AFC’s Advocacy Day: Mark Your Calendar for April 3, 2013

AFC makes it easy for you to tell your legislators why the arts deserve to be funded. Please join us on Wednesday, April 3 at the Colorado State Capitol to connect with policymakers and other arts advocates. The day will kick off with breakfast and advocacy training session, followed by a rally. Meet with your legislators, then enjoy lunch and entertainment. Additional details about the event and information regarding how to register will be announced shortly. Please contact Aleah Menefee at for more information. Space is limited for this event.

Legislative Victory for the Arts in Colorado

The Colorado legislative session began on January 9, 2013, and there have already been some exciting funding developments. The Joint Budget Committee announced that an additional  $101,791 would be allocated for Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) this current fiscal year due to higher than projected revenues. Once approved by the full legislature, these funds will be made available to the CCI. If approved, the new funds will bring the total available state revenues for Colorado Creative Industries in the current fiscal year to $1,183,953.

Jack Becker Public Art Workshop and Interview a Success

On January 10th, public art administrators and advocates from across Colorado attended AFC’s workshop and interview with public art expert Jack Becker. The event attracted participants from from Grand Junction, Trinidad, Fort Collins, and from across the Front Range. Becker is the founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, which is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Forecast was established in 1978 and specializes in consulting, facilitation, and a wide range of other services pertaining to arts development, public art planning, programming, and commissioning. The organization also publishes a biannual journal titled Public Art Review, and recently launched the Public Art Toolkit, which provides information and examples of all aspects of public art, from contemporary ideas and resources, to a step-by-step guide to the entire process of creating public art.

The day’s events opened with an interactive workshop in which Becker posed several questions to the workshop participants. He then encouraged the group to learn from one another as he augmented the discussion with insights and analysis from his work in the field of public art. Becker then addressed current and future trends in public art, funding for public art, the role of technology in public art commissioning, measurements of the success of public art projects, and ways to increase the perception and value of public art and artists in a community. Following the workshop, Becker was interviewed by national public art consultant John Grant. During the interview, Becker and Grant discussed the critical role public art plays in shaping communities. If you would like more information about the Becker workshop and interview, please visit the Arts for Colorado website to read an article about the event.

Meet a Board Member: Sandy Greenhut, Arts for Colorado Board Treasurer

Tell us about your career before you moved from Indiana to Summit County.

Prior to moving to Summit County, Colorado, I performed germ-free research at Lobund Labs at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and conducted cancer research at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I also was a travel agent.  While in South Bend, I founded and chaired many arts organizations.

Please tell us about your role in AFC.

When AFC was created in 1999, I served as the first vice president, and remained an active member representing the arts in rural Colorado. Currently, I serve as the treasurer, and in that capacity I oversee the financial affairs of the organization.

How did you become involved in arts-related advocacy?

I initially became involved in arts-related advocacy through my participation in the Democratic Party. I was the Democratic chair in South Bend, Indiana and Summit County for many years and I realized that supporting the arts was critical in order for politicians to get elected.

In what ways have you engaged in politics?

I ran many local and national Democratic political campaigns.

What are some strategies for people living in rural areas of Colorado to become engaged in the arts?

There are many strategies for people in rural Colorado to become involved in the arts. I suggest that people discover the arts in their area and become active.

Describe your involvement in the arts in Summit County.

I founded and chaired numerous arts organizations in Summit County, including Summit County Arts Council, Arts for the Summit, Fall for the Arts, and Dillon Pocket Park Committee.

How have you brought different arts organizations together in Summit County?

Bringing organizations together and creating opportunities for collaboration is key to the success of arts organizations in Summit County. Thus, I founded and continue to chair Arts for the Summit which is a 24 member non-profit cultural organization in Summit County. The mission of this organization is to collaborate, cooperate, and coordinate.  Every year, I lead the planning and execution efforts for the “Fall for the Arts” event that showcases all arts-related organizations and venues in Summit County.

What are some of the most effective ways people can connect with their legislators?

People should meet and get to know their legislators, attend their forums, and assist their legislators during their election.

Why should people attend the upcoming AFC Advocacy Day?

AFC will make it easy for people to become acquainted with their legislators, and it is important for legislators to know that you support the arts in Colorado.