Short answer: A lot.
Long answer: We have a relatively open office space, which means I have ample opportunity to observe my staff and see how they work with our Partners, Grantees and the larger Metro. I am consistently amazed at how much they do with and for the arts in the community. Let me just give you a little insight to what really goes on at The Arts Partnership and why it should matter to you as an arts leader and maker.
Director of Operations Tania Blanich (email@example.com): Tania is tasked with overseeing all the grant programs, ArtWORKS, the logistics of ChalkFest, CSA and Artful Evening, as well as bits and pieces of anything and everything I need to be successful for advocacy and development.
Tania leads the mandatory pre-application grant meetings, works with applicants to finesse their applications, manages the grant committees and coordinates with our accounting people to get grantees paid. In short, she oversees the entire grant-making process.
But beyond that, she also provides consultation to Partner arts organizations and artists in myriad ways. Are you working on a new strategic plan? Feeling like your artist statement needs a refresh? Do you want to make sure your policies are sufficient? These are examples of the kinds of problems Tania loves to dig in to and help you solve. And as a paid-in-full Partner, The Arts Partnership is happy to provide an hour or two of her time to you.
Additionally, Tania manages the rental specifics of APT, our creative incubator. If you are a studio artist with any questions about rent or the policies of APT, Tania will provide you a definitive answer.
Communications Coordinator Chelsey Ewen (firstname.lastname@example.org): Chelsey writes the weekly content for The Forum, leads the “Metro Arts Scene” with Bob Harris on KFGO every week, manages our very active blog and is in charge of a lot of the social media we produce as well as the weekly newsletter and additional media coverage. That means when you have anything arts-related going on that you want amplified, Chelsey should be top of your media list. Her ability to communicate about the arts on various platforms and through multiple channels means that your art will be seen by thousands of people.
Arts leaders and artists often wistfully tell me they hope The Forum will cover their art events. To this I say, “You do know that Chelsey meets weekly with the staff of The Forum and recommends content, both for her articles and for other writers on staff, too, right?” In other words, stop “hoping” The Forum is paying attention to you and reach out to Chelsey. She’s your best advocate for media coverage.
Chelsey can provide assistance with social media, marketing and blog content questions, and again, as a paid-in-full Partner, The Arts Partnership is happy to provide an hour or two of her time to you.
Tania and Chelsey: One of the areas we want to continue to grow is how grantees are communicating with Tania and Chelsey as to your successes, challenges and programs. We know that our grants are often a catalyst to additional dollars or opportunities, and we love to know about them. Please share your news with both Tania and Chelsey. You never know when something will spark a story idea or a connection that we can share with and about you. As I always say, “Feel free to overshare with us. If you are sending too many emails, we’ll kindly let you know.” (We’ve never had to let anyone know that, by the way!)
Project Manager Christina Johnson (email@example.com): Christina operates the facility and the programming at APT, our creative incubator, and handles other projects, such as the logistics of ArtWORKS. If you have questions about securing a space, a studio, a gallery wall or anything else at APT, Christina is your best bet. She manages the set up and tear down of events and handles the day to day operations of the facility.
Executive Assistant Danica McDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org): Danica is our part-time assistant, which means she manages all kinds of tasks, large and small. Her primary formal task is to operate Campus Fargo, a program loosely modeled on the arts-portion of Campus Philly. Danica works to connect students from all the campuses in the Metro in engaging with each other in and through the arts.
Of course, I have only laid out the external roles these four amazing women have on their TAP plates. The other work they do tends to serve the specific internal needs of The Arts Partnership, but since everything we do is in service to the arts, even that internal work benefits the Partners and the arts community.
I encourage you to get to know these extraordinary women. They can be tremendous assets to your work, and together, we can all better #supportlocalart.