Allied Media Projects Co-Directors Jenny Lee and Mike Medow wrote a guest blog for Americans for the Arts' "ARTSblog." ARTSblog asked us to write a short blog post for their series on what "scaling up" looks like for nonprofit arts organizations.
Jenny and Mike's blog post tells the story of how we have grown the base of the Allied Media Conference by cultivating meaningful relationships and collaborative work between participants.
Organizers often believe we have to choose between breadth and depth. Do we prioritize meaningful relationships or strive to "reach" the greatest number of people?
At Allied Media Projects we see this is a false dichotomy. Over the past 15 years of organizing the annual Allied Media Conference (AMC), we have learned that we can achieve broad engagement while also prioritizing deep relationships.
The AMC has a unique conference organizing model that fosters relationships at the internal and interpersonal, community, and inter-community levels. Small-scale relationships fostered through the AMC have ripple effects that create large-scale impact.