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A City Plan Created without Artists

Casey Summar, Independent Consultant and former Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, shares a cautionary tale about the lack of artists at the table for creating the previous strategic plan for the city of Nashville in the 1990s.

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Working with Artists Behind-the-Scenes

I think the work that we do with individual artists around advocacy is very strategic and behind the scenes, because we, as an arts agency, are allowed to educate and inform but we’re not allowed to advocate. So, we work as an agency, most specifically providing individual artists or teams of artists with resources, strategy, people, evaluators; we function as a support to them in order for them to articulate their interests and their concerns.

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