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SPEAK UP: Civic Engagement and Social Activism in the Arts - Day 1

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Please join us on May 1 for a presentation by Stephanie Bleyer on the topic of "Nuts and Bolts of Creating, Funding and Staffing an Engagement Campaign." This two-hour presentation will highlight effective practices for community outreach & engagement based on several action-oriented case studies. Artists of all disciplines and arts administrators will learn how to produce, staff and fundraise for engagement campaigns for artwork that contains social justice content. Topics covered include: 

  • Setting goals
  • Creating the plan
  • Effective partnering
  • Finding your audience
  • Measuring impact
  • Fundraising
  • Managing interns

Stephanie Bleyer opened Six Foot Chipmunk (www.sixfootchipmunk.com) a boutique consulting firm in 2006.  

Prior to Six Foot Chipmunk, Stephanie lived in Sri Lanka managing tsunami displacement camps for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), producing psycho-social programs for thousands of tsunami survivors and creating a nonprofit developing arts and social enterprise programs for war and tsunami affected women and children with support from UNICEF and USAID. Previously, she lived in Nairobi, Kenya where she taught Capoeira to street boys and worked with refugees for IOM. In between her stints abroad she worked with a strategic communications firm in San Francisco focusing on economic and environmental issues facing Alaska and American Natives.

Her career in social activism has taken many forms and started early. As a teenage journalist Stephanie received the National Ernest Hemingway Writing Award for uncovering her city's bogus recycling program. Since then, she has studied organic farming in Italy, bicycled across Cuba on a grant to study sustainable energy, and created a documentary for Oxygen about her social action bicycle trip from Seattle to Washington D.C. She has produced a 30-city bus tour for the Eat Well Guide to promote family farming, an international conference for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, and the opening of Mercy Corps' Action Center to End World Hunger. 

Today she helps organizations create and execute multi-pronged engagement campaigns - devising strategic plans, raising funds, producing events, managing partnerships and reaching and mobilizing new audiences. 

Stephanie holds a Masters of Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service and a BA from Lewis & Clark College. She splits her time between New York City and her beloved Woodstock.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will start at 6:00 p.m. and including questions and discussion, will end at 8:30 p.m. Visit www.riderta.com for public transportation.

Please post questions ahead of time to our Creative Compass forum. We'll share these posts with the speaker prior to the live discussion. 

Community Parnership for Arts and Culture  


made possible by:

The Cleveland Foundation    Cuyahoga Arts & Culture    The George Gund Foundation   The Kresge Foundation   Kulas Foundation   John P. Murphy Foundation Ohio Arts Council

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When & Where

Negative SPACE Gallery
3820 Superior Avenue Cleveland
Asian Town Center, 2nd Floor
Cleveland , Ohio 44114

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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CPAC is dedicated to strengthening and unifying greater Cleveland's arts and culture sector.

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