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April 25, 2010

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April 25, 2010

Top Notch Professionals at Arts Midwest were assigned to The Big Read, and for that we are most grateful. They made the grant experience understandable, and of the greatest value possible for our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

every single positive happening associated with The Big Read of Wharton, Ozick and Longfellow.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the one-on-one help I know I can count on from professionals, who clearly read "The Nordstrom Way."

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people I would return to visit and consider friends I could call upon, and rely on, in future endeavors, even if not associated with Arts Midwest.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

teach other organizations how to really encourage small operations such as ours to apply for grants.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

As the development officer for a library district in New York State, I have worked with Arts Midwest for four years in connection with The Big Read. I have been extremely impressed by the level of expertise demonstrated by their staff and also very appreciative of their friendliness, patience and willingness to do all they can to support a client organization such as ours.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the effective, enthusiastic ways in which Arts Midwest encourages and supports those who are promoting the arts in their community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The enthusiasm, friendliness and supportive attitude of the staff members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, friendly, supportive and obviously very committed to their work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote the arts in every community in America.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

I had the pleasure of working with Arts Midwest on The Big Read 2009. I serve as the public information officer for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and it was my first experience with The Big Read so I definitely had a lot of questions and concerns. I found that Christine, Birdie, Angharad and the entire Arts Midwest staff to be extremely helpful and responsive. I was very impressed with how smoothly the initial Big Read Orientation event went, as there were close to 1,000 people in attendance, and it became obvious from the way we were greeted at the airport to the time we departed that a "well-oiled machine" was running the show. Their obvious enthusiasm for promoting literature through community involvement is contagious, and there was never a question too obvious or a concern too small for them, they were a wonderful partner in what turned out to be an unforgettable experience for me and the community I serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping me to fully appreciate the Big Read experience and reaching out to other organizations with similar goals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more support monies to increase staff and outreach efforts.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their professionalism and commitment to the arts and fostering new relationships between stakeholders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring, committed professionals whose enthusiam was contagious.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world

Ways to make it better...

There was a follow-up gathering to go through our experiences and goals for the next year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The shrinking support for arts in a tough economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so grateful to the staff at Midwest Arts for their herculean efforts in trying to promote arts programs throughout the US--and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

We are a grantee under the Shakespeare for a New Generation program. I have found Arts Midwest responsvie, friendly, interested in all program results-not just the rave reviews. Reminders are friendly, materials very professional and timely.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

managing the Shakespeare for a New Generation program for the NEA.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

We have benefitted great from Arts Midwest and their work with the Performing Arts Fund and with The Big Read Program. We have been a part of the Big Read program for four years in a row. We're hoping for a fifth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Big Read Program and the Performing Arts Fund. We were able to do so much with reading and arts outreach and education.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find them a new home. Their location is kind of weird but maybe it works better for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are SO ORGANIZED.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

VERY helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do TONS MORE PROGRAMMING in the upper midwest.

Ways to make it better...

I had done the final reporting earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The amount of work to do all of the reporting.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We would ALL benefit from this.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I found out about Arts Midwest because of their annual conference. What a beautiful thing! - both the conference and my serendipitous discovery of it. It seems like an oxymoron, but Arts Midwest has this arts conference thing down to a science. They are efficient and organized. They listen to feedback and adjust as (or if) appropriate. Being my first arts conference experience, they spoiled me. Subsequent conferences hosted by similar organizations have not met the benchmarks set by Arts Midwest in terms of organization, information sharing, caliber of participants, etc. By their cooperation with and connection to both artists and presenters, I can only guess at the thousands of dollars saved by communities throughout their nine-state region. With Arts Midwest as the catalyst, fine and performing arts centers in communities large and small can bring the highest caliber of talent to their audiences. This is accomplished perhaps most immediately through the funding programs made available through AM. Also important, though less direct, are the educational workshops, seminars and round-table discussions at the conference. AM invests in career development for those willing souls who work at keeping the arts alive for the rest of the community. And then, by the showcases at the annual conference, they allow presenters to catch a 15-minute live audition by some amazingly talented artists which they might otherwise never get to see. Sure, they receive press kits all the time, and they might occasionally make a talent scouting trip to some other venue to assess one performer or performance. But the Midwest Arts Conference lets them scout dozens of performers in one extended trip. These are just the obvious strengths of Arts Midwest's annual conference. I haven't even begun to mine the wealth of knowledge and cooperative spirit that I'm sure they bring to all their other programs. I'm sure that it takes a substantial budget to maintain the programs and to retain the knowledgeable staff. But when I think of how they help the community theaters and restored opera houses and other shoestring budget places bring world-class talent to their stages, I know that the world is getting a bargain in the Arts Midwest states. Please support Arts Midwest with whatever time, effort, funding or skill you can, because especially in times like these, "the show MUST go on."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding and connecting with quality venues to match with my quality artists. This is especially hard for independent artists to do. The Midwest Arts Conference hosted by Arts Midwest provides almost a clearinghouse where talent can be matched with venues.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more funding in order to expand their grant programs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people are so helpful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top notch!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

maybe have a separate conference - and make it national, not regional, but held in the AM region - for 200-500 seat houses? AM knows how to do it, and that market could use the help.

Ways to make it better...

perhaps if there had been a New Colleague Pre-orientation via video conference or some other means perhaps a week before?

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(same as most organizations and individuals these days) the economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I had been ... smart enough? brave enough? to invest in participating in the conference sooner.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Arts Midwest is a well-run organization which provides valuable programming and support to presenters, artists and agents throughout the region. I have attended the Midwest Arts Conference nearly every September since 2004. The conference is an excellent opportunity for professional development, networking and connecting with artists and agents for future performances. Quad City Arts has received Performing Arts Fund grants from Arts Midwest for more than 10 years. This program helps us reach students of all ages and backgrounds through educational outreach performances by professional artists. We've also been a host site for the Midwest World Fest - an excellent opportunity to bring in international performing artists our rural and urban communities may otherwise never see. Arts Midwest staff is always friendly, knowledgable and energetic - we look forward to our continued partnerships in the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

excellent staff, well-run programs, valuable feedback and evaluations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very personable, always ready to help with suggestions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do even more great work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 13, 2010

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February 13, 2010

The 2009 Midwest Arts Conference was one of my first encounters with Arts Midwest. However, I quickly learned how so much of what Arts Midwest does has great impact on my life in many realms: as a student of the arts, an arts patron, and a future arts administrator. The Arts Midwest staff took me under their wings and provided me with a wealth of knowledge and support. They truly have one of the hardest working teams of any arts organization I have encountered, and showed me that through working hard, asking questions, and having a little fun, I can achieve my goals in Arts Administration. The programming and support they provide is so valuable and helps not only organizations, but individuals like myself, achieve their goals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their Arts Learning Xchange programs and at the Midwest Arts Conference.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with leaders in Arts Administration.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, friendly, gracious, and GREAT at their jobs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I realize that five stars means "far exceeds expectations" but after working with Arts Midwest for more than five years I came to expect nothing less than exemplary execution of any and all projects. As the former Director of Communications at the National Endowment for the Arts, I can attest first-hand to the professionalism, dedication, and expertise of Arts Midwest. We could not have asked for a better partner in multiple artistic programs of artistic excellence with democratic reach that benefited all corners of the country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

multiple national initiatives developed by the National Endowment for the Arts that reached hundreds of thousands of people, giving them first rate experiences with live theatre, jazz performance, and great literature.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

From where I stood, everything worked very well, but perhaps they could use a couple more people on staff -- the workload is tremendous, and though they always come through, I'm sure it couldn't hurt to have some extra help.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The can-do attitude and vision of both its leadership and staff. Everyone involved with Arts Midwest is professional and efficient as well as deeply invested in bringing the transformative power of the arts to as many people as possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

See above.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...show other, larger, organizations how to make that 10 million work like 100 million.

Ways to make it better...

we could have worked on even more projects together!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The same challenges facing any arts agency in this economy -- communicating to the public and to policy makers the value and importance of what it does, not only to enhance and enrich, but to complete our lives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Arts Midwest is an exemplary arts agency.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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