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  • The Importance of Collecting Medical and Emergency Information for Your Customers

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 01/11/2018

    Every day you provide programs and camps where children can develop, grow, and learn lifelong skills. At the same time, the safety of the participants within your organization is paramount. Emergencies are considered emergencies because they are unexpected, which is why the collection of emergency information, and other critical details, is so important for your recreation organization.

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    Every day you provide programs and camps where children can develop, grow, and learn lifelong skills. At the same time, the safety of the participants within your organization is paramount. Emergencies are considered emergencies because they are unexpected, which is why the collection of emergency information, and other critical details, is so important for your recreation organization.

    Join ePACT Network for this webinar where you will learn:

    • Why many recreation departments avoid collecting emergency and medical information from families
    • What information to collect from families at registration, and how requirements might differ between daily programming and camps
    • Why emergency and medical information is key to any safety plan for recreation departments
    • How to help families understand the importance of collecting this information and ensuring it stays accurate and up-to-date. 

    Kirsten Koopang Telford

    Co-Founder and COO: ePACT Network

    As Co-Founder and COO of ePACT Network, Kirsten oversees system development to ensure it provides critical support to organizations, individuals, and communities across North America. Since ePACT’s inception in 2012, Kirsten has been advised by leading pediatric allergists and emergency medicine doctors, and has engaged with stakeholders from public sector Emergency Management Offices and Parks & Recreation Departments, to schools, sports programs and individuals, to ensure ePACT not only fills gaps in responding to emergencies, but helps to build safer, more resilient communities.

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    ePACT Network is a first of its kind online emergency network, designed to connect organizations, individuals, and entire communities in preparation for, and response to, emergencies. In 2011, after running a successful consulting practice for more than a decade, Kirsten and co-founder, Christine Sommers, were inspired by a friend’s experience during that year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and discovered that North America had gaps in mitigation, preparedness, and response to disasters. Realizing that those gaps could be, at least in part, addressed with increased awareness, better access to information, and improved communications, Kirsten and Christine believed that technology could be used to bridge these gaps. ePACT was developed to navigate unexpected events, increase safety, and provide the best possible outcome in any crisis, large or small. To learn more, visit www.epactnetwork.com

  • Attracting People to Parks in the Digital Age

    Contains 4 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 12/14/2017

    This webinar will explore innovative ways that park and recreation agencies can use digital marketing tactics, including social media, websites, apps and campaigns, to attract more people to their parks and programs. An actual case study will be presented to demonstrate how one agency was able to connect with their community like never before.

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    This webinar will explore innovative ways that park and recreation agencies can tailor content for digital marketing platforms  ̶ including social media, email, and websites  ̶  to attract more people to their parks and programs. We will also cover best practices for writing for the web to ensure you are properly appealing to your audience. Denver Parks and Recreation will join the webinar to showcase their NRPA Kudos Award winning “Be a Smart Ash” awareness campaign. They will share how the campaign was developed, how they got buy-in from local officials and tips for how other agencies can implement similarly successful campaigns.

    Matt Brubaker

    Marketing Director at National Recreation and Park Association

    Matt Brubaker has been with NRPA since 2013 and is currently the Director of Marketing. Matt is responsible for managing NRPA’s brand and visual identity, developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategic marketing campaigns, raising awareness for NRPA’s professional offerings and working in tandem with NRPA’s award-winning marketing, communications and magazine team. He manages the promotion of NRPA’s Annual Conference, membership recruitment, professional development, certification, research and other initiatives. Matt is also an avid outdoorsman, dog lover and a proud Hokie.

    Roxanne Sutton

    Senior Communications Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Roxanne Sutton is the Senior Manager of Communications at the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Her responsibilities include overseeing social media strategy and content development and promoting the award-winning work of our partnerships and business development team. She is also the host of NRPA’s podcast, Open Space Radio. In her role, Roxanne is fortunate to communicate and work directly with many NRPA members to promote new opportunities and showcase the great work local parks and recreation are doing in their communities. Prior to her role at NRPA, she worked at a PR firm in D.C. on a multitude of accounts ranging from energy clients to non-profits. She graduated with honors and recognition from George Mason University with her bachelors in Communication specializing in Public Relations. She was a member of Lambda Pi Eta and recipient of the Excellence in Communication Award.

    Amy Moynihan

    Senior Director of Communications at Ground Floor Media

    Amy Moynihan is a creative thinker, enjoys finding and telling compelling stories and has a passion for building long-term cause-related brand engagement programs for clients. Amy’s background spans multiple disciplines with consumer-facing clients with expertise in public awareness and education campaigns, community relations and CSR programs, sponsorship activation, message development and media relations.

    Will Holden

    Director of Digital Strategy at Ground Floor Media

    Will Holden brings a rich mix of media relations as well as digital and social content experience to the GFM team after having spent 10 years as a journalist. During that decade, Will worked in print, TV and radio and was consistently recognized as being on the forefront of digital and social media.

  • Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiatives

    Contains 11 Component(s)

    This free product registers you for access to all past and future Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School time initiative virtual training, webinars, and other resources.

    imageThis Commit to Health and Healthy Out-of-School time subscription provides you access to all content related to NRPA's Commit to Health Initiative. This product includes the archive of all past webinar recordings, links to handouts and other resources, and you will be automatically enrolled and notified of any future webinars or training related to this initiative.

    *Note: The archived products in this bundle no longer provide CEU credit. 

    Upcoming Webinars

    Improving Health and Wellness Mentality of Your Community
    October 24, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

    Inspiring Staff and Building Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes
    November 14, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

    Partnership and Coalition Building to Address Barriers to Access and Engagement
    December 12, 2018 @ 2:00 PM (EST)

    Allison Colman

    Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Allison Colman is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association on the Health and Wellness team.  Allison joined NRPA in 2015 and oversees the out-of-school time portfolio, including NRPA’s Commit to Health campaign and efforts to reduce childhood hunger through the USDA Child Nutrition programs. Allison also manages NRPA Parks for Inclusion initiative. Prior to joining NRPA, Allison worked in the recreation field facilitating health and wellness programs across all populations.  Combined with her work in other non-profits and organizations, Allison has extensive experience in public health and wellness program management and preventative health initiatives.   

    Maureen Acquino

    National Recreation and Park Association

    Maureen Acquino is a program specialist for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

    Ava DeBovis

    National Network Manager

    Ava DeBovis serves as National Network Manager for the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Ava is responsible for supporting the Alliance's national partnerships with the National Recreation and Parks Association and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as providing technical assistance and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve the National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. She has a degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston and is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumnae. Ava enjoys long walks through Maryland parks with her dog Penny and exploring Virginia farmers markets for new varieties of fruits and vegetables.

    Daniel Hatcher

    National Out-of-School Time Advisor

    Daniel W. Hatcher serves as National Out-of-School Time Advisor for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. At the Alliance, Daniel is responsible for managing and delivering technical assistance services and resources for out-of-school time sites as they work to achieve National Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards. Daniel has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Health, both from Western Kentucky University. Daniel regularly blogs on topics relevant to healthy afterschool at https://host.healthiergeneration.org/new__notable/.

    Lane Gram

    Mesa Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities

    Lane Gram is a Recreation Supervisor of adaptive programs, youth programs, and volunteers for the City of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. She has over 15 years of professional experience encouraging people of all abilities to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Lane is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Therapy from the University of Iowa.

    Anne Marie Kuchera

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

    Anne Marie Kuchera, MS, MA, RD, LPC, currently serves as Director of Community Health for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where her responsibilities include identifying health needs of the community and integrating services between community-based and hospital systems that address these needs, with particular attention to the social, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health – factors such as access to care, preventive health, food and nutrition, family supports, and active living.  

    Amy Jewett

    San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services

    Amy Jewett has worked in the recreation field for six years and has been a part of the City of San Jose's Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services department for the last four years. Amy has her B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology, where she focused her education on healthy recreation throughout the lifespan. Although Amy began her career working with older adults, she recently moved to youth programming, helping to manage the out-of-school time programs at a citywide level. Amy is also certified in multiple evidence-based fitness programs and is a Master Trainer for Enhance Fitness. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time outdoors and reading. 

    Stacey McDaniel

    Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson, YMCA of the USA

    Stacey McDaniel is the Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson at the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA).  Since 2013, she has worked to grow and enhance the national efforts of the Y in ending child hunger, offering assistance and guidance to local Ys to strengthen child nutrition programs across the country. McDaniel collaborates with national partners to better address childhood food insecurity, and implements innovative meal program ideas/models across the Y national movement to help better address youth hunger in local communities. During her tenure, the Y has expanded its anti-hunger work, piloting a national peer mentor system and increasing number of youth served per year by 131% and number of meals served per year by 165%. In 2016, nearly 487,000 youth received over 19 million healthy meals and snacks at more than 3,500 sites through the Y’s Year Round Food Program.

    Amy Rauworth

    Physical Activity and Disability, Lakeshore Foundation and National Centers on Health

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    Art Hendricks

    Equity & Inclusion Manager | Equity & Inclusion Office Portland Parks & Recreation

    Mr. Hendricks serves as the Equity and Inclusion Manager for Portland Parks & Recreation and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diversity development, equity and/or inclusion that spans the private, non-profit and public sectors. His experience includes developing marketing and public participation processes designed to increase the involvement of communities of color in city programs and decision making process and working with key stakeholders to develop policy and culturally specific programs that increase access and improve outcomes for youth and families of color.
    Currently, Mr. Hendricks is responsible for the Equity and Inclusion Office for Portland Park & Recreation which is responsible for assisting the organization develop culturally responsive programs and activities for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities that include outreach and engagement of underrepresented communities including people of color and people living with disabilities

    Elyse Rylander

    Executive Director, OUT There Adventures

    Elyse holds a B.A. in Communication Arts, Gender Studies, and LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin.  She is also a Master of Arts in Adventure Education candidate at Prescott College.  She is the founder and Executive Director of OUT There Adventures and the co-organizer of the first ever LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Elyse has been an outdoor educator and guide since 2006, is an American Canoe Association Sea Kayaking Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and has training in motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, behavior management and de-escalation, and positive youth development. Elyse is also known for her unwavering work ethic and passionate defenses of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin cheddar. 

    Stephanie Joyce

    National Nutrition Advisor at Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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    Lauren Marciszyn

    Specialist, Healthy Living for Early Childhood & Afterschool Programs at YMCA

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  • The ADA Under a New Administration

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/09/2017

    We will also discuss legislation in the House of Representatives that would modify some ADA requirements for businesses and nonprofits. Join us for an important update that can help your agency properly implement this complex federal mandate.

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    The President of the United States has great control over the way federal civil rights laws are enforced and interpreted, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  On November 9, President Donald J. Trump has led our country for exactly 293 days.  This webinar will review some of the ADA initiatives undertaken by the new Department of Justice leadership, and whether ADA enforcement has been slowed, accelerated, or suspended.  Do trails have to be accessible?  How about beaches?  What about swimming facilities, playgrounds, and sport fields?  How is the recreation inclusion mandate affected?  We will also discuss legislation in the House of Representatives that would modify some ADA requirements for businesses and nonprofits.  Join us for an important update that can help your agency properly implement this complex federal mandate.

    John McGovern

    President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

    McGovern has spoken about access and inclusion at training events in 43 states. He is recognized nationally as the leading expert on the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation. McGovern is the President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC (RAC), established in 2008. RAC is one of the companies under the umbrella of W-T Engineering, one of the premier engineering firms in Illinois. RAC advises local parks and recreation agencies, cities, counties, states, and private entities regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act with regard to existing buildings and sites, new buildings and sites, and inclusive recreation support.

  • NRPA Research: Telling the Park & Recreation Story

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/12/2017

    This session will review key findings and insights from recent NRPA Research reports and resources. These include the 2017 Americans’ Engagement with Parks Survey, Local Government Officials’ Perceptions of Parks and Recreation, Healthy Aging in Parks Survey, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, and the Park Pulse polls.

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    This session will review key findings and insights from recent NRPA Research reports and resources. These include the 2017 Americans’ Engagement with Parks Survey, Local Government Officials’ Perceptions of Parks and Recreation, Healthy Aging in Parks Survey, the NRPA Agency Performance Review, and the Park Pulse polls. This discussion will focus on how to use these insights to (a) identify opportunities to more optimally deliver services for the public and (b) make the case for greater and more stable funding. The webinar will conclude with an interactive conversation that will delve into park and recreation professionals’ chief day-to-day and strategic concerns, with the goal of identifying new topic areas for future NRPA research.

    Kevin Roth, PhD

    Vice President of Research, National Recreation and Park Association

    Kevin Roth, NRPA's VP of Research: Kevin leads NRPA's collection and dissemination of data and insights for the park and recreation field. This includes setting NRPA's research agenda with 2 primary areas of focus: collection of performance benchmarks and development of key insights that make the case for increased funding support of park and recreation agencies through the lens of NRPA's three pillars: Conservation, Health and Wellness, and Social Equity.

    Kevin A. Roth joined NRPA in 2015 as Vice President of Research. Kevin leads the research team in its mission to create valuable data and insights for NRPA members and to support NRPA's strategic goals and tactics.

    Kevin has served in research functions in the nonprofit association space for two decades, including leading research at the Association for Financial Professionals for 13 years and running survey research activities at the National Association of Realtors for four years. Kevin has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland.

    Melissa May

    Research Manager, National Recreation and Park Association

    Melissa May, NRPA's Research Manager: Melissa came to the NRPA research team in 2015 with a background in environmental planning, GIS, and flood plain analysis. At NRPA, Melissa helps with producing surveys and reports, as well as, creating interactive graphics that accompany all studies and poll results, including the annual Field Report, NRPA Park Pulse, and the Americans' Engagement with Parks Survey.


  • Innovation. Speed Sessions from the 2017 Annual Conference

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/27/2017

    ​This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation: Future-Proofing Your Organization, Innovation in 19.5 Minutes, and Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R's Future.

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    This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation:

    • Future-Proofing Your Organization: Is your agency ready for the future? Technology, energy, globalization, Generation Z, and other forces will change our world drastically — start planning now. This session will provide best practices, resources, learning lessons and tips to form your own internal think tank to research future trends and foster innovative and critical thinking throughout your organization.
    • Innovation in 19.5 Minutes: Park and recreation agencies need to constantly adapt services as a result of changes in market demand, industry trends, new uses of technology, and changes in customer requirements. Embedding innovation within an agency is something that requires purposeful direction in the organization's leadership system, organizational culture, and systems such as recruitment, hiring and feedback systems. The session will also provide details of innovations happening around the country.
    • Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R’s Future: Do we dare to make the types of changes that will catapult parks and recreation into our rapidly changing world?  How do we deal with the demands for customization, popularity of virtual reality, the preferences of multiple generations and the permanently unemployed?  How do we keep up with or even surpass the challenges posed by these changes?  Will parks and recreation as we now know it even exist in 10 years?  Let’s revamp our world.
  • NRPA 2017 Conference Innovation Bundle

    Contains 4 Product(s)

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference, Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out, The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion, and Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead.

    This is as bundle of 4 sessions recorded from the NRPA 2017 Annual Conference on the topic of "Innovation." Included in this package are the following sessions: 

    • Innovation. Speed Sessions from the NRPA 2017 Conference: This product includes three recorded speed sessions from the 2017 NRPA Annual conference on the topic of Innovation:
      • Future-Proofing Your Organization: Is your agency ready for the future? Technology, energy, globalization, Generation Z, and other forces will change our world drastically — start planning now. This session will provide best practices, resources, learning lessons and tips to form your own internal think tank to research future trends and foster innovative and critical thinking throughout your organization. 
      • Innovation in 19.5 Minutes: Park and recreation agencies need to constantly adapt services as a result of changes in market demand, industry trends, new uses of technology, and changes in customer requirements. Embedding innovation within an agency is something that requires purposeful direction in the organization's leadership system, organizational culture, and systems such as recruitment, hiring and feedback systems. The session will also provide details of innovations happening around the country. 
      • Do We Dare? Sure-Fire Changes for P&R’s Future: Do we dare to make the types of changes that will catapult parks and recreation into our rapidly changing world?  How do we deal with the demands for customization, popularity of virtual reality, the preferences of multiple generations and the permanently unemployed?  How do we keep up with or even surpass the challenges posed by these changes?  Will parks and recreation as we now know it even exist in 10 years?  Let’s revamp our world.
    • Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out: Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.
    • The Be Attitudes of Influence and Persuasion: The wind and the sun decided to have a competition to decide who was stronger. They agreed the winner would be the one who could persuade a man to take off his coat. The wind blew and blew, but the man held on tightly to his coat. Then the sun shone gently down, within minutes, the man took off his coat. The moral: you can’t force someone to do what they don’t want; instead, the art of influence and persuasion will get them to want what you want. This is the essence of true leadership.
    • Ditch Your Marketing Plan: Growth Hack Instead: Scrap your marketing plan and learn how growth hacking techniques from Silicon Valley start-ups, including data analysis, marketing automation, user-experience design and design iteration, can lead to more effective marketing, higher participation and increased revenues, all without breaking the budget.
  • Leading Change: Innovation from the Inside Out

    Contains 7 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.

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    Elected officials, citizens and staff have higher expectations of your park system than ever before — exceptional programs, customer service, experiences to name a few. With lagging tax revenues and ongoing political pressures to downsize government spending, many park and recreation agencies have chosen to reduce services, eliminate staff, or even close parks and facilities. Cutting services or raising taxes is not the only choice; another option is creating innovative and new ideas to meet the challenges through staff involvement. To meet demands, we must change the way we think, innovate, and lead. Creating and fostering an environment of innovation in the workplace takes strong leaders who listen to staff and embrace ideas. This session focuses on practical methods and examples of leading change by embracing ideas from all levels in your organization.

    Session outcomes:

    • Explain the methodology and strategies required to lead change,
    • Identify and discuss programs and processes that work, and 
    • Quantify the benefits and challenges faced by implementing change within the organization.

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRP

    Monon Community Center Director, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation

    Kurtis Baumgartner, CPRP, is the Director of the Monon Community Center for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Kurtis oversees a $5 million annual operating budget and ensures that the Center remains self-sufficient. According to PROS Consulting, LLC, a nationally recognized consulting firm, the Center’s financial performance ranks in the top 1% of public facilities. At its peak time during the year, Kurtis leads upward to 400 staff providing high level service and sales to members, guests, and the community. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Marketing from Goshen College in Indiana, Kurtis pursued his education at Indiana Wesleyan University where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

  • A Value Proposition: What's My Park Worth?

    Contains 6 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.​​

    imageIt's important that park professionals understand the value of our parks, understand the math behind the analysis, and some of the other ways parks increase economic activity. Parks can increase health and wellness, provide habitat, reduce urban heat islands and manage storm water. Your park is valuable, but how do you measure its significance? With parks' positive impact to property values as well as the events or tourism that occur in and around them, our parks are economic engines of our communities. We will learn how to calculate this impact, why it’s important, and how to use the new data to better market our parks and their value. Become better prepared to tell the narrative of the incredible impact of parks.

    Session outcomes:

    • Identify data sources and potential partners to assess the economic impact of your parks.
    • Understand how this assessment can help boost your park agencies value within your community.
    • Understand how to calculate the property value and/or tourism impact of parks.

    Brendan Daley

    Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Chicago Park District

    Mr. Daley has worked for the Chicago Park District for the past nine years, first as Director of Green Initiatives. Prior to working at the Park District, Mr. Daley was at the Chicago Department of Environment for ten years most recently as a Deputy Commissioner overseeing the Energy and Air Quality. He has given presentations on a variety of topics to elected officials, board members, colleagues and staff, students, the general public, and at conferences. 

    NRPA Congress 2016 presented on the Economic Impact of Parks; co-presented Park Innovation
    NRPA Congress 2013 presented on the Economic Impact of Parks
    NRPA Congress 2012 presenter at two sessions; Green Procurement and Green Special Events
    NRPA Green School Instructor 2012, 2013 & 2014

  • Creating Meaningful Arts Programs Designed to Engage the Community

    Contains 5 Component(s), 0.10 credits offered Recorded On: 09/28/2017

    ​Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community.

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    Arts are limited in schools and arts institutions are often intimidating, while parks are open and inviting spaces. There is an opportunity for Parks Departments to play an active role in providing well rounded and engaging arts programming. Like traditional sports programs, the arts also foster positive growth for all ages. Arts can be used to build self -confidence, improve self- expression, enhance problem solving, encourage innovation, tackle social inequity and build community bridges. Parks departments are uniquely positioned to provide a wide range of access to arts and cultural opportunities, which engage, create a sense of place and give voice to diverse communities. This session will explore how both hands-on and experiential programming can be a vibrant part of any parks department's offerings, when designed to meet the needs of your community. Robust, well designed arts programs not only unite diverse audiences, they can be a catalyst for addressing social equity.

    Session outcomes:

    • Be able to identify a community challenge or opportunity where arts can be used to solve the problem.
    • Understand how to leverage resources (both dollars and partnerships) to create greater art opportunity for your participants.
    • Understand how practical application of art programming can bridge social equity gaps that may exist in your community.

    Amy McBride

    Tacoma Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma, WA

    Amy McBride is the Arts Administrator for the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality at the City of Tacoma. With over 20 years’ experience as an art professional and a goal of creating a fertile ecosystem for arts to thrive, Ms. McBride manages three funding programs for arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming and formulates effective policy. She developed the public art plan for Metro Parks’ recently initiated 1% for art policy and in partnership with the District, manages the new public art program.

    She holds an M.A. from the University of Washington-Tacoma in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on urban art and BA from the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Mary Tuttle

    District-wide Programs Manager, Metro Parks Tacoma

    Mary Tuttle has a passion for creating opportunities which connect people to parks and programs. She spent seventeen years of her career serving in a variety of capacities relating to the arts, spanning work in public schools, universities as well as public and private agencies. From 2006 - 2015 Mary focused on building a viable arts program brand at Metro Parks Tacoma, known as Metro Arts. 

    Metro Arts has grown to an annual attendance of 90,000, with a total cost recovery rate of 80%. It is primarily a direct service provider, with offerings in Visual, Performing & Culinary Arts. Metro Parks Tacoma was awarded the prestigious City of Tacoma’s Arts Patron award in 2016, for both its public art and programming commitment to the community.