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Arts and Arts Education Strategic Planning

Arts and Arts Education Strategic Planning

For over twenty-five years Mitchell Korn has been at the forefront of the world’s most important arts education initiatives.  During these years he has completed over seventy needs and resources assessments and strategic plans for communities across North America, where numerous ones which have been replicated both regionally and internationally.

These numerous assessments and plans include the New York City Annenberg Initiative, Cleveland Orchestra Learning Through Music (LTM), Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music (AIM), New York City Ballet (School Partnership Program), Orange County Sergerstrom Performing Arts Center (ArtsConnect), Milwaukee Symphony Arts in the Community’s Education (ACE), The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts( PARTNERS ), San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA), The Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center (Music Education City and One Note One Neighborhood), Houston Grand Opera (STARS), Blumenthal North Carolina Performing Arts Center, Dayton Philharmonic (SPARK), San Francisco Ballet (Dance in the Schools and Community), and many more.

He has developed specific methods in order to help these communities and organizations best meet the needs of their constituents; that programs should not be based upon what we wanted to do but instead should be built upon the genuine and articulated needs of students, teachers, parents, lifelong learners, families, businesses and a broad swath of community members.  He has also emphasized that arts providers have valuable resources that could be developed to meet these needs while all importantly emphasizing and enhancing the content, mission and artistic principles of the arts provider.

By the early 1990’s, philanthropy became interested in Korn’s approaches and he has been commissioned by numerous foundations to develop strategic plans through the exploration of the arts education needs and resources of their communities. This work included Pittsburgh (Heinz Endowment), Detroit (Dayton Hudson), New York (Annenberg), Chicago (MacArthur Foundation), Minneapolis (Dayton Hudson) and numerous others.

In 2000 he began an extensive period of teaching about this work (Harvard Graduate School of Education, Royal Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, University of Hartford, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, etc.), while continuing to serve numerous communities with assessment and long term arts education strategic plans.

He has seen the vast majority of these initiatives become sustaining and living parts of their communities: San Francisco Symphony AIM-25 years, Cleveland Orchestra LTM- 16 years, CAPE-18 years, Bushnell PARTNERS -19 years, Dayton Philharmonic- 15 years, NYC Annenberg- 16 years, Milwaukee Symphony ACE (17 years), and many more sustaining initiatives.

What relevant experience does Mitchell Korn have that would ensure a community’s and organization’s successful and sustaining arts education strategic planning and programming?

– An authentic and critically acclaimed performing arts career with deep and current knowledge of art forms, repertoire, content,      and artistic elements;

– The most significant body of work in creating arts education needs and resource assessment and strategic plans;

– A track record of creating highly funded, sustaining and award winning initiatives;

– His long-term experience as an educator in primary and higher education and as a national clinician in arts education professional development;

– The creating and building of the most important, highly researched and replicated transformational models in arts education including CAPE, Annenberg, AIM, ACE, PARTNERS, and more;

-Serving as a long time advisor to major national, corporate and local philanthropies;

– A well developed ability to listen and to understand the simplicity in complex information and situations; and

-Passionate belief in arts education and teachers and artists to help create and build this essential work in your community.

What kind of process does Mitchell Korn employ to create these strategic plans?

The strategic planning approach MitchellKornArts often recommends includes the following: Planning & Orientation; Needs Assessment; Program Evaluation; and Strategic Plan and Community Education.

The implementation of any strategic plan is often considered a separate project, What role if any in the implementation of the final recommendations and strategic plan does MitchellKornArts play?  What are some prior implementation project work Mitchell Korn has completed over the past ten years.

In over ninety per cent of the projects we have completed needs and resources assessments and strategic plans, we have been asked to assist in program implementation.  My roles consistently include:

-The facilitation of the planning process;

-The design and implementation of an artist- training program;

-The design and implementation of an educator professional/training development program;

-The writing of program curriculum;

-The modeling of family and lifelong learning program components;

-Presentations to philanthropy for long-term support; and

-Strategic assistance in all program matters.

Our experience teaches us that every project will have its assets and that we are asked to assist in enhancing and enabling those strengths as well as providing services that are not in place.  Furthermore, we are always committed to initiatives we have helped create and stand ready to aid program development where it is most needed.

Over the last ten years our implementation work includes:

Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC): For 5 years of implementation Mitchell Korn has led all artist training, professional development and curriculum development for their school based programs.  He also assisted in fundraising, strategic planning, audience development presentations and governance issues.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville Symphony:  For five years Mitchell Korn had been asked to implement the plan the developed in 2006, Music Education City. His work included training musicians, making fund raising calls, training teachers, supervising staff, writing curriculum, advising conducting staff, and developing overall public policy for the organization.

Flamenco Vivo/PS 70/US Department of Education:  Mitchell Korn led a three-year project as the primary clinician in a school wide professional development initiative between a flamenco dance company, a complex urban (Bronx, NY) school and funded by the USDOE. Here, he created a plan to substantially change the manner in which teachers instruct a largely impoverished and ESL based student body. Furthermore, the school is unusually large, containing as many as 10 classrooms per grade.  The initiative is based in taking the most important instructional concepts students are failing to learn and developing comprehensive approaches using the arts to successfully teach these essential learning priorities.

Richmond Performing Arts Center: Mitchell Korn successfully completed their strategic plan for education and served an additional two years with teacher and artist training; curriculum development; fundraising; advocacy work; staff hiring and training; and more.

The Cleveland Orchestra:  Over 16 years ago Mitchell Korn created for Cleveland their very successful school based initiative Learning Through Music.  He continue to provide musician training, educator professional development and assisting the orchestra with audience development advice and programming.

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts:  Nearly twenty years ago he created, based upon a one year -long needs assessment process, their award winning PARTNERS program.  He had for numerous years continued to provide overall program advice, assist in the development of senior arts programs and created their audience development initiatives.

San Francisco Symphony:  Twenty-five years ago he created for the symphony their historic and industry leading AIM initiative.  He has continued to assist them over a 20 year period with artist and teacher training, curriculum development, program replication and more. He has also assisted in providing strategic assistance and advice to key program educators and clinicians in their Keeping Score program with PBS.