ArtsLP's Success in Silver City!

ArtSpark’s Arts Listening Project travelled to Silver City on November 15, 2013 and we are happy to say we had a great a turnout and a very lively  event.  The ArtsLP seeks to discover how to best support artists, artisans, designers, and other creatives in different communities by facilitating dialogues across a wide spectrum on diverse community stakeholders.  In Silver City, a total of 15 people participated, and all 14 stakeholder categories were represented (with one additional community member/advocate). To the left is the ArtsLP model that depicts these stakeholder categories. A lot of different perspectives and viewpoints were shared throughout the

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Resource ThuRsdays: Linked In #3, Best Practices for Artists

(Please forgive the re-post! This post did not make it through a recent update.) To sum up our ongoing discussion of LinkedIn and how it relates to the nonprofit art sector and individual artists, artisans, designers, writers, and other creatives, we at ArtSpark have compiled a few resources that will help you put your best foot forward on this professional networking site. In this excellent post that has 9 tips for using LinkedIn as an artist (whichever type you identify as), you’ll find some basic suggestions and a few rare gems of advice. My favorite is #7, which basically says:

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Resource ThuRsdays: Linked In #2, for Nonprofit Organizations

(This post got deleted through an update to our website, so please excuse the double-post!) It is fascinating seeing and interacting with so many people in the arts and culture nonprofit sector. Though the focus of their philanthropy or awareness-raising work varies, their mission was always the same: create art & inspire others, truly connect with communities and individuals needed to make the creativeproject happen, make a plan & a budget, find funding, somehow pull it all off, make a difference, and then… repeat! What’s at the heart of all successful arts and culture projects in the nonprofit arena? Artists,

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The Perfect (and less than…) Arts Investor/Donor

The latest salon/conversation in the ArtSpark series, “Asking for $$,” uncovered some v-e-r-y interesting ideas and experiences around what makes a perfect and less-than-perfect investor/donor for artists and arts organizations.  (Investors/donors includes individuals and partners like foundations and the public sector.) The PERFECT investor/donor: is excited about the work the artist or arts org is doing, makes a multi-year commitment (continues to give, be involved), feels a sense of ownership (sharing, not proprietary!), wants to be part of the artist’s or arts org’s community, refers other investors/donors, is comfortable giving online, likes to network, is honest about chances for funding

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An Ode to Creative Conversations

ArtSpark has joined up with Creative ABQ to co-sponsor a series of “Creative Conversations” here in ABQ.  These Conversations are a different kind of gathering as we celebrate and dialogue about the spectrum of creativity in our community, ranging from creative businesses to artistic creativity to social action.  This Thursday at 5pm (tomorrow!) is a conversation with Marietta Leis and David Vogel about their recent artist residency in Finland.  Conversationalists will meet at Marietta’s studio accompanied by wine and nibblies.  The next Creative Conversation will be with The Grove Cafe and Market, a very luscious and successful business in ABQ’s

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