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The arts community is always changing. ArtsFairfax captures and shares best practices and select resources to help arts organizations and artists address current issues and serve our community. 

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Fairfax County Master Arts Plans

ArtsFairfax works with Fairfax County on Master Arts Plans to expand community access to and engagement in arts and culture. The Master Arts Plans provide a blueprint for cultural facilities and for public art throughout the County to reflect its diversity, consider existing facilities, and anticipate future growth.

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Americans for the Arts Advocacy Hub
Be an Arts Hero
Performing Arts Alliance
Virginians for the Arts


Arts & Aging

“Untapped Opportunity: Older Americans & the Arts” Culture Track report
“Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit” by National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
“Accessibility: Creativity & Aging” by National Endowment for the Arts
Museums and Creative Aging blog by American Alliance of Museums
Creative Aging Resources by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Arts & Economy 

Virginians for the Arts: Support the Arts in Virginia
Americans for the Arts: Why the Arts Matter in Virginia
Arts & Economic Prosperity Reports (coming soon!)

Arts Education 

“Setting the Stage: Practical Ideas for Implementing High-Quality Afterschool Arts Programs” by Research for Action, McClanahan Associates, Inc.
“2021 State Arts Agency Grant Making Facts: Arts Education” by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Arts Education Field Guide by Americans for the Arts
Arts Education Navigator by Americans for the Arts in partnership with Vans Custom Culture
“Delineating the Benefits of Arts Education for Children’s Socioemotional Development” by WolfBrown


Arts & Health

“Arts, Health and Community Well-being” by National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
“Health Benefits of the Arts Library of Studies” by Embracing Arlington Arts
“Arts in Health” by Americans for the Arts
“The Impact of Arts and Culture Agenda: Wellness” by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
“How Making Art Helps Improve Mental Health” by Smithsonian Magazine
“How Art Can Heal” by American Scientist

Creative Placemaking & Public Art

“Creative Spaces Toolkit” by ArtsFairfax
“Public Art Network” by Americans for the Arts
“How to Do Creative Placemaking Guide” by National Endowment for the Arts
“10 Tips for Commissioning a Site-Specific Artwork for Businesses & Real Estate Developers” by Distill Creative
“10 Tips for Working with a Real Estate Developer or Business for Artists” by Distill Creative
“Public Art Project Budget Worksheet” by Forecast Public Art

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility 

Disability Language Style Guide
Kennedy Center VSA International Network
Inventory of Apologies (under articles)
Cincinnati Art Museum Accessibility Accommodations
Cincinnati Art Museum Social Narratives
Sample Access statement from the Warhol Museum 
Washington Ear
Ablr accessibility service
Access Rider

5 Tips for the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) During Challenging Times
Making Systems Changes for Equity: A Conversation with McKnight’s David Nicholson
The (White) Elephant in the (Board) Room: How White Board Members Can Step Up By Stepping Aside
Five Questions Every Foundation Board Should Be Discussing Right Now
Taking Action on Board Diversity: Five Questions to Get You Started
A Guide to Gender Identity Terms
What if Accessibility Was Also Inclusive?
How to Build a Diverse Nonprofit Staff
Your Employee Handbook: A Free Template
How to Make Your Association’s Employee Handbook More Equitable
Addressing Issues of Equity in Volunteerism: Where to Look & What to Do
Resources on Diversifying Your Board of Directors 

Organizational Assessments and Self Assessments
Race Forward: Racial Equity Impact Assessment
Unite4Equity Equity Journey Quiz
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Organizational Assessment Tools: A Resource Guide 
ArtsFairfax DEIA Self-Assessment 

Equity in the Center – Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
D5Coalition – Analysis of Policies, Practices and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Emergency Planning 

Performing Arts Readiness Project
DPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool


Funding & Support 

Americans for the Arts’ Funding Guides
Fairfax County Public Libraries’ “Grants Research & Training Center”
A community resource for nonprofit organizations, students, artists and other individuals seeking foundation grant opportunities, the GRTC provides staff support and free access to the Candid electronic databases on grantmakers. GRTC Locations include the Reston Regional Library, Sherwood Regional Library, and Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.

Marketing & Communications

WORK-SMART: Marketing Workshops by ArtsFairfax
Content Marketing Institute
“The Intersection of Funding, Marketing, and Audience Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” by SMU DataArts
“Stories Worth Telling” by Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication

Nonprofit Management & Strategic Planning

Brighter Strategies Resources
ArtReach Strategic Planning Resources
“Creative Alternatives to in-person arts-based activities” by Forecast Public Art

Survey Tools

ArtsFairfax Audience Survey Template for Nonprofit Arts Organizations
Google Forms
HubSpot’s Free Survey Maker
Qualtrics hosts a library of survey templates
Survey Monkey

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