The Art Gardner

Goodbye and Hello
June 10, 2010, 4:54 pm
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Yesterday was my last full day at the Center for Puppetry Arts because … wait for it… I got a job! Yep, that’s right– the original purpose of this blog is fulfilled. I start as a member of the marketing team at the High Museum of Art on Monday. It’s been a long few months, but thanks to lots of side projects and the Center I have kept plenty busy. I met the CPA marketing crew today for lunch and they gave me the coolest, most appropriate present–a mug filled with art-oriented finger puppets! Claude Monet, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and the dude from The Scream will now grace my new desk at the High. And while I may post less frequently while I get my sea legs at the new gig, I think I’m going to keep The Art Gardner going. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it so far. Ta Ra for now.

Flying Blind With Google Grants

I’m at the Center for Puppetry Arts this week helping out with the Google Grant AdWords account. I was able to slip upstairs during lunch yesterday and catch the current main stage show, Stellaluna, based on the popular children’s book. Stellaluna is an adorable baby fruit bat undergoing an identity crisis. It’s cute and educational—true to form for the Center. For instance, I learned that fruit bats have night vision (unlike most other species of bat, which rely on echo-location to get around).

Back at my desk, I realized that I am sort of “flying blind” with the Google Grant. I sure could use some night vision right about now in order to maximize our gift from Google. So I thought I’d bounce it out to the online community (the human equivalent of echo-location) and see what comes back. I find the forums and online help a bit thin. Is anyone out there using their Google Grant successfully? There are a number of limitations (CPC rate most notably) and I’m wondering if any nonprofits out there have “cracked the code” and are getting maximum value?

Frontier Days at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Horsing Around at the Center for Puppetry Arts


The Center for Puppetry Arts is gearing up for Frontier Days (April 3rd & 10th) to celebrate their current Family Series show, Paul Bunyan and the Tall Tale Medicine Show.  

From the website:  

You’re invited to a historical hoedown honoring American heroes that spin tales taller than a ten-gallon hat! Enjoy twangy tunes as you hear all about how Paul Bunyan and his devoted friend, Babe the Blue Ox, invent logging; how Hekeke saves her tribe from a people-eating ogre; how John Henry becomes a steel-driving man; and how Pecos Bill becomes King of the Cowboys.

Calling all pioneers, cowboys, cowgirls, lumberjacks, and lumberjills! Lookin’ to have a rootin’ tootin’ hoot of a time? During the run of Paul Bunyan & the Tall Tale Medicine Show, join us on one of the first two Saturdays in April (April 3rd & 10th) from 11am-3pm for “Frontier Days” at the Center for Puppetry Arts!  Take part in some of the fun activities like Pecos Bill’s Horseback Museum Expedition, in which you can explore all that our Museum has to offer on stick-horse back, picture yourself as a pioneer in the Frontier Photo Op, or play the Tall Tale Name Game to find out what your settler pseudonym will be. Costumes are encouraged so tie on your bonnet, find a cowboy hat, or suit up as a lumberjack and come on down!
Activities included with ticket purchase.

Call the box office at 404.873.3391 for tickets.

A Team Player
March 18, 2010, 7:56 pm
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Today was a really good day at my internship at the Center for Puppetry Arts. A board member who uses Google AdWords extensively for his business came in and showed several members of the marketing team how to use the tool. So just like that–I am learning a new, sought-after skill. Next week, we are going to divide and conquer the keywords and ads for the upcoming season, as well as different marketing focuses for the Center in general. Beyond learning new skills, I’m finally feeling like a part of a team. It’s so refreshing to be in an organization of doers where everyone chips in for a common goal and learns from each other. Yes, this is what I signed up for.

Of Capstones and Billy Goats
March 4, 2010, 9:36 pm
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Tonight I had my Capstone Class for my Grant Writing Certificate Program at Emory. This was our last meeting prior to submitting our final project. I have decided to make my final project a business and marketing plan for a consulting business. While my ultimate goal is to work in marketing or development in a nonprofit fulltime, I will certainly still utilize my skills to freelance as a grant researcher/writer until that happens. It seemed the best fit  as far as a project given my current situation.

As far as staying occupied until the right job comes along–I’m doing very nicely, thank you. In fact, I’m incredibly busy with volunteering, interning, consulting, and networking. I started my internship at the Center for Puppetry Arts this week. The first thing I did was watch a shadow puppet show. I saw Hobey Ford’s Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Tales in the downstairs theater and thoroughly enjoyed it. After, we were even able to go backstage to see how he accomplished what I would consider an extraordinary feat. He’s a one-man-show operating sound, lights, several puppets, and scenery all at once.  The rest of the time there I did some writing for an upcoming direct mail piece and proofread next season’s program guide. There’s a lot of cool programming coming up at the Center–including adult shows. Stay tuned.