Posts Tagged ‘professional development’

FY12 Mini Retrospective

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Each June 30, the fiscal year comes to close providing AHCMC staff, board members and you, our constituents, a perfect opportunity to reflect on all we’ve accomplished this year. Below you’ll find a “snack size” retrospective our FY12 work.

2012 County Council Potluck

Our Vision: To provide leadership that sustains arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars and inspires participation in our County’s rich cultural assets.

Our Work:

  • Advocacy – Successfully advocated to state and local legislators and secured $95,000 increase to FY13 budget for arts and humanities, reinstated Public Arts Trust budget and helped keep funding level for at State level.
  • Outreach – Coordinated 4 professional development,  6 capacity building, and 8 grant workshops serving 150 individuals. Learn more.

    2011 Executive's Awards

  • Montgomery Traditions – Added five new stories about traditional artists in Montgomery County to our new multimedia website
  • Kramer Gallery – Curated six exhibitions of Montgomery County artist fulfilling the goals of the 2001 Cultural Plan to provide “at least one visual art exhibition space to display work by county artist.” (Recommendation 2.4 pg 59)
  • NonProfit Energy Alliance – Signed up 60 local nonprofits that will collectively save an estimated $511,000 while supporting clean sources of energy. Approximately 23 million KWh of Wind Power has been purchased, which is equivalent to offsetting about 35 million pounds of CO2 or to removing 3,000 cars off the roads. Non-Profit Energy Alliance was chosen as a recipient of Washingtonian Magazine’s 2012 Green Awards!

    Student Violinists

  • Public Arts Trust—worked with County lawmakers to reinstate funding for PAT. Initiated a comprehensive survey of the 868-piece collection; prepared for reinstallation of Penguin Rush Hour mural at the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit Center

  • Marketing – Produced two issues of The Guide to Children’s Art Activities serving the families of 70,000 MCPS elementary students and 2500 library patrons. Completed a successful marketing campaign for that increased web visitors by 180%. Coordinated print and digital cooperative ad buys that served 75 constituents. Provided visitors to with 100 event and programs each month. Sent event data to three other online calendars reaching a total of 40,000 viewers each month. Learn more and join.

What was your favorite program? the Parent Blogger Brunch? the CVC Mixer? a ELO summer program?  Comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

Why, hello.

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

So this blog has been pretty quiet for the past couple of weeks, not because we have nothing to blog about but because we’re just so darn busy!

Here’s some of what we’ve been up to and what we’re working on:

  • Advocacy Potluck Supper and County Council hearing: On Monday, April 5, we held an Advocacy Potluck Supper with Montgomery County Councilmembers. Over 100 representatives from the arts and humanities community showed up in green garb to ask the Council to Give the Green Light to the Arts and Humanities — thanks to all who came!
    Three representatives from the arts and humanities community spoke at the public hearing: our CEO, Suzan Jenkins; artist Lauren Cook; and Strathmore artist-in-residence Christylez Bacon. All did an excellent job of representing the arts and humanities, and Council President Nancy Floreen even told Christylez after his testimony, “I think you just gave everyone in this room hope.”
  • Marketing Managers Networking Breakfast: We had our monthly Marketing Managers Networking Breakfast on Friday, April 16 and were joined by Tonya R. Taylor of Rising Star Ideas, LLC. She spoke to us about leveraging Twitter for business success, and it was a really great session — look out for an upcoming workshop offering!

  • Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs workshop series: Our Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs workshop series is well underway! There are two sessions left: Negotiation Skills and Tax Strategies. Click here for details and registration.
  • Afternoon of Traditional World Music: Montgomery Traditions will be presenting a stage on Saturday, April 24 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm for the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. This free program will feature Hindustani vocal music and El Salvadorian folk music from Samia Mahbub Ahmad and Lilo Gonzalez. Check out the event’s listing on for more information.
  • Ignite! Conference: This is the biggie! On Friday, June 4, we’ll be presenting the Ignite! Conference on transforming business with creativity at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD. Join keynote speaker Seth Kahan, pioneers in business creativity and 200 fellow entrepreneurs, business leaders and creatives for a day of innovation and fun! For more information, visit the website. We hope to see you there!

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Marketing Your Creativity Workshops

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

During February the AHCMC produced two of three scheduled marketing workshops for individual artist and craft entrepreneurs. The workshop “Marketing Your Creativity” was presented by Marga Fripp at the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity in Wheaton and the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Marga’s presentation focuses on 7 strategies to effective and successful marketing for artists and crafts people. Artists and crafts people from painters and sculptors, to jewelers and potters have attended and found the workshop stimulating, informative, and on the mark for strategies.  At each session attendees had the opportunity to pose questions related to their specific situation, share ideas and network.

Marga Fripp at BlackRock Center

The “Marketing Your Creativity” workshops have garnered high praise from the attendees.  Attendees’ comments attest to Marga’s expertise and the quality and value of the workshop.  These are just a few comments: “a wealth of information,” “stimulating ideas, an emphasis on relationship building,” and workshop attendees were impressed by Marga’s   “breadth of info,”  “depth of knowledge of the presenter,” “very organized, good concrete info and examples,” and “I liked the warm atmosphere and ability to ask questions in a relaxed way.” Marga will present the Marketing Your Creativity workshop again on Tuesday, March 23, from 6:30- 8:30 PM at Glen Echo Park.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn how to market the products of your creativity.

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