Creating Dedicated Funding Streams

Friday, June 14, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this lead up to 2020, now is the time to pursue local dedicated funding streams for arts and culture. This session will guide you in planning from the details of crafting and listing ballot measures to the importance of marketing and community engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the "when" and "how" of pursuing voter-based efforts like ballot measures and millages.
  2. Hear how artists, arts organizations, administrators, and community coalitions come together and create advocates for arts funding.
  3. Learn more about the relationship between marketing and public relations and successful efforts to create dedicated funding streams.


Kevin Seaman
Artist & Cultural Worker
San Francisco, California

Kevin Seaman is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker. Utilizing inquiry-based and multi-directional learning models, he creates community-focused workshops and consulting opportunities that infuse diversity, equity and inclusion into team-building, fundraising, individual and organizational development, community engagement, program evaluation and innovation, audience metrics, and strategic planning. Kevin is a 3-time SF Arts Commission grantee, was awarded Americans for the Arts 2017 Emerging Leader award, was an inaugural Association for Performing Arts Professionals’ Leadership Fellow, and helped increase arts funding in San Francisco as a community organizer for the Nov 2018 Yes on E campaign. He has worked with a broad range of organizations including Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Queer Cultural Center, Independent Arts & Media, Boston Foundation and Emerging Arts Professionals, and has lead panels and workshops with Intersection for the Arts, the Foundation Center, Grantmakers in the Arts, National Performance Network and APAP. His creative work exploring queer identity and drag culture at the intersection of gender and sexuality has been presented at locally and nationally at venues like CounterPulse, Frameline, the Austin International Drag Festival, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Yale School of the Arts, and he is currently in residence at Brava Theatre.

Randall Thompson
Pulse Communications
Fenton, Michigan

Randall Thompson is founder and President of Pulse Communications LLC, based in Fenton, Michigan. For more than two decades, Randall has worked in the highest level of state and federal politics.
He has served as a Chief of Staff in both the Michigan House of Representatives and United States House of Representatives.  He has appeared on CNN, FoxNews and Court TV and has been quoted in many major newspapers across America.

Most recently, Randall was recognized for his work in passing the Genesee County Arts Education & Cultural Enrichment Millage;  a 10 year/90 million dollar public financing millage in Genesee County, Michigan in August of last year. Genesee County has a per capita income of only $19,860 with 16.9% of families and 21% of the total population below the poverty line.  Flint, Michigan - the county seat - was recently ranked as the sixth most violent city in the nation and they are also experiencing a water crisis of epic proportions.  Even with all these factors, Randall's campaign plan and strategy was able to garner 53% of the vote. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Science in Economics from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Sheila Smith
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts