Making a Difference in Communities

The Engage program provides community-centered professional and organizational development that focuses on leadership training for small to midsize arts and cultural organizations. Using a combination of workshops, coach consultations, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, Engage works with participants to govern more effectively, become more fiscally astute, and develop strategies to address community needs. Development of these skills ensures long-term sustainability and improved community impact. Engage strengthens participating arts organizations and arts leaders, amplifying an arts ecosystem that supports the wider community.

Engage is highly customized to address the needs and existing challenges of every organization and art leader. Participating organizations receive one-on-one coaching, workshops on a diversity of topics that reflect current trends in the field, and the opportunity to develop strong bonds with their peers, sharing resources and solving problems together.

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For more information about the Engage program, please email engage@maaa.org

Upcoming Programming

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Through Creativity Workshop

Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. | free

Please RSVP to receive the Zoom invitation

How are you taking care of yourself during these restless times?

This workshop will help fulfill a need in the art community to blend mindfulness techniques and creativity from a connected and self-aware environment. It will provide meaningful self-reflection, the opportunity to learn tools that can be integrated into daily life, and a nourishing experience within a community of other like-minded creatives.

Ajana Therapy and Clinical Services will help participants define mindfulness, learn the four steps for utilizing mindfulness through creativity, explore how we are prisoners of our perceptions, and more!

Webinar Resources

On September 17, we offered the session Are You Asking? A Fundraising “Playbook” During COVID with Fayruz Benyousef from FBC Consulting.  We will soon have a video of the workshop posted.

We presented Practicing Resilience: Activating Your Anti-Racism and DEAI Commitments on July 17 with Dina Bailey of Mountain Top Vision. Watch the workshop in full below. For closed captioning info, please email Communications (at) maaa.org.

We presented Messaging the Moment with Jessika Davidson on Thursday, August 13. While managing the unexpected during the current health, economic and racial pandemic, how do art organizations do this online, be authentic, and stay true to their mission? You can also download a Messaging Framework Checklist and an Equity Lens Audit provided by presenter Davidson.


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Engage Kansas City: learn more

Support for Engage Houston is provided by the Houston Endowment. Support for Engage Kansas City is provided by the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee, the Cross Foundation, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.