Preconferences and Workshop Intensives

Before the main Convention, attend one of three preconferences for an additional in-depth learning experience around a specific topic. The preconferences take place Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17.

 

PRECONFERENCES


Becoming a Better Arts Leader
Knowing Yourself, Nurturing Your Organization, and Taking Care

Leadership starts with knowledge of self—your values, emotions, and communication style. Gain practical skills to become a self-aware leader no matter your role or title and help establish stability in your organization and your career. This preconference is curated by Beth Kanter, internationally recognized trainer, blogger, and author.

Becoming a Better Arts Leader begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. This preconference will take place at Boston University.


 




21st Century Community Visions
How Can Local Arts Agencies Transform Communities Through the Arts?

Every community is made up of, and impacted by, many different contributors—related to social justice, the environment, faith, culture and heritage, the economy and workforce, innovation, education, health and wellness, the military, and infrastructure. The arts have a role to play in all of them. But what does that look like? Join this special one-time preconference to explore how your local arts agency can harness #ArtsAnd thinking to transform systems, impact outcomes, and increase participation to create healthier, more vibrant, more equitable communities for tomorrow.

21st Century Community Visions is part of the New Community Visions Initiative, a two-year set of activities to explore how the arts can be more relevant to healthy, vibrant, equitable communities.

21st Century Community Visions begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. This preconference will take place at the Sheraton Boston, the Convention headquarters.

 



The Present & Presence of Public Art
Exploring the Role of Art in Communities

The presence of public art in a community space, landscape, city-scape, or rural environment visually impacts how a place is perceived and used by the community. As vehicles for this impact, artists and administrators need to understand present day concerns and what it takes to develop a public art project. Explore the role art plays in a community from the longevity and care of an artwork, how the community engages with the selection process, and unique funding opportunities. During public art tours, visit locations around Boston that emphasize unique trends happening in public art today. Walk away from your preconference experience with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing public art today, as well as the tools and knowledge that strengthen and grow your work in your community.

The Present & Presence of Public Art begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. This preconference will primarily take place at the Sheraton Boston, the Convention headquarters, with special public art tours occurring throughout Boston.

 



Preconference Party!
Preconference attendees are invited to a special networking event Thursday evening at the beautiful Citi Performing Arts Center, in downtown Boston.