Gather Round Series

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.


April Exploration

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 (1.5 hours duration) Read the Exploration Transcript
Download the Slide Deck  Download a Cash Flow Projection Template 


May Exploration

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, will lead a conversation on building sustainability within our collective work.

Best practices and challenges will be shared across the areas of community care, revenue, public investment, and self-care (how to ensure your organization is sustainable for future generations).

Benya will be joined by these dynamic Midwestern leaders and United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund grantees:




June Exploration

Thursday, June 10

Stuart’s Opera House and their community partners in the Appalachian hills of southeast Ohio will lead a conversation on their experience and ongoing work of building a community-wide anti-racist action plan.


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.