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Toward Public Value:. New Strategies for the Arts in the 21 st Century. In the beginning. 1964 – the National Endowment for the Arts is established 1965 – the Ohio Arts Council is established. Governor Rhodes with Stan Aronoff, 1965. Late 1960’s – early 1970’s.

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Toward public value

Toward Public Value:

New Strategies for the Arts

in the 21st Century

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In the beginning...

  • 1964 – the National Endowment for the Arts is established

  • 1965 – the Ohio Arts Council is established

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Governor Rhodes with Stan Aronoff, 1965

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Late 1960’s – early 1970’s

  • 1968 – the North American Assembly of State and Provincial Arts Agencies is organized

  • 1972 – the Mid-American Arts Alliance is formed

  • 1974 – Regional arts organizations are formed the served the Upper Midwest, the West and the Southwest

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Mid 1970’s

  • 1976: establishment of the Ohio Citizens Committee for the Arts (now Ohio Citizens for the Arts)

  • 1977: OAC creates Minority Arts, Traditional Arts and Individual Artist programs

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  • Technological advancements abound

  • Major arts education partnerships are established

  • OAC launches the Appalachian Arts Program

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Late 1990’s

  • NEA staff reductions

  • Term limits implemented in Ohio

  • State economic woes begin

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in millions

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Survival Skills...

... and luck has nothing to do with it!

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  • Foresight

  • Being proactive

  • Staying ready for challenges

  • Close connections to – and dialogue with – constituents

  • Strong advocacy organization in OCA

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  • 1998: OAC begins work on the State of the Arts Report (SOAR)

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Wallace Foundation

funds have enabled:

  • Direct funding to 5 regional Ohio sites

  • OAC “FAM-iliarization” tours

  • Internal staff training, planning and professional development

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“You can’t solve a problem

with the same consciousness that created it.”

- Albert Einstein

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Other Keys to Success:

  • Support and accessibility for all

  • Strategies for inclusion and participation

  • Persistence and willingness to embrace change

  • Long-tenured staff and Executive Director

  • Belief in the ability of the arts and artists to create healthy communities

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The Future...

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SOAR Revisited:

  • The universe of entry points to the arts is expansive

  • Old “classical” definitions of the arts were not inclusive enough

  • 3 of 4 Ohioans believe state tax dollars should be used to support the arts

  • Only 40% are aware state tax dollars do support the arts

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SOAR at the local level:

  • Going beyond who’s in the audience: do you know who isn’t?

  • Why aren’t they there?

  • How can you serve these constituents in a meaningful way if their voices are not heard?

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2003 OAC Field Survey:

  • 86% agreed or strongly agreed that they value the OAC staff for their leadership and guidance

  • 70% agreed that the OAC should provide programs that give them a broader perspective on arts policy / current research

  • 73% strongly agreed that the OAC should be a leader in helping Ohio’s citizens understand the of the arts


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Describe a personally meaningful arts experience:

  • What / when / who / where?

  • Describe a Sensory Memory / Metaphor.

  • What was the personal value to you?

  • What was the social or relational value?

  • What was the value to your community / city?

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