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From Paige Walden-Johnson of Community Arts STL:
Paige said that when she attended her first strategy session at Medici she was labeled a “hot mess” because she had so many ideas, so much passion and excitement, but was all over the place and didn’t know how to communicate to potential donors or people who could benefit from Community Arts STL.
People at Medici advised her to formulate a clean, clear story. That helped her to understand her own story and to communicate it. She said it was the largest step she needed to help her organization get noticed.
It also helped her to formulate what she was (is) doing:
Community Arts STL’s purpose is to organize and mobilize the arts community and their resources to aid the city’s anti-violence efforts.
In less than 2 months, from applying that advice she created a community fundraising event that raised #20,000. She also paid the artists! That’s something that rarely happens at events like this. The artists were planning to donate their time but Josh strongly encouraged Paige to pay the artists, which she did.
Some of the questions that came up in that session that helped Paige were, “where is the money coming from?” and “is that a constant revenue source or a one-time gift?”
Other business advice from Medici that is helping Community Arts reach more people is to look beyond short-term results. For example, at present Paige uses her own van to transport people to arts programs. She (Community Arts) is looking for partners for expansion so that they can be prepared for more clients rather than being afraid of too many clients who they can’t handle.
Paige noted other benefits of being a Medici member. She loves having a place to work without the distractions of working at home. It helps her to feel more legitimate to have an office to meet potential donors and community connections rather than holding such meetings at places like Starbucks. She finds that people take her more seriously. It also gives her a place to do podcasts.
Paige appreciated the feedback she received when she was crafting and practicing a speech for a storytelling class. Josh transcribed it for her so she could read it and see it as well as receiving people’s perspectives on what worked and what didn’t.
She is a great advocate for Medici and recommends it to friends and colleagues.
“When I first visited Medici, I liked the space and the high-quality people I saw there. I didn’t fully understand all they were offering, but their month-to-month, pay-as-you-go structure allowed me to sample their services. Months later, I’m still involved. The quality and helpfulness of the members has allowed me to strengthen my network of referral partners and has provided great business opportunities.
The strategy sessions have been amazing. There are few places where you will have the opportunity to receive excellent business input and support from such a variety of great people. Medici is a great place to network, build your business, and have help overcoming any business challenges you might be facing.”
– Art Snarzyk, InnerView Advisors
If we all persevere, I believe it will blossom into a powerful organization that realizes the team’s vision. Serendipity has played a significant role in my life, and it always starts by doing something like this.
I’m looking for an opportunity to contribute value, create value, and see what happens as a result. I expect only good things.”
– J. J. Kirkpatrick, Goodwin Davis Academic Club
I want to see Medici thrive in year 2,3,4 and beyond. It is a business as well and not a non-profit funded by big donors or subsidized in anyway. You get what you pay for and in my case much, much more than I have paid for in the last year.
Chuck Rice, Brio Employee Development
“It is often foolish to search the world for riches if you haven’t looked in your own backyard. I have no need to beg L.A. and the Big Apple for attention when they are going to just let me claim the rest of the country, starting with Saint Louis. We are partnering with the city and county to rebrand this city as The Entertainment Capital of the Midwest.”
~ Devrick Lagrone, Millennium Entertainment
“I was looking for a business coach, but kept resisting signing up with anyone. Then I discovered Medici! There I found a room filled with amazing, insightful, intelligent, giving people that understand collaboration to its highest degree. So very awesome to land in exactly the right place and be able to create solid plans for taking my business, my life and my goals up to that next level. Love Medici and all its members!"
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