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pARTnership Movement on the Move!

Posted by Jessica Stern
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pARTnership Movement on the Move!

Jessica Stern, Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, spent the day running a pARTnership workshop in Salt Lake City. Hosted by the Utah Cultural Alliance and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, she spoke to business and cultural leaders on how arts and culture can offer businesses, through partnership, competitive edge.

 

With over 50 executive directors and marketing staff in the room, my aim was to communicate that arts and business partnerships can look like so much more than cash sponsorship. This can be frustrating for some, since so many cultural organizations are underfunded, and cash is badly needed. But as I expressed during my presentation, pARTnerships can exist in as many ways as there are creative ideas, and as arts and culture leaders, we need inspiration and a little courage to make them happen.

 

The pARTnership Movement offers language, resources and stories to help arts leaders ‘speak business,’ while illustrating to the business community why they should support the arts; and how they can support the arts in a myriad of ways in addition to cash support. Our primary vehicle for this illustration is via the 8 Reasons to Support the Arts. In our workshops we encourage participants to think of all the ways their arts practice aligns with each of the 8 reasons. In assessing the strength of the things leaders already do, we can connect the dots using the 8 reasons and other tools available on the pARTnership Movement site, to create new ideas and identify potential new business with whom we’d like to partner.

 

These in-person workshops are available to travel to your community, and we relish the opportunity to work directly with arts leaders across the country to strengthen relationships between business and the arts. Please be in touch with our team if you are interested in hosting one of these workshops.

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eMoney using Art to Connect to New Community

Posted by Danielle Iwata
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eMoney using Art to Connect to New Community

eMoney Advisor, a wealth management solutions provider, recently opened their third location in Providence, RI in 2017. In order to connect with the new employees and the new community, the firm has turned to art.

 

“Since eMoney is fairly new to Providence, it’s been really important for us to connect with the community,” said Tessa Raum, Head of People Experience, at eMoney. “Most of our office is comprised of talented Rhode Islanders who are proud to live, work and give back to their communities. Displaying the incredible work of local artists in our office was an easy way for us to further integrate Providence’s culture within the eMoney environment.”

 

Two weeks ago, the company announced its partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). RISCA presented works by local artists who were named fellows by their annual grant program. Employeees from eMoney were then given the opportunity to review and vote for their favorite pieces. The top choices now reside in the eMoney office at 100 Westminster Street.

 

If you happen to walk through the office, you may see works by Jodie Goodnough, or Johnny Adimando, Kathy Jodge. “It was great to be included in the process of choosing the art and then see it hung in our office,” said Gary Jutras, a senior software engineer at eMoney. “We all have our favorites, and the variety makes the office really feel like our own space.”

 

RISCA plans to continue involving the employees with the arts with lunch-and-learns with the artists.

 

New release: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180419006244/en/eMoney-Advisor-Partners-Rhode-Island-State-Council

Photo: BusinessWire

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Improv Your Way Through the Workplace

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Improv Your Way Through the Workplace

Professional improv actor Dan O’Connor recently sat with Business Insider to share how incorporating the golden rules of improv acting into your everyday life can prove fruitful both at work and home.

 

1. The classic “Yes, and…”

You’ll get more out of any given interaction by ‘yes-anding,’ O’Connor purports. The tool is not only used to advance the narrative—conversation or meeting, in our case—it teaches you to be mindful of others’ suggestions and learn to roll with what you’re dealt. Bear in mind that the word “no” is not forbidden; but, any attempts to halt the ongoing process should be avoided. After all, the image of a colleague shutting down an idea is all too familiar. With an abundant ‘yes and’ spirit comes a more supportive environment in which conversations and stories are furthered.

 

2. Praise and believe in your partner

A conversation or presentation where you’re actively listening and open to learn goes a long way. When you focus on what your partner is bringing to the table, "Neurosis and self-doubt that come from internalizing your own fear go away,” according to O’Connor. In this way, you live in the moment and, if both parties are participating, you are creating a more comfortable and natural exchange rather than one where you’re stuck in your head.

 

3. Failures are your friend

"Some of the funniest stuff in improv is when people make mistakes and then use those mistakes to change the story," O’Connor says. Translated into the workplace, it’s more enjoyable when you embrace your flaws and keep your head up. We’ve all had that time where we fumbled on our words or spilled coffee in the middle of that meeting, or at the very least witnessed another commit an office blunder. When you (or the unnamed culprit) laugh it off and keep going, everyone can breathe easier—or even with a chortle.

 

If you are interested in adding some of these approaches into your work environment, visit the pARTnership movement and use the find a partner tool to invite the arts into your office.

 

Photo: The Second City

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