BA Conversations

Conversations with arts professionals that are of interest to small and mighty arts organizations

What are BA Conversations?

At Benvenuti Arts, we mainly work with small and very small organizations just like you! This means we’re hyper-focused on the needs of those groups who are doing amazing things with limited resources; groups with strong community connections and uncompromisable values. Our consulting services and memberships are built around a deep understanding of your work and unique challenges, and our BA Conversations are an effort to address those challenges.

Each month, we’ll be having live conversations with arts professionals about topics that are of interest to small and mighty arts organizations, and we invite you to join! At about 90 minutes each, Founder Sarah Benvenuti will lead the conversation, but we’ll be sure to save plenty of time to answer your questions, too. So watch and learn or bring your own challenges to get advice from the people who know best. 

All conversations are Free for BA members and clients, and just $15 for non-members, these conversations will be intimate, practical, and undoubtedly, a bit of fun. We hope you’ll join us!

See upcoming BA Conversations or sign up to attend here:

UPCOMING CONVERSATION SESSIONS

June 8, 2022; 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, EST

Building Better Content, with Erika N. Mac Donald of Engaging New Media

Having trouble creating content for your organization? Wondering how to get more people to engage with your online content? Building an online presence can be difficult, especially when it feels that you are doing the best you can to market yourself and/or your organization. 

In this BA Conversation, we’ll be talking with Erika N. Mac Donald of Engaging New Media about how you can build better content by complementing what you already do. We’ll be discussing how to find a strategy that works for your clients, focusing on bringing your content back to the community. We’ll also cover examining your metrics and learning what you can enhance without starting over from scratch.

ACCESS: If you would like to request live communication access real-time translation (CART) captioning or other accommodations for a webinar, please send your request, including the name and date of the webinar, to alicia@benvenutiarts.com.  We ask that accommodation requests be sent at least 3 business days before an event’s start time.

 

BA Conversation Flyer for Pi-Isis

July 27, 2022; 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, EST

New Visions for Decision-Making, with Liz Dreyer, Independent Consultant and Lead Facilitator for DEI Arts Consulting and EmcArts

In the past few years, there have been many ongoing discussions in the arts community and beyond about exploring new forms of organization hierarchies. Maybe you’re looking to relieve stress on one person within your organization, or maybe you’re looking for new ways to involve your broader community into decision-making. As your organization finds its footing, or perhaps looks for new ways to delegate decision-making within your hierarchy, it’s important to think beyond your current ideas of what it means to make decisions.

Liz Dreyer, Independent Consultant and Lead Facilitator for DEI Arts Consulting and EmcArts, will be talking with us about RACI, a decision-making tool, which stands for “responsible, accountable, consulted, and informed.” We’ll talk about dispelling binary points of view regarding decision-making – such as one person is making a decision or everyone is – to break down who is involved and from what kind of responsibility.

ACCESS: If you would like to request live communication access real-time translation (CART) captioning or other accommodations for a webinar, please send your request, including the name and date of the webinar, to alicia@benvenutiarts.com.  We ask that accommodation requests be sent at least 3 business days before an event’s start time. 

BA Conversation Flyer for Pi-Isis

POSTPONED TO THE FALL DUE TO COVID-19

Making Values-Based Decisions, with Jeffrey Golde and Matthew Kennis of Deep Breadth Strategic Consulting

Our world has gone through massive changes the past two years, and we’ve all been affected. Yet, as we “reopen,” many of us are still making decisions in the same old ways and falling back into the same old patterns. As leaders of mission-driven arts organizations, we must find better ways to address challenges and adapt to a constantly changing environment. But how do we do this?

That’s where Deep Breadth comes in. Jeffrey and Matthew work with philanthropists, grant-makers and governments to support their efforts to embrace and encourage longer-term approaches to problem-solving and change. The pandemic has made us all “new” leaders, and we need upgraded tools to make decisions as our world continues to be unpredictable. This conversation will be about how to use your mission, vision, and values as true decision-making tools; stay anchored in those values while you make shifts in operations; and flex your strategic thinking muscles before entering into something like strategic planning.

ACCESS: If you would like to request live communication access real-time translation (CART) captioning or other accommodations for a webinar, please send your request, including the name and date of the webinar, to alicia@benvenutiarts.com.  We ask that accommodation requests be sent at least 3 business days before an event’s start time.

 

BA Conversation Flyer for Pi-Isis

Past Conversation Topics Have Included:

Am I Ready for Strategic Planning?, with Pi-Isis Ankhra, Entrepreneur, Strategist, and Humanitarian  – who talked about the importance of strategic planning and how to know when you’re ready to use it for your organization’s development. 

Communications Planning for Beginners, with Claire Pfarr, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Envision Health – where we discussed how to simplify the way you think of marketing and focus on what is really meaningful and useful to your organization.

Continuing the Conversation on Equity, with Daniel Lim – where we talked about addressing equity in their practices, and advancing a regenerative and liberatory culture.

Avoiding Burnout, with Kit Whelan – who talked about identifying signs of encroaching burnout, techniques for avoiding it, what to do if you’re already in it, and how creative practice, passion projects, and activism can lead to burnout just as surely as other areas in our lives. 

Mastering Meeting Facilitation, with Jackie Miller of Bespoken Partners – where we learned how to own your voice at work, connect to an audience, and how to maintain control when presenting to ensure your organization stays on track.

Reaching Your Audience on Facebook with Dorene Wharton of Travel Life Media – who talked about the best ways to use language to maximize your impact on Facebook marketing.  

Talking Accessibility, with Rachel Lawson of Kinetic Light – where we discussed Kinetic Light’s philosophy around disability aesthetics, some basic starting points around accessibility, and tools and resources.

Researching the Right Grants for You, with Kaitlin Kitzrow of Unbound Philanthropy – where we gained insight on how to navigate through the noise so that you aren’t wasting your time on grants that aren’t right for you.

Standing Out with Artist-Centric Funders with Candace Feldman – where we discusses what it’s like to usher artists through a more hands-on process, selecting the work samples that best highlight your work, and other tidbits around building stronger relationships with funders.

Standing Out as an Indie Artist with Ana Fiore, Director, Grants & Services, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – who joined us to talk about how indie artists can represent themselves more fully, from demonstrating their capacity through past experience to better planning and budgeting, and more.

Licensing Your Mission with Kathy Damkohler and Rainah Berlowitz of Education Through Music, where we talked about their journey into licensing, how they manage their relationship with affiliates, and things to consider if you are interested in heading down this path.

The Strange World of Grants Panels, with Rosalind Grush  – who joined us for a chat about the reality of grants panels, both from the perspective of someone who has sat on plenty of them, and as someone who has written many grants judged by panels. 

What Funders Want, with Conrhonda Baker – who shed some light on funding from the other side of the application process. We discussed basic, nonprofit-y things that funders look for and how you can prepare yourself for funder conversations.

A Year of Radical Change, with Randi Berry and the Indie Theater Fund – a year later, almost to the day, after COVID-19 changed our industry indelibly, Founder and Executive Director Randi Berry joins us to talk about this change, what she has learned, and her hopes for the future.

Making Finance Your Friend with Jeanine Hall – who talked about what arts organizations should be doing to make their financial presence easier – no matter how small the budget – while preparing for a more sustainable future in plain language and the minimum amount of pain.

Meet Your Host – Sarah Benvenuti!

Sarah Benvenuti | Benvenuti Arts

Sarah Benvenuti is Founder and Lead Consultant of Benvenuti Arts. Sarah brings her operational excellence and fundraising skills to the table with experience that includes Managing Director and Director of Development of The Civilians, Managing Director of Curious Theater Company, and, currently, Benvenuti Arts. Since 2014, Benvenuti Arts has served over 60 small and midsize arts nonprofits in areas of fundraising and management. She has a B.M. in Music from Mercyhurst University and an MA in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and has taught workshops and led panels on fundraising, real estate, and management in the arts.

 

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