Schedule

The following content will be available for on-demand digital access from June 16, 2022 to September 16, 2022. All sessions were recorded at the 2022 Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, May 18-20, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Mainstage

Arts and Culture at the Crossroads
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What does it mean to come together, acknowledge history, imagine the future, and carry forward together? Find out in our opening keynote, featuring remarks from author and playwright R. Eric Thomas and Congresswoman and arts champion Teresa Leger Fernández. In addition, explore the cultural history of Washington, D.C., from its Indigenous peoples to its long African-American legacy, see the debut of an exciting new version of the Arts + Social Impact Explorer, and hear from Americans for the Arts President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens about the principles guiding Americans for the Arts forward and the transformative change the field is undergoing. All of that opened by a rousing welcome from D.C.'s own Crush Funk Brass!

R. Eric Thomas, author, biographer, playwright, and columnist
Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández, Representative (D-New Mexico), U.S. House of Representatives (pre-recorded remarks)
Nolen V. Bivens, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Debra Garcia y Griego, Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Andrea Noble, Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts
Heran Sereke-Brhan, Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities
Clay Lord, Vice President of Strategic Impact, Americans for the Arts

Ruby Lopez Harper, Vice President of Equity and Local Arts Engagement, Americans for the Arts

Artistic Performance by Crush Funk Brass

Location: Regency Ballroom

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

NEA Grants: Overview of Opportunities
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Join us to learn more about funding programs available through the National Endowment for the Arts. We’ll introduce the basics of National Endowment for the Arts grant programs, the application process, and review criteria, including answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Michael Orlove, Director of State, Regional, & Local Partnerships, National Endowment for the Arts
Lara Holman Garritano, State and Regional Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts

Location: Ambassador Ballroom

Public Art and Its Impact on Community Recovery and Regeneration
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Recovery from the global pandemic will demand ambitious strategies and tactics. No one alive has experienced what we are all going through. Beyond mitigating the immediate impacts of the pandemic, the cities' response will also determine social and economic outcomes for years to come. In this sense, the characteristics of response strategies now, open up possibilities for very different futures. What is the role of public art in the opportunity for recovery and regeneration? Discover how cities large and small are using public art as a catalyst to jump-start economies and inspire communities. Learn about the impact of public art projects and how cities use art and creativity to recover, regenerate and build momentum for the future.

Nick Anderson, Senior Associate, Creative Strategies, UAP (Urban Art Projects)
Umbereen Inayet, Programming Supervisor, City of Toronto Economic Development, Arts & Culture Division
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Artist/Owner, Flash Sideways Studio
Tamsin Dillon, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park

Location: Empire Ballroom

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Midday Mainstage

Public Art and Civic Design in a Transforming Country
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After lunch, come together in a midday general session and keynote presentation featuring the 2022 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize for Public Art and Civic Design winner in dialogue with well-known researcher and creative placemaking expert Juanita Hardy. During this session, we will also celebrate some of our 2022 Leadership Award winners. This session will be opened with a special poetry set given by former D.C. Youth Poet Laureate Marjan Naderi!

Justin Chapman, Director, Skanska USA
Jorge and Darlene Pérez, founders, 
The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation (pre-recorded remarks)
Patricia Walsh, Director, Creative Community Advancement, Americans for the Arts

Artistic performance by Marjan Naderi and Josh Schwarz

Location: Regency Ballroom

2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Breakout Sessions

Research Round-Up
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This annual tradition is an opportunity for attendees to see lightning-fast summaries about some of the best and most relevant arts research produced during the past year. Meet the researchers and take the first step in learning how to apply their work in your community. Lightning-fast presentations will include research on COVID-19’s impact on audiences, artists, and funding, as well as data on the impact of local arts agencies, new economic information from the NEA, and more!

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research, Americans for the Arts
Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Jill Sonke, Director, Center for the Arts in Medicine, University of Florida College of the Arts
Zannie Voss, Director, SMU DataArts
David Andersson, Arts Team, Bloomberg Associates
Steven Wolff, Principal, AMS Planning & Research

Location: Ambassador Ballroom

Transforming Cultural Impact through Social Innovation
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The year 2020 was marked by a flurry of new and renewed commitments to social justice across organizations in the cultural sector. Institutions of all sizes took an interest in engaging new communities with a focus on people from Black communities, Indigenous communities, and other communities of color. Subsequently, those working across the sector have found themselves lacking the tools, systems, and understanding necessary to achieve the goals of engagement and impact. A new, more equitable and innovative approach to cultural impact is needed. A social innovation mindset and practice can support institutions looking to grow and sustain an authentic commitment to community. This session offers a tangible framework that sets the stage for active listening, systems interventions, intentionality, and impact measurement.

Dr. Karisa Antonio, Director of Social Innovation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Claudie Mabry, Director of Social Innovation, Kaufman Music Center

Location: Empire Ballroom

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Disrupting Philanthropy by Watering the Seeds of Creativity
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This session will share the path, process, and lessons learned over an 18-month timeframe in redistributing $2.7 million to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists, culture bearers, and organizations. The Waterers are disruptors of philanthropy that stemmed out of Local Control, Local Fields, an initiative of ArtPlace America and people-powered process, led by grassroots Assemblies in six geographies, which shaped the use of a funding pool to further strengthen their local creative place-tending field of practice. The Upper Midwest Assembly entrusted the Waterers to steward funds for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native Nations as colonized into 3 states by scores of treaties, centering BIPOC creatives as leaders. This session explores the Waterers’ gift-making strategy, including nuances and complexities of this region and in investing in small, local, and the non-colonial, as well as embracing a vision for transformative impact and lasting change.

John Davis, Leadership Team, Waterers.org
Michelle Dubray, Leadership Team, Waterers.org / Director, Pinto Horse Woman Consulting

Location: Ambassador Ballroom

The Future of For- and Nonprofit Arts Relationships
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The COVID-19 pandemic brought a unique and unprecedented opportunity for the for-profit entertainment industries and nonprofit arts and culture institutions to come together to collectively advocate for and secure relief funding for their live entertainment related businesses, organizations, artists, and creative workers. As the field moves into a new world, what’s next? CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), SVOG (Shuttered Venue Operating Grant), and ARPA (American Recovery Plan Act) funds largely dissolved existing dividing lines of eligibility. Are these relationships rooted, or did they arise solely in a time of crisis? Is there a future where the nonprofit and for-profit arts worlds are linked? In this session, attendees will hear from a local music venue owner, an advocate for cross-sector relief, and national for-profit business associations to explore where creative economy partners can go from here.

Frank Cullen, Jr., Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Audrey Fix Schaefer, Director of Communications, I.M.P. / VP of the Board of Directors, National Independent Venue Association

Taneshia Nash Laird, President and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall

Location: Empire Ballroom

Friday, May 20, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Morning Mainstage

Hopes, Dreams, and Goals as Part of the Americans for the Arts Strategic Realignment Process
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In this interactive mainstage presentation and conversation with you, Americans for the Arts staff and board members, supported by Hope Nation and Arts Consulting Group, will share the steps we are taking to strategically realign the organization and plan for the future and will lead a fun, arts-centric collaborative process with attendees to look toward the future, map the hopes and dreams of the field, and celebrate our shared, ongoing transformation. Using the frames of Appreciative Inquiry, attendees will have the opportunity not only to weigh in on the future form and function of Americans for the Arts, but to share their own hopes, dreams, and goals for their organization and community.

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts (pre-recorded remarks)
Michelle Boone, President and CEO, Poetry Foundation; member of the board, Americans for the Arts

Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research, Americans for the Arts
Daniel Fitzmaurice, Chief of Staff, Americans for the Arts
Heather Flanagan, Senior Coordinator, Leadership Alliances, Americans for the Arts
April Harris, Creative Forces Project Operations and Federal Grant Administrator, Americans for the Arts
Ruby Lopez Harper, Vice President of Equity and Local Arts Engagement, Americans for the Arts
Laura Martin, Executive Office Manager, Americans for the Arts
Marissa Shadburn, Senior Coordinator, Creative Community Advancement, Americans for the Arts
Genna Styles-Lyas, AEP6 Director, Community Engagement & Equity, Americans for the Arts
Adrianne Troilo, Vice President, People & Culture, Americans for the Arts
Patricia Walsh, Director, Creative Community Advancement, Americans for the Arts

Artistic presentation from Coral Morphologic

Location: Regency Ballroom

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Principles and Purpose of Trauma Informed Arts & Organizations
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The global refugee crisis and COVID-19 are leaving an indelible mark on the 21st century. Leaders tasked with nurturing the well-being and equitable empowerment of communities are increasingly highlighting the impact of trauma-causing events such as the pandemic, refugee crisis, and systemic oppression on communities, artists, and organizations. Events such as the pandemic have changed the purpose, design, and delivery of the arts, opening a path for art, arts education practices, and organizations to address the social and cultural challenges communities and individuals face. The arts are increasingly moving into positions of social activism and creative facilitation by working within communities to mitigate trauma, foster empathy, and nurture intercultural competence. This session will investigate how trauma informed arts practices and organizations honor the diverse experiences individuals bring to the arts; ways the arts can nurture growth, equity, and diversity; the impact of primary and vicarious trauma; and how the arts are used as tools of recovery and resiliency.

Dr. Kyna Elliott, Ph.D., Executive Director, Global Arts Creative

Location: Empire Ballroom

We Are Bound: What Is Needed to Improve Treatment of Creative Workers
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COVID-19 devastated the creative economy and hit creative workers particularly hard. But the truth is that all that devastation was in part the product of chronic and systemic inequitable treatment of creative workers by public policymakers, cultural organizations, and funders—often unknowingly (and/or unwillingly) abetted by creative workers themselves. In this session, learn about We Are Bound, a multi-part research, policy, and sector transformation project that questions why the creative sector is in constant need of relief, how public policy can be shifted to improve support for independent workers, and what steps the cultural sector needs to take to equitably care for the humans that make up its backbone.

Lisa Yancey, President, Yancey Consulting
Raquel Farrell-Kirk, Art Therapist/Researcher, American Art Therapy Association
Stacey M. Kesten, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, Collaborators Consulting Group

Clay Lord, Vice President of Strategic Impact, Americans for the Arts

Location: Ambassador Ballroom

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Midday Mainstage

Culturebearers Transforming Communities
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What could two dance artists—Charya Burt, a classical Cambodian dancer and Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas, a Chicago Footwork street dancer—possibly have in common?  Besides being culture bearers and innovators of their forms, they are fiercely committed change makers in their communities. Selected as co-recipients of the 2022 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities, don’t miss this conversation about how these radically different dance forms function as cultural grounding in their communities. Hear how both work as teaching artists with youth and community members to heal generational trauma resulting from the Cambodian genocide and issues of violence, policing, and environmental racism in Chicago. Be uplifted by a fascinating “dance dialogue” where Charya and Mad Dog explore the meaning behind their movement.  Moderated by Roko Kawai, dancer, choreographer, and youth worker.   

Charya Burt, Cambodian Classical Dance master and choreographer
Christopher "Mad Dog" Thomas, Chicago Footwork street dancer
Roko Kawai, dancer/choreographer, youth worker

Artistic performance by Charya Burt and Christopher "Mad Dog" Thomas

Location: Regency Ballroom

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Advocacy for What Matters (to You)
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Ever wonder how to get in front of your elected officials and successfully bring your agenda to life? This session is a crash course in meeting with elected officials with clarity, confidence, and your agenda. Attendees will focus on the process, practice, and simple tools to support your work in your community. Bring your ideas, pitches, or sketches of what you and your community want/need, and we will talk in real terms and real time about how to get on the agenda and get results. This session will cover how to find who to speak with, how to get on their calendar, how to frame your ask, and how to close (aka how to get what you want/need).

Shani Harris-Bagwell, Consultant, Bagwell Consulting

Location: Empire Ballroom

Social Justice as a Foundation for Engaging the Community
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This session is a discussion about the value and impact of social justice initiatives as a forum for activation in at the local level. What is relevant to people today? How can arts audiences be more connected? How do we deepen relevancy to the arts organizations? Join this interactive dialogue to explore how you and your organization can more deeply connect your arts-related work to broader social justice movements.

Donna Walker-Kuhne, President, Walker Communications Group

Location: Ambassador Ballroom

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Mainstage

Onward Together
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What comes next for the field, for creative workers, and for the country? How do we progress with humility but also with fortitude? How do we work to fix inequitable systems within our field and also help a country in need of healing to heal? In this closing keynote, poet and Kennedy Center Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings the Convention to a powerful, lyrical close meditating on these and other questions of what it takes to truly go onward together. Following Bamuthi's remarks, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Nolen V. Bivens summarizes the last three days and sends you on your way! All of this preceded by Rogue Collective, a tech-infused string quartet like nothing you've ever seen!

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, poet, Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact, Kennedy Center
Nolen V. Bivens, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts

Artistic performance by Rogue Collective

Location: Regency Ballroom