Case Study: Fires of Change

Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Strong partnerships between the LAA and non-arts agencies are crucial to the health of your community. This case study explores Flagstaff Arts Council's project "Fires of Change," in which they partnered with science agencies, tribal governments, universities and health care agencies to explore the issue of wildfires in the American West.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to partner with non-arts groups in your community to address crucial or controversial issues through the arts.
  2. Explore the skills needed by LAA administrators, the artists involved, and the non-arts partners for successful cross-sector partnership.
  3. Discuss how to identify strong threads of community concern and develop methods of evaluating your impact.



John Tannous
Executive Director
Flagstaff Arts Council
Flagstaff, Arizona

John Tannous has led the Flagstaff Arts Council as Executive Director for the past eleven years. He has over 23 years leadership experience in the non-profit field, including the past 19 years in the arts. During his tenure at the Arts Council, he founded a number of popular programs that have become staples in the community. Tannous developed the Community Impact program, through which artists participate in an intensive training on controversial or challenging issues and then create new art for exhibitions on the topic. Prior to the Arts Council, he served as the Director of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture, as well as with the Tsunami on the Square performing arts festival and the Prescott Area Arts & Humanities Council.