Designing Social Interfaces

You all know I adore adaptive path…..  here they go again….

Everyone has the social bug. Clients and designers are scrambling to add features to sites that encourage social interaction: blogs, profiles, statuscasting, ratings, awards, sharing, tagging, favoriting. So many possibilites.

So what is the best way to add “social” to your site in a way that is appropriate and truly engages your audience?
To answer this question Dan and I went to the experts: Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone, co-authors of Designing Social Interfaces. Erin and Christian will be leading a workshop at UX Week next month that addresses the unique challenge of designing digital social environments.
In order to find out how they work their social magic Dan and I decided to ditch the traditional interview format. When they showed up at the San Francisco studio we did not have a list of questions prepared but instead asked them to consult with us on a specific challenge close to home: So how can we add social to the Adaptive Path website?

Read the full article:  http://adaptivepath.com/ideas/d071510

Designing Social Interfaces

Arts Educators 10-13-2011

Arts Educators,
Below you will find information on a report on Teaching Artists and the Future of Education, Call for Authors for National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Journal of Dance Education, Montana Conversations: Speakers in Schools, two new College Board Reports in Support of National Standards for Arts Education, “How The Arts Ed Field Can Be Its Own Worst Enemy,” material and resources on arts integration, Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook and Resources, and two items from the Artful Manager blog.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Teaching Artists and the Future of Education
By NORC at the University of Chicago August 2011
Prior studies have provided strong evidence that arts education has powerful positive effects on student achievement and outcomes.  NORC’s new study offers hope to schools struggling to preserve arts education programs and to policy-makers searching for effective education strategies to improve schools.
Executive Summary and Final Report are available at this link.
Call for Authors for National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Journal of Dance Education

To serve the Pre K-12 population, The National Dance Education Organization’s Journal of Dance Education (JODE) will launch a new annual issue in 2012 titled Dance Educator. Targeted specifically to the needs and interests of teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools, this annual September issue will provide newly applied research, innovative pedagogical approaches, and meaningful methods and lesson plans for today’s Pre K-12 dance educator. The September 2012 issue will focus on assessment in dance and address current issues, practical applications, and the link between assessment and the Dance Standards. Interested authors are requested to submit an abstract that focuses on one of the specified article topics. For more information on submission guidelines, see the full announcement here on NDEO’s website.  The deadline to submit an abstract for this edition is November 11, 2011.

Humanities MONTANA October e-Newsletter
Montana Conversations: Speakers in Schools
Our new Speakers in the Schools program is now available and has been booked eleven times already. This FREE program provides over 70 presentations on a variety of topics appropriate for middle and high school students. See the complete catalog of programs here. Teachers are urged to contact Kim Anderson for more information about bringing conversation leaders to a classroom near you.
New College Board Reports in Support of National Standards for Arts Education

The College Board, in partnership with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), has released two new research reports designed to support the revision of the National Arts Education Standards:

·        The International Arts Education Standards: A Survey of the Arts Education Standards and Practices of Fifteen Countries and Regions—outlines existing international standards and/or benchmarks for arts education in more than a dozen of the world’s most educationally advanced countries. http://nccas.wikispaces.com/International+Standards
 
·        Arts Education Standards and 21st Century Skills—analyzes the relationship between the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ Skills Map in the Arts http://nccas.wikispaces.com/21st+Century+Gap+Analysis
Richard Kessler, who will be blogging from the 2011 GIA Conference later this week, posts to his own blog, Dewey 21C: For about as long as I have been in this field, which is longer than I would now like to admit, I have witnessed the unfortunate tendency for us to shoot ourselves in the foot…
Material and resources on arts integration:
Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook and Resources
This guidebook provides Colorado schools and districts with research-based information and ideas on ways to improve or expand their arts education programs. As the economic needs of the state have evolved, so has the urgency to provide our students with an education that will best prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow, one that will require skills that are taught most effectively through the arts: invention, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and reasoning, self-direction, communication, and collaboration.
This guide is intended to help schools, districts, parents, community members and most importantly, the students, gain equal access to the arts. Whether you live in an urban setting or a rural setting, arts education is vital to developing the next generation of American innovators.
For more details and to access of copy of the guidebook, please visit the Colorado Department of Education Arts Webpage and scroll down to the NEW section: http://www.cde.state.co.us/otl/Art.htm
THE ARTFUL MANAGER a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, ataylor@artsjournal.com
TINY INTERVENTIONS…
And, since we’re talking about cultural facility megaprojects, here’s a little, tiny, whimsical cultural facility that could actually transform its community: The Little Free Library.
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
DISCOVERING MUSIC NOT BY CONTENT, BUT BY MOOD…
You can discover music you like, or might like, in a batch of different ways. Musicovery offers a path to discover new music based on your current mood. What might cultural managers learn from the experiment?
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Arts Educators 10-13-2011

Arts Organizations 10-13-2011

Arts Organizations,
Below you will find information on grants to promote Japanese performing arts in the US, GIA (Grantmakers in the Arts) has published a report on the Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Aging, a report on Teaching Artists and the Future of Education, The 5 worst interview questions … and what to ask instead, several items from the Artful Manager blog and one job opening.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
Grants Promote Japanese Performing Arts in the U.S. and Canada
Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan
The mission of the Japan Foundation is to establish international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) program is designed to promote Japanese performing arts in North America. PAJ supports initiatives created by U.S. and Canadian nonprofit organizations to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts, as well as encouraging collaborations between Japanese and North American artists. The PAJ Touring Grants assist in the presentation of Japanese performing arts in the U.S. and Canada, emphasizing locations outside major metropolitan areas. The PAJ Collaboration Grants allow Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works that will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The application deadline is November 1, 2011. Visit the Japan Foundation website to download the PAJ funding guidelines.
GIA (Grantmakers in the Arts) has published a report on the Thought Leader Forum on Arts and Aging, which was held on April 6, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The report was authored by Suzanne Callahan, Callahan Consulting for the Arts, and Diane Mataraza, Mataraza Consulting, and can now be downloaded from the GIA Library.
Teaching Artists and the Future of Education
By NORC at the University of Chicago August 2011
Prior studies have provided strong evidence that arts education has powerful positive effects on student achievement and outcomes.  NORC’s new study offers hope to schools struggling to preserve arts education programs and to policy-makers searching for effective education strategies to improve schools.
Executive Summary and Final Report are available at this link.
The 5 worst interview questions … and what to ask instead
The interview remains a hiring manager’s most effective tool for evaluating job candidates. Unfortunately, managers too often rely on a list of standard interview questions for which most applicants have canned responses.
THE ARTFUL MANAGER a weblog on the business of arts & culture by Andrew Taylor, ataylor@artsjournal.com
WANTED: ‘GUARDIAN AD LITEM’ FOR CULTURAL FACILITIES…
In cultural facility megaprojects, who at the decision table represents the future resilience of the mission? Often, nobody.
Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011
TINY INTERVENTIONS…
And, since we’re talking about cultural facility megaprojects, here’s a little, tiny, whimsical cultural facility that could actually transform its community: The Little Free Library.
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
DISCOVERING MUSIC NOT BY CONTENT, BUT BY MOOD…
You can discover music you like, or might like, in a batch of different ways. Musicovery offers a path to discover new music based on your current mood. What might cultural managers learn from the experiment?
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011
STRIVING TO BE COMMENT-WORTHY…
The rise of social media, and more specifically social media advertising revenue, has nudged a rather interesting question: How should we measure success?
Posted: Tuesday, October  4, 2011
RELATIVE WEALTH…
Many people who haven’t done big-ticket philanthropy can be intimidated by the numbers. If your family wasn’t wealthy, and you’ve never been wealthy, asking for a major gift can feel like asking for the moon. Enter the concept of ‘relative wealth.’
Posted: Friday, October  7, 2011
JOB OPENING
Employment Opportunity
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Beverly Hills, CA
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of references by Friday, November 18th For more information see the attached document.

Arts Organizations 10-13-2011

Artists 10-12-2011

Artists,
Below you will find an opportunity for documentary film makers – Oct 17 or 31 deadline, musicians and two for visual arts/crafts.
Information about unsubscribing to this email newsletter is at the end of the email.
Regards,
Beck
Beck McLaughlin Education & Web Services Director Montana Arts Council PO Box 202201 Helena, MT 59620-2201 406-444-6522 Arts in Education Hotline 800-282-3092 http://artscounterbalance.wordpress.com/
FILM
Final Deadline Approaching for 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Final Deadline – Postmarked  by October 17, 2011 Extended Deadline (Withoutabox ONLY) – Postmarked  by October 31, 2011
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West, is seeking submissions for its ninth annual event. From February 17-26, 2012 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana’s largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana.  In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking round-tables.
The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres, subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short (15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15 minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).
Finished films, rough cuts and works-in-progress are all accepted for this final deadline, provided that the completed film will be available for exhibition by February 17, 2012.
DVD (NTSC/PAL), DVCAM (NTSC/PAL), HDV (NTSC), and miniDV (NTSC/PAL) accepted for preview.
Enter via Withoutabox.com at – <http://www.withoutabox.com/login/3969>
or download entry form in pdf format at – <http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/bsdff/festival/submissions>
If you would like an entry form emailed to you in pdf format, send a request to <callforentries@bigskyfilmfest.org>.
For more information visit <http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/>
MUSIC
Carnegie Hall Seeks Fellows for 2012-2014 Seasons

The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, is seeking postgraduate musicians to apply for its two-year fellowship program for 2012–2014.

Fellowship includes:

·        A series of performances at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and other venues as Ensemble ACJW
·        Opportunities to engage with schools and communities through music
·        Professional development in artistic excellence, education, advocacy, and leadership
·        Collaborations and performances with acclaimed professionals in the music industry, including musicians, conductors, presenters, journalists, and composers
·        Time commitment of approximately 20 hours per week
·        A stipend, monthly MetroCard, and health benefits
·        Acceptance is by application and audition. Application deadline is December 1, 2011. Live auditions will take place March 12–16, 2012, in New York City.
 
To apply, visit acjw.org or call 212-903-9799 for more information.
                           
VISUAL ART CRAFTS
Destination Rapid City is requesting qualifications from sculptors interested in participating in a commission / residency project to take place at Main Street Square, Rapid City’s newest community development project. A contract will be awarded for a sculpture to be created during the summer of 2012 with further commissions (by other artists) planned for subsequent summers. To complete this park, there is a potential for the commission of one sculpture each year for twenty years.
>Timeline:
November 10, 2011-deadline: RFQ Letter of interest November 22, 2011 – Finalists announced
January 5, 2012 – Full proposal/Maquette deadline
January 15, 2012 – Approve artist
February 2012 – Negotiate/execute contract with selected artist
Late May 2012 – Begin sculpting on site
Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking artists and craftsmen working in fiber in the Northwest (AK, BC, ID, MT, OR & WA) to apply to the BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet (October 25, 2012 – February 24, 2013). Entrants are invited to take a creative approach to the fiber medium – the theme of this edition – considering both traditional expressions of fiber art and the fringes of the medium, where art and craft merge. Proposals for new work are encouraged.
SUBMISSIONS DUE DECEMBER 15, 2011

Artists 10-12-2011

NEA Accessibility Resources

State Arts Agencies can foster a welcoming environment for their constituents by including a statement of accessibility on their websites. An accessibility statement is language telling online visitors that the organization does not discriminate against people with disabilities and offers accommodations to ensure broad access to its programming, facilities, or granting processes. The statement can address other aspects of diversity as well, such as older adults, people in healthcare settings, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. 
Publicizing an access policy demonstrates that your organization is making a “good faith effort” to comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, and it encourages grantees and constituents to do the same. This policy can also be part of a more comprehensive guide to accessibility that provides online resources, effective practices, and links to local accessibility and disability organizations.
The NEA’s Office of Accessibility has many resources to help you develop an inclusive and informative accessibility statement, including the Accessibility Planning and Resource Guide for Cultural Administrators, which gives guidance on access policies and statements under “Step 5.”  The Guide can be found on the NEA’s website at: http://www.arts.gov/resources/Accessibility/Planning/index.html. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Accessibility if you have any questions or would like examples of accessibility statements. 
NEA Accessibility Resources