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30 Years of Arts Midwest: Raising Dough

Jul. 29, 2015

Arts Midwest formulated many budgets over the last 30 years. And while a blog post about finance may not seem exciting, we beg to differ! Why? Because in those 30 years, Arts Midwest balanced its budget each and every year—that’s a feat to brag about! However, we would be remiss to say we did it all on our own.

Through many economic downturns and even the recent Great Recession, Arts Midwest’s supporters never wavered. Individuals, corporations, and foundations; our nine member state arts...

Seeking bright ideas for the Arts Midwest Conference

Jul. 21, 2015

Do you have a new idea that might inspire your colleagues in the performing arts? Attendees are invited to submit ideas for two different sessions at this year’s Arts Midwest Conference. The first session will be a fun and fast-paced collection of big picture ideas, and the second session goes a bit more in depth and focuses on new ideas for fundraising and connecting with donors.

Check out the session descriptions below and submit your ideas in advance of the Conference. Submissions for both...

David J. Fraher Future Leaders' Fund Award 2015

Jul. 14, 2015

Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s David J. Fraher Future Leaders’ Fund Award. Congratulations to Sarah Bannon (Des Moines, IA), Lindsay Dalrymple (Mason City, IA), and Josh Inmon (Springfield, MO).

This award will provide three outstanding early-career arts administrators with a full scholarship to attend the 2015 Arts Midwest Conference in Kansas City, Missouri from September 9–12, 2015.

The David J. Fraher Future...

Renowned accessibility leader to present keynote address at 2015 Conference

Jul. 01, 2015

Arts Midwest is thrilled to announce that renowned accessibility leader Lisa Carling will deliver the keynote address for the 2015 Arts Midwest Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The presentation, Sensory Friendly Performances: Changing People’s Lives, will take place on Friday, September 11, from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

As Director of Accessibility...

2015–2016 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants

Jun. 16, 2015

Arts Midwest today announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states, plus the District of Columbia, to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

For thirteen consecutive years, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced middle and high school students to the power of live theater, and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Since the program’s inception in 2003,...