I am still young and naive. Had I known what I know now, I would have taken a laptop and a whole stack of business cards. The laptop to take better notes (luckily I had a pencil and a notepad and was able to type them out here), the business cards (the four I had were gone in 10 minutes & I'm not one to hand out business cards to everyone I meet) to take advantage of the great opportunity to meet people with a common goal. You live and you learn though, right?
All of this was very last minute. Alex had decided to take our daughter to Boise and I was planning to get my house in order and have a weekend to myself. The house may or may not still be in shambles, but I still have a little time to take care of that. ANYWAY, Robyn's recently ill son was out of school for the day and his sister was gone. Being the great mom she is, Robyn decided to stay home. I felt uncomfortable taking her place due to the circumstances, but eventually decided to take advantage of this great opportunity. I missed the morning session and was just able to get there in time to eat Robyn’s lunch (almost as good as the summit itself, thank you again!). During lunch, we had a question/answer session with Max Williams.
Before becoming CEO of OCF, Max helped create a program to teach the arts to the inmates in prisions and other institutions.
- The arts are a powerful tool in helping someone find something out about themselves that will transform their future.
- The arts spur creativity and are essential to the health of the community as a whole.
- OCF just received the Fields Fund, 1.3 million dollars towards arts and education.
- Think Arts Education, though the fund is not limited to that direction.
- They are also looking for programs that have 3 to 5 year horizons.
- OCF wants to make an impact with the communities of Oregon over time.
- OCF wants to create jobs and help with children’s education.
- Go and meet the people you’re applying to and run through the guidelines with them.
- This is a good mantra: Don’t chase the money. If it’s leading you away from your goal, it’s not really worth it. In other words, don’t bend your project too much around the guidelines of a grant.
- Be passionate about what you do and let it speak for itself.
- OCF goes to great lengths to match donors with organizations. Get to know the OCF advisors. The Speed of Trust Stephen R. Covey
- The higher the level of trust in any organization, the quicker things get done. The opposite is true for people who can’t trust other people. .
- Challenge Assumptions
- Redefined Art: “To make stuff you care about.”
- Anything at it’s highest level of expertise becomes an art form.
- The difference between Art and Entertainment:
- Entertainment happens within the realm of things you already know.
- Art happens outside of that world.
- Art expands the sense of the way the world is.
- Art “Expands the sense of the possible” Dr. Crew
- Good to Great James C. Collins
- A very good read for anyone in a leadership position.
- In turbulent times
- Get the right people on the bus
- Pull back to your core values and begin from there. Not to the arts, but to where the arts came from
- As leaders, we must say less and listen more. We must empower people.
- Internal listening — outward leading.
- Art is the outer shape to serious inner yearning
- People are shaped by what they extend themselves into
- Teach young people to find pleasure in the right things
- The US school system is designed to squelch all of this.
- Three Sayings Eric has in his office:
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- We study math, but no one expects us to become mathematicians, why then, are we expected to become artists when we study art?
- Arts are necessary to the health of the community.
- Never give up on people
- Profit made that isn’t cash
- When we put on a dance event, the dancing isn’t what’s important, what’s important is the people getting together to dance.
- It’s uncomfortable to bring the rubrics of the business world into the art world.
- Advertising on a dime or no dime at all
- Stickers are great and cheap
- Facebook is wonderful
- Emails work well too
- Word of mouth is a gift
- We put on free events to make an investment in our community. When they go to a free event, they want to see more. It takes time. I'd say it's a 5 year investment.
- Free events provide points of access to our organization
- Service over self-interest.
- Remember why you started doing this
- Signal Fire is a program for artists to camp out in the wilderness for FREE, check it out.
we stared at a slide of a picture of fire for 20 seconds.
It was hilarious and awkward and then hilarious and then we all realized how 20 seconds can be a really long time.
- This is a great opportunity for artists to network, build confidence, leadership skills and problem solving.
- There will be an art show featuring artists who participated in Signal fire in February.
- Kids will live up to your expectations whether they are high or low.
- Expect Excellence
- Take them seriously and tell them they can be serious
- Whether you like it or not, your are going to lead something
- Collaboration is key
- Get the youth involved
- Our society is belligerently against reflection. We're always looking for new things and trying to move forward without ever looking back.
- Create a place where others can live up to their potential
- "We cannot be like pheasants in the field, standing still, hoping people won't see us and shoot us." Dr. Rudy Crew
Another great thing about this event was that it was held at the Oregon Convention Center. I have always wanted to go into that building! The building is beautiful and the art installations were also great, I had to take and post a photo.