NAMAC News and Announcements
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We've published our calendar of Open Dialogue chats, beginning with Youth Media on January 20.
NAMAC announces a new pilot program called Open Dialogue. At the 2009 NAMAC conference in Boston, NAMAC held a series of sessions inspired by a meeting format called Open Space Technology. The session topics were proposed by the attendees rather than programmed by NAMAC. This format was refreshing, as it guaranteed that the content was relevant to those who were present, which increased the session’s meaningfulness. As one of NAMAC’s core strengths is to bring members together to share information and make connections, we are extending this work from the conference into an online format called NAMAC Open Dialogue.
The first Open Dialogue with the theme "media arts exhibition" will take place November 17, 2010.
Former NAMAC Co-Director Helen De Michiel will lead a session at the Grantmakers in the Arts Chicago Conference
Former NAMAC Co-Director Helen De Michiel continues her work to build awareness of the importance of engagement with the big media and arts policy issues of our day.
Nonprofit arts leaders face unique challenges. They frequently provide support and mentorship to their staffs and boards, yet neglect to find outlets for their own development. The risk of burnout and leading in isolation is high. When you participate in a Peer Coaching Circle, you'll have the time to address your stickiest issues with a professional coach in a confidential forum with colleagues who understand what it's like to work in an arts organization.
Registration for the November 2010-March 2011 cycle is now open. Deadline to register is November 1, 2010.
Go here to learn more.
"The peer coaching experience helped me move through a very challenging period at work. Being coached to envision alternative responses and outcomes helped me hit the "reset" button and get unstuck in some key areas. I felt less reactionary and more proactive as a result. NAMAC's Peer Coaching Telecircles was a great experience and one I'd recommend highly."
--Autumn Labbe-Renault, executive director, Davis Media Access
The National Alliance for Media Arts And Culture bids farewell to outgoing Co-Director Helen De Michiel, and appoints Jack Walsh as Executive Director.
Dear friends and extraordinary colleagues,
I can hardly believe that I came to NAMAC fourteen years ago in 1996 to head up this wonderful organization. With gratitude and pride, I announce that my time as Co-Director at NAMAC is coming to a close. What an incredible experience it has been, and an honor and privilege to lead NAMAC and serve our members.
We are pleased to announce the release of NAMAC's new publication Leading Creatively: A Closer Look 2010, edited by Daniel "Dewey" Schott. As part of our A Closer Look anthology series, we invited seven authors to report, reflect on and interpret arts leadership as it is being practiced today. In its diversity and scope, this collection of essays reveals how dedicated, passionate and visionary nonprofit arts leaders can be as they negotiate mission, business, and values through a fast-moving and demanding terrain.