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You must be an active CAMA member to attend these meetings.

Registration and participation links will always be sent via the CAMA listserv.

2021 Events


Wednesday, August 18  |  4:00pm

Member Meeting: Faster, Cheaper, Better: Cloud-Based Tools You Need to Know

Virtual Zoom Meeting - RSVP details coming soon.

Cloud-based tools have gone from limited to powerful and these are some of our favorites. You can make a big impression without a big budget. Join us to get to know more about Canva, Bloomerang, and Vimeo.



Wednesday, September 15  |  9:00am

Coffee Chat

Virtual meet up to network and discuss all things marketing. Check your email from CAMA for Zoom link.



Friday, September 17  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting



Wednesday, October 20  |  12:00pm

Member Meeting



Wednesday, November 17  |  5:00pm

Happy Hour

Casual conversation and member networking. Check your email from CAMA for Zoom link.



Friday, November 19  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting






2021 Events

Friday, Janaury 15  |  12:00pm  | Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, Janaury 27  |  5:00pm

New Year Party: Trivia with Travis

Gather virtually with fellow CAMA members to celebrate the new year, show off your trivia skills, and try to win some prizes! Trivia themes will cover pop culture, from movies to TV, music, tech, nostalgia, etc. with some Columbus arts mixed in. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be awarded a prize.


Wednesday, February 17  |  12:00pm

Member Meeting: Making Marketing Plans

In an era when planning means A, B, and C, we still plan. Join CAMA for a discussion on how members are re/organizing their Marketing Plans. There will be presentations and time to discuss your own efforts and questions.


Wednesday, March 17  |  5:00pm

Happy Hour

Casual conversation and member networking. Check your email from CAMA for Zoom link.


Friday, March 19  |  12:00pm  | Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, April 21  |  4:00pm

Member Meeting = CAMA + IDEAL + ACE

Zoom meeting.
Our spring meeting is a confluence of three Columbus communities of practice.  Members of CAMA (columbus arts marketing association), IDEAL (inclusion, diversity, equity, and access leadership), and ACE (arts and culture educators) will convene to discuss overlaps in our work, coordination strategies, big picture, little picture, and more.  We'll start together then workshop ideas in small break out room groups then return as a group to share insights.


Wednesday, May 19  |  9:00pm

Coffee Chat

Virtual meet up to network and discuss all things marketing. Check your email from CAMA for Zoom link.


Friday, May 21  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, June 16  |  12:00pm

Member Meeting: CAMA Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a CAMA Virtual Town Hall.  Learn more about what CAMA does, how, why, who, and places we're going. We'll have a wide ranging discussion, from our origins as the first professional association for arts marketers in the U.S. to how to send a job posting to our listserv to our upcoming transition to a new website and member management software.  We also have questions for You about what matters in your work and how CAMA can support your efforts to create a vibrant arts community in greater Columbus. We'll set aside some time for getting to know each other and catching up.

Register in advance for this meeting - click here. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Friday, July 16  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, July 21  |  5:00pm

Happy Hour

Casual conversation and member networking. Check your email from CAMA for Zoom link.






2020 Events


Friday, Janaury 17  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, February 19, 2020  |  Member Meeting + Lunch |  12pm - 1:30pm

The Ultimate Power of a Marketing Calendar

Make 2020 Your Year of Maximum Growth by Creating an Annual Marketing Plan

Too many organizations are flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to building and marketing their brand. Don't let that be you! While it may never feel like the perfect time to create a marketing and content calendar for 2020, NOW is the BEST time. An annual marketing calendar is the most powerful tool you can use to scale your business and reach the goals you've been targeting... and beyond.
This fun and interactive training covers:
- Creating an Annual Marketing Calendar that delivers results, even if you don't have a huge team or massive budget
- How to define a content marketing strategy that will grow brand loyalty and engagement
- How to keep your content marketing going even when life (and busy-ness) tries to derail it
- The Four Types of Content Campaigns - Awareness, Authority, Engagement, and Conversion - and how to best strategically use them for your brand

Presenter: Bevin Farrand is the CEO and Head Cat Herder of Collaborate.  Learn more at www.Collaborate.Work


Friday, March 20, 2020  |  12:00pm | Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, April 15  |  Member Meeting  |  4pm - 5:30pm

What Now? What Next? Art in the Age of COVID-19

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom. Details will be sent out to members via email.


Friday, May 15 |  12:00pm  | Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, June 17  |  Member Meeting + BYO Lunch |  12pm - 1:30pm

Virtual Events

Join us for our next virtual member meeting to hear from local organizations about how they are utilizing Virtual Events, from planning to implementing to follow-up. Everyone is encouraged to share their own stories and pose questions to the group. We're allotting 15 minutes at the beginning to socialize a bit before a 12:15pm meeting start.

Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom.


Friday, July 17  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, August 19  |  BOOTCAMP   |   9am - 4pm

Diversity Training Series with Dr. Melissa Crum, Mosaic Education Network

Location: Virtual Workshop on Zoom


Three-part online workshop. This 6-hour training (including breaks and a 1-hour lunch break) includes the following sessions:

  1. Forming a Critical Reflective Practice with Peers (1.5 hours)
  2. Developing a Critical Reflective Practice: Self-Assessment (1.5 hours )
  3. Strategies: Diversity Retention and Recruitment Exploration (1.5 hours)

The goal of this workship is to help ensure that members of the CAMA community have the opportunity to increase their understanding of a diverse world.

  • Examines the intersection of race, gender, and class using art, self-reflection, and storytelling to offer participants new practices that support productive community building.
  • Gain skills to become better active listeners to increase understanding of different cultural perspectives, challenges, points of connection and strategies to reach shared goals.
  • Engage in reflective conversations and activities that support independent critical-thinking for effective problem-solving and enhanced relationships with peers.
  • Move beyond tolerance to increase empathy and respect.


Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, author, researcher, and founder of Mosaic Education Network, LLC. She leads a consulting company that infuses the arts, research, storytelling and critical thinking into professional development, community building and curriculum development. Dr. Crum works with her team of experts to act as engaging and collaborative resources to schools, nonprofits, and companies helping them gauge the collective impact of our unconscious bias to reach diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals. @MelissaCrum


Session 3 Panelists:

  • Donna Marbury, Journalist and Communication Specialist
  • William Alston, Co Owner at Warhol & WALL ST. and VP of User Experience at JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
  • Corey Favor, Director, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships at Orange Barrel Media and Co-founder of Creative Control Fest
  • Marshall Shorts, Brand and Design Strategist. Creative-N-Chief of Artfluential and Co-founder of Creative Control Fest
  • Yohannan Terrell, CEO at Warhol & WALL ST. and Director Of Columbus Fashion Initiative


9:00am-11:00am   Developing a Critical Reflective Practice: Self-Assessment 
11:00-11:30am     Break
11:30am-1:30pm  Forming a Critical Reflective Practice with Peers
1:30pm-2:30pm    Lunch
2:30pm-4:00pm    Strategies: Diversity Retention and Recruitment Exploration


Friday, September 18  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


Wednesday, October 21  |  Member Meeting  |  12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Topic: Project Management: The Bones we Build Upon. How Just the Right Amount of Structure Can Save Your Business and Sanity - Presented by Bevin Farrand, Collaborate.Work

12:00 - 1:00 - Session

Why is it that when we hear the word "structure," we shy away? There's a fear that adding structure to our work will cut off creativity, stifle new ideas, and cause our work to go stale. But that's not the case at all. Come learn how to add "just enough" structure in order to scale your business and allow your projects to flourish.
1:00 - 1:30 - Open Chat and Discussion
If you're not Zoomed out and have the time, stick around to discuss more about the workshop, ask your colleagues questions, and stay in touch (or meet someone new).


Bevin Farrand is the CEO and Head Cat Herder of Collaborate.Work, which works with small business owners, entrepreneurs, and mid-size corporations to get their ideas out the door and into the world. As the former Brand Director of Boom! by Cindy Joseph and Smart Marketer, she's led dozens of product launches and promotions generating 20MM+ annually. She's also developed online courses and summits, as well as executed launches, for I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Evolving Wisdom, and several entrepreneurs. She is passionate about supporting her clients to create businesses that enrich their lives. Her favorite, and most demanding, "clients" are her two-year-old daughter and seven-month-old son.


Wednesday, November 18  |  5:00pm

Member Happy Hour

Zoom Virtual Event - check your email for the link to join


Thursday, November 19  |  12:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting


2019 Events


January 24, 2019 | Member Holiday Party–Potluck  |  5:30–7:30 pm

Location: Close Quarters  480 West Town Street, Columbus, OH

Because December is such a busy month for all CAMA members, the annual holiday social has been moved to January. Please bring a dessert or side dish to share. CAMA will supply the main course and beverages.


February 20, 2019 | Member Meeting + Happy Hour  |  4 pm

Location: Wild Goose Creative 

Topic: Swipe Right: Marketing Speed Dating

A marketing speed dating style networking event where you'll have an opportunity to share and hear best practices on topics like Social Media, Community Engagement, Diversity, and Time Management to name a few. This collaborative approach towards knowledge sharing will include brief, timed conversations with a single partner or group about a topic, so fill out your *Marketing "Dating" Profile card in advance to get clear about your interests. 

Swipe right after the meeting for a CAMA Happy Hour down the block at Jack's Corner Pub.


April 17, 2019 | Member Meeting + Happy Hour  |  4 pm

Topic: Meet the Press

Location: Gateway Film Center

Come hear from some of the city's most influential people in the media—what they want from you and how they want it, as well as tips to improve your chances of coverage. Panel discussion followed by Q+A.


Emily Bench, reporter, Business First

Mark Buckingham, programming/promotions, WSNY

Laura Dachenbach, managing editor, (614) Magazine

Eric Lagatta, reporter, Columbus Dispatch

Staley Monroe, acting editor, PRIZM

Chelsy Wiley, editor, Columbus Navigator

Lauren Sega, assistant editor, Columbus Underground

Moderator:  Jami Goldstein, Greater Columbus Arts Council


June 19, 2019 | Member Meeting + Lunch  |  12 pm

Marketing Metrics and Goal Setting Round Table

Location: Franklin Park Conservatory

Join fellow CAMA members in an open forum discussion about marketing metrics, goal setting, and other burning questions. Discussion points will include:

  • How to apply metrics to goal-setting and use in organizational marketing plans
  • What makes a good metric?
  • Digital metrics, applications, and how-to
  • Website tracking and Google Analytics
  • Survey and other strategies for audience feedback
  • Free events! How do we gather feeback here?
  • What challenges and triumphs have you experienced?
  • What is a marketing "success"?
  • How do we set expectations and measure traditional marketing strategies like flyers, billboards, and SWAG?


Tuesday, July 30, 2019  |  Insider Tour of the Palace Theatre + Happy Hour  |  3 pm

Get a behind-the-scenese view of this recently restored Columbus treasure. We will meet at the Palace Theatre for the tour then have a drink afterwards. Space is limited ot 25 people.

Location: Palace Theatre


Wednesday, August 21, 2019  |  Member Meeting + Lunch  |  12pm

Combating Implicit Bias

Join us for an afternoon of learning and reflecting together as we discuss how to combat implicit bias, and explore ways to build more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA) organizations through our individual spheres of influence. Leave this meeting with specific steps and tools you can take back to your organization.  Lunch is provided.

Location:  Columbus Museum of Art


October 16, 2019 | Member Meeting  |  4:00pm

Meet the Funders

Location: Columbus Children's Choir


2018 Events


January 31, 2018 | Holiday Party!  |  5–7 pm

Location: Caddy's Delight
1158 W. Third Avenue in Grandview

Because December is such a busy month for all CAMA members, the annual holiday social has been moved to January.
We have a party room reserved for food, a free round of miniature golf for all attending, and CAMA will pay for the first drink for all attendees. Please RSVP to CAMA Membership Committee.


February 21, 2018 | Member Meeting  |  4:30 pm + Happy Hour

Location: Gateway Film Center
1550 N. High Street, Columbus 43201

Topic: Meet the Press

Come hear from some of the city's most influential people in the media—what they want from you and how they want it, as well as tips to improve your chances of coverage. Come prepared with 3 stories to pitch. There will be a Q&A after the panel.


Mary Lynn Plageman, Features Editor, Columbus Dispatch
Garth Bishop, City Scene
Claudia Plumley, Great Lakes Publishing

Johnny DiLoretto, WCBE

Bob Vitale, Prizm Magazine
Jackie Shafer, WOSU's "Broad & High"

Anne Evans, Columbus Underground


April 18, 2018 | Member Meeting  |  12 noon, includes lunch

Location: Schiller Park Recreation Center
1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206 - free parking available in lot

Topic: Deadlines, Stress and Your Health - Why Self Care Matters

Explore how deadlines and stress affect our physical and emotional health. Outline strategies for taking control of deadlines, and discuss strategies for managing stress and improving our health and productivity.

Speaker: Kerri Mollard, Mollard Consulting


June 20, 2018 | Member Meeting  |  12 noon, includes lunch

Location: Ohio Theatre, Room 1 (downstairs). Enter theatre via the security desk entrance closest to the Columbus Commons.
Public parking is available nearby at street meters, or in either the Statehouse or Columbus Commons garage for a nominal fee. 

Topic: Digital Marketing, Making Big Waves with Small Rocks
So you know digital marketing is important, but you have no money, no staff and no content. We can work with that. Join Lynette Shy, Director of Marketing for BalletMet as she discusses their digital strategies, how to make it work with your current budget, develop your digital voice and utilize new tools to grow and expand your audience. 
Speaker: Lynette Shy, BalletMet


July 25, 2018 | 2018 CAMA Member Bootcamp with Capacity Interactive  |  1 day only!

Location: Ohio History Center, Columbus Ohio

Join us for Digital Marketing Priorities with Capacity Interactive.
We welcome Capacity Interactive, the premier digital marketing consulting firm for culture and the arts. Founded in 2008 by Erik Gensler, Capacity Interactive partners with leading arts and cultural organizations in the U.S and internationally to help them build audiences, engage community and market smarter. Visit the Capacity Interactive website to learn more about their work.
SESSION ONE: Digital Marketing Priorities
It’s easy to get distracted by shiny buzzwords and new channels offered in digital marketing. Sales reps call. Board members share articles. Don't take the bait! This session, led by Capacity Interactive’s Sam Kindler, will help you prioritize your digital marketing outlining why arts marketers must focus on Mobile, Social Storytelling, Search, Video and Digital Infrastructure. Using data from CI’s Digital Benchmark Study, this session will review why each area is important and provide relevant case studies.
As arts marketers, we wear a lot of hats. Our to-do lists are a mile long, and we rarely have an opportunity to brainstorm creative and inspiring ideas. Yet, the pressure is on. With a constant stream of social content fighting for people’s attention, how is your organization standing out? This workshop will give you the tools you need to create compelling content. Through social content best practices and case-study examples, you will learn how to find your social voice and empower your constituents to share their stories. This includes tips on how to bring both your organic and paid content to the next level. Put your assets to work for you!
SESSION THREE: Beginner Analytics
Google Analytics is an essential tool for understanding if your website is meeting user needs, but over 90% of arts organizations feel they aren't using it to its full potential. Instead of being overwhelmed by GA, this workshop will teach you key concepts, important metrics, and how to navigate the platform to find the data that’s most important to you. You'll come out of the workshop more comfortable exploring the platform, and with a personalized checklist that will help you get even more out of your data once you get back to your desk.
Pricing (includes lunch)
CAMA Member Early Bird Registration (deadline June 30): $100, plus processing fee
Non-Member Early Bird Registration (deadline June 30): $150, plus processing fee
CAMA Member Regular Registration (sales start July 1): $125, plus processing fee
CAMA Non-Member Regular Registration (sales start July 1): $150, plus processing fee
Not a member? You can purchase a membership and get the member pricing today!
Payment can also be made by check or invoice through online registration.


August 15, 2018 | Member Meeting  |  4-6 pm

Location: Gateway Film Center, 3rd floor lounge  |  1550 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43201

Topic: Drinks and Disasters
Share your story and an adult beverage about the marketing flub that went public or important funder who got us into a sticky situation. It's valuable to learn from one another and bond over things we can laugh about in hindsight. We have a diverse group of presenters, topics, and experiences to share and learn from. See you at the Gateway!

4–4:30 pm  Networking (1 free drink ticket included!)
4:30–5:30  Program and Speakers
5:30-6 pm  Networking (cash bar)


October 17, 2018 | Member Meeting  |  noon–1:30 pm, lunch included

Location: Columbus Museum of Art  480 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Topic: Cultural Competence Roundtable
We are inviting CAMA Members to inform the prompts used by table hosts to facilitate small group discussion.
Please share prompts, questions, or topics you would be interested in exploring with other arts organizations. Think about Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives and practices of your organization. What are the issues and challenges you are facing to become a more equitable and inclusive organization?


2017 Events


January 25, 2017 | Holiday Social  |  5–7 pm

Location: Pins Mechanical Co.

141 N. 4th Street, Columbus, 43215

Because December is such a busy month for all CAMA members, the annual holiday social has been moved to Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information about this fun night out, and how to RSVP.


February 15, 2017 | Member Meeting  |  4:30 pm

Location: Columbus Metropolitan Main Library—Auditorium (96 S. Grant Avenue)

Topic: So Your Boss Wants to See your Marketing Plan?

Whether you inherited a marketing plan, are starting from scratch, or just want to refresh your process, this meeting will provide simple steps and tips for creating a marketing plan to achieve your goals. Panelists will share what worked and what did not, who they consulted, and how they got buy-in. Please bring a copy of your marketing plan for reference.
Panelists include:

Janet Cooper, Dublic Arts Council Director of Engagement

Andy Shaw, Singer/Songwriter for Andy Shaw Band/Shaw Brothers

Lynette Shy, BalletMet Director of Marketing and Communications


March 22, 2017 | CAMA Member Boot Camp  |  10 am—3 pm

Digital Marketing Bootcamp
Facilitator: Ceci Dadisman, Digital Marketer. Speaker. Nonprofit Empowerer.
Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library–Parsons Branch (1113 Parsons Avenue)

This hands-on, activity-driven session will equip you with strategies and methodology on how to best utilize digital marketing and social media for your organization. We'll delve into digital marketing for arts organizations and create a well-rounded and achievable plan for success. You'll learn what platforms have the highest return, how to use them, and how to track the results.

Topics we'll cover will include:

·   email marketing
·   social media best practices
·   social media advertising
·   messaging optimization and segmentation
·   website optimization

You'll leave this seminar with concrete and achievable takeaways that you can implement right away at your organization.

Registration Fees: $25 CAMA Members, $50 Non-CAMA Members on Eventbrite.

10 scholarships available to current CAMA Members, available on a first-come, first-served basis

(Limit one scholarship per CAMA organization.)

Registration Deadline: March 14, 2017

NOTES FOR PARTICIPANTS: Recommended but not required: Bring a fully-charged laptop computer with access to your social media profiles and advertising account, email marketing software, and website.  Limited seating, first-come-first-served.


April 19, 2017 | Member Meeting  |  noon

Location: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Columbus OH 43085

Topic: Arts Advocacy
April is Arts Advocacy Month! Join us as we discuss why advocacy is important and how we can work as organizations to build arts advocates out of our audiences. Lunch is provided.

Tim Katz, Executive Director at Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Gretchen McIntosh, Director of Evaluation and Stewardship at Dublin Arts Council
Bill Behrendt, Executive Director at Ohio Citizens for the Arts


May 24, 2017 | CAMA Happy Hour! | 5–7 pm

Location: Lineage Brewing, 2971 N. High Street, Columbus 43202


June 21, 2017 | Member Meeting  | 4:30 pm

Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.

Park in the main museum lot and bring in your parking ticket for validation

Topic: Speed Marketing Roundtable

30 Ideas in 60 Minutes is back with a twist. In the style of speed dating, attendees will divide into four groups, spending 20 minutes at each table. Each table host will facilitate lively discussions on the topics of: 1.) Engaging Bloggers, 2.) Analyzing Data, 3.) Deepening Marketing Plans, and 4.) Key Takeaways from the 2017 Americans for the Arts Conference.

Topics and Table Hosts:

Using Tableau for Free to Synthesize and Analyze Your Marketing Data—Ted Hattamer, Ohio Arts Council Technology Strategist

Leveraging Professional Bloggers to Achieve Your Marketing Goals—Samantha (Sam) Bartlett and Logan Trautman, Inspire PR Group

Diving Deep into Marketing Plans—Lynette Shy, BalletMet Marketing Director

Top 5 Arts Marketing Ideas from the 2017 Americnas for the Arts Conference—Kim Webb, OAC Riffe Gallery Fellow


August 16, 2017 | Member Meeting  |  noon

Location: Grandview Heights Public Library—Meeting Room (downstairs)
1685 W. 1st Avenue

Topic: Inclusivity: Next Gen to Empty Nesters

as is relates to arts audiences. Panelists will cover both ends of the spectrum from millenials/young professionals to boomers/ againg adults, discussing initiatives they have developed to reach out to these specific groups and make them feel welcome.


      Zach Compston—Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jazz Arts Group
      Derek Grosso—CEO and Founder of the Columbus Young Professionals Club (CYP Club)
      Scott Vezdos—Director of Marketing, Gateway Film Center; Marketing and Development Director, Actors’ Theatre of Columbus

Lunch will be provided.


September 20, 2017 | Member Happy Hour  |  5:30–7 pm

Location: MadLab! 227 N. Third St., downtown Columbus 43215
Donations for a cash bar in their theatre.

Parking is available after 5:30 in their parking lot. MadLab will also have passes inside to put on your dashboard. If no spots are available, meters on Chestnut and Spring street are nearby.
Join us for a social evening of networking with your fellow CAMA members in a great downtown location. Your donation for a cash bar helps support the work MadLab does bringing original theatre to Columbus.


October 18, 2017 | Member Meeting  |  4:30–6 pm

Location: The Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Topic: Accessing Audiences: A Discussion on Inclusion and Disability

1 in 5 Americans has a disability. You probaby know someone with a disability. Would they be able to join you and fully experience one of Ohio's next great festivals? Could they attend your organization's next performance or navigate and enjoy your current exhibition? We all want to expand audiences and be inclusive. But until something is accessible, it's not inclusive. You are part of the creative industry and well-positioned to find inventive accommodations that welcome all. So let's talk about the challenges and find ways to ensure people with disabilities feel welcome in our spaces and programs.

VSA Ohio will start with some information on Disability 101 and best practices for accessible marketing. Then we'll have a conversation about barriers to participation, barriers to administration, and strategies for breaking through. The Columbus Children's Theatre will be there to share their experience building, growing, and entrenching accessibility into their organizational culture. Time and weather permitting, we will walk around the Thurber Center spaces and make note of physical barriers and discuss historic spaces. Bring your questions and ideas!

Parking is available at the meters on both sides of Jefferson Avenue and the parking lot on the southwest corner of Long Street and Jeffereson Ave. (no permit necessary).


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