Sessions by Theme

Session Theme: Celebrating Optimism

How can we raise up the creativity and hope within our communities?
How Public Art is Tackling Today's Top Issues
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join this panel presentation to hear from public art leaders and artists from around the country who are using public art to tackle issues facing their communities.

This session addresses issues of accessibility, arts education, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, leadership, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Witt Siasoco
Artist

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Witt Siasoco has been actively engaged in the intersection of the arts and civic life through a variety of roles – as artist, graphic designer, and arts educator. In 2013, Siasoco was selected by the City of Minneapolis and Intermedia Arts for Creative Citymaking, a collaboration between artists and City planners to develop creative solutions for addressing long-term issues facing Minneapolis. In 2015 Siasoco was invited to create artwork for Forecast Public Art’s Richfield Artist Resident Engagement (RARE), a year-long residency engaging Richfield residents in conversations about how arts can play a role in their everyday lives. Last year, This Home is Not for Sale, Siasoco's collaboration with poet Molly Van Avery, received a "Best Public Art Award" from the Americans for the Arts. In addition to his art practice, Siasoco works at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as a Studio and Community Art Associate.
Michelle Angela Ortiz
Artist

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
@michelleortiz1


Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist, skilled muralist & community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. For over fifteen years, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally and internationally. Since 2008, Ortiz has led community building and art for social change public art projects as a U.S. Cultural Envoy in Fiji, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Venezuela, Honduras, and Cuba. Last year, Ortiz was awarded the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Year in Review Award for her “Familias Separadas” project, a series of temporary site-specific public art works that mark locations and document stories of immigrant families affected by deportations in the city of Philadelphia.
Erwin Redl
Artist
Bowling Green, Ohio
Born in Austria in 1963, Erwin Redl finished his studies at the Vienna Music Academy with a BA in Composition (1990) and BA in Electronic Music (1991). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies in computer art at the School of Visual Arts, in NYC (MFA 1995). Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations. The artist’s work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial by covering the Whitney Museum’s façade with three multicolor LED veils. In 2008, he created a sound and light installation for the Austrian Pavilion at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain. The Pacific Design Center’s new Red Building by Cesar Pelli features four permanent installations by the artist completed in 2013. Redl’s largest work to date is a computer-controlled, 580-foot-long-LED-installation at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio (completed in November 2010). His work is collected by prestigious national and international institutions, among them the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; as well as by private collectors.
Patricia Walsh
Public Art Programs Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Walsh is the manager of the public art programs for Americans for the Arts. Prior to working at Americans for the Arts she was a cultural programming specialist for the public art program at the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas, served on the City of Palo Alto Public Art Commission and was the program coordinator for the City of San Jose Public Art Program. She earned her master’s degree in Arts Administration from Boston University also holds a Bachelor in Arts in painting from State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Meet and Ask the NEA
Friday, June 16, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

The annual tradition continues with this great opportunity to meet and ask questions of the core NEA staff who work with and support LAAs and other local service work.

This session addresses issues of community development, private sector engagement, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Michael Killoren
Director, Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Michael Killoren serves as the Director for Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America at the National Endowment for the Arts. He is responsible for the grantmaking processes for Local Arts Agencies (LAA’s), developing partnerships to advance the LAA field as a whole, and the Challenge America program. Killoren served as director of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, from 2002 through 2010, where he led the city’s funding and public art programs, developed policy initiatives to increase public access to arts and culture, and established a groundbreaking partnership to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools. He was Seattle’s first director of cultural tourism for Seattle's CVB, and was executive director of the King County Arts Commission, where he worked to increase access and participation in arts and culture, in rural and suburban communities. He also served as president and vice-president of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation of AFTA.
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Lara Holman Garritano
Local Arts Agency Specialist
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Lara Holman Garritano currently serves as the Local Arts Agency Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, Lara has worked with local arts agencies in a variety of capacities. Most recently, Lara was the Creative District Manager for downtown Colorado Springs in Colorado. After working to obtain a state-certified creative district designation, Lara developed and managed programming that sought to integrate arts and creativity into downtown’s economic and livability efforts. Prior to that, Lara worked at 4Culture in Seattle, Washington. Her work there included a variety of positions that ranged from managing grant funding programs for arts organizations and local arts agencies to assisting with agencywide priorities as the organization’s first Communications Manager.
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Getting Hands-On to Connect People through Art
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

After the events of 2016, it’s time to delve deeper into how the arts can connect people in changing places. At this workshop, you’ll hear from people who use pop-up public art to build community and create new senses of place. Then you will plan your own experiment, test it out in Union Square and come back to share your video and reactions to your pop-up art intervention.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Shannon Daut
Cultural Affairs Manager
City of Santa Monica
Santa Monica, California
Shannon leads the Cultural Affairs Division for the City of Santa Monica, where she works to integrate the arts into all aspects of life in the community. She was previously the Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. While there, she re-imagined and re-invigorated the leadership role of the agency in state policy, from tourism and economic development to education and Alaska Native cultural advancement. Prior to moving to Alaska, Daut was Deputy Director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), where she oversaw the organization's work in the areas of cultural policy and technology. Daut serves on the board of the National Performance Network/Visual Arts Network and has also served on the boards of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and WESTAF. Daut received her bachelor's degree in Communication Arts/Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her graduate degree in Communication/Rhetoric from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Christy NaMee Eriksen
Trustee / Artist
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council
Juneau, Alaska

Christy NaMee Eriksen is an award-winning artist, teaching artist, and activist whose work is grounded in social justice and community engagement. NaMee has shared stages with Patricia Smith, Beau Sia, Bao Phi, and her / her work has appeared in such places as The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, The Roundhouse in London, Angry Asian Man, and the "Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines" anthology. She is grateful to have been mentored by community organizers and spoken word poets who work at the nexus of art, culture, and activism. NaMee has been honored to receive the Mayor's Award for Artist of the Year, two Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awards, and the Loft Immersion Fellowship. She co-founded the grassroots spoken word org Woosh Kinaadeiyí, leads workshops for youth and adults, serves on the JAHC Board of Trustees, and runs a post office / gathering space in Juneau called Kindred Post.

Margy Waller
Senior Fellow
Topos Partnership
Cincinnati, Ohio
@margyartgrrl


Margy Waller is founder and Serendipity Director for Art on the Streets, senior fellow at Topos Partnership, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit. She is an advisor on national initiatives to Americans for the Arts, LISC, and ArtPlace. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, with a joint appointment in the Economic Studies and Metropolitan Policy programs. Prior to Brookings, she was Senior Advisor on domestic policy in the Clinton-Gore White House. Before joining the Administration, Margy was Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, Director of Public Policy at United Way of America, and Director of Policy Development at Public/Private Ventures in Philadelphia. She comments on arts and strategic communications on twitter: @margyartgrrl. Margy holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University and a J.D. from The Ohio State University.
The History of Arts-Based Community Development
Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Join Maryo Gard Ewell, the major historian of the local arts movement, for an interactive exploration of how the movement was founded, what the initial impulses were, and where we go from here.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Maryo Gard Ewell
Field Historian
Editor, To Change the Face & Heart of America
Gunnison, Colorado
Maryo Gard Ewell worked for more than 20 years in arts administration, in Connecticut, Illinois and Colorado; her special field during most of that time was the symbiotic relationship between arts programs and community development. Since her retirement in 2003 from the Colorado Council on the Arts, she has worked as a consultant, conference organizer and speaker in community-and-arts development, in Idaho, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Arkansas and her birth-state of Wisconsin, as well as in Colorado.
Building Next Generation Leadership in Arts Education
Saturday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
The intergenerational hand-off is happening in school- and community-based arts education programs across the United States and there are many challenges to be tackled. This session brings together emerging and veteran leaders to explore smooth transitions in policy, fundraising, programming, evaluation, partnerships and more. Bring your toughest questions and best ideas to collaborate with peers of all ages in this solutions oriented session.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Tamara Alvarado
Executive Director
School of Arts and Culture at MHP
San Jose, California
Prior to serving as the Executive Director for the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, Tamara was the Director of Multicultural Leadership for 1stACT Silicon Valley. From 2003 to 2008 she served as Executive Director of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose, California. From 1999 – 2003 she served as Program Director for the newly opened Washington United Youth Center, a partnership between Catholic Charities and the City of San Jose. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Western State Arts Federation. Tamara is also co-founder of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for people of color working in arts, culture and entertainment. A traditional Aztec dancer for the past 14 years, she is a member of Calpulli Tonalehqueh Danza Azteca of San Jose. Tamara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Literature from Stanford University.
Nicole Amri
Program Director
SAY Si
San Antonio, Texas
@NiAmri


Nicole Amri is a 2006 alumna of SAY Sí (a national-award-winning creative youth development program in San Antonio, TX) and a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio where she studied Painting and Public Relations. She is also a certified nonprofit professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Nicole’s great passions are education and the arts. Her artwork predominantly explores human rights issues with a focus on interpersonal relationships and societal conditions. In addition to her position as Program Director for SAY Sí, Nicole currently serves on local and national committees such as city-wide collective impact initiatives: SA2020 and Excel Beyond the Bell SA and national groups: the ALAANA Network and National Advisory Committee to the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. When she’s not working or creating, Nicole loves to dance, cook and listen to music (often at the same time).
Indi McCasey
Director of Creative Learning
Destiny Arts Center
Oakland, California
Indi McCasey believes in the transformative power of community-based arts education and creative youth development. Indi is an educational consultant, teaching artist, non-profit program administrator, and event producer with over 20 years of experience in experiential and informal learning environments and 10 years of non-profit program management experience. Indi founded two nationally performing physical theater ensembles in addition to being an artistic member of Wise Fool New Mexico, an award-winning, social justice circus and theater company. As the co-producer of Topsy-Turvy Queer Circus, Indi brings circus artists from across the country to perform as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco. Indi recently completed a masters degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a Project Zero Artist in Residence and Teaching Fellow as well as a former recipient of the Endeavor Foundation for the Arts award.
Kathi Levin
Independent Consultant and Policy/Legislative Liaison
National Art Education Association
Fairfax, Virginia
Kathi R. Levin, a national leader in arts education for over 20 years, is an ongoing consultant with the National Art Education Association, managing a portfolio which supports the association’s policy, advocacy, research, national standards and leadership development efforts. She is the Program/Development Officer for NAEA's grant-making National Art Education Foundation. Her clients have included the NJ Performing Arts Center, LA County Arts Commission, and AFTA. As Director of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network for over a decade, she conceived of and wrote A Community Audit for Arts Education, the foundation of the Center’s Any Given Child Initiative and managed partnership and leadership development initiatives. The book “Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change” (Intellect 2016) includes Levin’s chapter, based on 32 interviews with national thought leaders, entitled “Arts Education: Systemic Change and Sustainability ,” the foundation of the convention session.
Reviving Traditional Arts as Community Activism
Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
What does it mean to revive, invigorate, and practice expressions that have been dormant because of historical neglect or absent narratives? How can we support the reconnection with lost cultures as a political act?

This session addresses issues of accessibility, advocacy, arts education, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, grantmaking, leadership, and public value.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Talking About the Social Impact of the Arts
Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

How, in this moment, do we balance the need to push practice and immediate advocacy messages to governing bodies with the need to nurture a long-term value proposition among the masses?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Celebrating Optimism sessions.

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Presenters
Danielle Brazell
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, leading a staff of 64 full-time employees and 80 part-time employees. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services. Prior to 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell also held the positions of Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She currently serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.

David Fraher
President and CEO
ArtsMidwest
Minneapolis, Minnesota
David Fraher has been executive director of Arts Midwest since January 1984 when he joined the Affiliated State Arts Agencies of the Upper Midwest and successfully led that organization through a merger with Great Lakes Arts Alliance, forming Arts Midwest in July 1985. Prior to his position at Arts Midwest, David had been the executive director of the Wyoming Council on the Arts and had worked as a consultant for the Western States Arts Foundation in Santa Fe where he designed and developed the Western States Book Awards project. He has been active as a panelist and trustee for numerous arts organizations over the past twelve years, including terms on the boards of Western States Arts Foundation, BOA Publishing, Inc., and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Charitable Trusts. David has a degree in creative writing from SUNY at Brockport, New York and has taken graduate studies at Ohio University in Athens.
Mara Walker
COO
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@maraw


Mara Walker is the chief operating officer for Americans for the Arts and as such is responsible for the overall performance of the organization, working with all staff to ensure inter-departmental coordination to accomplish the organization’s strategic plan as established by the Board of Directors. She works to implement the most innovative programming, planning and operational tools and policies to advance the organization’s mission and goals. As the former vice president of field services and planning, Mara developed programs that met the needs of a growing constituency of organizations and individuals committed to using the arts to impact communities and lives. To that end, she established programs that served emerging, mid-level, and advanced leaders to help them in their professional growth and designed initiatives for targeted sectors such as united arts funds and private sector leaders, public art administrators and artists, arts board members, urban and rural arts representatives, grantmakers, arts education decision-makers, and many more. In this effort she led partnerships and strategic alliances and managed a variety of service opportunities including the annual convention, professional membership and publications. Prior to this work she oversaw programs and operations for the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies and was instrumental in the merger when it joined with American Council for the Arts in 1997 to form Americans for the Arts. Mara has played an active role other mergers as well including those with the Arts & Business Council, Inc and the Business Committee for the Arts to ensure Americans for the Arts delivers the strongest private sector advocacy possible. Mara, a native New Yorker, has worked in arts administration for more than 25 years serving in multiple capacities in theater companies across the country and a variety of arts organizations nationwide. Mara currently serves on the theatreWashington Board of Directors and the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and is the former treasurer of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She received an M.F.A. in theater management from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in theater from the George Washington University.
Tatiana Hernandez
Arts Director
Hemera Foundation
Boulder, Colorado

Tatiana Hernandez joined Hemera in March 2015. Previously, as program officer for the arts for the Knight Foundation, she led the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight’s open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in communities across the country.

Nationally, Tatiana serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts and the Gard Foundation, as well as Machine Project and BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), two experimental artist spaces in Los Angeles and Miami respectively. Locally, she serves on the advisory council for the Bohemian Foundation’s Music District. She is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund.

She has written and spoken on the importance of new organizational models, equity in grantmaking and innovation in the arts. Tatiana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and anthropology from The George Washington University and trained as a dancer. She enjoys reading and exploring new places.

Session Theme: Embracing Reinvention

How can we be proactive in moments of transformation?

Our thanks to the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
for its support of the Embracing Reinvention session track.

the Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Federal Policy/Local Impact for the Creative Economy
Friday, June 16, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Learn about the implications and potential impact of the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act for your local community.

This session addresses issues of arts education, community development, leadership, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Narric Rome
Vice President of Government Affairs and Arts Education
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@narricAFTA


Narric Rome serves as Vice President for Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts. In his role he manages federal, state, and local government advocacy, grassroots campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations with the goal of influencing public policies that advance direct and indirect support for the arts and arts education. Narric is responsible for promoting the Americans for the Arts’ message to Congress and the administration. He serves as the senior lobbyist for the Americans for the Arts legislative portfolio where he researches and pursues untapped federal funding opportunities. Additionally, he is editor of a dozen resource guides connecting cultural projects and initiatives to federal funding programs. Narric’s responsibilities include leading the policy development for the annual National Arts Action Summit, including Arts Advocacy Day, which involves coordinating over 85 arts organizations as national partners. Narric also oversees the Americans for the Arts education program that seeks equitable access to the arts and includes the State Policy Pilot Program, advocacy programs at the national, state and local levels, and a partnership with the Turnaround Arts program at the President’s Committee for the Arts & the Humanities. Narric has 20 years of experience in the public policy and congressional arena. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Narric worked on the policy staff of Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign in Vermont and served as a legislative aide to Secretary Riley at the U.S. Department of Education where he received the Peer Recognition Award in 1999. Earlier in his career, Narric worked on Capitol Hill, at the Podesta Group and on several state and national political campaigns. Since 2008 he has served as the president of the Vermont State Society. Narric holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.
Kerry Adams Hapner
Director of Cultural Affairs and Deputy Director of Economic Development
City of San Jose
San Jose, California

As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose, Kerry Adams Hapner leads the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). The mission of the OCA is to champion the arts and cultural vitality for San Jose’s one million ethnically diverse residents and its visitors. Her portfolio includes public art, creative placemaking, special events, cultural funding, convention and cultural facility management, creative entrepreneurship, conventions and visitor bureau, and the creative economy. She has led the development of significant cultural policy and programs including: Cultural Connection: San Jose’s Cultural Plan for 2011-2020; cultural development goals for Envision San Jose 2040, the general plan update; and the Cultural Funding Portfolio: Investments in Art, Creativity, and Culture.

In 2014 and 2015, Kerry was named one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the United States’ nonprofit arts sector in Barry’s Blog, published by the Western States Arts Federation. She regularly writes on and speaks at national conferences on a wide range of topics from creative placemaking to cultural development to art and technology. From 2013-2016, she served as the Chair of the United States Urban Arts Federation, comprised of the local art agency executive directors of the 60 largest US cities and has served on the executive committee since 2010. For eight years, she has served on the board of Californians for the Arts and California Arts Advocates. She is a member of ArtTable, an organization comprised of women leaders in the visual arts.

Kerry earned her bachelor of art degree at University of California at Los Angeles where she studied art history and business administration. She has a certificate in Fine Art Appraisal Studies from the University of California at Irvine. Currently, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary master in liberal arts degree at Stanford University.

Rebecca Saylor
Owner
OodleBaDoodle & Etsy Team Captain
San Francisco, California

Rebecca is the Creator of Things. As a community builder and creative entrepreneur, she enjoys making things happen. Since 2013, she has been proudly worn the hat of "team captain" for the vibrant SFEtsy Team, one of the largest communities of creative entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. She has used her superpower of networking to help Etsy sellers come together through a variety of local business development programs.
As owner and head of design at OodleBaDoodle, she spends her days as a solo-entrepreneur to create a line of whimsical home decor pillows by hand. She develop the patterns, repurpose materials and market and manage all parts of her tiny business. She has had the honor to make custom creations for Etsy's Offices in San Francisco, Pinterest Offices in SF, NYC & Chicago as well as ThredUp and several other start ups. Her work has been featured in several blogs and media outlets including wonderful articles in the San Francisco Chronicle.

How Tech Companies Think about the Arts
Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
In the heart of the tech community, it feels appropriate to wonder what these giant, new companies think of the arts and creativity. Come learn more about messaging your work for an audience that has a fundamentally different way of thinking about the arts than traditional corporate supporters.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, capacity, community development, engagement, fundraising, private sector engagement, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Wendi Norris
Owner
Gallery Wendi Norris
San Francisco, California
Drew Bennett
Director, Arts in Residence Program
Facebook
Menlo Park, California
Emily Peck
Vice President of Private Sector Initiatives
Americans for the Arts
New York, New York
Emily is responsible for providing business and foundation leaders with the information, resources and strategies they need to better partner with and support the arts. She oversees a variety of programs including the BCA 10 which recognizes businesses for their support of the arts and the BCA Executive Board which is comprised of CEOs who provide leadership and advice. She also organizes professional development programs which encourage and enhance partnerships with businesses and foundations and works with strategic partners in the business and foundation communities to advance our advocacy efforts. Emily also oversees the work of the Arts & Business Council of NY which builds partnerships between arts and business in New York City. She joined the staff of Americans for the Arts in 2008 as part of the merger with the Business Committee for the Arts. Prior to joining the Business Committee for the Arts in 2006, she was at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Education Department where she worked on the museum’s internship program and programs for people with disabilities and in the Jewelry Reproduction Department. Emily graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in art history and has a master’s degree in visual arts administration from New York University.
Empowering the Arts in Transforming Places
Saturday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
They used to run on steel, cars, tourism and industry--hear how communities across the nation are reviving through the creative economy, as well as how LAAs are playing a central role. Bethlehem, PA, Toledo, OH, and Memphis, TN are all at crossroads, and arts organizations, artists and government agencies are working together to transform their communities into dynamic places thriving and reviving on arts and creative life.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, fundraising, leadership, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Kassie Hilgert
President & CEO
ArtsQuest
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Kassie Hilgert is President & CEO of ArtsQuest, the 9th largest nonprofit arts organizations in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1984, ArtsQuest is dedicated to providing unparalleled access to the arts, as well as using arts and culture as key tools for economic development in the region. Each year, it presents over 2,200 concerts, art and educational programs, with 65 percent of this programming available to the community for free. Hilgert has been with ArtsQuest since 2008, starting as the organization’s Vice President of Advancement before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advancement in 2010. In July 2014, following a national search, Hilgert was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees to be the organization’s second President & CEO. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Hilgert has extensive experience in marketing, development, corporate communications and community relations. Hilgert serves on several nonprofit boards in the region.
Linda Steele
Founder & CEO
ArtUp
Memphis, Tennessee
@lindasteelesays


Linda Steele is Founder & CEO of ArtUp, an innovative startup based in Memphis, Tennessee that uses arts, culture and design strategies to redevelop and revitalize disinvested communities. Linda spent 3 years incubating the work of ArtUp at local arts agency and United Arts Fund, ArtsMemphis including launching the game changing Fellows Program which has received the Robert E. Gard award from Americans for the Arts and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Linda has worked in various arts and cultural organizations including performing arts center, museums, and arts education organizations. Linda is a graduate of Amherst College where she has served as a Wade Fellow and Harvard University.
Marc Folk
Executive Director
Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
Marc became the Executive Director of the Arts Commission in 2006. Marc served from 2013-2015 as the president of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Toledo Area Cultural Leaders and is a member of the United States Urban Arts Federation. He is a 2006 recipient of the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award and the 2009 winner of the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s Award for Arts Administration. He was recognized as the 2010 University of Toledo’s Outstanding Alumnus in the Arts and has served as a grants panelist for the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marc is a 1998 graduate of the University of Toledo, with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Printmaking. He is a DJ and avid record collector and lives in Toledo’s Old West End with his son Holden.
Kim Cutcher
Executive Director, Toledo LISC
Local Initiative Services Corporation
Toledo, Ohio
@ttownlisc


Cutcher, Executive Director of Toledo LISC joined the office as Deputy Director in 2012. During this time, she has been able to secure over $47 million for community partners to advance economic development initiatives in Toledo. Previously, Kim served as the Chief Operating Officer of United North Corporation for five years overseeing their real estate portfolio and operations. In 2001, Cutcher began her career with NorthRiver Development Corporation and fostered the growth of a comprehensive neighborhood-based organization developing $45 million of real estate, and a number of federally funded programs that provided opportunities for low and moderate income families. Cutcher is dedicated to working with the community to build on strategic opportunities that empower individuals and create strong neighborhoods.
Evolving Your Professional Development Services to Meet a Changing Landscape
Saturday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Local Arts Agency (LAA) staff managing professional development for constituents have few opportunities to share approaches, challenges, and lessons learned. This session will explore how local arts agencies can adapt their professional development support to meet the evolving needs of constituents in dramatically shifting economic and social contexts in the next 5-10 years. Join fellow PD leaders for presentations on past, present and future support to artists and nonprofits, followed by facilitated discussion. Leave with at least one “big idea” and 2-3 immediately implementable strategies on how to be proactive in this moment of transformation.

This session addresses issues of accessibility, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, grantmaking, and leadership.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Talia Gibas
Professional Development Programs Manager
LA County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California
@taliagibas


Talia Gibas is Professional Development Programs Manager at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, where she manages learning and leadership development opportunities for nonprofit arts administrators and individual artists. These include quarterly, free mini-conferences tackling both practical skill-building and big-picture trends in the arts community; and the LA County Arts Internship Program, which, in partnership with The Getty Foundation, is the largest paid internship program in the arts in the United States. Her work is informed by more than six years with the Commission’s regional arts education initiative, Arts for All, where she developed and managed a range of grant and professional development programs for K-12 practitioners. Talia earned her A.B. in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, and Ed.M in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In her non-arts life, she is an avid distance runner and triathlete.
Ebony McKinney
Program Officer
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California
McKinney is currently a Program Officer at the San Francisco Arts Commission. She was the founding director of Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA, a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers and sat on the Emerging Leader Council of AFTA. McKinney has participated in grant, fellowship residency review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts (visual and media), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Arts Council, National Arts Strategies and the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. She currently serves on the Citizen's Advisory Committee for Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and the Advisory Board for California College of the Arts’ Center for Art in Public Life. Ebony holds a BA in Communications from Chatham College, MA’s in both Cultural Entrepreneurship and Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London. McKinney also attended the International Summer School in Cultural Economics in Amsterdam (NL).
Ryan Deal
Vice President, Cultural & Community Investment
Arts & Science Council
Charlotte, North Carolina
Ryan Deal, employed with the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg since 2009, currently serves as Vice President of Cultural & Community Investment. In this role, Ryan leads a team responsible for planning and facilitation of the agencies $7+ million grant making portfolio which includes more than 100 arts, science history and heritage partners from across Mecklenburg County each year receiving general operating support, community project grants, project support for individual artists, and organizational capacity building grants. Additionally, Ryan curates an annual suite of training and workshop opportunities targeting nonprofit governance/operations and creative individual entrepreneurship, generating more than 5,000 contact hours of instruction each year. Ryan studied Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and regularly participates in both community-based and professional performing arts productions as actor, musician and music director.
Investing in the Arts for Both Financial and Social ROI
Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Artists may be the original social entrepreneurs, and they have even more potential to shed light on social justice issues through innovative impact investing. What is impact investment? Investments made to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. In this session, learn about the rising movement of impact investment, which explicitly pairs artist support with social impact for the greater good.

This session addresses issues of capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, fundraising, grantmaking, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Moderator
Julie Muraco
Principal
Praeditis
New York, New York
Presenters
Danielle Brazell
General Manager
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Danielle Brazell is the General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, leading a staff of 64 full-time employees and 80 part-time employees. Ms. Brazell works with the progressive agency’s Public Art, Grants Administration, Community Arts, Performing Arts, and Marketing and Development Division Directors to oversee a $42 million portfolio of facilities, programming, and initiatives providing arts and cultural services. Prior to 2014, Ms. Brazell was the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a highly visible arts advocacy organization serving the greater Los Angeles region. Under her stewardship, Arts for LA became a formidable coalition advancing the arts in the largest county in the country. Ms. Brazell also held the positions of Artistic Director of Highways Performance Space and the Director of Special Projects for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. She currently serves as a board member of Americans for the Arts and DataArts.

Reinventing Your Organization to Respond to Today
Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
What would happen if you had the opportunity to recreate your staff to respond to the needs of your community today?

This session addresses issues of capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, and leadership.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Debra Garcia y Griego
Executive Director
City of Santa Fe Arts Commission
Santa Fe, New Mexico
@degriego


Debra Garcia y Griego has over 20 years of experience in arts administration. Her work experience is in a variety of organizations, including dance, theater, museums and local arts agencies. She is currently the Executive Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission where she is responsible for implementing the City’s support of arts and cultural affairs such as funding of local nonprofit arts organizations, operation of the Community Gallery, the Art in Public Places program and the City’s international affairs. She is currently leading the City’s first cultural planning process, “Culture Connects Santa Fe.” Previous work experience includes Museum Campus Chicago (a multi-institutional cross-collaboration and –marketing initiative consisting of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Park District), Chicago a cappella, the Southwest Theater and Dance Festival, and the University of New Mexico Department of Theater and Dance.
Jim Sparrow
President and CEO
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth Co.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jim is currently President and CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and has held that position since fall of 2013. Prior to that he was Executive Director of Arts United in Fort Wayne,IN and before moving into that role was Director of Development for the organization for 6 years. Jim is a classically trained musician and former principal clarinetist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic before transitioning to an arts administration career. He has been on advisory committees for the Indiana Arts Commission, the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts and the NE Indiana Non-Profit Advisory Board. He has served on various community boards and is currently a board member of the Winston-Salem Downtown Partnership. Jim is married to Karen Gibbons-Brown, artistic and executive director of Fort Wayne Ballet.
What ESSA Will Mean to Your Community's Arts Education
Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has strong implications for every community in the country through its design and provisions for local education agencies. Whether you are an arts educator, work in partnership with schools, or are generally interested in arts education policy, come here more about what to expect at the local level and how you can ensure the arts are provided to make every student succeed.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, community development and research.

This session is part of the Embracing Reinvention sessions.

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Presenters
Jane Best
Director
Arts Education Partnership
Denver, Colorado
@BestEdPolicy


Jane R. Best is the Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) at Education Commission of the States in Denver, CO. AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations with the goal of the arts being included in a well-rounded education. Dr. Best has extensive experience working among practitioners, policymakers and researchers. She previously held leadership positions at McREL International and Learning Point Associates (now American Institutes for Research) and worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures. She started her career as a high school French and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. Jane has served on the board of directors of Knowledge Alliance, the STEM Education Coalition, and the College of Education at The Ohio State University. She teaches graduate courses at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs. Jane holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Nancy Ng
Director of Community Engagement
Luna Dance Institute
Berkeley, California
@lunadanceinst


Nancy Ng is the Director of Community Engagement, and a professional learning faculty member with Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, California. She facilitates workshops, and coaches teaching artists and teachers. As a former co-director and choreographer of San Francisco’s Asian American Dance Performances she presented the work of artists; directed outreach programs; and choreographed dances which delved into Asian female stereotypes, immigration and racism. Ng is co-founder of MPACT (Moving Parents and Children Together), Luna’s nationally-recognized program for families in the child welfare system. Ng helped author California’s VAPA Early Learning Foundation’s, and was a reviewer for the National Core Arts Standards. Ng’s leadership service includes California Dance Education Associations past president, California Alliance for Arts Education board member, and editorial review board member for National Dance Education Organization’s journal, Dance Education in Practice. She is a 2017 Milestone leadership award recipient from the National Guild of Community Arts Education.
Matthew Stensrud
Chair, Alexandria Commission for the Arts
Elementary Music Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia
@matthewstensrud


Matthew Stensrud is currently in his seventh year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Matthew also serves as Chair of the City of Alexandria's Commission for the Arts, and serves on advocacy committees for the Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association for Music Education and is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement. Matthew frequently writes about and presents workshops on elementary music, classroom management and local arts advocacy and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. This past summer, he served on the communications team of The Education Trust. He lives with his husband in Alexandria, VA.
Jeff M. Poulin
Arts Education Program Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@jeffmpoulin


Jeff M. Poulin joined the arts education team at Americans for the Arts in 2013. He works to empower local, state and federal advocates to advance policies supportive of arts education through communications, field education, and strategic partnerships. Before arriving in D.C., Jeff worked for several nonprofit and commercial organizations in the US and abroad focused primarily in production and programming, audience development, research and policy. Notably, he was a chief advisor on the implementation of the first national Arts in Education Charter under the directions of the Ministers of Arts and Education in the Republic of Ireland. Jeff frequently speaks at a number of nonprofit organizations and universities. Jeff hails from Portland, Maine and holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Oklahoma City University.

Session Theme: Inspiring Activation

How can we support activist and experimental spirit in the arts?
Arts & Community: What Native Artists Are Bringing to Social Change
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

This session addresses issues of advocacy, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and leadership.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Pam Korza
Co-Director, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Pam Korza co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. She co-wrote Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture, and the Arts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit. She co-edited Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art & Civic Dialogue, as well as the five-book Case Studies from Animating Democracy. She has consulted and offered workshops and presentations on arts and civic engagement for artists, cultural organizations, funders, and at cross-sector gatherings across the country and in China and South Korea. Pam is co-chair of the Assessing Practices in Public Scholarship research group for Imagining America (IA), a consortium of colleges and universities that advances public scholarship in the humanities, arts, and design and was a two-term member of IA’s National Advisory Board. As a consultant, Pam has partnered with Barbara Schaffer Bacon in organizational planning, program design and evaluation for cultural organizations, state arts agencies, and private foundations. She began her career with the Arts Extension Service (AES)/UMass where she coordinated the National Public Art Policy Project and co-wrote and edited Going Public: A field guide to developments in art in public places. She also directed the New England Film & Video Festival.
Arts and Politics in the Trump Era
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

What can we expect? Hear the best guesses of AFTA's political experts, and discuss how our energy should be deployed.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, leadership, private sector engagement, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Sofia Klatzker
Executive Director
Arts for LA
Los Angeles, California
@Arts4LA


Sofia Klatzker is the Executive Director of Arts for LA, a regional advocacy organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture across government, education, business, and community life. Under her leadership, the ACTIVATE advocacy leadership training program more than doubled in size now representing 226 leaders; created a new mobile website connecting Arts for LA’s 60,000 members with local officials; surveyed over 350 candidates across 60 local elections in November 2016; and launched a campaign to register arts and cultural organizations to become polling stations. She has over 16 years experience advocating for and implementing arts policies, arts education, and grant making. Sofia currently serves on the boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, and serves on both the California Alliance for Arts Education’s Policy Council, and the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network Advisory Council. Sofia received her B.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and her M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

Kevin L. Jones
Interactive Producer
KQED Arts
San Francisco, California
@KQEDArts


Kevin L. Jones has been a journalist for 15 years now, first working for weeklies around the Bay Area before becoming an online producer at KTVU and now, KQED. Jones received credit for providing an essential part to KTVU's coverage of the Oscar Grant shooting, which won a Peabody. At KQED, Jones reports on the Arts, writing a wide variety of articles, from breaking stories about members of Sesame Street being fired to deep dives into the history of music in San Francisco. He's also the special projects editor, managing and creating special sites on topics such as recorded music and Maya Angelou.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli
Executive Director
Americans for the Arts Action Fund
Washington, District of Columbia
@artsactionfund


Nina Ozlu Tunceli is both Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts as well as the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund. Since 1993, Nina has served as the chief policy strategist for Americans for the Arts’ federal, state, and local government and public affairs work, grassroots advocacy campaigns, policy development, and national coalition-building efforts with both cultural and civic organizations to advance the arts in America. In 2009, she spearheaded the very successful “Arts = Jobs” advocacy campaign that strategically secured $50 million of federal support for more than 7,000 arts jobs and millions of dollars more for arts infrastructure projects within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Nina has produced several programmatic events, including National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill; the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and the National Public Leadership in the Arts Awards, which are presented in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Serving simultaneously as the executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund and its connected Political Action Committee, the only dedicated arts PAC in America, Nina mobilizes the political and legislative efforts of more than 300,000 citizen activists in advancing arts policy issues among legislators and candidates seeking federal public office. She recently completed ArtsVote2016, culminating with high profile arts policy events at both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. in French Literature, and of The University of Richmond School of Law with a J.D. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
David Reid
Policy Advisor
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Washington, District of Columbia

David Reid brings a wealth of on-the-ground policy and finance experience to his government relations work with Brownstein. A seasoned finance director, Reid joins the firm from Hillary for America where he was the Washington, D.C., and PAC finance director. His efforts raised a record breaking $30 million from the D.C. and PAC community during the last election. Before joining Hillary for America, Reid was the mid-Atlantic finance director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and deputy finance director of the Democratic Governors Association. Over the course of his successful career, he has amassed an in-depth network of industry contacts both on Capitol Hill and within the business and association communities.
 

Arts & Community: Arts and Live/Work Space
Friday, June 16, 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

We cannot encourage arts-based community development if artists do not have fertile ground from which to grow or if the same ground is being cultivated over and over. Artists are in the never-ending search for creation space which robs them of artistic time. Moreover, in the additional never-ending search for audience, there is fear to go outside the “known” areas of their town. How can we nurture responsible, affordable incorporation of artists into all communities?

This session addresses issues of accessibility, advocacy, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, fundraising, grantmaking, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Karen DiLossi
Director of Arts in Sacred Places
Partners for Sacred Places
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
@DLo1066


Karen (BA Washington College and MA Villanova University) has worked as a stage manager, director, and producer. She is the Co-Artistic Director for Madhouse Theater Company. As the Program Director for the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, she produced of the Barrymore Awards and directed them herself twice. Karen taught acting at West Chester and was the stage management consultant at Villanova. As Partners for Sacred Places’ national Director of Arts in Sacred Places, she matches artists/arts organizations who need space with sacred places who have space to share. She has created a training model and a manual of instruction on long-term leases for arts organizations to thrive within the walls of congregations. Karen also led the research report Creating Spaces which elevated the artist space crisis conversation nationwide and in the Spring of 2016 opened The Philadelphia Design Center, the first of its kind in the country.
Alysia Lee
Executive Director
Sister Cities Girlchoir
Baltimore, Maryland
@SCGirlchoir


"Alysia Lee is an advocate for creative youth development and a professional Teaching Artist. Ms. Lee is the founder of Sister Cities Girlchoir, the tuition-free, girl empowerment choral academy serving communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. She was recently awarded for her leadership and commitment to building community through the arts by The Knight Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The City Council of Philadelphia. Lee is a Sistema Fellow of the New England Conservatory, an initiative launched in partnership with TED. Alysia is also an alum of Peabody Conservatory."
Wendy Hsu
Digital Strategist / Senior Project Coordinator
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California
@wendyfhsu


Wendy Hsu is a researcher, strategist, and educator who engages with hybrid research and organizing agendas for equality in arts, technology, and civic participation. Currently Hsu is the digital strategist of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, providing research and strategy to redesign data and information paradigms and augment department-wide digital capacity, relevance, and public engagement. Hsu is also the founder of Lab at DCA, a city staff innovation incubator. A former ACLS Public Fellow, Hsu serves on the programming advisory committee for Arts for LA, steering committee for Cultural Research Network, steering advising committee for Social Change Data Commons, and the Society of Ethnomusicology Council. In addition, Hsu leads civic research and arts projects LA Listens and Movable Parts. More: http://beingwendyhsu.info

Arts & Community: Creative Peaceful Resistance
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm
Explore Creative Peaceful Resistance (CPR), a landmark program, centered around youth and piloting work at the intersection of various segments of the community. CPR emerged in the aftermath of a Neo Nazi march in a local neighborhood. Inspired by Gandhi’s work, youth are using creative expression as a means to resist bigotry and express their visions for self and neighborhood healing and restoration.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, engagement, leadership, and public value.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Lorna Gonsalves
Executive Director
Creative Peaceful Resistance
Maumee, Ohio
Dr. Lorna Gonsalves is a long-time educator, counselor, and organizer who uses innovative grassroots strategies for prompting self, neighborhood, and institutional transformation. Her work spans several continents including the U.S., Mexico, India, South Africa, and Switzerland. Dr. G is the architect of the Creative Peaceful Resistance (CPR) initiative, which uses creative expression as a means for local youth to express and share their visions for self-healing and neighborhood restoration. Born and raised in India, Gonsalves moved to the United States in 1972. Her academic background includes a diploma in Opera Performance awarded through the Royal Academy of Music in London, a B.A. in Psychology from Sophia College for Women in Mumbai, and an M.A. in Counseling and Ph.D. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
Arts & Community: Arts and the Military
Friday, June 16, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

How can you help connect the arts to veteran and military facilities in your community--get the resources and get started!

This session addresses issues of accessibility, advocacy, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and public value.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Susan Saloom
Military and Veterans Arts Initiative Field Specialist
National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military/Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@smsaloom01


Susan M. Saloom joined the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2014.  She is currently a Military & Veterans Arts Initiative Specialist serving as a consultant, assisting in outreach and advocacy through communications, resource, and social media.  She assists the art, military, and medical sectors, organizations, individuals, and communities involved in advancing the arts for the health and well-being of our active duty service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the military continuum.  Saloom is a former Art Teacher, a “Memories in the Making” facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves on the Board of Arts For Health Florida.
 

Meg Shiffler
Galleries Director
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California

In 2005, Meg Shiffler assumed the role of Galleries Director for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Each year the SFAC Galleries program produces nine exhibitions in three Civic Center locations, runs a residency program, partners with dozens of community organizations and businesses, and exhibits the work of more than 200 artists.  Prior to her work with the SFAC she consulted with the New Museum, NY; worked for Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY; and was the co-founder and gallery director for Consolidated Works, Seattle. Shiffler has also taught in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, and was a contributing writer for SFMOMA’s Open Space blog.
 

Learning to Tell a Story Better
Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Join StoryCenter for a special 3-hour (2-part) training on how to tell a better story. ** Attendees must participate in the FULL session, and will not be admitted after the first part of the session has been completed. **

This session addresses issues of advocacy, capacity, community development, and engagement.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Joe Lambert
Executive Director
StoryCenter
Oakland, California
Anand Kalra
Facilitator
StoryCenter
Oakland, California
@anandjay


Anand Kalra is an artist, coach, and facilitator based in Oakland, California. His coaching and facilitation practice centers direct communication, emotional authenticity, and body-based mindfulness, and his creative work has been featured in the National Queer Arts Festival and the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Prior to launching his independent practice, Anand has applied his skills, training, and knowledge in a wide variety of settings, including academic libraries, university classrooms, pre-K and elementary schools, and health clinics, and spent four years organizing public policy wins in the health care system for transgender and gender non-conforming people as health programs manager with Transgender Law Center. Anand joined StoryCenter as a facilitator in 2016.
Shifting to Sector-Wide Metrics
Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
We have a wealth of data among us--how can we shift to sector-wide metrics and measurement to demonstrate our impact?

This session addresses issues of capacity, engagement, evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, leadership, and research.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.

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Presenters
Robert Bush
President
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte Mecklenburg
Charlotte, North Carolina
With over 35 years experience, Robert is a nationally known for his work the local arts agency field. Since 2000, he served in numerous leadership roles at ASC prior to being named president in 2014. Before joining ASC, Bush was the president and CEO of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, NC and Arts United in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds a B.S. and a M.A. with a concentration in Community Education from Appalachian State University. Bush has served on the faculty of the MAAA program at Goucher College and is currently on the faculty of the MPA program at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He was recognized by AFTA with the 2014 Selina Roberts Ottum Award for Arts Leadership and was named to the 2014 and 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.
Graciela Kahn
Research Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Graciela holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Humanistic and Social Studies from the Universidad de Monterrey. Before joining Americans for the Arts she worked as a project manager for exhibitions at the Centro de las Artes in Monterrey, Mexico and at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time at CMU she was contributor to the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory publishing on topics related to management, engagement and planning tools for small arts organizations.
Jennifer Armstrong
Associate Director
National Center for Arts Research
Dallas, Texas
Jennifer Armstrong is the Associate Director of the National Center for Arts Research. She has more than fifteen years of experience in arts and community development at the local, state and national levels. Prior to joining NCAR, Jennifer served as the Director of Community Arts Development for the Illinois Arts Council Agency, working with local arts agencies, arts service organizations and other community development stakeholders to help build a strong, creative and connected Illinois. Jennifer serves as Vice President of the Robert E. Gard Foundation and is on the advisory board for Art of the Rural. She served for over ten years on the board of The Association of American Cultures, was a co-founder and past Chair of Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Council, and was the recipient of the inaugural Emerging Leader Award in 2006. Previously, she served as Executive Director of 40 North | 88 West in Champaign County, as Program Coordinator for the Department of Dance at Arizona State University, and as Managing Director of the Peoria Area Arts Council. An Illinois native, Jennifer studied business administration, theater and dance at Millikin University.

Session Theme: Engaging Equity

How do we learn and lead in pursuing equity inside and outside the arts?
Supporting Artivists
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

How can those who want to discover and implement resistance strategies while still making a living in the arts?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
De Nichols
Director & Principal Designer
Civic Creatives
St. Louis, Missouri
@De_Nichols


De Nichols leads changemakers nationwide in the creative address of civic challenges. Based in St. Louis, MO, she serves as Director & Principal Designer of Civic Creatives, a social design organization that produces interactive events, tools, and services to foster community-driven discovery, ideation, and actualization of civic solutions. Nichols serves as a Board of Directors member for Forward through Ferguson and chairs the Board of Directors for Creative Reaction Lab. She is a nationally recognized speaker on arts activism and social impact design, and she holds the St. Louis Visionary Award for community impact in the arts. Nichols is an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development. Her works have been supported by the Smithsonian Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Women’s Caucus for Art, Gephardt Institute for Public Service, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and StartingBloc Fellowship for Social Innovation.
Session(s): 
Roseann Weiss
Director of Artist and Community Initiatives
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
St. Louis, Missouri
@RoseannWeiss


Roseann Weiss is Director of the Artist and Community Initiatives Department at the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis. In this position, she guides the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute - an innovative, cross-sector program centered on the belief that art can amplify the voices of communities, be a key factor in regenerating neighborhoods, and is a powerful agent for social change. Roseann leads RAC’s artists’ support programs and creative community initiatives which includes identifying resources for new projects. She has 30 years of experience in arts leadership in nonprofit institutions, museums, the public art realm, and gallery settings.
Session(s): 
Anyka Barber
Fellow, Anchoring Communities
San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco, California
Born and raised in Oakland, California, Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist/activist, a curator, and an entrepreneur. In 2010, Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and arts space committed to the cultural, social, political, and economic emancipation and development of low-income, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities of color. In her role as director and curator of Betti Ono, she has produced, designed, and integrated art, enterprise, and social impact strategy to leverage creative capital, cultural products, and networks for good. She is currently a Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, working with the Anchoring Communities/Place team to activate more than $10M in investments to preserve the racial and cultural identity of the Bay Area, to prevent the displacement of low-income and communities of color, and to bring greater racial and economic equity to the Bay Area. Behind the scenes, Anyka is committed to strengthening the Bay Area arts community as an arts advocate and advisor. In June 2015, Anyka initiated the formation and design of a grassroots arts action and advocacy body, the Oakland Creative Neighborhoods Coalition, whose mission is to “#KeepOaklandCreative, affordable and vibrant!” Anyka was named Most Socially Engaged Curator in 2015, and Betti Ono was voted ‘Best of the East Bay’ for the past three consecutive years 2016, 2015, and 2014 by East Bay Express.
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Supporting Work at the Intersection of Arts & Justice
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

The number of lives touched by the justice system continues to skyrocket--how can the arts be used to maintain familial connection, discourage recidivism, and support quality of life?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
Denise Grande
Director of Arts Education
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California
Denise Grande is Director of Arts Education at the LA County Arts Commission, where she heads LA County Arts Education Collective, dedicated to making the arts core in K-12 public education. Prior to the Arts Commission, Ms. Grande was Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships for the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center. During her 20 years at The Music Center in Los Angeles she played a leadership role in arts education program design, implementation, research, and evaluation. She received her BA from UCLA in Dance and was a Coro Fellow through the California Art Council’s Arts Leadership Fellow Program.
Kaile Shilling
Executive Director
Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network
Los Angeles, California
@AIYNetwork


Kaile brings over fifteen years experience working in and with nonprofits, particularly those focused on building strong young people. Prior to the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, she served as the Executive Director for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, an organization serving hundreds of nonprofits across Los Angeles County. Her expertise lies in promoting networking and collaboration among community- and faith-based organizations and promoting cross-field dialogue and partnership. Prior to the VPC, Kaile worked at Homeboy Industries, one of the leading gang intervention agencies in the nation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she focused on the role of the arts as a means of expressing and shifting social values, and a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist Vince Beiser, and her two amazing kids.
The State of Cultural Equity in the Arts
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The arts community is grappling with cultural equity--catch up on the latest efforts and challenges in this session.

This session addresses issues of equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, leadership, public value, and research.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
Salem Tsegaye
Assistant Director, Arts Research Institute
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
Richmond, Virginia
Salem previously worked at The New York Community Trust, a community foundation, where she managed two collaborative funds, the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund, which supports arts and cultural advocacy, policy, and equity in the city, and the Fund for New Citizens, which supports immigrant rights advocacy, immigration legal services, and capacity-building for immigrant-led nonprofits. Prior to The Trust, Salem worked as a grant writer for the Queens Museum, and as a training and technical assistance provider for small and mid-size nonprofits in Washington D.C. She holds an MA in Design Studies from Parsons The New School for Design and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Salem currently serves on the editorial team for Createquity, an online blog that does research-backed investigations of important issues in the arts.
Tariana Navas-Nieves
Director, Cultural Affairs
Denver Arts & Venues, City & County of Denver
Denver, Colorado
As Director of Cultural Affairs for the City & County of Denver, Navas-Nieves oversees the city’s Public Art, Special Events, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III tax district funding, and the Arts Education Fund. She is also the Director for the McNichols Building arts center. The Public Art Department comprises the 1% for Public Art and the Urban Arts Fund, a graffiti prevention and youth development initiative. The Events Department is responsible for citywide programs including the Five Points Jazz Festival. Through Create Denver, she works to develop Denver’s art districts and creative businesses. Navas-Nieves is responsible for a series of funding programs including SCFD Tier III grants, working with City Council and the Denver County Cultural Council. She also oversees Arts Education initiatives such as the Cultural Field Trip Fund. She works to implement IMAGINE 2020, Denver’s Cultural Plan, and leads the Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity initiative for the agency.
Clayton Lord
Vice President of Local Arts Advancement
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@claytonlord


Clayton Lord is the vice president of local arts advancement for Americans for the Arts, where he oversees advocacy, capacity development and cohort building for local arts administrators and advocates in 5,000 communities across the United States. Prior to joining Americans for the Arts, Lord served for five years as the director of communications and audience development for Theatre Bay Area. At Americans for the Arts, the local arts advancement department aims to empower, educate, and support local arts leaders, public artists and arts administrators, emerging, mid-career, and executive leaders throughout the arts sector, arts marketers, and artist-activists as they work to be constantly relevant and transformative in the lives of American citizens and communities. Lord shepherds the New Community Visions Initiative, a multi-year effort to better understand and support the changing role of the arts and local arts agencies in American communities, and Americans for the Arts’ ongoing initiatives around cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is the chief architect of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and the Executive Leadership Forum at Sundance. Lord is a prolific writer, thinker, and speaker about the public value of the arts, and has written for ArtsLink, ARTSblog, Theatre Bay Area magazine, Stage Directions, InDance, The Voice, ArtsJournal, ArtsMarketing.org and others. He has edited and contributed to three books: Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of the Arts; Arts & America: Arts, Culture and the Future of America’s Communities; and To Change the Face & Heart of America: Selected Writings on the Arts and Communities, 1949-1992 and is working on the forthcoming New Community Visions: A Blueprint for 21st Century Arts-Based Community Development, due out in 2017. He holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Georgetown University, and lives with his husband and daughter in Maryland.
Charles G. Baldwin
Program Officer, Inclusive Design Initiative
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Boston, Massachusetts
@CGBdog


Charles G. Baldwin is the Program Officer for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Inclusive Design Initiative. For 15 years Charles was the Director of Marketing and Operations at Wheelock Family Theatre, a professional, Equity theatre in Boston committed to affordable, colorful, accessible theatre for children and families. He serves on the Executive Committee of CANE (Cultural Access New England) and was a founding member of TAMA (Theatre Artists Marketing Alliance). Charles has been a consultant to The Accessible Theater (2012-2015) and remains an active participant in the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Conference (Leadership Exchange for Arts and Disability).
Supporting the Creative Life Across the Political Spectrum
Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

The arts as a field are predominantly associated with liberal viewpoints, but we must support the creative life for all. How do we work on a bipartisan basis with all elected officials?

This session addresses issues of advocacy, arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, grantmaking, private sector engagement, public art, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
Antonio Allegretti
Executive Director
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
@theurbancore


Tony Allegretti has served as the Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville since 2014. From 2014 to 2016 the economic impact of grant funded organizations served by the Cultural Council has grown from $58,000,000 to $77,000,000, and from 21 organizations to 25. Art in Public Places has advocated and earned nearly $2 million in public art funding, including new works in underserved neighborhoods. This represents a nearly 5000% increase in public art investment from the previous decade. The Cultural Council has also invested more than $250,000 in grants and professional development to local artists and ushered in another $150,000 specifically for diversity and inclusion and access to art and culture for all. Previous to leading the Cultural Council, Tony has created multiple events including the First Wednesday Art Walk and was the founding manager of the Riverside Arts Market.
Sarah Gonzales Triplett
Director of Policy
Creative Many Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
@striplett


Sarah Gonzales Triplett, Director of Public Policy for Creative Many Michigan, strategically directs advocacy and public policy initiatives, leads research, communications, education, grassroots organizing and coalition building to advance policies and sustainable funding to build support for the arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries at the state and federal level. In addition, Triplett leads the development of the Creative State Michigan Nonprofit report which uses DataArts research to demonstrate the incredible impact Michigan’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations bring to Michigan’s economy, the vibrancy of our communities, education of our children and audiences of all ages. Triplett serves as a member of the State Arts Advocacy Network for Americans for the Arts and has been elected to serve on the SAAN Council for a three year term beginning in 2014-15. She joined Creative Many in 2013.

Mick Bullock
Public Affairs Director
National Conference of State Legislatures
Washington, District of Columbia
@mbullock80


Mick is the director of public affairs for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Bullock is based in the Washington, D.C. office and is responsible for NCSL's digital media, video and media relations.

Before joining NCSL, Bullock served as communications director for Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. He also served as Bryant's Communication Director for the offices of lieutenant governor and state auditor.

Bullock has more than 15 years of communications experience. He has served on the Mississippi crisis communications team following Hurricane Katrina and has served as the director of the National Lt. Governors Association Conference held in Mississippi in 2010.

Mick received his BA in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi and his MBA from Belhaven College.

Richard Stein
President & CEO
Arts Orange County
Irvine, California
@CAfortheArts


Rick is President & CEO of Arts Orange County, the official nonprofit countywide arts agency, located in Irvine, California, which provides a robust programmatic menu as well as consulting and project management services to a wide range of clients. Now completing his third term as President of the Boards of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, sister organizations building public will for the arts statewide, Rick helped lead successful advocacy efforts resulting in major funding increases for the California Arts Council as well as favorable arts legislation. During his long career as a theatre producer and director, he is known for transforming the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach over 17 years as its Executive Director into a major professional theatre. He holds degrees from Columbia and Syracuse Universities, served on the League of Resident Theatres Executive Committee, and has authored six articles for AMERICAN THEATRE magazine.

What the Arts Can Learn from Corporate Diversity Practices
Saturday, June 17, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
When it comes to diversity in hiring, internal policies, and leadership styles and structures, the arts sometimes have a lot to learn from the corporate space. In this session, hear from corporate diversity officers about their best practices in hiring and inclusion, broadening the leadership pipeline, engaging employees around inclusion in the workplace, ongoing diversity training, facing challenges, and what they think the arts can learn from corporate diversity practices.

This session addresses issues of capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
Floyd Green
Vice President, Community Relations and Urban Marketing
Aetna, Inc.
Hartford, Connecticut
Ruha Devanesan
Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Symantec Corp.
Mountain View, California
@ruhatd


Ruha Devanesan specializes in creating access for the disenfranchised, through law, technology and diversity initiatives. As Symantec's Manager of Global Diversity & Inclusion, she designs and executes strategies, policies and programs that help Symantec attract, retain and develop the best diverse talent in Cyber Security. Prior to joining Symantec, Ruha was Executive Director of the Internet Bar Organization, a nonprofit organization working to improve access to justice through technology through applied research in the fields of Online Dispute Resolution, mobile technology for dispute resolution, ICT4D, ICT4Peace and digital-economic inclusion for individuals in emerging economies. Ruha has a J.D. and Masters in International Relations from Boston University and is a former Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
Arts & Community: Preserving Arts & Culture Space
Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Preserving arts space in the face of massive, fast-moving gentrification is a huge challenge. Come hear how, in the middle of one of the hottest and most expensive real estate markets in the country, one team has made real progress in protecting and preserving cultural spaces.

This session addresses issues of capacity, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, leadereship, and public value.

This session is part of the Engaging Equity sessions.

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Presenters
Tom DeCaigny
Executive Director
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, Colorado
@TomDeCaigny


Tom DeCaigny is San Francisco’s Director of Cultural Affairs where he oversees the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts sector, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy. The SFAC is charged with overseeing the design quality of public infrastructure, stewarding over USD $8 million in annual grant investments and implementing San Francisco’s '2% for Art’ public art ordinance. Before being appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in 2012, Mr. DeCaigny served nine years as Executive Director of Performing Arts Workshop, a San Francisco-based organization dedicated to helping young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through the arts. Mr. DeCaigny currently serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Urban Arts Federation and has a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
John Rahaim
Director of Planning
City of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

John Rahaim is the Planning Director for the City and County of San Francisco. Mr. Rahaim is responsible for overseeing long range city planning, development entitlements and environmental reviews for most physical development in San Francisco. He was appointed Planning Director in January 2008.

Since Mr. Rahaim’s arrival, the San Francisco Planning Department has completed several comprehensive neighborhood plans, several neighborhood historic resource surveys, and updates to the City’s general plan. Major initiatives completed under Mr. Rahaim’s direction include the Transit Center District Plan, enabling a new high density core for Downtown San Francisco and the Better Streets Plan, a comprehensive strategy to upgrade the quality of the city’s public realm.

The Planning Department also plays a key role in the city’s strategy to accommodate the state’s High Speed Rail Corridor and regional planning efforts to address the nine-county region’s Sustainable Community Strategy. The ongoing work of the department includes reviews for 8000 projects per year, of which nearly 2000 require detailed review and analysis, more than any city in the US.

Mr. Rahaim started his professional career with the City of Pittsburgh’s Planning Department in 1984, where he later became the Associate Director for the department. He was in charge of development review and rewrote the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Rahaim moved to Seattle in 1999 where he became the founding Executive Director of CityDesign, Seattle’s Office of Urban Design, and the Executive Director of the Seattle Design Commission, the city’s primary design advisory panel for public projects and related urban design initiatives. In 2002, Mr. Rahaim later served as the Planning Director for the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development. During his tenure in Seattle, Mr. Rahaim managed the early stages of the Central Waterfront Plan and created the Center City Strategy for downtown Seattle and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Rahaim holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Public Service History
2008 – Present: Planning Director, City and County of San Francisco, Planning Department
2002 – 2007: Planning Director, City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
1984 – 1999: Associate Director, City of Pittsburgh, Planning Department

 

Moy Eng
Executive Director
Community Arts Stabilization Trust
San Francisco, California

Moy Eng brings over three decades of experience in the philanthropic sector as a grantmaker, consultant and senior manager in areas as diverse as arts, education, renewable energy, lesbian and gay rights, immigrant rights, and international human rights. Known for her visionary ability to identify and support progressive ideas, Moy has worked as a grantmaker in numerous foundations with assets ranging from $100 million to $7 billion. She directed the arts program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, investing in efforts that helped bring $800 million in new public sector funding for arts education to California schools. Moy also commissioned landmark research on the dynamics of the U.S. cultural ecosystem and the state of arts education in California, and supported efforts to build more than 750,000 square feet in new, affordable performing arts space across the San Francisco Bay region. Moy began her career in New York City in fundraising, working with both the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, attracting leadership support from American luminaries such as the late Reginald Lewis, and Harry and Julie Belafonte. Fortunate to live a life surrounded by beauty, Moy currently serves on the board of the Stanford Jazz Workshop, is a singer and lyricist, and the mother of two singular young women.

Session Theme: Building Skills

What are the primary skills needed for individuals to succeed in the arts today?
Lightning Round: Research Round-Up
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The annual tradition continues with lightning-fast research summaries from some of the best new research of the year!

This session addresses issues of research.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Presenters
Graciela Kahn
Research Manager
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Graciela holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Humanistic and Social Studies from the Universidad de Monterrey. Before joining Americans for the Arts she worked as a project manager for exhibitions at the Centro de las Artes in Monterrey, Mexico and at Future Tenant in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time at CMU she was contributor to the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory publishing on topics related to management, engagement and planning tools for small arts organizations.
Jean Johnstone
Executive Director
Teaching Artists Guild
Los Angeles, California
Todd Trebour
Program Coordinator
UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service
Amherst, Massachusetts
@operafox


Todd Trebour is the Program Coordinator for the UMass-Amherst Arts Extension Service (AES). Through his work at AES, Todd helps artists and arts students build vibrant careers and businesses through courses, trainings, and entrepreneurship programming. He works with arts organizations, local cultural councils, and city planners to bring training programs on business, marketing and entrepreneurship topics to artists. In addition to leading trainings, he teaches arts management and arts entrepreneurship courses on-campus and online. Todd also works with artists and arts organizations in Western Massachusetts to create equitable internship opportunities, and connects area college students with these opportunities through cross campus-community programming. He has also worked as a professional operatic performer and concert soloist, performing with companies throughout the United States and Canada. Todd is currently a Co-Chair of AFTA’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Council.
Sarah Lee
President
Slover Linett Audience Research
Chicago, Illinois
@SarahatSLAR


Sarah Lee is president of Slover Linett and guides the firm’s evolving exploration of cultural ecosystems, community and audience engagement, and organizational development and its relationship to social and civic impact. She designs research and evaluation studies that create new knowledge about community engagement and social impact for individual cultural and creative placemaking organizations and the field at large, leading Slover Linett’s work with the James Irvine Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is, most recently, the co-author of Setting the Stage for Community Change: Reflecting on Creative Placemaking Outcomes, a whitepaper for the Levitt Foundation. Before joining Slover Linett, Sarah completed doctoral coursework in urban and cultural policy, program evaluation, and econometric analysis at the University of Chicago, where she also earned her master’s degree. She earned her BA in government cum laude from Harvard University.
Jenna Gabriel
Manager, Special Education
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
Universal Design and Embracing Disability Within Equity
Friday, June 16, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
How can designers of cultural programs "bake in" program elements that will impact the most diverse audience?

This session addresses issues of accessibility, advocacy, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and public value.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Presenters
Judith Smith
Founder & Director
AXIS Dance Company
Oakland, California
@AXISDanceCo


JUDITH SMITH, Founder and Director of AXIS Dance Company, has earned an international reputation in the field of physically integrated dance. She has commissioned works by some of the nation’s best choreographers and composers and has helped develop one of the field’s most extensive integrated dance education/outreach programs. Judith has performed, taught and lectured nationally. She was honored with an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement in 2014, the O2 Initiatives Sabbatical Award in 2015 and in 2016 she was honored as one of Theatre Bay Area’s 40 people that have changed the face of Bay Area theatre. Judith is actively involved in thoroughbred racehorse rescue, raising butterflies and carriage driving with a team of horses.
John Killacky
Executive Director
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, Vermont
Creative Messaging to Pursue Arts-based Ballot Initiatives
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

How do you convince your community to allot more funding for the arts? Learn about messaging, creative partnership, and more from campaign leaders.

This session addresses issues of advocacy, community development, engagement, grantmaking, leadership, and public value.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Moderator
Jonathan Moscone
Director of Civic Engagement
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, California
Presenters
Karen Gahl-Mills
Executive Director
Cuyahoga Arts and Culture
Cleveland, Ohio
Sheila Smith
Executive Director
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts
St. Paul, Minnesota
@SheWhoTravels


Sheila M. Smith is the Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) which strengthens our cultural community by achieving arts friendly policy in Minnesota. As Chair of the Creative Minnesota Project, she produces important research about the arts and cultural community for education, policy making, and advocacy. She led the arts community into the successful 2008 statewide “Legacy” ballot campaign which created 25 years of dedicated funding for the arts through a constitutional amendment. An national expert in arts advocacy, Smith is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country including Grantmakers in the Arts and the Rural Arts Summit and has won several national awards for her work. She is the former Chair of AFTA’s State Arts Action League, and is the current Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota.
Lightning Round: The Evolution of Evaluation
Friday, June 16, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
We're all looking for new ways to evaluate the impact and value of our work. In this lightning round, catch up on evaluation related to public art, arts education, social impact, diversity, aesthetics, and more.

This session addresses issues of arts education, capacity, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, public art, and research.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Moderator
Pam Korza
Co-Director, Animating Democracy
Americans for the Arts
Amherst, Massachusetts
Pam Korza co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. She co-wrote Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture, and the Arts & Civic Engagement Tool Kit. She co-edited Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art & Civic Dialogue, as well as the five-book Case Studies from Animating Democracy. She has consulted and offered workshops and presentations on arts and civic engagement for artists, cultural organizations, funders, and at cross-sector gatherings across the country and in China and South Korea. Pam is co-chair of the Assessing Practices in Public Scholarship research group for Imagining America (IA), a consortium of colleges and universities that advances public scholarship in the humanities, arts, and design and was a two-term member of IA’s National Advisory Board. As a consultant, Pam has partnered with Barbara Schaffer Bacon in organizational planning, program design and evaluation for cultural organizations, state arts agencies, and private foundations. She began her career with the Arts Extension Service (AES)/UMass where she coordinated the National Public Art Policy Project and co-wrote and edited Going Public: A field guide to developments in art in public places. She also directed the New England Film & Video Festival.
Presenters
Jeremy Liu
Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development
PolicyLink
Oakland, California
@jeremycliu


Jeremy Liu invents, samples, and remixes creative practices for equitable community development, from neighborhood film festivals to digital solutions for generating empathy and linguistic access; from real estate development to building social enterprises that create vital career ladders; and from artist-led community planning to adventurous campaigns for elected office that crack open leadership opportunities. He is a 2005 Artadia Award winner and his work has been exhibited in museums and art centers nationally. He is a co-founder of Creative Ecology Partners, an art and design studio for economic and community development innovation that developed the Creative Determinants of Health framework and created the National Bitter Melon Council to address social bitterness through the literal and poetic potential of Momordica charantia. As the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture and Equitable Development at PolicyLink, he is guiding a national initiative to integrate arts and culture into the work of equitable development.
Kamella Tate
Owner/Principal
KTA/LLC
Valley Village, California
@kamellatate


Dr. Tate is the owner/principal of KTA/LLC, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides research, program design, evaluation, and fund development services to community nonprofits in the arts, healthcare, and education sectors. Clients have included City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Film Independent, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, LA County Arts Commission, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, T.H.E. Health & Wellness Centers, and Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, among others. She has served as senior staff at The Music Center, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Shakespeare Orange County, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California, Claremont Graduate University, and Chapman University. Dr. Tate also designs and teaches customized workshops in research methods and program evaluation throughout Los Angeles, working with practitioners, funders, and policy makers. She holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and a doctorate in educational psychology from USC.
Nicole Upton
Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning
Ingenuity
Chicago, Illinois
@LosurdoNicole


Nicole Upton is Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning at Ingenuity where she develops sector-wide strategies to strengthen student learning in and through the arts. She works with both Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chicago’s arts and cultural community to build capacity, strengthen leadership and facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing within and among organizations. Previously, she served the CPS Department of Arts Education overseeing arts curriculum, instruction and assessment initiatives, professional development, partnerships and strategic planning for the arts and CPS Arts Education Plan implementation. She has also served as the Senior Director of Education at the Auditorium Theatre, Program Director and Drama Director at a sleep away camp, as a director and stage manager, and as a high school theatre teacher.

Nicole holds a BA in Comprehensive Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University and a MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Patricia Moore Shaffer
Deputy Director, Research & Analysis
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia
@edevaluator


Patricia Moore Shaffer, Ph.D., is Deputy Director for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis. She has led over forty program evaluations ranging from national evaluation studies conducted for federal agencies including the Library of Congress and NASA to smaller-scale research and evaluation studies for state and local government agencies and nonprofit organizations. At the NEA, Patricia is leading work on the development of a theory of change and measurement model for the agency’s creative placemaking initiative, Our Town, and also directing an evaluation study of the Poetry Out Loud program. Prior to her work as an evaluator, she worked as an arts educator and administrator for nearly 20 years. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary, with undergraduate studies in the visual arts. She serves as Communications Chair for the Washington Evaluators.
The Future of Community Investment and the LAA
Saturday, June 17, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

LAAs must look beyond grantmaking to creative community investment to be relevant to the full creative spectrum, but what does that mean? Explore options and hear about exemplar programs to take back home.

This session addresses issues of community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, grantmaking, and private sector engagement.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Presenters
Carl Atiya Swanson
Associate Director
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, Minnesota
@SpringboardArts


Carl Atiya Swanson is Springboard for the Arts' Associate Director, working on Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. Swanson previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and founded Crown & Sparrow, a boutique communications consulting firm specializing in work with artists. He is a theatermaker and is on the board of the Dissonance, advocating for mental health and wellness in creativity. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Dan Bowers
President
ArtsBuild
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dan Bowers has been President of ArtsBuild in Chattanooga, TN, for nine years. Bowers has spent his career in nonprofit fundraising. Prior to joining ArtsBuild he was president of the Memorial Hospital Foundation from 2001 to 2007. Prior to that Bowers spent 22 years with United Ways, serving as Executive Director of the United Way in Gadsden, AL, from 1980 to 1988. He served the United Way of Greater Chattanooga from 1988 to 2001, six years as the organization’s Campaign Director and eight years as its President. During his tenure at ArtsBuild, the organization spearheaded a community-wide cultural planning initiative, Imagine Chattanooga 20/20. This planning effort not only created a vision for the arts in the Chattanooga area, but also helped transform ArtsBuild, which was rebranded in 2012 from its former identity as Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. ArtsBuild has broadened its mission and deepened its involvement in community development.
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer
Executive Director
Queens Council on the Arts
Queens, New York
@QCAsocial


Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts. As a lifelong Queens resident, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to mobilize and transform community. She is a blogger who writes style notes for people who change the world at http://hoongyee.com and works with social media and web properties to create investable spaces for nonprofits. She is the author and illustrator of Rabbit Mooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children published by Little, Brown & Company. Her second book, Little Ghost Dumplings is in development. Hoong Yee is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Hoong Yee is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway, Queens where they live with their three children, Mikki, Remy & Sky.

Tobi Becerra
Philanthropy Advisor
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Mountain View, California
@tobi_becerra


As a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Tobi facilitates joyful giving to individual donors by supporting their philanthropic goals and deepening their engagement. Tobi helps manage unique donor engagement events, as well as the foundation’s Donor Circle for the Arts. Tobi has over a dozen years of experience in nonprofits, ranging from the development and implementation of aesthetic education programs in K-12 schools, managing a professional contemporary dance company, and higher education administration. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre and dance from Chapman University, a certificate in dance from Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, a certificate in nonprofit management from SUNY Purchase, and will complete her masters in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University in 2018.
Supporting Art's Role in Moments of Civil Unrest
Saturday, June 17, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

With so much natural and human-caused uncertainty in communities now, it's important for nexus organizations to have a plan for supporting artistic response and resilience. Join this session to learn how to support your community and leverage a response network.

This session addresses issues of accessibility, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, and leadership.

This session is part of the Building Skills sessions.

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Presenters
Carl Atiya Swanson
Associate Director
Springboard for the Arts
St. Paul, Minnesota
@SpringboardArts


Carl Atiya Swanson is Springboard for the Arts' Associate Director, working on Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. Swanson previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and founded Crown & Sparrow, a boutique communications consulting firm specializing in work with artists. He is a theatermaker and is on the board of the Dissonance, advocating for mental health and wellness in creativity. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Kibibi Ajanku
Arts Activist
Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Baltimore, Maryland
@KibibiAjanku


Kibibi Ajanku’s passion for art was nurtured in Baltimore, and commenced as a journey originating with the study of movement, as well as training in performing and visual arts, deepening into an exploration, execution, and profound passion for ethnically charged art forms. Ajanku believes when presented properly, art is a perfect vehicle in forward motion to greater global community intercultural awareness. As a result, she is continuously involved in programming that expands awareness, builds insight, and connects people. As a senior staff member of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, her primary responsibility is the management of the Urban Arts Leadership Program initiative that offers a tangible step to creating and widening the arts sector administrative pipeline for a diverse pool of emerging arts trailblazers. Ajanku matriculated at Morgan State University, holds a Maryland Institute College of Art Curatorial Practice MFA, and is an Urban Arts Professor at Coppin State University.
Roberto Bedoya
Cultural Affairs Manager
City of Oakland
Oakland, California