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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I was hired by artserve to perform during their GUVVY awards ceremony for jazz legend Bob James. I was honored to be a part of this and was very impressed with artserves' commitment to celebrating and commemorating artists of all genres that hail from Michigan. I also was asked to hold a educational workshop for kids as part of GUVVY student event that focused on the history of hip hop and it's origins with street art. I was thrilled to be able to connect with the youth and give them access to the history of this art form and culture that they may have difficulties receiving anywhere else. I was impressed with Artserve for helping expand our youth's knowledge and experiences and I would love to cone back and contribute to any other workshops or events for students if they were to ask me. Overall, I am impressed with Artserve's committment to better the community and expand and the opportunities of the arts in the state of Michigan. They show they are leaders and teachers as well as followers and students and this avant garde style of pursuit for a better community should be applauded. The arts are extremely important to our culture, our society, and our future. I feel Artserve understands this and I respect what they're doing and what they are trying to accomplish. Thanks Artserve Michigan!

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

Doing the student workshop and guvvy performance

Ways to make it better...

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

Get them more funding so they can have more events for our youth.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I have been working with ArtServe Michigan as a communications advisor for the past three years. The dedication of the staff for arts advocacy, education and awareness is unmatched in Michigan. I am consistently amazed with how much this group achieves despite a consistently uphill battle from people who do not understand the importance of the arts and culture, nor the need to properly fund it.

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

Attendance of their arts awareness/advocacy events; seeing the dedicated response from arts and culture organizations around the state

Ways to make it better...

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

I would wish them expanded resources to increase their capacity to assist the arts around the state.

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

Artserve Michigan has an outstanding professional staff, very responsive to any inquiry and they work so hard on supporting arts and art education.

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

my professional relationships

Ways to make it better...

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

help them grow larger to have more impact.

January 26, 2011

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January 26, 2011

I have partnered with ArtServe Michigan since it was first formed. Most recently I partnered with them in my role as Michigan Department of Education Arts Education Specialist - a role from which I have recently retired. It is a pleasure to comment on the importance of ArtServe Michigan to the cultural well-being of our state. From the annual student workshops with international caliber clinicians, to the daily updates on arts advocacy issues, I have relied on ArtServe Michigan's to be there as the state's voice on arts advocacy. They have been successful in reducing competitiveness across arts and arts education organizations creating a collaborative environment in which the State Department of Education, the State Arts Council and the Michigan Youth Arts Association have been able to create an arts education agenda for the state. ArtServe also provided direct service to public schools in Detroit without dedicated arts educators through a Comic Book Literacy project in which students produced their own comics and teachers received the professional development needed to continue the work in their schools without additional assistance. A non-profit I am president of has also participated in the Michigan Cultural Data Project. The face to face and webinar support has been invaluable to a small non-profit managing its resources.

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They were the lead partner in the 2001 Michigan Arts Education Survey which provided the state with data related to student participation in the arts and professional development of teachers in the arts. This baseline information was used for the succeeding 10 years. They are now partners in the 2011 Arts Education Census.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage them to remain actively involved in arts education advocacy.

January 25, 2011

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January 25, 2011

Artseve Mi is an outstanding and dedicated advocate for the Arts in Michigan. The professional staff works diligently to promote arts in our great state. The Community Arts Leadership Academy has been the highlight of my career in the arts field.

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

My work as a leader of arts organizations has benefited from there educational programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it larger with more funding.

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

With budget funds being cut to so many non-profits, it never fails that detail actions of the affected organization can get lost in the action. Artserve has held its' intregrity and provided the utmost superior service to the arts during these economic times. They are a true advocate to the arts in Michigan.

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As an arts administrative professional seeking to relocate back to my home state, Artserve has been crucial in finding professional leads. The organization has also served as my main link that has kept me current on arts actions evolving with the Michigan.

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep growing and keep your integrity intact.

January 24, 2011

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January 24, 2011

As a professional artist and retail sales/guest services manager for Midland Center for the Arts, I find Artserve MIchigan Inc. to be a leader in compiling and presenting resources for the benefit of the artistic community of Michigan.
This past October, I was a participating artist in
Artprize 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Artserve Michigan was a visible and active supporter of this international event. I had the pleasure to meet, Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, during a seminar for artists on the business of art. Her knowledge and enthusiasm was compelling. Artserve Michigan was responsible for collaborating with the New York Arts Foundation to bring in this workshop. The timing was perfect as it coincided with the over 1700 artists in town for Artprize.
I regularly check the Artserve website and newsletters for current information that is relevant for artists and art organizations. It is a tremendous opportunity for me, personally, to learn and model myself after the professional members of the staff. Thank you for your tremendous and tireless work for the arts.

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

I gained knowledge in the best practices for professional artists.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would create more satellite locations in the field for rural artists and small city artists to have access to the resources.

January 7, 2011

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January 7, 2011

I am impressed by the strategic focus, dedicated professionals and broad-ranging outreach at this effective voice for arts advocacy.

Objectives and tactics reflect methodical, ongoing research into the needs of constituents, the interests of supporters and economic realities. Research
results are distributed widely, reflecting transparency and a smart approach to coalition-building. Resource development and goals for influencing public policy are pursued with imaginative multi-platform campaigns.

The passion of the executive director and experienced, full-time leadership team is clear and contagious. Artists, art educators and the public statewide are well-served by the dedication and long-term impact of ArtServe Michigan.

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

Rallying supporters via social media to contribute during a regional foundation's 2010 matching-gifts campaign.

Ways to make it better...

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

Create a regularly updated blog.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Artserve Michigan has educated me & others in the arts about our role in informing our legislators about the reasons arts deserve support even in times of economic decline. They've been innovative doing this when all in our state are financially hurting. Whether an actual conference or an e-conference, they produce talking points showing why the arts are crucial to both our state's future & its current economy. Ideas from them were enacted by our legislature & they've kept arts organizations & supporters aware of whom to contact & when contact is needed.

We may not win all our battles to support the arts, but with Artserve MI we at least know what battles need fighting & how to do it. This has kept the arts from being wiped out of funding, preserving a baseline from which recovery may proceed.

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

Seeing some of my friends stay in MI because the film industry is becoming established here. Prior to this I've seen a departure occur, so it's good to see this reverse. Both recent grads & established artists are encouraged & any encouragement in MI is a major change!

Ways to make it better...

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

Just keep doing what they're doing & not lose any staff nor ground in their work.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They serve as a network for artists & organizations, keeping us aware of trends, opportunities, & challenges.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

In my experience with this organization, I have found that all Artserve Michigan staff work tirelessly on behalf of the arts, artists, arts education, and project funding. I'm always impressed with the way they communicate and never fail to disseminate crucial information and updates to the general arts community. I'm happy to be associated with such a fine arts advocacy group!

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

I attended some of their networking events and workshops.

Ways to make it better...

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

I honestly can't think of a thing at the moment. They do a great job consistently!

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