Randy Cohen, VP of Policy & Research at Americans for the Arts (click here for bio), will speak at events across the Monadnock region in September 2017, tailoring his message to the audience at hand. The basis for his presentations will be the recent Arts & Economic Prosperity Study conducted across the Monadnock region, including surveys of 36 arts organizations and 961 audience members. More information on the study can be found at www.monadnockartsalive.org/aep5 or by contacting Jessica Gelter, Director of Arts Alive!.

Events Include:

Reception with new Commissioners of Cultural Resources & Economic Development

Workshop about arts audience spending and resources to promote local businesses

Panel & Discussion about Creative Placemaking & how to support Creative Economy growth

Idea Jam about Arts & Quality of Life in the Monadnock Region

Arts Leadership Summit

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With additional support from:

Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, The Colony House, Adventure Limousine, LaBelle Winery, Sunflowers Restaurant & Cafe, The NH Planners Association, Sharon Arts Gallery, The Inn at East Hill Farm, Artists presenting their works at these events, the AEP 5 advisory committee, our generous hosts and facilitators, and our partners listed below each event.

The Big Idea: Art, Economy & Growth

Tuesday 9/5 at 6pm || LaBelle Winery, Amherst, NH

Registration: $15 includes complimentary wine tasting & light fare

Cash Bar

Agenda: Randy Cohen will speak about the AEP 5 Monadnock region study. Joan Goshgarian of NH Business Committee for the arts will introduce both Taylor Caswell, the new Commissioner for Business and Economic Development, and Jeff Rose, the new Commissioner for Cultural & Natural resources. Both will share their visions for the new departments. There will be an exhibit in The Gallery at LaBelle Winery, curated by McGowan Fine Art..

Partners: This event will be hosted in partnership with NH Business Committee for the Arts, NH Citizens for the Arts, NH Creative Communities Network, LaBelle Winery, and the Souhegan Chamber of Commerce

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Missed Opportunity: The Spending Power of Arts Audiences

Wednesday 9/6 9-11am || Sharon Arts Gallery, Grove St. Peterborough, NH

Registration: $10 includes light breakfast, coffee & tea

Agenda: Randy Cohen will speak about the AEP 5 study as it relates to audience spending and ways to leverage that. Then Jamie Trowbridge will facilitate a discussion with our partners and attendees to discuss tools and strategies to capture arts & culture audience spending.

Partners include: Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Buy Local, NH Division of Travel & Tourism, and the Monadnock Travel Council

Planning for Vitality: NH's Thriving Creative Communities

Wednesday 9/6 12:30pm || Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey, NH

Registration: $10 includes lunch by Sunflowers Restaurant & Fine Catering

Agenda: Randy Cohen will speak about the AEP 5 study and ways communities across the US have leveraged their creative assets for community development. Then Polliadh Major, of the VT NH USDA, will conduct a panel discussion of stories from successful community development projects across the state that have utilized arts & culture. After the panel discussion, she will open the floor to a discussion of strategies and ideas for the Monadnock region to implement. There will be an art exhibit by local artist Larry Davis: Nature Art Photography

Partners: Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Monadnock Economic Development Corporation, VT NH USDA, and NH Planners Association

Arts & Community Growth: A Reception & Idea Jam

Wednesady 9/6 6:00pm || The Hive at the Hannah Grimes Center, Keene, NH 

Registration: $10 includes light fare

Cash Bar

Agenda: The Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and Arts Alive! welcome Randy Cohen to speak about the AEP 5 Monadnock region study. After Randy's speech Arts Alive! will host an idea jam facilitated by Taryn Fisher, where participants get 60 seconds to pitch an idea that grew out of what Randy presented. The question at hand will be "how can Arts & Culture play a role in enhancing & communicating quality of life in our region?" 

Partners: Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, Antioch New England and the Hannah Grimes Center.

Arts Leadership Summit

9/7 9am || Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Nelson, NH 

Registration: $15 includes light breakfast, coffee & tea

Agenda: Randy Cohen will speak about the AEP 5 Monadnock region study. Then Maryann Lindberg will host a panel and further discussion to go in depth into ways economic impact data can be incorporated into fundraising, marketing, and branding of an organization. There will be a brief performance of selections from The Dancingmaster, a new work by 2016 Ewing Awardee Larry Seigel

Partners: Hannah Grimes Center, NH Center for Nonprofits, and NH State Council on the Arts

Randy Cohen

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public’s opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 703,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences and served as its managing director, as well as worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. He was Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission for three years, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and a million dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.