Get Inspired

a little inspiration could make your day! learn how.

a little inspiration could make your day! learn how.

Submitted by Laura Kakolewski

This page is for the magic makers; the world shifters. These people are your tribe.

Inspiration doesn’t always come easy, even for arts marketers. If motivation is the push, inspiration is the pull. But if there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that inspiration is the driving force that can lead to taking a risk and doing something truly magical.

That’s why the GET INSPIRED section is designed to give this community a space to explore your imagination, gain fresh inspiration, and share what’s inspiring you, too! 

 

Great Stories in the Most Unexpected Places

Great Stories in the Most Unexpected Places

Submitted by Nicole Goodman

One of my favorite things about being a new resident of D.C. is the depth of history in even the most mundane places. When I need a brainstorming boost, I often wander the city and see what stories I can find. My latest discovery: the unassuming Walgreens near my apartment was once Yenching Palace, a Chinese restaurant and covert meeting place for the Americans and Russians during the Cuban missile crisis. It is inspiring to realize there are so many great stories surrounding me as long as I take time to seek them out.

Nature's Creations

Nature's Creations

Submitted by Ann Marie Watson

The very fact and existence of the earth is inspiring enough on its own, but when I start to zoom in on the details of our planet, I'm almost breathless at what nature has created. In Bryce Canyon, Utah, solid earth has been carved over millions of years into geological works of art called hoodoos. To stand above and among them is to realize the infinite, unimagined possibilities of life—and to appreciate the time that goes into making truly remarkable things.

Letting go

Letting go

Submitted by Elizabeth Sweeney

This quote is right by my calendar, reminding me that every day is a new opportunity to open a new door.

What Makes You Happy Can Be Right Near

What Makes You Happy Can Be Right Near

Submitted by Graham Dunstan

To the right of my desk is what I call the door to Narnia--a 4'x4' crawl space door to the 2nd floor roof of the NYC American's for the Arts office. But instead of Narnia, when you open the door you'll find a locked gate through which you can see dirt and general gross stuff, and sometimes hear pigeons cry. A year ago, I covered the door with an enormous cork board and pinned on lots of things that inspire me--family and friends, places I've traveled, artists I love, inside jokes. When I get tired, or overwhelmed, or even need a laugh, I just have to turn to my right and focus in on one of these photos or items and my mood shifts. And the cork board is thick enough to where I can barely hear the traffic or even the pigeons.

"An unlocked door means that, occasionally, you might get a devil come in, but a locked door means you have thousands of angels just walk by." -- Ian MacKaye

Submitted by Mr. Daniel Richtmyre

Inspired by Films

Inspired by Films

Submitted by Daniela Pérez Frias

Film provokes an emotional reaction from me - especially ones that make me reflect on life and that have great photography, helping to enrich the narrative of the movie. Here are some favorites that have inspired my work: Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" and Gus Van Sant's "Elephant."

Meet Stephen Wiltshire, an artist on the autistism spectrum.

Meet Stephen Wiltshire, an artist on the autistism spectrum.

Submitted by Laura Kakolewski

Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic British architectural artist. After Stephen took a short helicopter ride around the island of Manhattan, he drew the NYC skyline by memory (the work was completed in three days).

Playing For Change "Stand By Me"

Playing For Change "Stand By Me"

Submitted by Laura Kakolewski

This clip is from the award-winning documentary, Playing For Change: Peace Through Music, comes "Stand By Me", the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. This features musicians around the world playing the same song. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

"...creating is limited only by your desire to get moving and do something."

"...creating is limited only by your desire to get moving and do something."

Submitted by Juliet Ramirez

"No matter who you are or where you are, your unique gift for creating is limited only by your desire to get moving and do something." —John Schlimm, Author

John Schlimm, author of Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life's Greatest Questions, shares the many lesson her learned from Sister Augustine as the 31-year-old arist and writer talked over a period of five years with this 87-year-old cloistred nun and ceramics artists. Learn more about the book and hear from the author in the video below.

Museum Tours... For People Who Don't Like Museums?

Museum Tours... For People Who Don't Like Museums?

Submitted by Kimberly Hedges

Museum Hack specializes in tours "for people who don't like museums." And in the process they are converting non museum goers into life long fans. In a recent blog post they share how they helped the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library use activities to engage visitors. Visit their website to get inspired to engage in new ways with your audiences. Or view their "sizzle reel" to see them at work.

"A BRAND ISN'T WHAT WE SAY ANYMORE, IT'S WHAT CUSTOMERS TELL EACH OTHER IT IS."

"A BRAND ISN'T WHAT WE SAY ANYMORE, IT'S WHAT CUSTOMERS TELL EACH OTHER IT IS."

Submitted by Kimberly Hedges

Scott Cook"A brand isn't what we say anymore, it's what customers tell each other it is." —Scott Cook, co-founder of Intuit

"Inspiration is for Amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work." --Chuck Close

Submitted by Kimberly Hedges

Buenos Aires’ Museum of the Streets

Buenos Aires’ Museum of the Streets

Submitted by Kimberly Hedges

Buenos Aires has a long tradition of street art and as you may have guest social movements and political concerns are common themes. But the Buenos Aries people’s love of Tango is also a beloved them for street art. Read more in the article Buenos Aires’ Museum of the Streets.

Visit Fornasetti's Virtual Atelier to Connect with the Art of Making Art

Visit Fornasetti's Virtual Atelier to Connect with the Art of Making Art

Submitted by Kimberly Hedges

Visit Fornasetti's virtual atelier and visit each floor to get an inside look at the making of their beautiful products. Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian painter, sculpture, interior decorator, and engraver. He is best known for creating more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalleri, as a motif. Today his son, Barnaba Fornasetti continues to design and produce in his father's name.