VOL. 12 NO. 2
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Putting the Pieces Together
Revealing the Personal Benefits and Public Value of the Arts Symposium for Kentucky Arts Council Organizational Grantees - March 17, 2005.
Kentucky Arts Council organizational grantees are invited to join in a March 17th symposium focused on revealing the personal benefits and public value of the arts. For the past three years the Kentucky Arts Council , along with both in-state and national partners, has been part of a learning community charged with developing standards to increase cultural participation. Through the State Arts Partnership for Cultural Participation (START), the Arts Council and the twelve other state arts agencies awarded Wallace Foundation funding to build participation have been learning new strategies and developing "best practices" for building participation and demonstrating the public value of the arts.
Gerald D. (Jerry) Yoshitomi, an independent cultural facilitator who has worked extensively with the Wallace Foundation and the state arts agencies throughout the START Initiative, will lead the group in understanding six competencies necessary to master the personal benefits and public value concepts of the arts. Yoshitomi's opening session will be followed by case-study presentations from sample Arts Council grantees that received funding through the START Building Participation grant programs. The final session of the day will be interactive with symposium participants helping the case-study grantees develop methods for using the six competencies to continue and further their work begun through the building participation grants.
Symposium participants are encouraged to introduce to their own organizations and constituents the action steps and methods introduced during the day. A follow-up conference call will allow organizations to share their work to date, and receive input from Yoshitomi, KAC staff, and other participants. Organizations that send teams to the symposium and participate in the follow-up call will be eligible to apply for a limited number of building participation/revealing public value grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Input and results from the March 17th symposium and the follow-up work, along with the work developed over the last three years, will inform a Building Participation and Revealing Public Value Toolkit developed by the Kentucky Arts Council. Tentative release date for the Toolkit is scheduled for the fall of 2005, at the Kentucky Arts Council statewide conference. The Toolkit will be available for use by Kentucky groups and organizations as well as groups across the country.
The full-day symposium will be held in Louisville on March 17. Organizations are encouraged to bring teams from their organization to fully benefit from the presentations and utilize the strategies within their own organization. Registration will be limited. Organizations may register online at http://www.artscouncil.ky.gov/forms/pieces2005.htm.
Pre-jury workshops are being offered to assist craftspeople who want to jury into the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program or Visual Arts at the Market program. Workshop leaders will talk about the benefits of being juried participants of the programs, criteria for selection and the application process. Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their work. After the presentation, program representatives can offer brief private critiques, hands-on discussion and consultations about the participant's work. These pre-jury workshops will take place: April 6, Paducah; April 14, Covington; April 20, Berea: and May 3, Hindman.
For additional information on the jury process and pre-jury sessions or to request a printed craft jury application, please contact Charla Reed at 1/888/592-7238: direct line, 502-564-9827; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the Visual Arts at the Market program, please contact Amber Luallen at 1-888-833-2787: direct line, 502-564-5116; or email email@example.com.
The Kentucky Arts Council, in partnership with the Kentucky Center, is offering workshops focused on helping organizations develop plans to make their programs and facilities accessible to all. The Access - From the Word Go! Workshops are targeted to new and emerging arts and cultural organizations or to new staff at established organizations, and will include information on developing accessibility plans, understanding the legal obligations involved in making programs and sites accessible, and creating a welcome and inclusive environment for all of your events. There is no charge for the workshops, but advance registration is required due to limited space.
Workshop Times and Locations are:
Wednesday, March 9: 9-12:30
Tuesday, March 15: 9-12:30
Friday, March 25: 9-12:30
To register for one of the workshops, please contact Stacy Ridgway at 502-562-0111 (V), 502-562-0140 (TTY), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.