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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Workshop

The Workshop format an opportunity for one person to lead a group of attendees in a college-style seminar and hands-on learning activity. Approximately half of the session should be training and providing examples, and the other half should be devoted to a multi-part exercise that allows attendees to develop an actionable plan for tackling an issue they're having in their organization.
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