Social Impact Design: Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation

Social Impact Design:  Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation

I’m slowly making my way through the webinar archive of the NEA.

Great stuff but I really have to force myself to make time for anything outside the daily scope of my work.  This one, I confess, has been on my to-do list since April 26th.

And this is a topic I love.  And I can’t find 40 minutes to watch it?

My challenge to you:  Go look at the archived webinars, pick one and watch it.  Then come back here and give us your review.

In an effort to provide information about our programs to a wider public, we conduct webinars on a variety of topics. Below are links to our upcoming and archived webinars.
For upcoming webinars, click on the link register for the webinar.
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September 18, 2013 Research: Art Works Grant Guidelines Workshop
September 25, 2013 Ask the Grants Office
Due to an overwhelming response, we have reached our capacity for the “Ask the Grants Office” webinar. An archive of the webinar will be available here within 24 hours.


September 11, 2013
Arts Education: Building Collective Impact Initiatives

August 20, 2013
Social Impact Design Webinar Series: Educating the Next Generation of Social Impact Designers
July 25, 2013
Arts & Human Development Task Force: Quarterly Webinar

July 10, 2013
Bringing Foreign Artists to Your Stage 2
June 19, 2013
Bringing Foreign Artists to Your Stage
June 12, 2013
Social Impact Design: Making it Happen: Spotlight on Successful Projects
June 3, 2013
Blue Star Museums: Reaching Military Audiences
May 30, 2013
Art Works: Media Arts Guidelines Workshop for Applicants to the August 8th Deadline
May 15, 2013
Web Sites, Videos, Mobile Apps, + Video Games: Accessibility for All
April 24, 2013
Social Impact Design: Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation
April 17, 2013
Interagency Task Force on Arts & Human Development: The Arts and Early Childhood
April 3, 2013
Challenge America Fast-Track Guidelines Workshop
March 20, 2013
Arts Education Webinar: The Role of Collective Impact
February 20, 2013
NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development
January 10-February 12, 2013
Art Works Guidelines Workshops by discipline
Nov 13, 2012
Big Read Announcement and Discussion
Nov 6 & 13, 2012
Our Town Guidelines Workshop
October 4, 2012
Arts & Human Development Task Force 5
Sept 19, 2012
Arts & Human Development Task Force 4
Sept 12, 2012
Research: Art Works Grants Workshop
August 14, 2012
NEA-GO Training for Art Works Applicants
August 1, 2012 Arts & Human Development Task Force 3
July 31, 2012 Creative Placemaking through Arts Engagement
July 24, 2012 Creative Placemaking through Design and Cultural Planning
July 17, 2012 Creative Placemaking in Rural Communities

Social Impact Design: Creating a Culture of Storytelling & Evaluation

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

From Texas:

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

“A little-known but very interesting government agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and more alive. Whether in Portland, Maine, Pendleton, South Carolina, the Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, or another of the scores of locations that its Our Town program is assisting in all 50 states, the agency believes “creative placemaking” can strengthen “community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.” I couldn’t agree more.”

Read the rest here.

4 Examples of Powerful Placemaking….

NEA Grants In Montana

Yes, better late than never…. these are the fiscal year 2012 awards from the National Endowment for the Arts to Montana….


FY 2012 Grant Awards: State Listings

Art Works II/Arts in Media/Partnerships

Some details of the projects listed in this grant announcement are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Art Mobile of Montana
Dillon, MT
To support a traveling youth art education program for rural Montana schools and their communities. Exhibition of works by approximately 30 Montana visual artists will include presentations, art lessons, and resources for teachers using the theme of “conservation.”
Helena Presents (aka Myrna Loy Center)
Helena, MT
To support a series of commissioning, presenting, touring, and residency projects at the Myrna Loy Center. Guest artists including choreographers Reggie Wilson and Kyle Abraham, composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, poet/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and music ensemble Sō Percussion will create and present works in collaboration with local and regional artists.
Holter Museum of Art, Inc.
Helena, MT
CATEGORY: Art Works   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support Cultural Crossroads, a visual arts education program. Led by artists from diverse cultures, the program will offer students in kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to create art and interact with artwork at the museum, as well as explore the role of heritage and place as it shapes personal and cultural identity.
Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc.
Butte, MT
CATEGORY: Art Works   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support the First People’s Gathering at the Montana Folk Festival. The project will feature Montana’s Indian tribes in the festival program and provide exposure for Montana’s Native artists and craftspeople, presenting Native arts and crafts in a display and demonstration area that features both traditional and contemporary artists from across the state.
MCT, Inc. (aka Missoula Children\’s Theatre)
Missoula, MT
CATEGORY: Art Works   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Musical Theater
To support Missoula Children’s Theatre’s national performing arts residency tour in underserved communities and on U.S. military bases. During an estimated 1,200 residencies, touring actors and directors will cast as many as 65 local youth in original musicals, with rehearsals and performances within a week’s time.
Missoula Writing Collaborative
Missoula, MT
CATEGORY: Art Works   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support Words Fly!, creative writing residencies for elementary students. In collaboration with classroom teachers, professional writers will lead students through a variety of writing exercises and help them to create a portfolio of work and present their work in public readings and in an anthology published by each participating school.
Montana Arts Council
Helena, MT
CATEGORY: Partnership   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: State & Regional
To support Partnership Agreement activities.
Montana Committee for the Humanities (aka Humanities Montana)
Missoula, MT
To support the 2012 Montana Festival of the Book. The three-day festival will highlight the work of Native American writer and Montana native James Welch, with a world premiere of the film Winter in the Blood, based on his novel of the same name, and a chamber opera based on his novel, The Heartsong of Charging Elk.
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
To support the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks 2012 summer tour. Two professional theater productions will be performed in 60 communities throughout Montana, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, and western North Dakota, with a special focus on rural, underserved areas.
Young Men\’s Christian Association of Billings (aka YMCA Writer\’s Voice)
Billings, MT
To support Native Voices, a unique series of public readings by contemporary Native American writers. Authors representing Crow, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Salish, Sioux, Assiniboine, Cree, Cherokee, and Aleut cultures will present work in public, private, and Tribal colleges throughout eastern Montana.

Number of Grants: 10          Total Amount: $1,014,300

NEA Grants In Montana


Dear Colleagues,
Please see the attached press release and fact sheet regarding ArtPlace, a new collaboration of foundations and federal agencies, including the NEA, designed to position the arts at the center of revitalization of cities and towns.  The New York Times  ran the online story provided below.
The ArtPlace collaboration has just announced initial grants to 34 projects throughout the country.  The projects are listed by state in the attached press release.
ArtPlace has initiated its second funding cycle. A Letter of Inquiry posted today on  Submissions may be made through November 15, 2011.
Carol Coletta is the director of ArtPlace, based in Chicago, and she may be reached at:  (312)264-6581
Best, Laura
Laura A. Scanlan
Director of State and Regional Partnerships
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 722
Washington, DC  20506
The New York Times

September 14, 2011

Consortium Sees Arts as Engines of Recovery


In the two years since he became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman has been trying to make the case that art is an effective linchpin to economic development. Now in a broad effort to build on that thesis, he has helped to enlist an unusual consortium of foundations, corporations and federal agencies that will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, from a struggling city block in Detroit to a vacant school in East Harlem.
The projects will receive $11.5 million in grants from the foundations and another $12 million in loans from the corporations under the program that is to be financed through the private sector but coordinated in part by federal agencies. The program, to be announced on Thursday and called ArtPlace, aims to integrate artists and arts groups into local efforts in transportation, housing, community development and job creation as an important tool of economic recovery.
“We really need to scale up the resources in the field,” Mr. Landesman said. “It is not going to be through Congressional appropriation.”
“We felt,” he added, “if we worked together and coordinated our efforts, it would have a multiplier effect.”
So in St. Paul the program will help underwrite efforts to stage more than 100 arts projects along a new light-rail line. In Detroit a stretch of Woodward Avenue will gain a music center, pedestrian greenways, improved museum space and a new building for start-up companies. And P.S. 109 in East Harlem will become a home for 90 artists and their families as well as 13,000 square feet of space for community and cultural groups.
Mr. Landesman helped to hatch the program just over a year ago with Luis A. Ubiñas, the president of the Ford Foundation, who is serving as the chairman of the ArtPlace Presidents Council.
“We need to communicate that the arts are as important as ever, that they can’t be left behind, that they can’t be dropped to the cutting-room floor,” Mr. Ubiñas said. “Too many people think of the arts as luxuries, as jewels, things that may not be necessary in times of need, things that can be put off. The arts are inherently valuable, and they’re also part of what’s going to get us out of this economic problem we’re in.”
The projects were selected by an independent review board after a request for proposals.
In Seattle, for example, a grant will help finance activities at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience as part of a larger effort to help the Chinatown-International District.
“We’re in an urban, ethnic neighborhood, with a high crime rate,” said Beth Takekawa, the executive director of the museum, which was founded two years ago. “It’s hard for all the businesses down here. We kind of live and die together.”
In San Francisco the real estate developer Forest City — together with Intersection for the Arts, an alternative nonprofit art space — is redeveloping four downtown acres in the Yerba Buena, Tenderloin and Market districts, converting properties like the old San Francisco Chronicle building, parking lots and vacant warehouses into film and digital-media businesses, artists’ workshops and cultural event spaces.
“Art is a critical component of what makes cities thrive,” said Alexa Arena, the Forest City executive overseeing the effort. “This is about looking at the life of the project rather than just the physicality of it.”
The foundations involved are the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Robina Foundation as well as an anonymous donor.
It is unusual for foundations to join forces in this way to back a single cause. “It seemed too important not to do,” said Don Michael Randel, president of the Mellon Foundation. “The support for the arts and humanities is fairly frail.”
The federal partners besides the National Endowment are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Domestic Policy Council.
While they do not provide financing, the federal agencies participate in the ArtPlace Presidents Council and its operating committee meetings.
The $12 million loan fund is being supplied by Bank of America, Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.  The amount of the average grant is about $350,000.
Funds for the program are overseen by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, a nonprofit lender and financial consulting organization. A second financing cycle starts on Thursday, with submissions invited through Nov. 15 on the program’s Web site.
ArtPlace likens its role to providing venture capital, seeding projects that already enjoy strong local support and connecting with an area’s development strategy to attract more private and public dollars. The endowment calls this approach “creative placemaking,” and has been promoting it for 20 years.
“We’re doubling down on the investments a city has already made,” said Carol Coletta, the president of ArtPlace.


NEA Research

Dear Friends of NEA Research:
The Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts recently issued a white paper, The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being. The white paper is based on a March 2012 research convening that the NEA co-sponsored with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The paper is available here:
Along with release of the white paper, the NEA announced creation of an interagency task force to coordinate and promote research and evidence-sharing about the role of the arts in human development. Here is a link to announcement (,  the roster of task force members (, and an archived webinar to launch the initiative: (
Finally, as the first order of business for the task force, the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis will cosponsor a series of webinars to spotlight research on the arts and human development, drawing from projects supported by our partner agencies. Speakers are still being identified, but for a list of dates and times, please check here:  Moreover, if you would like to suggest possible speakers or presenters, or if you want to communicate with the task force, please e-mail .
The NEA Office of Research & Analysis will alert you from time to time about new research publications or events. If you would prefer not to receive these updates, simply change the subject of this email to “unsubscribe,” and hit “Reply.”
We hope you and your colleagues find the information useful.   Happy holidays!
Yours sincerely,
Sunil Iyengar
Director, Research & Analysis
National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Research