Sessions by Type

Case Studies

The Case Study is a fast-format session (40 minutes) designed, as the name implies, as an opportunity to present a single case study illustrative of the topic. Case studies panelists should represent a breadth of the partners involved in the topic, drawn from the arts and beyond.
Case Study: Space to Create Colorado
Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Explore rural economic development in the arts through creative sector housing initiatives. This case study highlights Space to Create Colorado, the first state driven initiative for affordable housing for artists and creative sector workers in the nation. This public/private sector model engages government, communities, and private foundations around the issue ofaffordable housing in rural and small towns including the role of artists. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about the connections between arts and housing.
  2. Get an idea of the complex partnerships necessary to pursue meaningful arts and housing work.
  3. Adapt or adopt a successful state-level arts and housing effort.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Case Study: MAPC's Arts & Planning Toolkit
Friday, June 15, 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Urban planners have immense influence in shaping the built environment through policy and planning. This case study exlores how the arts can be made an integral part of the development and implementation of plans and policies for vibrant and healthy communities. Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Arts and Planning Toolkit is a case study-based resource for planners and other government staff interested in innovating their planning and community development work through projects and partnerships that engage the creative community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to appeal to the interests of urban planners and others implementing governmental policies supportive of the arts.
  2. Explore the various goals that different partners (public/private, for profit/not for profit) have for the same project to satisfy these multiple objectives.
  3. Hear how to set up an artist-in-residence program in a government agency.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Case Study: Fires of Change
Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 5:10 pm

Strong partnerships between the LAA and non-arts agencies are crucial to the health of your community. This case study explores Flagstaff Arts Council's project "Fires of Change," in which they partnered with science agencies, tribal governments, universities and health care agencies to explore the issue of wildfires in the American West.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to partner with non-arts groups in your community to address crucial or controversial issues through the arts.
  2. Explore the skills needed by LAA administrators, the artists involved, and the non-arts partners for successful cross-sector partnership.
  3. Discuss how to identify strong threads of community concern and develop methods of evaluating your impact.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Case Study: Vision Zero
Friday, June 15, 5:20 pm - 6:00 pm

How can the arts make streets and pedestrian traffic safer? In this case study, hear about WalkDenver and the Vision Zero Coalition—a set of arts projects that emotionally and visually engaged community members to raise awareness of traffic safety and work towards eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Denver.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the main components of Vision Zero and the goals of the Vision Zero Coalition.
  2. Hear about the community-driven design process that led to this year's Community Art Project.
  3. See how to engage community, private sector, and government organizations in progressing "arts and" issues to make safer communities.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Clinic

The Clinic is a special 3-hour, in-depth training opportunity. People interested must join at the beginning of the training--and during the 3 hours will experience hand-on exercises, gather best practices, and come up with a plan of action.
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Discussion

The Discussion format is an opportunity for a moderator and 3-4 discussion leaders to engage a group of attendees in a framed discussion. The moderator and discussion leaders each very briefly speak about their thoughts on the core topic, and then the moderator then facilitates a full group discussion among a circle of attendees.
Artistic Approaches to Community Health
Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The health and vibrancy of a community is directly tied to the health, vibrancy, and equity of its members. In this session, hear from artists, public health leaders, and arts leaders about arts approaches to promote equity and to further public health goals, community member engagement, and the role of artists and creative workers as change agents for community well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand of effective techniques to build trust between arts and non-arts groups, as well as between artists and community members.
  2. Gain concrete tools and examples to evaluate and implement cross-sector partnerships related to community health.
  3. Map the various individuals and institutions that need to come together to promote equity and public health, as well as current challenges and strategies.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Reconsidering the Concept of the "Anchor Institution"
Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

What is an "anchor institution" and how do they impact communities? When a community transforms, does an anchor stay an anchor simply by inertia? How do we encourage meaningful, equitable community partnership from anchors, with a focus on the restructuring of systems?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss what defines an "anchor" institution, and how such institutions can be evaluated over time to ensure they continue to live up to those responsibilities.
  2. Explore systemic challenges that advantage certain organizations and disadvantage others.
  3. Consider the other non-arts anchors in any community, and how arts organizations do and do not fit into such a definition—and how they can nevertheless work in partnership for the good of the community overall.

 

This session is part of the Culture and Community sessions.

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Programming and Funding Public Art in Rural Places
Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Rural communities are increasing hotbeds of creative and innovative public art, but such work comes with a set of unique challenges and advantages. This discussin will explore how small cities and towns can maximize the good and mitigate the bad when it comes to rural public art and placemaking.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore creative ways to engage rural community members in public art processes.
  2. Learn methods to do quality and meaningful projects on small budgets.
  3. Tap into your local talent to engage and help emerging local artists interesting in breaking into public art.

 

This session is part of the Investment (Including and Beyond Grantmaking) sessions.

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Collaborative Evaluation of LAAs to Improve Public Value and Impact
Saturday, June 16, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

There is often only one local arts agency in any given community, which can make it difficult to gauge how well your programs and services are working, to find examples of new innovations to try out, and to explain your relevance to your community leadership. In this discussion session, brainstorm with Americans for the Arts and local arts leaders on what a unified evaluation tool for local arts agencies might look like.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore how your community and your decisionmakers value and evaluate your work, and identify gaps in your ability to explain your impact.
  2. Brainstorm on what a connected set of metrics, and a way of comparing your LAA's work to others', would yield.
  3. Discuss the different needs and goals of urban and rural, small and large, and differently-formatted LAAs, and how to reconcile to a central set of evaluation tools.

 

This session is part of the Communicating Our Value sessions.

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Encouraging Community Connection and Addressing Alienation through Art
Saturday, June 16, 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Loneliness and isolation are driving issues among older adults, those with major illness, caregivers, and active and retired military. Connecting with community is crucial to our collective health. The arts have a lot to offer, and the support of nexus organizations to create partnerships, provide and encourage funding, and make the case is paramount. Join this session to find out more!

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about the major challenge of loneliness and isolation among "at risk" populations including the elderly, those with major illness, and their caregivers, and the role the arts can play in addressing that challenge.
  2. See case studies of arts-based intervention in action, and hear how you can adopt or adapt similar programs at home.
  3. Gather resources on the intersection of arts and health, including particularly arts resources for addressing loneliness.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community PartnershipCross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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Artists with Disabilities on Creating an Equitable, Accessible Tomorrow
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

There is a large gulf between seats and stages. Accessibility for audiences is becoming a hot topic, but targeted resources, support, professional development, and performing/exhibiting opportunities for artists with disabilities are relatively rare. In this session, artists speak about how they made inroads in a challenging environment and how they (and we) are paving and can continue to pave the way for artists with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand public programming strategies to raise awareness of disability culture.
  2. Learn directly from the experience of artists with disabilities about their needs and goals.
  3. Explore how making accessibility a priority creates better experiences for people both with and without disabilities.

 

This session is part of the Equity and Engagement sessions.

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Championing the Arts in Addressing Community Trauma
Saturday, June 16, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

In the aftermath of community tragedy—whether natural or manmade—there is a tremendous amount of trauma. How can the arts rise to meet that trauma and heal? This discussion session explores how personal artistic practice, public art, and collaborative conversations around trauma, memory, and history can begin the process of healing a community's spirit after destruction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear examples of personal artistic practice merged with community needs, drawing on the materials, the place, and the memories of the trauma to manage it.
  2. Learn how art can unite a shocked community together to create goals, define a vision, fundraise, as an inclusive community building experience.
  3. Discuss the importance of being sensitive to cultural differences, heightened emotions, and the many different ways that people process grief, pain, and trauma.

 

This session is part of the Culture and Community sessions.

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Supporting the Mental Health of Artists Working with Vulnerable Populations
Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Artists who make work with vulnerable populations often witness, evoke, and hold space for emotional processes. While gifted their practice, artists can also feel out of depth when participants are processing trauma through their work. Mental health aid, self-care, and education around trauma are important services to offer artists in these spaces so that they can confidently care for both their participants and themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about holding emotional space in an artistic process, drawing boundaries with participants, and supporting artists in their specific skillsets.
  2. Gain practical learnings about how local arts agencies can serve as direct and indirect support to artists who work in psychologically challenging situations.
  3. Explore self-care and self-assessment protocols for mental health, as well as strategies for identifying at-risk individuals and resources for supporting them.

 

This session is part of the Culture and CommunityCulture and Community sessions.

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Threads: Emerging Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Emerging Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Threads: Mid-Career Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Mid-Career Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Threads: Arts Education Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:50 am - 10:30 am

Arts Education Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your arts education peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Threads: Rural Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:50 am - 10:30 am

Rural Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your rural peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Interactive

The Interactive format is a freer format session designed to break people out of their more traditional ways of engaging. One to two moderators oversee this session, which can range from broad brainstorming to interactive exercises.
Designing Arts Experiences with the Impact Echo in Mind
Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

As arts organizations continue to move into the realm of resident engagement in neighborhoods, there are lessons for leaders on designing art engagements that reverberate after the event to move residents to action. At the workshop, you will hear from artists and producers about their experience co-designing art with the community and whether they succeeded in creating art that lead to positive change or policy outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore a human-centric approach to art and equitable development.
  2. Come away with tools for how to engage artists and communities in envisioning and moving the future of their communities forward in an equitable way.
  3. Understand more deeply how participants can use an arts strategy to ignite a discussion that will lead to positive change and policy outcomes, after the art intervention ends.

 

This session is part of the Communicating Our Value sessions.

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Lightning Round

The Lightning Round format is an opportunity for attendees to hear concise, results- and replication-oriented presentations on innovations happening in the arts and culture field across the United States. It features one moderator and a number of attendees, each of whom will be allotted a strictly-limited seven minutes to present a PowerPoint-based presentation.
Lightning Round: Research Round-Up
Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The annual tradition continues with lightning-fast research summaries from some of the best new research of the year! Moderated by Americans for the Arts' Randy Cohen, this is a can't-miss selection of new arts research!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear disparate new research, including on philanthropy in the South, the "permaculture" of the arts, disruptive philanthropy, creative placemaking, and equity in funding.
  2. Explore interconnections with the presenters, and brainstorm what the findings mean to your work.
  3. Learn about what new research is emerging, and what to expect.

 

This session is part of the Communicating Our Value sessions.

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Lightning Round: Social Impact Showcase
Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Catch a new Lightning Round devoted to showcasing and discussing new tools, materials, and research related to social impact advocacy arguments for arts and culture! Moderated by Regina Smith of the Kresge Foundation, this session will give you insight into how this part of the field continues to evolve, and how you can take advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about Americans for the Arts' new Social Impact Explorer, a free online tool designed to make it quick and easy to see the impact the arts have on other sectors.
  2. Hear about leading research work in the arena of social impact and how it is starting to inform communities and practices.
  3. See concrete information and advocacy materials crafted by local arts agencies to tell the social impact story of the arts.

 

This session is part of the Communicating Our ValueCommunicating Our Value sessions.

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Threads Sessions

Each Threads Session is 40 minutes long, and is meant as an opportunity for the AFTA staffmember to facilitate reflection and connection about the Convention learning experiences of those in the room.
Threads: Emerging Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Emerging Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Threads: Mid-Career Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:00 am - 9:40 am

Mid-Career Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Threads: Rural Leaders
Sunday, June 17, 9:50 am - 10:30 am

Rural Arts Leaders, sign up for your topic-specific FREE Threads when you register! Join with your rural peers in this special close-out session to discuss what you have seen and learned at the 2018 Annual Convention!

 

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Panel

The Panel format is the most traditional format at Convention. It features a moderator and 3-4 panelists, who sit on a raised stage with microphones and the ability to give PowerPoint presentations. The moderator, who will also participate as a presenter, threads the presentations together and leads a Q&A at the end.
Meet & Ask the NEA
Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Catch this update to the annual “Meet the NEA” session, including a broader overview of the types of federal resources (money and otherwise) that are relevant to the work of local arts agencies and arts organizations. NEA staff will provide an overview of the 2018 NEA grant programs, and then highlight a variety of multi-sector projects that have made use of additional federal resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand annual funding opportunities offered by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the ability to have questions answered directly by NEA grants staff.
  2. Learn about federal resources beyond the NEA that are available for arts and creative placemaking projects.
  3. Hear case study/project highlights about projects by local arts agencies and arts organizations that have successfully combined NEA funds with other federal resources for multi-sector efforts.

 

This session is part of the Investment (Including and Beyond Grantmaking) sessions.

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Monuments, Public Memory, and the Artist
Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Memorial projects, particularly now, are complex endeavors filled with many unanticipated and sensitive challenges. These challenges exist from the first spark of an until long after the project is completed, and flow alongside changing community needs, social mores, and shifting understandings of historical and cultural narrative. This session will explore the various thorny to consider when commissioning, decommissioning, and everything in between.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the high-stakes and unique issues associated with memorial projects, and find common best practices among what must be a broad and disparate set of stories.
  2. Learn to balance the expectations and needs of a shifting community, government policy, artist's rights, and the demands of history.
  3. Consider the systemic reality that has led to certain narratives trumping others, and how to dismantle and reconsider the power, impact, and nature of public monuments.

 

This session is part of the Equity and Engagement sessions.

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Funding, Innovating, and Evaluating at the "Arts And" Intersection
Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Success in work at the "arts and" intersection—also called social impact work—requires a thoughtful mix of funding, partnership development, program innovation, and evaluation. In this session, learn more about different examples along that pipeline, including from funders, local arts agencies, and non-arts partners.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the types of innovative funding models that are starting to appear to support "arts and" partnership work.
  2. Hear about innovative "arts and" partnerships that maximized the strengths of all involved and yielded strong community impacts.
  3. Learn how to place evaluation at the center of your work, to ensure that you are always able to move--and measure--towards the shared goals of the project.

 

This session is part of the Communicating Our Value sessions.

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Moving Arts Education & Public Art Partnerships Forward
Friday, June 15, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

In this third and final installment of the annual Arts Education & Public Art series, hear about what we've learned and explore some specific, replicable examples of crossover between public art and arts education.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore three years of conversation and research about the intersection of public art and arts education.
  2. Hear concrete case studies of examples at the arts education/public art intersection.
  3. Map next steps, including access to a network of others interested in working more deeply at this intersection.

 

This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.

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