“The Arts Mean Business” series resumes May 30

Arts Mean Business“The Arts Mean Business; Really They Do!” will be presented by Robb Hankins, president and chief executive of ArtsinStark, the county arts council based in Canton, Ohio, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Raymond John Wean Foundation, 147 West Market Street, in Warren, Ohio.

The free presentation is the second in The Arts Mean Business professional development series sponsored by Youngstown State University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and the community arts and cultural group Power of the Arts.

The session is free, but registration is required. Register online at www.powerofthearts.org or by calling Cary Wecht at 330-941-2337. Parking is free in the Franklin Street parking deck.

Hankins has spent the last 30 years directing city, county and state arts agencies in eight states. He has managed annual arts campaigns, arts festivals, public art projects, arts education programs and downtown arts districts. ArtsinStark was founded in 1968 to build the Cultural Center for the Arts. Its mission is “to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities.” The organization distributes grants, manages the Cultural Center, and conducts the Annual Arts Campaign, which last May raised $1.65 million, the most in its 40-year-history. ArtsinStark is also the winner of a 2012 Governor’s Award for the Arts.

The session deals with the collaboration between the arts and business communities and is described in the brochure here: If the arts can benefit from some business knowhow, just maybe the business community can benefit from some artistic creativity. Studies of economically thriving communities are lauding the role that artists and art-based businesses have played in economic development and revitalization. Art within communities attracts people, which benefits not only the artists and art-based businesses, but due to increased traffic, can also benefit other local businesses and eventually residual markets. This session will explore the particular role that art plays in revitalizing challenged communities, and will emphasize how to create allies in the business community by educating business owners on the importance of the arts and how investing in the arts can benefit a business.

“The College of Fine and Performing Arts at YSU is pleased to partner with this extraordinary arts and culture initiative,” said Bryan W. DePoy, YSU F&PA dean. “A strong arts and culture scene is a sign of a vibrant community, and it’s logical that we would collaborate to offer professional development opportunities for a group so critical to our region.”

Other upcoming sessions in the series include:

Sell What? Approaching Galleries and Agents
Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.
The Raymond John Wean Foundation
147 West Market Street
Warren, Ohio.

Got Cash; Now What? Financial Issues for Arts Based Businesses
Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.
McDonough Museum of Art
525 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio