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Feb 03, 2015

Join us Wednesday, February 25, at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, for Practicing the Art of Decision-Making with Margie Reese, arts and leadership expert and former CAELI faculty member. Margie’s presentation is part of a full day agenda that includes the 2015 Conference Program Planning Meeting. You are welcome to attend one or both of these events. Please RSVP by Friday, February 20, by completing this very brief reservation form. Please note, this form must be completed by each member of your team who will be joining us.

There will also be a Program Planning Meeting on Tuesday, February 24, in Philadelphia, PA at the Settlement Music School. Click here to learn more.

Practicing the Art of Decision-Making
Arts education organizations have many stakeholders---students, parents, donors, partners, faculty, trustees and staff---each placing their own demands on the institution and its leaders. Organizational effectiveness is frequently dependent upon a leader’s ability to understand and mediate among these critical yet competing priorities---and make important, sometimes difficult decisions. Considering “the good of the many” is not always an easy task. Making a decision about whether to keep or eliminate a program; take a stand on ethics within your organization; or initiate or end a community partnership are examples of the kinds of tough, leadership challenges that generally increase in frequency and complexity as your organization and career develop.  

In this deeply engaging, hands-on workshop, we will explore the qualities of productive decision-making and share strategies for making timely, informed decisions that balance emotion with reason and build a culture of trust and effectiveness.
About the Presenter
Margie Johnson Reese was recognized with the 2014 National Guild Service Award for her lifelong dedication to increasing young people’s access to arts learning opportunities, both in and out of school; powerful advocacy and action for equity and diversity; and commitment to mentoring future leaders as a faculty member for the National Guild’s Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). She has a thirty-year portfolio as an arts advocate and arts management professional. She is an advisor to the International Council of African Museums based in Nairobi, Kenya, a fellow at the Salzburg Global Institute in Salzburg, Austria and a long-time board member of Americans for the Arts. She served a six year tenure as director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas, and then relocated to Los Angeles to serve as the general manager for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. During her time in LA, she developed Music LA, which provides quality music instruction to young people throughout the city. Her expertise as a grantmaker was tapped by the Ford Foundation to advance cultural projects in 14 West African countries, centered on cultural policy development and conservation of West Africa’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Her leadership led to the creation of an unprecedented collaboration between the British Museum and Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments to strengthen technical conservation skills of Nigerian museum professionals and contextualize the pre-museum existence of West African objects held in the collections of the British Museum. Through her vision and commitment to restoring dignity to West African antiquities, she became known as the “mother of the Lagos Museum.” Following her three year service in West Africa, Margie returned to Dallas as vice president for programs at Big Thought, leveraging public and private sector resources to provide arts education experiences for children and their families. She has also contributed to countless community cultural plans as a strategic consultant for local arts agencies across the country. She is a frequent keynote speaker at arts conferences around the globe and a faculty member for leadership programs organized by the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the Western States Arts Federation and a teacher in the graduate schools of arts administration at both the University of North Texas and Goucher College.

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