08 10 / 2013
What is the best way to reach teenagers? Well, that’s simple, isn’t it? Grab some food, post some flyers, and the teenagers will appear. However, that isn’t the case, and some organizations are starting to recognize that. For example, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has been utilizing their UNITY Teen Writing Workshop to help teens express themselves through writing.
Kate Merrigan, the UNITY Program Coordinator, explains that the medium of writing is a safe place to start. “They have to write all the time anyway…. It’s an easy entry point into art-making because this is something that you’re already doing.” The program has chosen to stay away from prompts, as the students sometimes feel limited by the choices provided.
It’s a sense of discovery that benefits the students as they are completing creative writing projects, like an “I Am Poem,” because the students are able to express themselves through a medium that is central to learning their own identity and is a safe format for sharing that identity as well. As Kate explains, “There are other art forms that create that invitation—self-portraits create that invitation, theater creates that invitation, but I think it’s really clear for teens than an I Am From poem is a way to share your identity right now.”
“Teenagers crave that,” she explains. “We all do. Who doesn’t like talking about themselves?”
19 9 / 2013
A program description from George Mason University:
"Our mission is to advance the management of all aspects of the arts: commercial and not-for-profit; theatre, dance, music, visual, museum, literary, film, video and the combination of any and all of these in exciting arts centers around the country. Our graduates provide for the continuance, development and nurturing of the art form, the artist and the audience, using technology, science, best practices, relevant and vibrant communications and good practical reasoning, taught by some of this country’s most outstanding practicing arts managers."
"To Manage Not Administer–The Maun of Coordination and Alignment
First, the program is called the Master of Arts in Arts Management, rather than Arts Administration, the more common nomenclature. The word management derives from the Greek root maun, meaning “to coordinate” or “to bring into alignment.”
Our vision is to see arts managers bring into alignment the many resources required to birth, sustain, and further develop arts organizations. We also see management as occurring at a variety of levels:
- those who would coordinate the people
- engage the community
- develop and sustain the audiences
- influence the politics
- foster the development
- track the finances
- plan artistic programming
We prepare candidates to support both internal and external alignment, in seamless fashion and at all levels of opportunity and engagement.”
17 9 / 2013
"Our intuition is shaped by context, and that context is deeply informed by the world we live in. It can thus serve as a blinder — or blind spot — of sorts. … With mindfulness, however, we can strive to find a balance between fact-checking our intuitions and remaining open-minded. We can then make our best judgments, with the information we have and no more, but with, as well, the understanding that time may change the shape and color of that information."
12 9 / 2013
Need I say more?
The Sundance Institute, widely known for its film festival, has a wonderful website. It contains so many different resources, including video clips for Meet the Artists, articles, programs, events, and so much else.
The website as a whole tells a great story into what the organization is, who they are, how they can serve artists and professionals, and what impacts they have made in the art community.
They don’t just share their own stories, but everyone else’s too. Definitely a place to go when you need inspiration.
12 9 / 2013
When looking for inspiration, I often lean towards venues I have attended and then see what resources and outlets they offer.
Back in January, I attended a few performances at the HERE Arts Center in NYC. When I was looking at their website, I stumbled upon a project called MADE HERE.
MADE HERE is a documentary series, going on its fourth season, highlighting different performing artists in New York City. Each season has different topics which it highlights. Below is a description from their website:
MADE HERE is a documentary series devoted to the lives of performing artists based in New York City. In Season One, the series explored the issues of Creative Real Estate, Day & Night Jobs, Family Balance, Activism and Technology. In Season Two, MADE HERE explored Identity, Creative Practice, Money, Lifework, and Home. Season Three will focus on Art & Commerce, Criticism, and Health. Season Four will explore Gender & Sexuality, Influence and the question of Staying or Going.
A huge resource for artists, this website has grown and has included over 87 artists so far.