Animating Democracy December 2012 E-News
Animating Democracy News and Updates

Catch Highlights From Animating Democracy’s Blog Salon:
Does Size Matter?

The notion of scaling up has gained currency (and buzz) as arts organizations, artists, and funders seek greater impact from their efforts and investments. The idea of sharing something that is effective so that the benefits can be experienced by more people is attractive, especially when something is producing good results.

We’re excited about the insights and perspective gained from leaders in the field who explored questions of when, why, and how to orchestrate and resource greater scale. For a complete run-down of the salon, check out our final post, which summarizes the wide range of topics covered by our bloggers including

  • breadth v. depth
  • movement building v. replication
  • way to structure scale and scope
  • technology
  • the role of artists/individuals
  • the role of big institutions and funders

Add your voice to these great bloggers:

Michael Rohd  (Artistic Director of Sojourn Theatre)
KJ Sanchez (Founder/CEO of American Records)
Laura Zabel (ED of Springboard for the Arts)
Xavier Cortada (FIU Artist-in residence)
Laura Belcher (National Director for
MK Wegmann (CEO of the National Performance Network)
Karen Stults & Kalima Young (MICA and the Baltimore Art + Justice Project)
Victor Kuo (Senior Learning and Evaluation Consultant at FSG)
Andrew Taylor (Assistant Professor of Arts Management at American University)
Roberto Bedoya (ED of Tuscan Pima Arts Council)
Judi Jennings (Executive Director of the Kentucky Foundation for Women)
Bill O’Brien (Senior Advisor for Program Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts)
Ian David Moss (Research Director for Fractured Atlas)
Jeanette Lee & Mike Medow (Co-Directors of the Allied Media Project)
Doug Borwick (CEO of Outfitters4, Inc. and ArtsEngaged)
Betsy Theobald Richards (Creative Fellow at the Opportunity Agenda)
Kathie de Nobriga (Mayor for the City of Pine Lake and Project Manager for the Arts and Democracy Project)

Photos from Regin Igloria and Xavier Cortada's posts.

Happy Holidays from the Animating Democracy Team!

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us this year. From our generous funding partners at the Surdna, Cummings, CrossCurrents, Lambent, and Open Society Foundations to our friends and colleagues out in the field, we offer our sincere gratitude for the numerous ways in which you work with us to move of the work of arts for change forward. Cheers to your inspiring work in 2012, perpetual thanks for your support, and best wishes for a bright new year.


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