Leigh Patton (from Tennessee) sent out an email today….
I am happy to announce that two Green Papers* have been posted by our peers on the Americans for the Arts’ ARTSblog. Maryo Gard Ewell adapted her monograph “Effective Community Arts Development: Fifty Years, Fifty Tips” to address the future of community development, and George Tzougros wrote a paper titled “State Arts Agencies 2.0.”
AFTA identified some folks to facilitate online conversation about the green papers, and Joanna Chin of Animating Democracy is the ambassador for Maryo’s paper. I have the pleasure of acting as ambassador for George’s paper. Furthermore, our colleague in Illinois, Jennifer Armstrong, is serving as ambassador for a paper submitted by AFTA’s Emerging Leaders Council, “The Future of Leadership.”
I hope you all will take a few minutes to read the papers and join the discussion. At the end of the year, the authors will synthesize the themes of the online discussions into new perspectives.**
Click this link for Maryo’s paper: http://blog.artsusa.org/category/community-development/
Click this link for George’s paper: http://blog.artsusa.org/category/state-arts-agencies/
Click this link for the Future of Leadership paper: http://blog.artsusa.org/category/leadership-greenpapers/
If you are competitive by nature, please note that each paper is ranked according to its “popularity,” which I think might be based on number of views or comments. Let’s make our topics the most popular of the blog – comment early and often!
*Green Papers are short, easy to read, visions of the future meant to inspire a nationwide dialogue on the future of the arts. As a way to celebrate the successes of the past 50 years in the arts field, Americans for the Arts has collected Green Papers from a variety of national arts service organizations and peer groups representing different perspectives and disciplines.
**Green Papers are a chance for anyone who cares about the arts to talk about a particular discipline or interest area in a facilitated, open forum. Ambassadors will continue this dialogue throughout the year–capturing and synthesizing the ideas, changes, and themes that arise from online discussions. At the end of the year, new Green Papers will emerge that will reflect the overarching changes and ideas proposed through this democratic forum process.