You do not want to miss Arts for Colorado’s Arts Advocacy Day! Your elected officials need to know why the arts should be supported--and Arts for Colorado gives you the opportunity to tell them. This event extends beyond advocating for arts, and offers dynamic professional development sessions that will help take your career and organization to the next level.
Schedule of Activities:
7:30 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.
Miller Hall, First Baptist Church
Breakfast, Introductions, and Advocacy Training Conducted by Jennifer Mello, Brandeberry-McKenna Public Affairs
8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
The day will kick off with a continental breakfast and an advocacy training session. The session will be conducted by AFC lobbyist Jennifer Mello of Brandeberry-McKenna Public Affairs.
Mello has played a leading role in securing public funding for the arts in Colorado. She has also worked on numerous bills designed to create a more advantageous environment for the development of the arts in Colorado.
Legislator Spotlight: Representative Crisanta Duran
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
State Representative Crisanta Duran has been a champion for the arts and a sponsor of successful pro-arts bills. Duran’s talk will focus on her personal connections to the arts and why it is important for arts advocates to build relationships with their elected officials. Attendees will also be briefed on potential arts-related legislation.
9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
AFC will provide you with talking points to get the arts advocacy conversation started with your elected officials. AFC will then work to schedule meetings with you and your legislators. To take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your elected officials, please provide either your home address or the address for your arts-related business or organization when you register for Arts Advocacy Day.
Colorado Creative Industries: Creative Districts Update
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Deana Miller, the Creative Districts Program Manager of Colorado Creative Industries
will make a brief presentation about the current status and future vision for Colorado’s creative districts. In this session you will learn more about how your community can benefit from participating in this innovative and highly successful program.
Creative Vitality™ Project: Take Your Data from Spreadsheet to Measurable Results
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Do you need help using data and incorporating it into meaningful results? Members of the Creative Vitality™ Project team will offer strategies for making sense of creative economy data. The Creative Vitality™ Project is a research-based economic development project that provides high-quality creative economy data and reporting. Using nearly 100 different national, vetted, and third-party data streams, the Creative Vitality™ Project provides an accurate measure of your area's creative jobs non-profit and for-profit sectors. Email the team for more information at CVSuite@westaf.org
The Public Art Archive™: Making Public Art More Public
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where can you go to learn about civic art across the United States? The Public Art Archive™
(PAA) is a growing standardized database of public artworks. The desktop and mobile PAA sites help the public, tourists, and scholars learn about the art that is all around us, created by the people for the people. Use the rich media and robust information found in the PAA to tell the whole story of these artworks and advocate for public art in your neighborhood. Email the team for more information at PAArchive@westaf.org
Matthew Goebel Talks Creative Placemaking
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Vibrant cultural communities need a variety of resources, including a built environment that can sustain creative enterprises and individuals. Matthew Goebel, a planner and attorney, and a director in the Denver office of Clarion Associates, will discuss how your community’s infrastructure can foster creative placemaking. Goebel’s presentation will provide strategies for how historic preservation, innovative planning practices, and heritage tourism can complement your region’s culturally rich environment.
Goebel works principally in the areas of planning and zoning, growth management, and historic preservation. His numerous projects have included development of codes and plans in large and small cities, towns, and counties around the country. Goebel is co-author of Aesthetics, Community Character, and the Law and The Rules of Urban Form, both published by the American Planning Association. He also has researched and authored studies of the economic impacts of historic preservation for the states of Michigan and Colorado.
Lunch and Learn: Margy Waller
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided during this talk. Margy Waller’s presentation will focus on ways to advocate for the creation of community through the arts. Waller is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership, a national strategic communications research organization. She is also the founder and current “serendipity director” of Art on the Streets and a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, a nonprofit arts-advocacy and support organization. She has been interviewed by and published in major media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and Fox News. In addition, she has appeared in online sites such as the Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo.
Previously, Waller was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to her work at Brookings, she was senior advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House. She is also a non-practicing attorney and a photographer. Waller is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Parking for a small fee is located at:
1277 Logan Street
Denver, CO 80203