Library of Resources

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"American Visions/Visiones De Las Americas"

Tomassi, Noreen

Artists, critics, and curators examine what it means to be an American, offering diverse and challenging insights into the issues of culture and identity. This beautifully designed and illustrated book includes artist interviews and a special section of 23 commissioned full-color works, from mixed media collages to altar-like installations to a photographic series—all evocative visual responses to questions of American identity. Bilingual English/Spanish text.

"Art, Activism, & Oppositionality"

Kester, Grant

It is necessary, perhaps now more than ever, to think critically but constructively about what constitutes an effective activist art practice. The creation, display, and interpretation of activist art can play an important, energizing political role in the way that communities address the issues of multiculturalism, arts funding, arts education, and the rights of women, homosexuals, and minorities.

"Artists & Communities"

Klein, Deborah

This text presents the people, the processes, and the products of the fifty-four projects realized through this first-ever national community arts residency program. Their experiences suggest a variety of approaches for those designing future projects and trace how local residents used projects to strengthen and maintain healthy communities.

"Boards that Make a Difference"

Carver, John

John Carver's groundbreaking Policy Governance model has influenced the way public and nonprofit boards operate around the world.  Now, as widespread experience with the model continues to grow, Carver enriches his definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards. He debunks the entrenched beliefs about board roles and functions that hamper dedicated board members. Carver presents a bold new approach to board job design, board-staff relationships, the chief executive role, performance monitoring, and virtually every aspect of the board management relationship.

"Born to Raise"

Panas, Jerold

This best-selling book by Jerold Panas provides the inside story from 25 prominent donors who tell why they gave a million or more to a variety of institutions. The author proves you don't have to be dull to be informative and helpful. In lively, informal language, he shares with you the fun and highlights from a lifetime of fundraising.

"Cash Flow Management Book for Nonprofits"

Dropkin, Murray & Allyson Hayden

In The Cash Flow Management Book for Nonprofits, financial management experts Murray Dropkin and Allyson Hayden present a powerful, strategic tool for the financial management of nonprofit organizations—no matter how large or small. The authors show nonprofit leaders how to create a proven plan for cash flow management and develop effective strategies for day-to-day and long-term financial planning. This nuts-and-bolts resource outlines the basics of cash flow management, explains the various revenue streams, and helps readers to identify their primary revenue sources and corresponding cash flow management strategies. In addition, this practical workbook is filled with to-do lists, sample forms, worksheets, schedules, policies and procedures, checklists, and more. Using the book's ideas and recommendations, any nonprofit can learn how to increase its income, improve its financial performance, and manage the resources that will help realize its mission.

"Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture"

Korza, Pam

Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture explores the power of the arts and humanities to foster civic engagement and demonstrates how arts and humanities organizations can be vital civic and cultural institutions. This book examines the experiences of 37 arts and humanities projects, realized by a wide range of cultural organizations, and supported by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts. These projects explored such issues as race relations, economic inequity, gentrification, school violence, and the influx of immigrants and refugees in communities, among others.

"Community Cultural Development Needs Assessment and Planning Recommendations"

ArtsMarket Consulting

No summary available

"Congressional Arts Handbook 2003"


Arts Advocacy Day is a national advocacy and grassroots campaign organized by AFA in support of federal funding for the arts and arts education in America.

"Cultural Creatives, The"

Ray, Paul and Sherry Ruth Anderson

"Cultural Creative" is a term coined by the authors to describe people whose values embrace a curiosity and concern for the world, its ecosystem, and its peoples; an awareness of and activism for peace and social justice; and an openness to self-actualization through spirituality, psychotherapy, and holistic practices. In this landmark book, sociologist Ray and psychologist Anderson draw upon 13 years of survey research studies on more than 100,000 Americans. They reveal who the Cultural Creatives are and tell the fascinating story of their emergence over the last generation, using vivid examples and personal stories to describe their values and lifestyles.

"Cultural Democracy"

Bau Graves, James

This text explores the crisis of our national cultural vitality. Drawing upon a range of scholarship and illustrative anecdotes from his own experiences with cultural programs in ethnically diverse communities, Graves explains in detail the dynamics of how traditional and grassroots cultures may survive and thrive—or not—and what we can do to provide them opportunities equal to those of mainstream culture.

"Executive Director's Survival Guide, The"

Carlson, Mim and Margaret Donohoe

The Executive Director's Survival Guide provides new insight, inspiration, and tools to meet the real life challenges and rewards of leading a nonprofit organization--and to thrive in this big job. This vital resource will give you the help you need to develop and strengthen personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness. It is filled with practical advice for succeeding in the position and offers a reader-friendly question and answer format.

"Field Directory 2003-2004"

Americans for the Arts

A resource guide of local, state, regional, and national arts organizations.

"Field Directory 2005-2006"

Americans for the Arts

A resource guide of local, state, regional, and national arts organizations.

"From Mission to Motivation"

Rodning Bas, Sharon

Small arts groups and informal arts activities are critical to the arts ecosystem. It is frequently within smaller arts organizations that artistic boundaries are pushed and new work is produced. In the last few years, funders and public agencies have asked arts organizations to increase their earned revenue and diversify their audiences. This workbook is designed to be used in either of two ways: as part of a facilitated workshop, or as a self-guided team exercise to help your group build consensus as a team around your goals and strategies.

"Getting your Ducks in a Row"

Hartsook, Bob

One of America’s legendary fund raisers is back in force with strategies for a successful campaign that no development officer should ignore. Robert F. Hartsook offers a book for anyone serious about raising money. Getting your Ducks in a Row!, covers it all – campaign readiness, developing a case statement, securing governmental grants, measuring the constituency giving potential, as well as real-life campaign success stories.

"Incubating the Arts"

Gerl, Ellen with Joy Miller

Both beautiful and informative, this book is a practical guide to all aspects of developing and managing an arts incubation program and serving clients. The information comes from the collective experiences of members of the Arts Incubator Alliance, a group whose experiences provide a wide range of approaches to incubating artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Covers program financing, development, marketing, technical assistance to clients, staffing, facility design, and more. An extensive appendix contains sample forms and documents.

"Invitation to the Party"

Walker-Kuhne, Donna

Donna Walker-Kuhne has written the first book describing her strategies and methods to engage diverse communities as participants for arts and culture. By offering strategic collaborations and efforts to develop and sustain nontraditional audiences, this book will directly impact the stability and future of America's cultural and artistic landscape.

"Leadership in a Changing Environment"

National Arts Stabilization

Binder and handouts from an executive education for arts leaders workshop.

"Lincoln, Nebraska Cultural Development Plan"

ArtsMarket Consulting

No summary available

"Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofits, The"

Avner, Marcia

If lobbying is new to you, this book will help you decide whether to lobby and how to put plans in place to make it work. This unique guide will also reinvigorate experienced organizations and lobbyists with new ways to approach lobbying. Resources, worksheets, and samples guide you each step of the way.

"Local Arts Agency Salary and Benefits Survey Fiscal Year 2001"

Americans for the Arts

A detailed report about the compensation practices of the nation's local arts agencies with paid staff during fiscal year 2001

"Made Possible By"

Martin, Patricia

This step-by-step guide to securing successful, sustainable corporate sponsorships can help your organization to gain financial stability, increase visibility, and achieve its mission. From approaching potential partners, to preparing winning proposals, this easy-to-follow text has it all.

"Managing a Nonprofit Organization"

Wolf, Thomas

Since this classic work was originally published in 1984, there have been major shifts in the nonprofit world -- the growth of more profit-oriented ventures, the overhaul of accounting rules, new partnerships, and an emphasis on customer-oriented service and leadership. In easy-to-understand language, Thomas Wolf explains how to cope with these changes and deal with the traditional challenges of managing staff, trustees, and volunteers.

"Millennium Membership"

Levin, Mark

Attitudes about membership-based organizations have changed. Only people who understand these changes—and adapt to them—will succeed in attracting and keeping members in the twenty-first century. Levin explains not only how to adjust to the ever-changing marketplace, but also how to make change work for you. The first six chapters guide you through the steps you must take to succeed in recruiting and retaining members, and the final chapter is packed with enough ideas to put you well on your way to membership retention success.

"Now, Discover Your Strengths"

Buckingham, Marcus and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.

Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths.

"Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report"

Taylor, Caroline

Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report offers your nonprofit organization hands-on guidance to help you create an annual report that goes beyond fulfilling your financial reporting responsibilities and instead becomes a valuable communications, marketing, and image-building tool. This essential guide takes you through the report-writing cycle from start to finish. Step by step, it shows you how to create a plan, fit the report process into the overall schedule, assign tasks, develop the executive message, work with designers to integrate visual elements, and get the report printed on time and within budget.

"Putting the Arts in the Picture"

Rabkin, Nick and Robin Redmond

Putting the Arts in the Picture explores the role of the arts in innovative educational practice and school-improvement policy in the contemporary world. It makes a powerful and original argument for placing the arts at the center of educational renewal and investigates the success of arts integrated schools and the programs that have helped them.

"Reinventing Your Board"

Carver, John

Reinventing Your Board is John Carver's recipe for putting Policy Governance into practice. With 25 figures, policy samples, forms, and other practical, "put-the-model-in-motion" materials, this is the nuts-and-bolts materials that Carvers' followers have been requesting. The authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a valuable resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors.

"Retreats that Work"

Campbell, Sheila and Merianne Liteman

Retreats That Work is a practical, easy-to-use guide, filled with step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises.  Readers will learn how to design and facilitate retreats that will keep participants energized and on-task. Campbell and Liteman know what can go wrong at a retreat and what to do about it. They explain how to turn troublesome situations around and how to deal effectively with conflict, difficult participants, and resistance to change.

"Rise of the Creative Class, The"

Florida, Richard

This book gives us a provocative new way to think about why we live as we do today--and where we might be headed. In a book that weaves story-telling with a massive body of research, Richard Florida traces the fundamental theme that runs through a host of seemingly unrelated changes in American society: the growing role of creativity in our economy.

"S.W.A.T. StateWide Arts Advocacy Team"

Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education and the Nebraska ArtsCouncil

Packet contains information on arts advocacy and a video titled "Arts Education - For the Brightest Future" produced by The Nebraska Alliance for Arts Education and The Nebraska Arts Council.

"Wired for Culture"

Carr, Eugene

Find out how e-mail is revolutionizing the way the arts are being marketed today, and how to get started on your own successful campaign.

"Writing an Employee Handbook"

Marmion Roosa, Alexandra

An essential human resources tool. This is a hand-on guide to developing one of your organization's most important policy documents: the set of expectations and responsibilities for both staff and management.

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In 2009 the Lincoln Arts Council received a generous gift from the estate of Ken Good, a portion of which was used to redevelop our website and establish an endowment. We offer our heart-felt thanks to Kenneth J. Good for his generosity and vision for a beautiful future.

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