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ÔÇťOutside Perspectives" Provide a Clear View

In 2014 Rivendell received a grant of $10,800 from the Arts Work Fund to work with Cheryl Yuen to conduct an organizational assessment and develop a three-year organizational plan to support the company’s vision. The organizational development plan was ...

Reaching Beyond Dance-Centric Supporters

DanceWorks Chicago has been successful in telling its story in a way that has organically attracted a board populated with people, in one way or another, connect with dance, and supportive of the values of the organization (paying young artists ...

A Roadmap for Future Development

In 2014, ACRE received a $13,000 grant from the Arts Work Fund to undertake a strategic planning process with a team of experienced consultants from DeVine Consulting. The goal was to develop a plan that would enable ACRE to ...

Engaged Champions

In late 2014, the then 13-year-old community arts organization has just purchased a 6,000-sq. ft. facility and was readying itself to launch a $2 million capital campaign. SkyArt received a $13,000 grant to begin to prepare itself for ...

How Three Grant Recipients Engaged Their Audiences Cost-Effectively

While many nonprofits take a “wait and see” approach to the economy or struggle to “do more with less,” others question the conventional wisdom and grim adages of these recessionary times. By creatively using existing assets and resources, arts ...

Transforming One's Marketing Approach

Choreographer Julia Rhoads first imagined a flipbook for Lucky Plush Productions in 2006. Created from stills of performances, it would portray several seconds of movement when flipped. Like Lucky Plush’s performances, it would blend dance, visuals, and new media to ...

The Aha Moment

“They don’t get us” was, at times, a lament heard at Access Contemporary Music (ACM), a group that champions classical music as a living art form. ACM mission spans the creation of new works as well as fostering tomorrow’s composers ...

Finding a Fundraiser Under Your Own Roof

Sometimes a necessary but not-so-exciting task – learning how to be better fundraisers – ends up being a real game changer. Chicago a cappella, the professional choral ensemble renowned for its concerts, studio recordings, broadcasting and educational programs, knew that ...

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