Web seminars are part of NASAA's commitment to providing year-round, cost effective ways for state arts agency staff and council members to learn from one another and keep abreast of current trends.

Upcoming Web Seminars

Strategic Planning Surveys

NASAA Web Seminar: Strategic Planning Surveys

One way state arts agencies create strategic plans is by surveying their stakeholders. Survey questions reflect unique agency goals and state context, and survey responses help to advance agency goals, to better understand constituents and to assess public perception of the arts. On Thursday, April 9, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern, join representatives from three state arts agencies to find out how they are using planning surveys and their results to help move their agencies forward:

  • Ben Watters, Grants and Operations Coordinator, Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Marty Skomal, Director of Programs, Nebraska Arts Council
  • Liz McAleer, Executive Assistant, Executive Director, New York State Council on the Arts
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Past Web Seminars

Individual Artist Support: Trends in Funding and Services


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Visualizing Arts Data

All states and regions collect grants data and federal reporting statistics. How can we communicate that information effectively? How can we bring all those numbers and codes to life? On June 26 join Ryan Stubbs, NASAA's Research Director, as he explores some visually compelling and informative infographics created with state arts agency data and looks "under the hood" at what makes a good visualization.

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Community Development Roundtable

Join NASAA and five state arts agency community development specialists on May 6, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern, for a lively roundtable discussion about the direction that community arts development and arts-driven community development work is heading. Participants discuss emerging trends and challenges as well as the changing roles of community arts development leaders. Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Armstrong, Director, Community Arts Development
    Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development
    Tennessee Arts Commission
  • Wendi Hassan, Community Arts & Museums
    Utah Division of Arts & Museums
  • Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program
    Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • Brian Wagner, Community Development Coordinator
    Oregon Arts Commission
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Federal Budget Briefing

Join NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz and Legislative Counsel Isaac Brown for a briefing on the federal policy and budget landscape following the release of the president's fiscal year 2015 budget request. Gain in-depth perspective on federal funding for the arts, the impact on state arts agencies and what kind of advocacy can make a difference.

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The NEA and BEA Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account Joint Initiative: Preliminary Results

Join NASAA and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) on Wednesday, January 22, for a look at preliminary results from a joint initiative between the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the NEA. The results focus on the arts and cultural sector's contribution to current gross domestic product using the new Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). Our featured presenter, NEA Research and Analysis Director Sunil Iyengar, provides an overview of the data uncovered within ACPSA and discusses what is new and relevant about these data and how they relate to other ongoing efforts to measure the creative output of the arts.

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Public Support for the Arts: A Global Perspective

You are invited to join us on Tuesday, November 19, for a web seminar offering a global perspective on cultural policy and government support for the arts. This session explores how different nations are framing the public value of arts and culture. It also reviews how the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) facilitates the exchange of cultural policy news, research and best practices among ministries of arts and culture around the world. Our featured presenter is Sarah Gardner, executive director of IFACCA; our moderator is Jonathan Katz, NASAA CEO. Take advantage of this special occasion to put your state's work in a global context and to learn how other countries are making a case for public support. More>>>


The Arts and Transportation

You are invited to join us on Thursday, July 11 for a special web seminar exploring opportunities for the arts and transportation. This session, a collaborative offering of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and NASAA, will brief you on new MAP-21 policies and will showcase exemplary efforts integrating the arts and transportation into community livability, sustainability and creative placemaking. Speakers will include representatives from the NEA and the United States Department of Transportation as well as state and local arts and transportation projects. More>>>

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State Arts Agency Preparedness and Response

When disaster strikes, state arts agencies provide ongoing support and services to their constituents and the community as they recover. You are invited to join NASAA and ArtsReady for a look at state arts agency preparedness and response. This one-hour session features the Connecticut Arts Council and the Mississippi Arts Commission, who share their examples of effective response activities and lessons learned. ArtsReady provides additional expert perspective and highlights useful readiness principles for SAAs to consider. We hope you can join us! More>>>

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Federal Briefing

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New Directions in SAA Grant Making

In an effort to contend with new fiscal and political realities, some state arts agencies (SAAs) are retooling their grants programs, altering their grants policies to bring the benefits of arts investments to the foreground and maximize the impact of limited resources. NASAAÕs next web seminar, New Directions in SAA Grant Making, features the changes made by three state arts agencies: the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Tune into this roundtable discussion to hear how these agencies have altered their grant making portfolios, how they have managed those transitions with constituents, and what they are learning that may be of value to other states. More>>>

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The 2012 Elections: Outcomes and the Arts

Join us on for a special web seminar on the 2012 elections and their possible ramifications for state arts agencies and federal arts funding. Isaac Brown, NASAA's Legislative Counsel, will provide analysis and insight on the outcomes of the elections and the subsequent changes in the political landscape. More>>>

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State of the Nonprofit Arts Sector

A new entity, the L3C (low-profit limited liability company), is making inroads into a variety of areas usually reserved for nonprofit organizations. More>>>

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L3Cs and State Arts Agencies

A new entity, the L3C (low-profit limited liability company), is making inroads into a variety of areas usually reserved for nonprofit organizations. More>>>

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State Arts Advocacy in 2012

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Resources for Rural Development:
The USDA and the Arts

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How Strong Is Your Social Net?

NASAA's September 15 web seminar will share a preview of the survey results and their implications. The findings will help arts conveners and grant makers—including state arts agencies—to learn more about the communications needs, attitudes and practices of cultural organizations. (And you may pick up some useful principles to apply to your own agency's communications strategies, too!) More>>>

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Energizing Your Advocates

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Boosting State Economic Growth

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) will share a preview of the findings of a new report from the National Governor's Association (NGA), Boosting State Economic Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design. The report, due to be released later this summer, demonstrates how creative industries, creative place-making and arts education can help states address their most pressing economic challenges. More>>>

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Teaching Artists

This session will share new research that sheds light on the varied roles of teaching artists and the unique contributions they make to arts education. More>>>

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Reflecting on the Recession: Arts Grant-Making Trends

Offered in collaboration with Grantmakers in the Arts, this session explores how the economic downturn is affecting arts grant making. More>>>

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The Lay of the Land: A Look at the 2010 Midterm Elections

Join us for a look at the 2010 mid-term elections and their possible ramifications for state arts agencies and federal arts funding. More>>>

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2011 State Budget Forecast

Hear the latest forecast for state budget conditions and their effects on state funding for the arts. More>>>

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Creative Technology Strategies: Empowering State Arts Agency Communications

Choosing the right strategy from a virtual sea of technology options can be a big challenge. This seminar shares how two state arts agencies have tackled that challenge by combining a thoughtful mix of tech tools to empower their communications and public outreach. More>>>


Evaluation Insights from the Art At Work Initiative

This Web seminar reviews the evaluation strategy used by the Art At Work initiative, emphasizing how an "evaluative thinking" approach has supported positive program outcomes. More>>

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Creative Leadership

State arts agencies can cultivate strong arts leaders at the local level; this session highlights two leadership development programs and offers tips for success in designing such programs for state arts agency constituents. More>>

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Artists and the Recession

This seminar looks at how the recession is affecting the livelihoods and attitudes of individual artists. It includes a look at trends in state arts agency grant funding and services for artists. More>>

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Building Public Will For the Arts

Featuring the public will-building framework used by Metropolitan Group, this seminar explores how arts councils can build public will by tapping into closely held personal values. More>>

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No "Off Season" for Advocacy

This session focuses on strengthening relationships with elected officials on a year- round basis. More>>

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Arts Participation in America

A national overview of changes in arts participation, this seminar includes highlights from the National Endowment for the Arts' latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. More>>

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Creativity in the Natural State

This seminar tells the story of how the state's creative assets have been documented and promoted as economic development assets. More>>

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The Nation's Report Card: Arts 2008

In 2008 the NAEP was administered for the first time in 11 years to students across the country in music and visual art. This seminar presents the major findings from the assessment. More>>

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Contending with Economic Uncertainty

A special Web seminar focusing on how state arts agencies can address today's challenging economic climate. More>>

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Attending NASAA Web seminars

NASAA Web seminars are a member service designed specifically for state arts agencies. All staff and council members are encouraged to participate. To manage costs and help NASAA provide seminars with no registration fees, we ask you not to forward our seminar invitations to your mailing list. However, we encourage you to make the most of this these events by inviting constituents and partners to join you to view the seminar in your office.

NASAA welcomes your feedback and ideas. To share your suggestions or learn more about NASAA's on-line learning menu, please contact Learning Services Manager Eric Giles, 202-347-6352 x117.