Artists Thrive was invited to share about our work to measure what matters at the 2017 Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) Conference this October in Detroit, MI. Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director at the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, was joined by Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries for Creative Many Michigan, for a discussion on using rubrics to assess impact and shape strategic planning, goals, and communications with board members, staff, artists, peers, and community.
Heather described the Tremaine Foundation’s support of this national collaboration to create Artists Thrive, a dynamic measurement tool that helps the field see what is currently being done now and what can be done differently to improve conditions for artists. Cezanne offered insight into how Creative Many is using the rubric tool of formative assessment to focus on increasing collaboration across their diverse portfolios and geographies of work.
Both organizations shared how they are using the tool to shape their work around continuous improvement with mechanisms for ongoing engagement, collaboration, and alignment around activities, practices, language, visions, and values.
You can read more about this session and others at the 2017 GIA Conference here.