Well, my head may explode. Mari Anne and I returned from the Site Directors Meetings last night, which were held in Pittsburgh over the weekend, and I for one have a lot to process! We talked about many things – what great things happened at each site this past year, fundraising, how a homeless shelter is using DC with their adult population (to great affect of course!), money, Pierre’s experience in Jaffa (more about that later), the national network, grants and foundations, research, galas, etc. Yes, you noticed that there was a lot of talk about money! Where to get it, how to keep it, raising it.
One thru-line connects us all: Dancing Classrooms is an EXTREMELY successful program that shows over and over again the power it has to change lives and also that all of us who are involved are passionate about it.
I came away with some ideas about how to shake things up just a bit. Don’t worry, I’m not re-iventing the wheel, just maybe adding a little grease!
In Pierre’s report about the work he did in Jaffa, he mentioned that there will be a new documentary about his work there which will premier next summer. He encouraged all the sites to have premier gala events and that he will try to attend them all. Be assured I will be throwing Omaha’s hat in the mix!
In the meantime, my plan is to create a time-line with all of the information I gathered there and do some prioritizing. And trying to keep my head from exploding.
Happy July 4th!
I’m sitting at my desk, listening to the firecrackers go off all around me, and thinking about family, kids, traditions and celebrations. We are lucky to live where we can celebrate whatever we want to in pretty much any way we’d like. It’s a beautiful day to be outside and I’m sure I’ll be up late into the night hearing the bangs and booms!
Other reasons for Dancing Classrooms Omaha to celebrate right now:
*We have hired four people to come train to be Teaching Artists this coming year – Courtney Stein, Liz Shefter, Sue Schlessinger and Latryce Anderson! I think they will all be awesome additions to our “family” and I’m looking forward to working with them and easing them into the DC world. Thanks to Mary Gibilisco, Michele Patterson, Carole Dunic and Mari Anne Hartmann for their help with the auditons. Current Teaching Artists will have the chance to meet our new TA’s at our upcoming training events.
*We have recently recieved a grant from the Omaha Schools Foundation to help our work continue in OPS schools. OSF loves what we do and has been a strong supporter.
*A big thank you goes out to Gordon Krentz and the Nebraska Humane Society. We will be holding our July training days there and I went to visit the space and was thrilled at how perfect it will be for us! And they are letting us use it for free!
*Mari Anne and I will be attending the site director’s meeting this weekend in Pittsburgh. There are changes happening in New York also so it seems to be a good time to be transitioning. More on that later…
*All of the “stuff” that lived at Marian’s house or on her computer are now in my possession. It will all live here until we have the opportunity to acquire some inexpensive office space.
See you soon –
As we prepare to pass the torch from one to another, I just want to again say how honored I am to be heading such a wonderful organization! Marian’s official last day with The ARTery is tomorrow and I want to thank her again for every thing she has done the past few years. The ARTery and Dancing Classrooms Omaha is a valued part of the arts and education world in Omaha, proven again by the generous grants we have recently received from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Omaha Schools Foundation.
Be on the look-out for regular blogs from me with timely updates and information!
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