What’s the Peg? Telling Your Story
On Friday, October 18,2019, Allison Davis, Executive Director of Arts Horizons, veteran journalist presented the Arts Ed Newark engagement workshop entitled: It’s All About the Story! Participants gathered at the Newark School of the arts and learned how to best share the great work they are doing for arts and education in the community of Newark, NJ. Davis encouraged the audience to find the “nuggets” or stories within their mission and share it for widespread distribution. “Too many times, not for profits pitch a topic and not a story,” said Davis. “Find a story that illustrates the work of your organization.”
Using new techniques for capturing audio, images and video with accessible resources, the engaged audience worked in groups to pitch their story and produce their own video interviews. This productive day was one of many capacity building workshops offered through Arts Ed Newark, an alliance advocating for equity in high-quality arts education for all youth in Newark. Arts Ed Newark represents over 50 stakeholders committed to the arts including, schools, parents, teachers, businesses, youth and community development groups, funders and government agencies.
About Allison J. Davis:
Television and non-profit executive Allison J. Davis is the Executive Director of Arts Horizons, a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization. Arts Horizons has over 40 years as a non-profit arts-in-education organization that brings the power, joy and influence of the arts into the lives of young people by making music, visual art, dance, theatre and creative writing an integral part of learning and teaching. Davis has an extensive background in broadcast and digital media as well as communications’ strategy. She began her career as a producer in television news at WBZ-TV in Boston. She moved on to become an investigative reporter in Pittsburgh, Pa (KDKA-TV) and came back to the producing ranks at NBC News serving in various capacities at Nightly News and Today. Davis headed up the team that developed the first original journalism on the internet. She later helped build NBC’s cable and internet business MSNBC and msnbc.com. She then moved to CBS, where she served as Senior Vice President of its syndication unit. In 2004, Davis left television and began her career in the non-profit world. She served on the senior staffs of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the historic Riverside Church in the City of New York. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at Howard University and the Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. A founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, Davis serves on the Board of Poets and Writers.
For more information, contact Arts Horizons at email@example.com or 201-567-1766