Americans for the Arts: First Local Arts Agency Blog Salon

We’re not the only Arts Council blogging out there! This week Americans for the Arts is hosting it’s First Local Arts Agency Blog Salon, where arts agencies from around the country are submitting content to share. Read more below and check back each day to see what folks around the country are saying about the arts!

Welcome to Our First Local Arts Agency Blog Salon.

With local arts agencies facing many challenges, earlier this year Americans for the Arts conducted our second “Listening Post” survey designed to gather a collective perception about the direction of local arts funding and current trends.

Overall, our field seems to be optimistic about the future and are very resilient, but we also wanted to give folks the opportunity to talk about their communities.

As part of the Listening Post, we are launching our first very Local Arts Agency Blog Salon. For this Blog Salon, we’ve invited a sample group of bloggers representing the field as a whole.

Based on the Listening Post, we asked them to write about the following:

  • How the arts community can come together to address changing trends in arts attendance and audience engagement
  • The level of collaboration between arts organizations and non-arts community groups/agencies
  • Other trends/areas that will be important to your community in 2012

This week, you’ll be hearing from the following guest bloggers:

  • Wayne Andrews, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council (Mississippi)
  • Jennifer Armstrong, Illinois State Arts Council
  • Roberto Bedoya, Tucson Pima Arts Council
  • Jan Brennan, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Marc Folk, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
  • Derek Gordon, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Maggie Guggenheimer, Piedmont Council for the Arts (Virginia)
  • Libby Maynard, Ink People (California)
  • Jill McGuire, St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
  • Maria Munoz-Blanco, City of Dallas
  • Felix Padron, San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Michael Spring, Miami-Dade County Department of  Cultural Affairs
  • Richard Stein, Arts Orange County (California)
  • Sarah VanLanduyt, Arts Council of Johnson County (Kansas)
  • Will Maitland Weiss, Arts & Business Council of New York
  • Erin Williams, Worcester Cultural Coalition (Massachusetts)

We hope you will join us all week on ARTSblog to learn from one another, share your comments and questions, and to tell us about the trends you see in your community.

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