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Art Educators of Minnesota Harvest of Our Journey 2017 2017 AEM Harvest of Learning

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 “Very great change starts from very small conversations, held among people who care.” ~Margaret J. Wheatley

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Table of Contents Reflections from the Beginning………………………………………….. p. 4 Forming a Community of Practice……………………………………….. p. 5 Principles to Support AEM……………………………………………….. p. 6 Paradigm Shift…………………………………………………………….. p. 7 Questions to Guide AEM………………………………………………… p. 8 Structure to Support AEM……………………………………………… p. 9 -15 New Leadership to Support……………………………………………… p. 16 Levels of Commitment…………………………………………………… p. 17 Closing …………………………………………………………………… p. 18 2017 AEM Harvest of Learning

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Reflections from our Beginnings What was the call that brought us together? A desire for enhanced collaboration, deeper engagement, powerful advocacy and creative innovation to assist with the building capacity and revitalizing the Art Educators of Minnesota. Why now? Many factors were at a critical juncture in both the arts profession and within the organization. The organization was ready for a new way. This new way will be utilizing processes to help enhance and support AEM’s leadership and build on participatory practices to engage new and existing members. Guided by the belief that we are better together, Art Educators of Minnesota is well on its way to becoming a thriving and resilient organization through the times of uncertainty and change. What now? Together we worked on realignment of our focus, coming to a shared sense of need and purpose. This helped us in clarifying the shared work going forward. We built the leadership capacity and envisioned a new model for the organization. Shared leadership guided by a shared vision with strategy has helped to clarify new action steps for AEM going forward. The turning point for this was the statewide AEM conference in November, 2017. Having an experienced guide to help navigate and coach AEM through change opened up new opportunities and possibilities. This happened through innovative breakthroughs in thinking, learning, designing and doing. The following pages describe the new learning and insights that will help guide AEM forward with next steps of the journey.

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Forming a New Community of Practice: 
 Shared Work, Shared Learning and Shared Leadership AEM Community of Practice Significant shifts in both individuals, the core team and the organization as a whole occurred from our AEM Jam Sessions and the November conference. What is at the heart of this shift is a new understanding of how to work together and how to invite new leadership in. Having an new understanding of the importance of nurturing all three domains within a Community of Practice will help inform the internal workings of the AEM Board and core team’s continued learning going forward. It will be important to carry the learning forward as shared leadership becomes part of the practice with new leaders stepping in, and existing leaders stepping back into a support role for new leaders in AEM. 2017 AEM Harvest of Learning

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Principles to Support AEM: 
 Shared Work, Shared Learning and Shared Leadership • Provide quality art education for all 
 Responsibility is shared • Listen with attention • Participatory input • Prioritize 
 Stay on task • Focus on key issues • Positivity • Communication and connections • Inclusion and contribution • Shared leadership

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Paradigm Shift:Trusting the Process When change and transformation happens in human systems, limiting beliefs can surface through the change process. It is important to remember to move around the barriers together (e.g. lack of time, resource, etc.). Work through the shifts as a Community of Practice, commit to follow through and hold each other accountable. Realize that there is learning process that happens through the shifts for everyone. Cohesion of the core team is important in trusting the process, let go and navigate through the not knowing together. Continue to learn through each others stories, paths and journeys and don’t forget to ask for what you need, contribute what you can as the “new” AEM continues to take shape and form going forward.

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Questions to Guide AEM: Lead with Curiosity The following are the questions called during the UnConference at the AEM Statewide Conference in November, 2017. This form of deeper engagement opened up the space and time for these questions. The questions help shine a light on where members are needing additional support, training, development and connection as an art educator in our state. The overall Harvest of the Unconference can be found here: Book of Reports 1. Plagiarism in Art 2. How to incorporate more 3D work into the elementary art room? 3. T.A.B. (Teaching Artistic Behaviors) How do you use it? 4. ARTS Education for trauma affected students 5. Community murals: How to build community in schools 6. Creating a Digital Art Portfolio for HS 7. Quality vs. Quantity 8. Rural Art Educators: How can we better support them/each other? 9. What are our avenues for self-advocacy? 10. As a retired art teacher educator how can I best support full time Art ed? 11. Best practices and engagement with Somali students 12. How to connect classes to contemporary artist community 13. Starting AP/IB Art 14. How do you assess, test, grade creativity and keep it creative? 15. How can we connect AEM on/beyond via social media 16. What do our future Art Educators need to know for today’s classroom

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17. How to stave off art teacher burnout 18. Does any photo class still develop film? Still interest or need in the digital world? 19. Meaningful incorporation of nature/the natural world in our classes 20. Motivation and meaningful connections with students 21. Structure choice based classroom in high school photo 22. How do you teach kindness in the art classroom? 23. How can visual arts help ELL students with reading/writing 24. What are arts coordinators doing in your district 25. What do art educators need from Perpich? 26. How can art teachers make more of their own art?! 27. Questions about TAB 28. How to teach media arts when the equipment is not available? 29. Why isn’t art ed mandatory in K-12 MN Public Schools? 30. How do we teach K-12 art standards w/o proper scheduling, staffing & space? 31. How do we balance community expectations & traditions with what we know students need to learn?

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Social Business Model Canvas: Structure for AEM’s Shared Work, Learning and Leadership

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AEM’s Social Business Model Canvas This is intended to invite you into the “science of implementation” mindset as one of our AEM leaders had mentioned throughout our time together. Social Business Model Canvas was introduced in the Spring Jam session as a way to make sense of the key components that are needed for AEM to see the structure that can best support AEM’s work going forward. Based off of the information collected through the Chaordic Stepping Stones we walked through at both our Jam Session and November’s 2017 statewide conference, new understanding has surfaced that can now provide the needed insights to this structure to strengthen our understanding how our shared work, shared learning, and shared leadership can thrive. Below are the key areas that make up the Social Business Model Canvas. These categories have been filled in with key insights that surfaced throughout our Chaordic Stepping Stones discussions. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Key Resources Key Activities Partners + Key Stakeholders Type of Intervention Channels Segments: Customer Segments: Beneficiary Value Proposition: Social Value Proposition Value Proposition: Impact Measures Customer Value Proposition Cost Revenue Surplus

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AEM’s Structure: 


Insights and Guidance Going Forward Key Resources: 
 What resources will you need to run your activities? People, finance, access? • AEM’s Community of Practice: • Support the collective understanding of your direction, trust the process and deepen relationships as you move towards implementation AEM Members: • • Follow the questions from the UnConference and keep asking questions! • What do they want and need from AEM? • What would they like to see in AEM gatherings (logistics, time, place, etc.)? • There was a lot that came up about having regional gatherings in the past a need for doing that again • AEM has an opportunity to build capacity with regional AEM network leaders who can convene within their region • Need for more student teachers


Key Activities: 
 What program and non-program activities will your organization be carrying out?

• AEM Leadership: • New leadership has stepped in! Embrace and support them as they go through the on-boarding process and find where their time and energy could best be utilized for each of the roles that are needed. • Clarify goals and roles of the committees and have some clearly defined “to-do’s” for each committee • Authentically deepen your connections with the new leaders that have stepped in, relationships matter in this work! • Help make committee’s work visible through website, social media and other platforms

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Key Activities (con’t):

• AEM Members: • Sharing stories of the value this work across the region is a form of leadership development Provide a regular rhythm for AEM members opportunities to connect and share. Utilizing technology platforms like Zoom for statewide conference calls (ie: Monthly check-in’s, Quarterly check-ins with story sharing from members, etc.) • Keeping a rhythm of connection that works for the leaders and members, it helps build and strengthen the relationships across the region and doesn’t require any travel costs or time off of work • Leverage the skills of the members! Some are more tech savvy than others, they may be willing to offer a technology training to help support how to make their work more visible • Strengthen the network by increasing the visibility of what people are doing in the network through calls to deepen relationships and learning, story sharing and emphasizing the importance and value of art education • Capturing what happens on the calls and asking members to contribute their story to help increase publications on the website and through social media, university programs, general public and advertising • This is important for supporting the need for stronger advocacy across the art education system in MN

Partners + Key Stakeholders: 
 Who are the essential groups you will need to involve to deliver your program? Do you need special access or permissions? • • • • • • • • • • •

Perpich Center has frameworks to help make AEM’s work more visible By utilizing a broader definition of Art Educators, it brings new insights, practices and people into AEM Arts organizations Students Local artists Families & parents Administrators Government (Local, State and Federal) Communities Universities and colleges MN High School League

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Type of Intervention: 
 What is the format of intervention? Is it a workshop? A service? A product? • AEM’s new Community of Practice is looking to offer accessible and attractive opportunities for members to share, connect, collaborate and build community • Some examples of this could be: • Monthly check-in calls, (e.g.): “Voices from the Art Education Field” • Quarterly story sharing calls, hearing from AEM members, share what’s innovative and provide insights on collaboration and arts advocacy • Regional gatherings to help build capacity of the field • Leadership development through regional AEM network leaders • Statewide Annual Conference

Channels: 
 How are you reaching your beneficiaries and customers?

Art shows Digital shares Fundraiser art nights Seesaw / dojo AEM Website Art walks Scholastic YAM MN HSL Art Ed Centers Members • Develop effective communication/sharing channels with the network regarding the value of art ed! • Need to stay connected beyond big events, multiple ways and places • Regular rhythms of connection monthly/quarterly calls and smaller, regional network gatherings • Asking “Why art ed?" Keep asking and keep communicating • • • • • • • • • • •

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Segments: Beneficiaries • • • • •

Students Schools Districts Communities Businesses needing the skills taught in art ed (e.g.): Future workforce!

Segments: Customers
 Who are the people or organizations who will pay to address this issue? • AEM Members • Encouraging AEM to think big: Businesses need the skills you teach in the workforce they need. • Are there business sponsorship opportunities to support and elevate the importance and value of arts education in the future workforce?

Social Value Proposition

• AEM’s Purpose: • To provide education, support and opportunities to improve the quality of art education statewide, professional development of educators and develop awareness of the value of art education statewide

Social Value Proposition: Impact Measures 
 How will you show that you are creating a social impact? • Increase advocacy to increase the understanding of the value of arts education • Increase memberships of AEM • Increase attendance in • Regional events and gatherings • Statewide Conference • Evaluation of events and conferences

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Customer Value Proposition:
 What do your customers want to get out of this initiative? • Work on developing mutuality between AEM, Leadership, and Members • Focusing on ways to increase value of AEM membership • Communication is key! • AEM create a culture of value, support, collaboration and connection (e.g. AEM Community of Practice)

Cost: 
 What are your biggest expenditure areas? How do they change as you scale up?

• The financial realm of AEM’s work is needing some care and tending. Leadership that has held these roles has realized how much responsibility is required and how much work it takes. There are some questions down below that help look at some immediate options to consider, I’m sure there are more, but for now to simplify these two thoughts down below can help get the conversation started. • Does the board need to recruit an accountant/banker/CFO from nonprofit or business who has a passion for arts education to serve on the AEM board? Minnesota Council of Nonprofits website can share volunteer board positions. • Are there other ways that the financial realm of AEM’s work could be contracted out to a financial professional who could handle some of the day to day responsibilities and provide financial information back to the Board to help build shared understanding of the operations of the organization?

Revenue: 
 Break down your revenue sources by %

• Making the numbers visible and visual will help also build shared understanding of the overall financial operations of AEM for all Board members.

Surplus: 
 Where do you plan to invest your profits?

• Dream big. If AEM had a surplus in the budget, how could you reinvest in the capacity building of your organization, your membership, and your messaging? Plan for success and develop a shared understanding of possibilities.

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New Leadership to Support Throughout the November Statewide Conference, we provided sheets for new leadership to emerge to help support AEM’s work going forward. Below are the names and emails (embedded in the name) of those who signed up to help support AEM’s work. The one category that did not have any people sign up was the Financial Committee, going forward AEM will need to think through some new strategies for how to support the financial responsibilities as existing leadership transitions out. There are some questions mentioned regarding this in the Cost/Revenue/Surplus section of the Social Business Model Canvas Insights and Guidance portion of this document.

AEM Board Services

AEM Communications

AEM Advocacy and Public Relations

AEM Member Services

AEM Professional Development

Alison Thompson

Molly Wiste

Jessica Jones 
 (former WAEA Board)

Jessica Jones 
 (former WAEA Board)

Joy Blewett

Jeff Lenzmeier

Edie McDonald

Molly Wiste

Shari Nelson

Alicia Peters

Brenda Butler

Nic Nahn

Jeannie Krantz Gross

Ann Gerold Stibal

Ann Gerold Stibal

Alison Aune / Susan Ranfranz

Kelsey Engel

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Levels of Commitment Building a New Fire Recognizing that there are various ways people can step in to support the work of AEM going forward, it is important to understand the different levels of commitment that you can ask for people to contribute to the organization as AEM begins to move into 2018. 


Core: Means your sleeves are rolled up, you are hands on with your leadership and learning, and willing to get into the work with building and supporting the AEM Community of Practice. Think of the bonfire being in the center, representing the life of AEM’s work. The Core Team are the “fire tenders”, making sure logs stay on to keep the “fire” going. 


Champions: Means you’ve got the Core Team’s back, supporting them as much as you can, and helping to weave new connections, learning and insights to “keep bringing the logs to the fire” as the Core Team works to keep building and supporting the work.

Advocates

Advocates: Means you have the back of the Champions and Core Team, they help with spreading the message of the importance and value of the work of AEM and arts education. They help in whatever ways they can by spreading the word and work through networks and channels they are a part of. They help “fan the flame” by being the “wind in the sails” of those who are closer to the “fire” and the work.

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Closing The Core Team stood in Circle at the end of the AEM Statewide Conference and closed our time together with the check-out question, this is what was shared. “Knowing what you know now, when you think back to February when we first gathered in Anoka, what’s super clear in this moment now that can guide you 
 into your next steps in your work collectively as AEM?” Intentions are more clear. When we first gathered I was asking Why? What’s my purpose? What am I doing here? What are we doing? We are more clear with our intentions of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. 
 Now it’s the how do we get there? Now I can let go. And I need to. And I feel we’re in a place I can do that. I’ll still be on the trip. I think we’re ok. 
 People are going to make good decisions, we’re going to keep going and life is going to be good. I feel like we have a few people that have really committed, and new people that have really committed and 
 a lot more that are on the verge. We’re going to be building that way. I’m feeling hopeful, people are out there, they are interested, if we let them take the lead and let them talk about what they want to talk about they will take us where we need to go. That was really encouraging. Feeling the power of relationship to guide the structure, instead of us worrying about the 
 structure to guide the relationship. I’m feeling like I can be a connector, a provider of a lot, but I can also be a connector of a lot of disparate things 
 across the state that could be united - stronger together. I’m excited about the new energy and excitement. It’s bubbling up like the old percolator coffee pot. 
 It’s bubbling and percolating. There’s good things happening. You all are going to sail and soar. You’ve got what it takes to do this.You just needed to find each other again as a community, 
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AEM Harvest of Our Journey 2017  

Here is the final Harvest that summarizes the learning from February through November, 2017.

AEM Harvest of Our Journey 2017  

Here is the final Harvest that summarizes the learning from February through November, 2017.

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