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Final Celebration!

Last Sunday the brave souls of the Iowa Makes Music Arts Leadership Program Cohort 2011 (say that three times fast) faced tornadoes to join together in Amana for our final celebration. There was dinner, there were families and friends, there were fantastic displays of the  Arts Leaders’ hard work, there were even musically inspired cupcakes! It was a perfect evening. Here is a little video snippet of the event. Photos soon to follow. Congratulations to all for a fantastic spring, and, if you’re still finishing up your project, good luck!



27-May-2011 at 9:00 pm Leave a comment

Zora’s awesome poster

I’m showing off Zora’s poster for her.


20-April-2011 at 3:10 pm 1 comment

Orientation fun!

This past Sunday, February 13, 2011 we kicked off the third year of the Iowa Makes Music (IMM) Arts Leadership Program! Cohort 2011 an exciting group of “firsts.”  The first time we have had twenty participants; the first time the group hails from various communities across Iowa from Des Moines to Bettendorf to Mechanicsville, just to name a few; the first time musical ensembles have joined as a team working on one unified project.  All in all, I think we’re in for a very exciting spring.

Here’s just a little clip (um, my camera work could use some improvement) of a couple groups hard at work project planning.  Check out all the beautiful evidence of arts leadership exploration on the walls!

Thanks to everyone for making the weekend so much fun.


17-February-2011 at 8:31 pm 1 comment

Another cool arts leadership blog (besides ours)

Hey all, 

My colleague Erin brought my attention to a great blog by a From the Top alum (from our very first episode over ten years ago!), William Harvey.  After graduating from Juilliard with a degree in violin performance, William founded a non-profit called Cultures in Harmony which aims to change the world through music.  Not too shabby a goal.  Currently William is in Kabul, Afghanistan teaching violin and viola.  You can read all about him in his blog, Harmony Beat.



2-April-2010 at 8:02 pm 1 comment

Jenny – your reference resource. kind of.

Blogs Can Be Beautiful

Think of my blog posts as resource guides for you. I’ll of course be reading and checking out your posts, giving suggestions and advice as needed, but I also will be sending out info I think you might find helpful and interesting. That way when you search for posts from “Jenny” you’ll hopefully feel as though you’re getting a distilled resource guide.

Below are some other blogs that are great examples of how to present information. Don’t focus on the content of these blogs (some have nothing to do with arts leadership), rather look at the way in which material is shared. You of course can write up your weekly posts, but also consider blending your words with images and video. Without further adieu, some nicely presented blogs:

1-April-2010 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

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