What does a charitable planner meeting a donor or client have in common with FBI agents, medical students and State Department officials? For all of them, astute observation is critical to professional success. And all of them have sharpened their powers of observation and communication by studying great works of art with the guidance of Amy Herman through her innovative program, The Art of Perception. As a former director of education for The Frick Collection in New York and an attorney, Amy brings her background in art history, law and educational programming together to teach philanthropy professionals to enhance visual acuity, objectivity and use (and misuse) of assumptions and perceptions -- all of which contribute to success when engaging with donors and clients.
The Art of Perception breakout session will provide an in depth exploration on how analyzing works of art can enhance donor development. This session will focus on challenging assumptions, fostering creative problem solving, both individually and collectively, and encouraging better decision making by incorporating multiple perspectives. In addition to using art as data to address the role of non-verbal communication and how it relates to work with donors and colleagues, the workshop will use images of paintings, sculptures, and photography as tools to help participants reconsider bias and related ethical issues in the field of donor relations. With a mandate that inspires innovation, this highly involved workshop will not only emphasize better stewardship, but also encourage attendees to learn from others. Attendees will also learn how to maximize opportunities to incorporate diverse perspectives into their everyday decision-making with donors, colleagues, and institutions.
Amy E. Herman, JD, MA
Opening Keynote Address