National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar about How to Build Collective Impact Initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

Washington, DC—As the benefits of using a common agenda to solve complex social problems become better understood, the concept of using collective impact to advance arts education continues to gain traction. In a follow-up to the Spring 2013 webinar that provided an overview of the topic, the NEA will host a public webinar on how to begin and build collective impact initiatives on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson will be joined in the conversation by two leaders in the field: Giselle "Gigi" Antoni, president/CEO of Big Thought in Dallas, Texas, and Denise Grande, director of Los Angeles County's Arts for All initiative. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

About Big Thought

For more than 25 years, Big Thought has increased access to education so that a zip code does not determine a child’s opportunity to thrive. Known for its role as a provider of resources in a vast collaboration of nonprofits, the organization creates and shares curriculum, provides assessment, offers professional development, funds programs, and coordinates partners in support of its direct delivery services. In 2011, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities selected Gigi Antoni as a “Champion of Change,” in which capacity she served on a White House panel highlighting best practices in arts education. More information can be found at

About Arts for All

Arts for All, a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, is a collaborative initiative established to ensure that the 1.6 million public school students throughout the county have access to quality, sequential arts instruction as a part of an ongoing K-12 curriculum. Since its inception in 2002, Arts for Allhashelped school districts implement and sustain arts education through policy development, strategic planning, data collection and research, grants to improve teaching and learning, advocacy, partnerships with regional funders, and collaboration with nearly 100 community artists and arts organizations. Arts for All was recognized as a national model for arts education reform by Americans for the Arts. More information can be found at

How to Join the Webinar

The webinar is free and open to the public. Please register in advance. You can listen to the webinar using your computer speakers or dial in toll-free: 1-877-685-5350, participant code: 739587. An archive of the webinar will be available within a few days on the NEA's website.

Media may RSVP to Liz Auclair at or 202-682-5744.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @NEAarts with the hashtag #NEAArtsEd.


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