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News Release

March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013

CONTACT: Liz Auclair, 202-682-5744,
National Endowment for the Arts Hosts Live Webinar about the Role of Collective Impact in Advancing Arts Education on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson and John Kania, managing director of FSG, to discuss the benefits of finding a common agenda among stakeholders to advance arts education.

Washington, DC — The public is invited to join a webinar about the role of collective impact in advancing arts education on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. John Kania, managing director of social impact consultants FSG, will present on his research into the uses of collective impact by the social sector, followed by a discussion with NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Both Kania and Hudson will also take questions from the public.

As defined by FSG, collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. This discussion will examine how collective impact can help federal, state, and local leaders move forward in a common direction. John Kania, along with Mark Kramer, is the author of the Winter 2011 article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on thebenefits of using collective impact in the social sector.

This is the first in a series of webinars that will examine different issues and innovations in the arts education field.

Guests and speakers

Ayanna N. Hudson is the director of Arts Education for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she oversees the NEA’s grant portfolio devoted to arts education, works with national service organizations on policy initiatives, and serves as the spokesperson for arts education at the federal level. The NEA’s arts education program supports projects that provide children and youth with opportunities to gain knowledge and skills in the arts both in and outside the classroom. Funding also supports professional development for teachers, teaching artists, and other education providers. Please see a full bio for Ayanna Hudson.

John Kania With twenty-five years of experience advising senior management on issues of strategy, leadership, assessment, and organizational development, John Kania oversees FSG’s consulting practice. As a Board member and Managing Director at FSG for the past nine years, John focuses on inspiring FSG’s Leadership Team, consultants, and operations staff to achieve excellence in their work. Kania has led dozens of strategic planning and evaluation efforts for foundations, nonprofits, and corporations. Client activity includes significant experience in   education, economic and community development, health care, and the environment. He has also been a leader in FSG’s intellectual capital development related to Catalytic Philanthropy, Collective Impact, Shared Value, and community foundation sustainability. Please see a full bio for John Kania.

The webinar is free and open to the public.

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

Please register in advance at

You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.

An archive of the webinar will be available on March 22nd on the NEA’s website.

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


Brain Awareness Week

March 13, 2013

This week at UNE!

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UNE’s series of exhibitions, workshops and other events related to Brain Awareness week, March 11- 17 information at

Ann Thompson will be leading a workshop called “Knit a Neuron” on March 14th, (Einstein’s Birthday! coincidentally) and March 23rd. Moving on from Brain Coral to Brains! FMI please go to

All Events are listed on the Engine website and Facebook Page at

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