Join Arts Midwest for three virtual Explorations in the Gather Round Series. The Gather Round Series is dedicated to advancing sustainable resilience and recovery for historically under-resourced communities, organizations and leaders.
Rebuilding and Reimagining: How to Use Scenario Planning to Make Strategic Decisions
Thursday, April 29, 2021 from Noon – 1:30pm Central Time
In the April Exploration, participants learned how to rebuild and reimagine through scenario planning with Julie Koo of the nonprofit management consulting firm TDC. They explored how to weigh strategy with financials, asked questions of an expert, and walked away with a framework.
|Watch the Exploration Recording||Read the Exploration Transcript|
|Download the Slide Deck||Download a Cash Flow Projection Template|
Nurturing the Rural Ecosystem
Thursday, May 20 from Noon – 1:30pm Central Time
In the May Exploration, Benya Kraus, Lead for America Co-Founder and Minnesota Executive Director, led a conversation on building sustainability within our collective work.
Best practices and challenges were shared across the areas of community care, revenue, public investment, and self-care (how to ensure your organization is sustainable for future generations).
Benya was joined by these dynamic Midwestern leaders and United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund grantees:
- Stacy Braun, executive director, Aberdeen Area Arts Council, Aberdeen, SD
- John Breuninger, board president, Woodland Indian Art, Oneida: WI
- Kayla Boye, executive director, The Youngstown Playhouse, Youngstown, OH
- Aileen Pagán-Rohwer, director, Riverfolk Music and Arts, Manchester MI
- Jessie Veeder Scofield, director, Long X Arts Foundation, Watford City, ND
|Watch the Exploration Recording||Read the Exploration Transcript (Coming Soon)|
|Host a Lead for America Fellow||Read or watch more about Lead for America|
|Kauffman Center: Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Playbook|
Anti-Racism in a Rural Setting
Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm Central Time
In the June Exploration, Stuart’s Opera House and their community partners led a conversation on building a community-wide anti-racist action plan in the rolling Appalachian hills of southeast Ohio as they continue to listen, learn, and make mistakes.
In April, Stuart’s hosted the first of what will be many gatherings in support of building an anti-racist arts community in Athens County Ohio. The April summit was the culmination of the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in which Stuart’s has been engaged.
|Watch the Exploration Recording||Read more about moderator Kayla Kim Votapek|
|Find out more about the land you are on https://native-land.ca/ or text your location to 907-312-5085||Read The Four Parts of Accountability: How To Give A Genuine Apology|
|Learn more about Stuart’s Opera House Cultural Equity||Read Dr. jw Smith’s Vital Speech of the Day delivered at the first Black Summit in Athens, Ohio on February 18, 2021|
|NPR’s list of books, films, and podcasts: Racism is a Start, Not a Panacea||Fractured Atlas’ Anti-Racism Resources for Arts and Nonprofits|
This series is part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, a national recovery and resilience initiative made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and an anonymous donor. For the last few months, grantees have been sharing ideas, perspectives, and experiences in Circles. Circles are small sessions that grow into themes and topics for larger field-wide Explorations.