR WORLD

The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.

CREATE

The AMC supports learning of all different kinds and at all different levels. The workshops are hands-on and participatory. Knowledge is passed horizontally rather than from the top down. Everyone teaches and everyone learns. At the AMC, media creation is not only about personal expression, but about transformation – of ourselves and the structures of power around us. We create media that exposes, investigates, resists, heals, builds confidence and radical hope, incites dialogue and debate. We demystify technology, not only learning how to use it, but how to take it apart, fix it and build our own.  We do it ourselves and as communities, connecting across geographic and generational boundaries.

CONNECT

The AMC is a network of networks – youth organizations, international solidarity activists, anti-violence organizers, technologists, educators, media reform advocates, alternative economists, musicians and artists, disability activists, and many others – all using media in innovative ways. Some of these networks have sprouted from the conference, grown over the course of the year, then reconvened in Detroit larger and healthier. Others have adopted the AMC as an annual point of convergence and a space to forge new relationships. Through cycles of collaboration, question-asking and experimentation, our networks continue to grow, bringing new analysis, and new tools to the AMC every year.

TRANSFORM

The deeper our networks grow, the greater our capacity grows to take collective actions to transform our world. We recognize that transformation happens through our everyday movements. At the AMC, we develop new leaders and new forms of leadership, design new methods of problem-solving, cultivate the visions of our communities and build our power to make those visions real. Our strategies for transformation don’t begin or end with the three days of the conference. They evolve in our lives and our work throughout the year.

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.

poster_IMD2013_tri_180_05

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!

Arts and culture events, Spring SF [part 1] March’s “The Arts Skyline 2015” and April’s “501 See (3) You Later?”

It’s turning out to be a great spring full of arts & culture events in San Francisco.  My Emerging Arts Professionals fellowship program is in full gear with our  own “Spring Series” called “Deconstruction.” Get the latest and greatest from emergingsf.org and on Twitter @emergingarts.

(*Original post from April now updated with event recaps for those who missed it):

The Arts Skyline 2015
Wednesday, March 27 at the Center for New Music
“With major renovations and new building projects for both longstanding arts institutions and emerging ones underway, the Bay Area’s Arts Skyline is undergoing a significant shift – in philosophy and in practice. Creative placemaking and other trends have begun to inform a reimagined concept of the spaces and places in which we create, exchange, imagine, perform, and present; transient multipurpose projects from pop-ups to reclaimed spaces are transforming the way we think about the arts institution as place. “
Panelists:  Barrett Shaver, Director of Development, SFJAZZ; Christopher Borg, Executive Director, Community Music Center; Gina Basso, Public Programs Associate, SFMOMA; Jack Carpenter, Production Director, SF Ethnic Dance Festival
 
* Missed it?  Well,  you’re in luck… here’s a blog post with a great event recap!
…………………

501 See (3) You Later?
Thursday, April 18th 2013 at Hub Berkeley

“Is the 501(c)(3) model the only way to run an arts organization? Arts and culture organizations face greater challenges as traditional arts funding decreases and philanthropic needs shift rapidly. Join us to learn about new financial models including benefit corporations (B corps), low-profit limited liability corporations (L3Cs) , and the emerging economy of social enterprises and impact investing. 
Experts from the field will teach you essential information on each of these new financial models while you mingle with arts, culture, and business workers from across the Bay Area region. We will conclude the evening with a fun arts prototyping activity giving you the opportunity to make a creative enterprise using one of the new financial models.”

Panelists: Mariko Chang (Former EAP Fellow & Masters Candidate at JFK University); Andy Fyfe (Community Developmment at B Lab); Josh Furnas (Owner at Selfless);  Daniel Roberts (Attorney at K2 Law Group)

*I’ll make sure to add the link to the event recap for 501 See (3) You Later? when it’s available. 

…………………

Hope you enjoyed these public programs.  These community events are what I love best about being part of EAP.  And I know the EAPers and panelists worked hard to make it an informative, connective, and fun experience for all.

Stay tuned for the next 2 events in my next post in May!
(Save the dates: May 9th and May 13th!)

[infographic] Who’s Who in Public Interest Design

www.publicinterestdesign.org/people

Happy new year all!  I hope 2013 brings you a fresh perspective on the days ahead with renewed vigor and creativity.

On that note,  I’m sharing this rockin’ infographic titled “the Public Interest Design 100″ from a great site I follow at publicinterestdesign.

Designer Megan Jett highlighted 100 of the most talented, social progressives  working in various sectors at “the intersection of design and service.” The list includes nonprofits, educators, funders, organizers, policymakers, and artists.  I’ve personally used the list to curate a new list of folks to follow on Twitter to keep my “new ideas” streams topped-off  throughout the year.

Explore their process story and see the full, high-quality image versions at http://www.publicinterestdesign.org/people.

Update: May 2013 – Check out their freshly released “Global Public Interest Design 100” version.

https://i1.wp.com/www.publicinterestdesign.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/PID100FINAL6203.jpg
http://www.publicinterestdesign.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/PID100FINAL6203.jpg

P.S. If you loved this infographic, then make sure to also check out their Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes page showcasing the exhibition at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. (The exhibition opened for display from October 4, 2012 and will be up/traveling for up to 5 more years).