Participants will be led through exercises that allow them to discuss the role of artists in helping shape solutions to common organizational goals in nonprofits and businesses. This might include refreshing an approach to client services, communicating the organization’s mission or brand, broadening audience participation, or marketing to diverse communities. 

The session, led by James Adams, Director of Out of School Programs at Big Thought, will allow you to walk away with a draft project scope that involves creative problem solving, and a draft budget for making the project come to life.

Learn to use the language of the artist in non-traditional spaces. We will use these words to frame the skills that you bring to the table:

  • Communication
  • Productivity
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Social Skills
  • Leadership

This session is limited to 20 participants, so register today!

Artists as Problem Solvers


Saturday, July 9, 1 – 3 pm. 
The Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture
1005 9th Street, Suite 102
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Cost: FREE!


James D. Adams is a veteran community development specialist, youth services program planner, and focused team leader. He has worked in academic institutions, faith-based organizations and with the prestigious advocacy organization, Children’s Defense Fund. Mr. Adams’ career has advanced steadily, moving from a junior-level program assistant position directing life-skills projects with curiously active young people to overseeing staff, contracts, and budgets as manager for after-school programs directly serving more than 6,000 elementary and middle school students in multiple Texas public and Charter School systems.

Mr. Adams has strategically combined the “street kid” survival skills honed growing up in south Louisiana with the demanding discipline of the performing arts.  An accomplished thespian and vocalist, he understands that following directions and being ever prepared are useful transferable skills; skills that have underscored his professional successes. James has a proven record of leading teams and motivating peers to make mission-driven decisions with energy and tactical action. His pay-it-forward attitude makes him a classic servant leader whose depth of compassion is boundless.

He is a second-year graduate student at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD seeking a Master’s in Arts and Arts Administration.  Mr Adams currently serves as the Director of Out of School Time for Big Thought, a Dallas-based nonprofit, and Chairman of the Arts Commission for the City of DeSoto, TX. Mr. Adams additionally works on a consultant team as a facilitator and meeting conveyor, managing targeted and specific community stakeholder conversations. This team works with city governments and nonprofit leadership to assess, develop and implement cultural plans on a macro scale.