Schedule

Thursday, June 25, 2020

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Advocating to key policymakers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be.

Advocating to key policymakers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In this special pre-event workshop, Americans for the Arts’ experts will walk you through how to use your individual story, the latest research and data, and some easy tips and tricks to engage with decisionmakers at the federal, state, and local level. You’ll engage in interactive workshops and discussions with fellow arts advocates-in-training and practice your angles, pitches, and messaging. Learn the how-to’s of connecting with your elected officials, reaching out effectively, saying the right thing in the room, and maintaining these crucial relationships over time. Whether you are a community organizer, arts administrator, nonprofit leader, or a dynamic changemaker in your own right, “Anyone Can Be an Arts Advocate” will equip you to be the best advocate you can be.

Who should attend: This pre-event workshop is for new or new-at-heart arts advocates looking for the skills to talk to their local, state, and/or federal elected officials—whether that’s a member of the school board or your U.S. Congressperson.

Optional free add-on: Put Your Skills into Practice on Capitol Hill: All attendees of this workshop will have the option to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday afternoon after the workshop to put your new skills into practice. To join this Hill component, attendees must also participate in one additional, virtual, free pre-training prior to arriving in Washington, DC. More information about that pre-training will be provided following registration for the Workshop.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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The Monument Lab considers what is an appropriate approach to monuments in the contemporary city. In partnership with Americans for…

The Monument Lab considers what is an appropriate approach to monuments in the contemporary city. In partnership with Americans for the Arts, Monument Lab will lead a preconference workshop to explore process, participation, and power in public art. In this moment of reinvention for the public monument, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory. Their methods include building prototype monuments, lead participatory open research initiatives, and convene memory workers in public spaces across cities with the goal to critically engage the public art we have inherited to reimagine public spaces through narratives of social justice and equity.

Who should attend: This workshop is designed for anyone working in public engagement and collective memory including public art administrators, artists, arts and culture leaders, placemakers and keepers, municipal agents, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear from a range of Monument Lab partners, fellows and other leaders from the field who will explore and engage participants around the central themes of the workshop
  • Learn about frameworks for municipal art offices and cultural organizations to explore new opportunities for process-based participation and outcomes for their work
  • Engage in a group charette through recent case studies from the field to seek breakthroughs while addressing inequities, parameters, and accountability measures
  • Be provided an opportunity for participants to identify exploratory pathways and actionable next steps in their own communities and within their own work.

Friday, June 26, 2020

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Affinity Group

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As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as equity allies to this affinity group.

As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as equity allies to this affinity group. Those not identifying as equity allies are encouraged to attend one of the other affinity groups taking place at various points in the conference, and/or the panel discussion "What Are Affinity Groups and Why Are They Useful?"

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet and engage with other equity allies working in the arts.
  • Cultivate a stronger understanding of what it means to be an equity ally in the arts and learn strategies to encourage systemic change towards equity.
  • Share issues and concerns, as well as advice and mutual support, related being an equity ally in the arts.

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As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as people of color to this affinity group.

As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as people of color to this affinity group. Those not identifying as people of color are encouraged to attend one of the other affinity groups taking place at various points in the conference, and/or the panel discussion "What Are Affinity Groups and Why Are They Useful?"

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet and engage with other people of color working in the arts.
  • Cultivate intergenerational understanding and learn strategies to activate a personal career support system.
  • Share issues and concerns, as well as advice and mutual support, related to the unique challenges of being a person of color in the arts.

Networking

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First time at the Annual Convention, or simply want to meet new people in a casual, fun environment? Join us for the Newcomers and New-at-Heart…

First time at the Annual Convention, or simply want to meet new people in a casual, fun environment? Join us for the Newcomers and New-at-Heart Meet-and-Greet to find a conference buddy, meet rising talent, and get your energy going before the conference kicks off!

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet new people!
  • Learn more about what the Annual Convention is, who attends, and explore the schedule of events.
  • Pick up some new ice-breaker exercises to take back home.

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Looking for a more low-key opportunity to meet some new people and talk about common interests? Get an early start on the Annual Convention by…

Looking for a more low-key opportunity to meet some new people and talk about common interests? Get an early start on the Annual Convention by joining the Convention Roundtables, where the topics run from serious to absurd to DIY, and you can find new friends without a single ice-breaker!

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet new people!
  • Connect with other people interested in common topics, learn and share.
  • Mix and mingle at your own pace, and start the Convention with a few new folks to say hi to along the way.

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First time at the Public Art & Civic Design Conference, or simply want to meet new people in a casual, fun environment? Join us for the…

First time at the Public Art & Civic Design Conference, or simply want to meet new people in a casual, fun environment? Join us for the Newcomers and New-at-Heart Meet-and-Greet to find a conference buddy, meet rising talent, and get your energy going before the conference kicks off! 

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet new people!
  • Learn more about what the Public Art & Civic Design Conference is, who attends, and explore the schedule of events.
  • Pick up some new ice-breaker exercises to take back home.

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Interactive icon Interactive

Looking for a more low-key opportunity to meet some new people and talk about common interests?

Looking for a more low-key opportunity to meet some new people and talk about common interests? Get an early start on the Public Art & Civic Design Conference by joining the Roundtables, where the topics run from serious to absurd to DIY, and you can find new friends without a single ice-breaker! 

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet new people!
  • Connect with other people interested in common topics, learn and share.
  • Mix and mingle at your own pace, and start the Convention with a few new folks to say hi to along the way.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Session

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We’ve all heard someone in our community say, “How much did the City pay for that artwork?!” Public art in civic projects often gets the short…

We’ve all heard someone in our community say, “How much did the City pay for that artwork?!” Public art in civic projects often gets the short shrift. There is much competition for those limited resources making it difficult to accommodate the creation and maintenance of public art. Three planners with experience in different geographic regions, community scales, and public art organizations will discuss how to communicate value to decision makers and build community support where public art and civic design intersect. The session will include examples and lessons learned at three phases of a project lifespan – the cultural plan, initial project planning phase, and project evaluation. The discussion will include community engagement to develop support from the public and elected officials. The discussion will also consider different analytical frameworks for “flagship” and “community” public art projects in terms of project goals, evaluation, and community outcomes. The take-away from this session is that planning-based strategies such as partnerships, inclusivity, and context-sensitivity foster project buy-in and convey value.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand a variety of planning-based strategies about context and project type to convey value of public art projects to decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Better understand value-added partnerships and be able to identify potential partners for public artwork creation and implementation to foster community support.
  • Take away tools to set up a successful public art projects with the goals of inclusion, community buy-in, and communicating value.

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Diversity in candidate identification, cultivation, and recruitment is a major topic in the arts and culture sector, yet many job seekers and…

Diversity in candidate identification, cultivation, and recruitment is a major topic in the arts and culture sector, yet many job seekers and employers continue to find the path difficult to navigate. Whether you are recruiting for your organization or seeking your next career transition, this session will help you address the challenges you may face with minimizing unconscious hiring bias, changing your organizational culture, and embracing opportunities for professional growth. This IDEAS-focused session will address these and many other important issues in a robust and interactive discussion format.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn simple techniques to remove unconscious (or implicit) bias during the recruitment process for hiring managers and board members.
  • Gain a practical framework to educate, discuss, and ultimately transform organizational hiring culture.
  • Know, as a possible job-seeker, your strengths and strategies to be best positioned for professional development and advancement.

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Your board or commission minds the mission and drives formal and informal policy for your organization, which means that their biases and…

Your board or commission minds the mission and drives formal and informal policy for your organization, which means that their biases and privileges can crop up in all sorts of ways when you're trying to pursue equity. In this workshop, learn how to begin and continue supporting your board/commission in becoming allies and not just allowing but encouraging a "policy reset" that prioritizes equity and a new way of working.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear the demographics and surface the power dynamics associated with the majority of today's arts boards/commissions.
  • Gain tools and worksheets for helping your board or commission members become more aware of power, bias, and privilege, and how that plays into policymaking.
  • Map out a series of next steps that you can use when you get back home to support a transforming in how your board/commission thinks and acts.

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In local, state, and federal departments of transportation, agriculture, education, military, health, justice, workforce development and more,…

In local, state, and federal departments of transportation, agriculture, education, military, health, justice, workforce development and more, untapped billions of dollars in prospective funding for the arts sits, just waiting for the right series of conversations, policy proposals, and research to cross the right desk. In this discussion session, hear examples of how those exchanges can happen, the time and patience involved in getting them to take root, and the challenges and opportunities that present themselves when the funds become more available.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about ways local, state, and federal peers have tapped arts funds in partnership with non-arts entities.
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of framing the arts as part of tackling non-arts issues.
  • Think about how you can identify the non-arts areas that are most pressing in your communities, and what models might allow for arts-inclusive policy solutions.

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Since 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts has supported over 580 local creative placemaking project grants via the Our Town grant program.

Since 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts has supported over 580 local creative placemaking project grants via the Our Town grant program. Our Town supports partnerships between local governments (or federally recognized tribal governments) and nonprofit cultural organizations to strengthen their communities via arts, culture and design activities. This session will feature trends in the field of creative placemaking, reflecting on the critical role that artists and designers have played in galvanizing communities to drive systems change on the local level. The panel will feature the perspectives of two unique local creative placemaking projects, with representation from both the artist/designer and local government partnership.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the unique ways in which artists and designers drive local change
  • Understand what it takes to structure a successful local government/artist partnership
  • Learn about long-term impacts resulting from short-term creative placemaking projects

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How can an artist’s voice amplify forgotten, overlooked, or marginalized community stories? How can a rigorous artistic practice uncover and…

How can an artist’s voice amplify forgotten, overlooked, or marginalized community stories? How can a rigorous artistic practice uncover and meaningfully manifest collective memories of place and home? How can the public display of community memory raise awareness of historic wrongs, build empathy for marginalized peoples, and instill a greater understanding of shared humanity? In this session, three multidisciplinary artists will discuss intimate and long-term collaborations with community-based organizations in the Pittsburgh region, facilitated by the Office of Public Art, that resulted in public artworks that amplify unheard, underrepresented, or marginalized narratives. Through large-scale, muralistic photo collages, an analog graphic display board, and an immersive theater experience, respectively, these three artists inscribed the stories of their collaborating communities in the public consciousness and expressed the power of art to represent collective experience. In the historically Black neighborhood of the Hill District, artist and multimedia producer Njaimeh Njie collaborated with the Hill House Association to gather oral histories, photographs, and archival materials from dozens of residents, libraries, and archives. Njie created richly layered, large-scale, muralistic photographic installations on public facades of a neighborhood that has faced structural and institutional racism and disinvestment. Her Homecoming: Hill District, USA and companion website centers the voice of the community, authentically reflecting a people’s history of the Hill District. Multidisciplinary visual artist John Peña led recurring story-sharing sessions with the senior residents at the Larimer Consensus Group, who felt their memories were being erased by time and rapid redevelopment. Peña worked with the residents to install a literal platform for their forgotten histories in the form of a call-and-response analog visual display. Titled Larimer Stories, this artwork displays first person memories of this racially and economically diverse neighborhood. Over the course of a year, the text on the displays changed every two weeks, allowing a narrative of the neighborhood to unfold in time and space. Playwright Molly Rice collaborated with newly arrived Afghan women refugees through a two year artist residency with the resettlement program at the Northern Area Multi Service Center. Rice came to understand the deep connection for these women between their memories of home and the tastes and smells of their regional cuisine. With the women, she co-created an immersive theater experience, titled Khūrākī, that combined first-person actor portrayals of the womens’ stories of their home country with food that was prepared onsite by the women themselves and even served to the audience by the women’s children. The project continues to resonate as Rice supports the women in efforts to build entrepreneurship skills and start their own catering business. In order to authentically research, develop, and represent collective memory, each artist underwent an intensive process that involved trust-building, community and stakeholder engagement, and ongoing communication and project management. This process, managed by the Office of Public Art (OPA), placed each artist either in residency or in close collaboration with a partnering community-based organization. Hear from OPA on the development and implementation of these processes and from the artists on both the challenges they faced and the successes they enjoyed. Arts administrators, artists, and creative professionals seeking to create, develop, or learn more about artist-community collaborations are welcome and encouraged to bring questions of their own to this panel-style session. Time will be held at the end of the session for learning from each other and acknowledging the expertise in the room.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and evaluate aspects of critical creative practice that contribute to authentic engagement, relationship- and trust-building, and community buy-in for works of public art.

  • Recognize common themes in process and project management that support meaningful, positive, and productive outcomes for artists, community members, and arts administrators.

  • Understand the artist’s point of view through three firsthand accounts from a playwright, a multimedia producer, and a visual artist about the processes and practices behind the creation of three diverse public artworks that illuminate and center the collective memories of underrepresented and marginalized communities.

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As ArtPlace America winds down its 10-year, transformative efforts in the arts and culture sector, gather to hear from the staff about what they've…

As ArtPlace America winds down its 10-year, transformative efforts in the arts and culture sector, gather to hear from the staff about what they've accomplished, what they're hoping comes next, and where they see the field going from here.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the founding, activities, and goals of ArtPlace America.
  • Hear about some of the current and former strategies ArtPlace employed to drive conversation about creative placemaking.
  • Explore together what the next steps for the creative placemaking movement art as ArtPlace sunsets.

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Technology-based public artworks are often characterized by having a durational element, such as sound, performance, light, or movement, that…

Technology-based public artworks are often characterized by having a durational element, such as sound, performance, light, or movement, that unfolds to the viewer over time via slide, film, video, software, or the internet. Since these artworks are subject to technical and technological obsolescence, it is often left to the art administrator to identify, acknowledge, and respect the conceptual nature of these works. Presenters will share processes, challenges, lessons learned and successes in adapting and responding to these increasingly common forms of public art. During the second half of the session, the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share their experiences working with tech-based public art.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the big-picture needs of impending projects, particularly as it relates to the preparation, care, and management of tech-based public artworks.
  • Plan for the various aspects related to the commissioning of a tech-based artwork, such as how to successfully assess materials and document the creative process.
  • Learn how emerging modes of collaboration between artists, conservators, art historians, technical experts and curators can help advance the field.

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Soft power is when people or organizations use things like arts and culture to attract and co-opt others, rather than coerce. It can be both…

Soft power is when people or organizations use things like arts and culture to attract and co-opt others, rather than coerce. It can be both lucrative and dangerous for arts groups and artists. How can arts agencies and cultural institutions navigate the opportunities and challenges connected to soft power goals?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what soft power is and why arts and culture are central to its success.
  • Hear how both arts agencies and cultural institutions have navigated soft power-related funding opportunities.
  • Explore how to keep clear of any controversies or antithetical outcomes from donors seeking soft power influence.

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Affinity Group

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An Affinity Group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest—but what are they for? How do they work? What…

An Affinity Group is a group of faculty and staff linked by a common purpose, ideology, or interest—but what are they for? How do they work? What should you know before considering starting one in your organization or community?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn more about diversity/equity/inclusion-related Affinity Groups and how they work, and how to make sure they're productive and positive components of your organization.
  • Discuss the concept of "white space" and other dominant frameworks that pervade most spaces, and how Affinity Groups address such frameworks.
  • Explore how to engage with those who find affinity groups uncomfortable.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Breakout Session

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This session will emphasize how choosing the right fabricator is essential to the successful realization of public artwork, as is knowing the full-…

This session will emphasize how choosing the right fabricator is essential to the successful realization of public artwork, as is knowing the full-range of services fabricators can often provide. Through discussing a range of fabricator examples and public projects, the aim of this panel is to illuminate the many fabrication services artists can take advantage of when applying for, and executing, large-scale public artworks, such as fabrication services that help best steward time, energy and funding, and services that benefit both the well-established and emerging artists, public art agencies, associated project constituents, and the project itself. The advantageous services to be discussed will include project management, installation consultation, technical design assistance and the enhancement of RFP submissions. By locating and then collaborating with full-service fabricators, artists can focus on making art and finding new opportunities for public art commissions while resting in the knowledge that their trusted fabrication partner has their eye on the timeline, budget and other project complexities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the benefits of entrusting a fabricator with total project management. From watching project timelines and budgets to being the “go-to” and innovative problem-solver for unforeseen challenges, entrusting a fabricator with these tasks frees artists to focus on the creative aspects of the project as well look for new work.
  • Learn how artists new to public art can increase their total portfolio on RFP submission by teaming with an experienced fabricator, thereby increasing their chances for securing large commissions, as well as broadening the range of artists public agencies can consider.
  • Learn the benefits of working with fabricators who have deep technical experience. Such fabricators can guide artists on the complexities of large-scale work, thereby helping them understand better both the limitations and possibilities, as well as helping increase perceived manageability of the work.

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By replacing competition, politics, greed, and maps, with collaboration, art-making, and empathy community engagement becomes inclusive, equitable…

By replacing competition, politics, greed, and maps, with collaboration, art-making, and empathy community engagement becomes inclusive, equitable, and meaningful. Place It! creates a safe space for visual and spatial thinkers, youth, women, non-native English speakers, and other underrepresented communities to express themselves in new ways. By using storytelling, objects, and sensory experiences this method quickly builds consensus to find common values, and solutions through the participants memories, needs, and aspirations. This interactive session will teach participants this method and how it has been applied to develop various projects and plans across the US.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to incorporate Place It! into the municipal urban planning process to develop policies, zoning, develops, and projects that reflect community values and long-term community preservation.
  • Learn how to humanize the technical planning process in order to engage underrepresented communities and tap into their core values to change planning outcomes.
  • Learn how to increase the public’s urban planning capacity, build social cohesion, and encourage self-determination as well.

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Racism is baked into the structure and model of foundation giving - including that of local, county, and state arts agencies.

Racism is baked into the structure and model of foundation giving - including that of local, county, and state arts agencies. In this session, participants will briefly learn the history behind the funding structures we have today, hear about session leaders experiences or aspirations in restructuring their general operating support programs, share their own experiences, and then be led through an exercise to get in the shoes of your community members.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history behind the funding structures we have today.
  • Hear from session leaders (and one another) on their experiences or aspirations in restructuring their general operating support programs in their communities.
  • Through role play, learn about the barriers to change and how you might effectively negotiate these barriers with grantees, community members, and others.

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The traditional values at the center of Native communities are a touchstone for many people seeking peace, unity, and justice in these uncertain…

The traditional values at the center of Native communities are a touchstone for many people seeking peace, unity, and justice in these uncertain times. This session will provide a primer and tools for the uninitiated and a deeper dive for those with previous experience in cross-cultural collaboration, in a safe space for asking those difficult questions. Topics covered will include land acknowledgment and beyond; welcome to country/land; protocols for welcoming international Indigenous artists; indigenizing your concept of time; making place and indigenizing space; decolonization; and cross-cultural communication.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build knowledge about why and how to value and acknowledge the arts and culture of Indigenous people locally, nationally (Native Americans) and internationally.
  • Identify strategies to address challenges that affect inclusion and equity for Indigenous artists and their work.
  • Learn the core concepts of Indigenous protocol.

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Last year news broke that the Chicago Public Library intended to deaccession and send to auction a painting by Kerry James Marshall with proceeds…

Last year news broke that the Chicago Public Library intended to deaccession and send to auction a painting by Kerry James Marshall with proceeds going toward the expansion of a library and establishment of a new public art to support public art projects in underserved communities. Earlier this year the San Francisco Unified School District voted to destroy an important series of murals at a local high school originally commissioned by the U.S. government under a New Deal-era art program and painted by artist Victor Arnautoff. These news headlines have sparked a firestorm of controversy within the art world and are the latest in a wave of public art conundrums that have come under public scrutiny and demonstrates that there is a continuum of opinions when it comes to the applicability of professional standards, especially those concerning stewardship, deaccessioning and disposal. A panel of experts will explain the legal and ethical rationales regarding deaccessioning and disposal, clarify misconceptions, and address current issues in collection stewardship. During the second half of the session the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share their solutions to similar challenges. The goal for the session is to encourage open dialog and create an environment that empowers public art administrators to find solutions to these challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain deeper insight about recent controversies and strengthen your ability to assess options for resolving future collections conundrums.
  • Become better able to articulate the ethical arguments for and against deaccessioning and disposal and acknowledge the changing needs of the public, provoking methodologies for future sustainability.
  • Learn that resolutions don’t always come in black and white and that they require creative thinking.

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How do you get people who are not on your boat onboard when it comes to the usefulness, value, and impact of arts and culture on communities?

How do you get people who are not on your boat onboard when it comes to the usefulness, value, and impact of arts and culture on communities? In this workshop, learn to match what you have to what they need,use language that they understand, and back it up--and then go practice with a special "escalator pitch" session!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what framing science is and how it is applicable for the arts--particularly when it comes to the arts and other community issues.
  • Explore actual case studies and go step-by-step through why they succeeded or failed.
  • Map out your strategies for communicating the value of the arts in your community, and try them out on fellow participants.

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Arts organizations often come to businesses with their hand out asking for funding support instead of approaching them with mutually-beneficial…

Arts organizations often come to businesses with their hand out asking for funding support instead of approaching them with mutually-beneficial opportunity. In this discussion, explore how you can “flip the script” and meet prospective business partners where they are by speaking in their language, about their interests. Learn how help your corporate colleagues think about the arts as a way to meet their business goals, not just a place for charity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to be more effective at engaging the corporate sector in your communities.
  • Learn about tools and best practice examples that spotlight exemplary innovative arts and business partnerships.
  • Explore how to adjust a pitch or ask into an approach focused around reciprocal benefit, partnership, innovation and their business goals.

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Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? Small group conversations will introduce the basics of National Endowment for the…

Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? Small group conversations will introduce the basics of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding programs, the application process, and review criteria, including answers to the most frequently asked questions. Plus, pitch your idea to get specific feedback and guidance from NEA staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain detailed understanding of the various NEA grant opportunities, categories, and deadlines.
  • Interact with NEA staff in small groups to ask project-specific questions, hear answers to frequently asked questions, and pitch their project idea for guidance and feedback.
  • Leave ready to apply to NEA grant programs.

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Public Art can be explicitly created to respond to or commemorate a person or place, which is viewed as relevant to a social group as part of their…

Public Art can be explicitly created to respond to or commemorate a person or place, which is viewed as relevant to a social group as part of their remembrance of historic times or cultural heritage. Throughout the 20th century and to the present, public art in America has represented a limited cultural scope that has lacked indigenous perspectives. In this panel, speakers will address the topic within the context of their work with indigenous groups; discuss changing strategies of representation and best practices for respectful outreach and collaboration. During the second half of the session the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share insights on consultation with indigenous communities. The goal for the session is to encourage open dialog and create an environment that empowers public art administrators to better understand how the past continues to influence contemporary issues, changing demographics and the natural environment, and encourages critical thinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Sharpen their strategic approach to building a relationship between their agency, staff, and indigenous communities and become better able to dialogue and collaborate with local indigenous communities to increase respect and understanding.
  • Hear lessons learned and frameworks for using indigenous cultural material, and interacting with indigenous communities.
  • Formulate creative programming ideas to foster community engagement, and explore how a “typical” public art process can be expanded to better incorporate external constituents.

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National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a great way to dramatically increase the visibility of arts and culture in your community by…

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a great way to dramatically increase the visibility of arts and culture in your community by leveraging Americans for the Arts' NAHM programming. Creative Conversations, an Americans for the Arts program annually championed and provided with a theme every year by the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council during NAHM, is one easy and flexible way to amplify arts and culture, and create and strengthen connections within - and outside - of your arts community. In this session, you will learn how to host a Creative Conversation and how to integrate it into a complex NAHM campaign connected with Americans for the Arts channels. You will leave with your own draft of a NAHM campaign for your community. Workshop leaders will also briefly share their own experiences of successfully using Creative Conversations as a centerpiece of their NAHM programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what a Creative Conversation is and how to host one.
  • Explore how to integrate Creative Conversations into a complex NAHM campaign connected with Americans for the Arts channels.
  • Develop a draft of a NAHM campaign for their community

Saturday, June 27, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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In this session, learn how you can use your individual story to engage with decisionmakers, what types of outreach are most effective, and how to…

In this session, learn how you can use your individual story to engage with decisionmakers, what types of outreach are most effective, and how to maintain relationships with decisionmakers and other stakeholders. Leave this session equipped to be the best arts advocate you can be.

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How do we help our boards succeed in a time of heightened anxiety, when non-profit and government organizations are subject to greater public…

How do we help our boards succeed in a time of heightened anxiety, when non-profit and government organizations are subject to greater public scrutiny – and criticism – than many of us have seen before? In this session, two veteran non-profit leaders, Dave Lawrence and Karen Gahl-Mills, will facilitate a candid conversation about boards and uncertainty, with the objective of creating a set of tools for both non-profit executives and board members that can be applied to organizations and boards of all sizes. We will explore questions such as: What is the leader’s role in managing board anxiety? How can we help some of our most dedicated volunteers stay the course when they are faced with unpleasant public scrutiny? How can we, as non-profit leaders, empower our boards during times of crisis?

Learning Objectives:

  • How to better understand the dynamics at play when a board faces a challenge
  • How to objectively reflect on and interpret their own board challenges
  • How to construct and apply a set of practical tools to apply to future situations
  • Attendees will build a network of support that they can draw on in the future

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Food is viscerally associated with memories, place, traditions, and personal and collective history. For refugees and migrants, it can be a source of…

Food is viscerally associated with memories, place, traditions, and personal and collective history. For refugees and migrants, it can be a source of solace or a survival necessity, allow them to tell their own stories, and shift discussion from the system to the people. This session brings together a diverse group of panelists who have been involved with projects that use food and art to document refugee and migrant experiences, foster conversation, and connect people across generations and cultures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the nuances of refugee/migrant experiences and the importance of art in healing, empowering, and connecting displaced communities.
  • See how food can be used as a source of artistic inspiration and cultural expression for refugee/migrant communities.
  • Learn how arts advocates and practitioners can develop culturally-relevant programming that helps to elevate refugee/migrant voices and stories.

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The majority of state legislatures are red. In this session, three veterans of arts advocacy in red states, as well as current and former…

The majority of state legislatures are red. In this session, three veterans of arts advocacy in red states, as well as current and former conservative elected officials, will teach attendees how and why it’s worth making their case for the arts to conservatives, and how to do it best.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand your advocacy strategies and vocabulary.
  • Learn how to make “frenemies" and work with people who don’t want to be worked with.
  • Learn from current/past elected officials on how best to make your case for the arts.

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Chambers of Commerce are (or should be) important partners in making the case for arts and culture as both an economic and social impact driver. In…

Chambers of Commerce are (or should be) important partners in making the case for arts and culture as both an economic and social impact driver. In this session, hear examples of great partnerships between arts groups, agencies, and chambers of commerce, and explore how you can enhance your own!

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Public Art & Civic Design Tours

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Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone Museum is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a…

Guided by the personal vision of its founders, Glenstone Museum is a place that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape into a serene and contemplative environment in a series of refined indoor and outdoor spaces designed to facilitate meaningful encounters. Led by Paul Tukey, Chief Sustainability Officer, Glenstone Museum, this talk and tour will begin and end at Glenstone Museum’s Environmental Center, the organization’s education center, for a review of Glenstone’s sustainable practices. Glenstone’s award-winning architecture has been designed to integrate into the landscape, which is interspersed with artworks, and the entire 300-acre campus is maintained with 100 percent organic, natural protocols. Wear stout walking shoes!

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

Learning Objectives:

  • How we can adapt sustainable practices in our own homes and businesses through hands-on presentations and exhibits focusing on some of Glenstone’s efforts, including: organic landscaping, composting recycling, reforestation, management of invasive species , stream restoration and water management
  • Learn environmentally sustainable practices
  • Learn how to implement projects, with specific examples from experts in sustainability practice

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This tour provides a deep dive into what it takes to develop public art projects transit and transportation projects in Northern Virginia.

This tour provides a deep dive into what it takes to develop public art projects transit and transportation projects in Northern Virginia.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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This tour will take conference attendees through both a contemporary and historical view of gender and representation in public spaces. We will…

This tour will take conference attendees through both a contemporary and historical view of gender and representation in public spaces. We will tour recent projects and initiatives as well as historical examples. While the tour will explore sites and projects specific to Washington, D.C., it will also take a broader view to encourage participants to think about representation and public space their own cities and towns across America. Projects toured will include the following:

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) New York Avenue Sculpture Project, the only public space in Washington, D.C. dedicated to featuring a changing installation of contemporary works by women artists. This program currently features work by artist Betsabeé Romero and this section of the tour will be led by a representative of NMWA.
  • Artworks by contemporary artists Maren Hassinger and Rania Hassan that are part of a public art initiative along Connecticut Avenue in D.C.’s central business district. These temporary works were created through a partnership with the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and the Golden Triangle BID. This portion of the tour will be led by Dorothy Moss, curator at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and Karyn Miller, the Golden Triangle BID’s curator.
  • A tour of the Joan of Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park which is often cited as one of the just five statues depicting women in Washington, D.C. This segment of the tour will be led by Nora Heimann, an art historian and Joan of Arc scholar.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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Over the last ten years, cultural institutions across the US have been re-thinking the traditional visitor experience, and finding new ways to…

Over the last ten years, cultural institutions across the US have been re-thinking the traditional visitor experience, and finding new ways to engage audiences as cultural participants, not passive consumers. Public art, which once implied monumental, permanent works such as statues and murals, today can also mean performance, video, temporary installations, and more. At a time when cultural institutions are rethinking inclusion, public libraries offer a powerful opportunity to lower barriers to access. In this tour, participants will explore the public art program at DC Public Library by exploring a select number of neighborhood libraries, including permanent outdoor and indoor works and live programming. To start of the tour, Library leadership will preview plans for public art in the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, and join in curatorial conversation about the role of art in public libraries today.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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D.C. has a lot to offer in the ways of sight-seeing. During this tour, attendees will be provided with instructions for a self-guided tour that…

D.C. has a lot to offer in the ways of sight-seeing. During this tour, attendees will be provided with instructions for a self-guided tour that will take them to see some of the arts and cultural sites around the area.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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Arts organizations and artists have a crucial role to play in energizing people in their communities around registering to vote and getting to the…

Arts organizations and artists have a crucial role to play in energizing people in their communities around registering to vote and getting to the polls--particularly this year! In this session, learn about innovative arts- and creativity-based campaigns designed to encourage civic engagement, drive community dialogue, and get out the vote.

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Through targeted investment and engagement, funders and arts organizations can create opportunities for artists with disabilities and increase access…

Through targeted investment and engagement, funders and arts organizations can create opportunities for artists with disabilities and increase access to the arts. Join us for an interactive conversation on how funders and arts organizations have deepened their work with artists and audiences with disabilities in their communities, and how your organization can ensure that people with disabilities are a part of the work at every stage in the process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn best practices for creating programs and funding opportunities that can improve access to the arts for people with disabilities in their community.
  • Explore how to bring people with disabilities to the table as part of your decision-making to make richer and more successful engagement and better overall outcomes.
  • Learn how to partner with organizations in the disability community to create the most meaningful engagement and a stronger impact on people with disabilities.

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The "creative economy" is a multi-faceted thing. Who's in, who's out? How many dollars does it generate--and when do those dollars start and stop…

The "creative economy" is a multi-faceted thing. Who's in, who's out? How many dollars does it generate--and when do those dollars start and stop being the result of "creativity?" What are the ingredients in a community that can foster a healthy, inclusive creative economy? How do you begin to measure impact? In this session, try to get some clarity!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about different definitions, research studies, and indicators that can be used to define the creative economy.
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities that exist to define the creative economy, and where the arts fit into the puzzle
  • Learn about models and recommendations from creative economy practitioners, and how their viewing different issues related to definitions, economic impact and value, and supporting artists and creative workers.

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The U.S., generally, is a practical nation--that's part of why economic and social impact, which ties so closely to practical and measurable outcomes…

The U.S., generally, is a practical nation--that's part of why economic and social impact, which ties so closely to practical and measurable outcomes, has so much traction. But how do we make sure that, in touting out usefulness and instrumentality, we keep focused on the art, too? Catch this debate/discussion about finding a balance.

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How can communities activate vacant storefronts using arts and culture? What barriers might they encounter and how can they overcome them? How can…

How can communities activate vacant storefronts using arts and culture? What barriers might they encounter and how can they overcome them? How can arts and culture projects in vacant storefront fit into wider community economic development strategies? In this engaging panel, panelists will share their experiences bringing vacant storefronts to life using arts and culture. They will share challenges, how they came to solutions, and how these efforts contributed to a larger community economic development goals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Experience a variety of ways communities have activated vacant storefronts using arts and culture.
  • Learn how community members have successfully navigated challenges to activate vacant storefronts using arts and culture.
  • Understand how communities activate vacant storefronts with arts and culture as part of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort to achieve multiple community economic development goals.

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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D.C. has a lot to offer in the ways of sight-seeing. During this tour, attendees will be provided with instructions for a self-guided tour that…

D.C. has a lot to offer in the ways of sight-seeing. During this tour, attendees will be provided with instructions for a self-guided tour that will take them to see some of the arts and cultural sites around the area.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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Nationwide, states and municipalities use Arts and Entertainment Districts as tools to foster economic development-based engagement with the arts.

Nationwide, states and municipalities use Arts and Entertainment Districts as tools to foster economic development-based engagement with the arts. However, as arts venues are often featured as drivers of the development, artists are often left to face the pressures of gentrification with limited support. The Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County is unique in being centered on artists and artistic production, with a small number of presenting organizations working in support of artists, rather than the other way around. Aimed at sustaining support for creative producers, the Gateway Arts District is also exemplary in leveraging a high concentration of artists who have worked closely with elected leaders to create enduring relationships that have lasting impact on the community. This tour will make four stops to visit seven independent studio groups to showcase the breadth of art being created in this compact area, including Washington Glass School, Otis Street Arts Project, White Point Studios, Red Dirt Studios, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Portico Studios, and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center. Each has its own story about artists as stakeholders, establishing spaces, purchasing property, and leveraging public/private partnerships to create sustainability. Combined, the studio groups house approximately 75 studios that represent the entire arts ecosystem, from nationally-recognized artists to artists at the early stages of learning, who work and share influences in close proximity as one, diverse community.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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Welcome to the Congress Heights neighborhood of southeast Washington, D.C.

Welcome to the Congress Heights neighborhood of southeast Washington, D.C. This tour will start with a visit to the largest, social-sector facility in the country—the Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC)—and the nonprofit, Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR), that manages the campus. You will also be introduced to BBAR’s varied facilities and projects including the Skyland Workforce Center, BBAR Farm, THEARC Theater and the 11th Street Bridge Park. During this tour you will learn about new models for collaboration, justice-centered community development, and the role of arts and artists in neighborhood planning. After a panel with BBAR staff and tour of THEARC, we will travel to the artist-led Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center to visit with southeast artists who anchor their work in social justice and activism. They will share their experience in working in a city that is undergoing vast economic and cultural displacement and the role that artists have to play in civic discourse.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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A behind the scenes tour of Arts on the Block, a professional public art studio run by talented teens and career-starters interested creative jobs.

A behind the scenes tour of Arts on the Block, a professional public art studio run by talented teens and career-starters interested creative jobs. Try your hand at mosaic and chat with the studio crew and management team about the sparkle inside studio-based apprenticeships and youth-run enterprises.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience!

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In this tour, led by photographer Steven M. Cummings, you’ll be led through some of Washington, D.C.’s historically African-American neighborhoods…

In this tour, led by photographer Steven M. Cummings, you’ll be led through some of Washington, D.C.’s historically African-American neighborhoods that have experienced significant displacement and development. Cummings, whose Chocolate City RIP project has documented the transformation of these communities for 30 years, will share his photography portfolio and talk about the shifts in these communities—particularly the loss of formal and informal cultural spaces—and how the African-American community has responded.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience.

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Performing arts and theater in Washington, D.C. is a hidden gem often overshadowed locally by politics! On this walking tour, we'll discover the…

Performing arts and theater in Washington, D.C. is a hidden gem often overshadowed locally by politics! On this walking tour, we'll discover the city's vibrant and internationally renowned theatre community featuring the artistic contributions of women on stage and behind the scenes. Learn why Helen Hayes is the undisputed First Lady of the nation’s theater. Our walking tour visits sites like the historic National Theatre, revealing the decades of women’s contributions to the theatre community. We will celebrate the visionary artistic direction of the prophetic women of Arena Stage and continue through the downtown theater district examining how women continue to develop talent, keeping our theater provocative and edgy.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience!

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DC Alley Museum is an outdoor collection of public art murals by artists Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Bill Warrell, Rozeal, Aniekan Udofia, Cita Sadeli…

DC Alley Museum is an outdoor collection of public art murals by artists Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Bill Warrell, Rozeal, Aniekan Udofia, Cita Sadeli Chelove, Stephen E Lewis, Craig Nelsen, Rose Jaffe, Billy Colbert and Kelly Towles. Guided by Bill Warrell, the walking tour will present these murals, which commemorate the history of artists in Shaw's Blagden Alley. What was once a haven for D.C.’s underground arts communities—home to artist studios and galleries—according to Washington City Paper has transformed into one of the city’s “bougiest” neighborhoods, replete with high-end restaurants, suave bars, a yoga studio, a juice bar, and a chic coffee shop enveloped by expensive condo buildings. Walking tour. Grab a cuppa and spend time with the artists and art of Shaw's Blagden Alley. Participants will learn:

  • How artists commemorate the history of artists in D.C.’s Blagden Alley
  • How the projects are funded
  • How artists collectives collaborate
  • The ramifications of gentrification

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience!

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Taking advantage of Rosslyn’s pedestrian-friendly character, the tour will also explore a robust network of spectacular and hidden public spaces…

Taking advantage of Rosslyn’s pedestrian-friendly character, the tour will also explore a robust network of spectacular and hidden public spaces.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience - remember #AFTACON!

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Nowhere but Washington, DC can you visit a whole row of embassies and see the art of their respective countries or regions. In this tour, explore…

Nowhere but Washington, DC can you visit a whole row of embassies and see the art of their respective countries or regions. In this tour, explore the cultures and creations of an international set of artists through the embassies and cultural institutes of America’s international partners.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience - remember #AFTACON!

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The Creative Economy in booming in Washington, DC. DC is so much more than the political noise.

The Creative Economy in booming in Washington, DC. DC is so much more than the political noise. With a vibrant and entrepreneurial creative community, DC's Creative Economy has grown due to partnerships between artists, government, developers and small businesses coming together to get things done. Join us on an adventure that takes you to a vibrant artist studio and exhibition space established by a community of local artists, visit a market and entrepreneurial hub driven in collaboration with a developer and the creative community, visit DC's own film studio and soundstage facilities and learn about how DC's entertainment economy is growing.

Preparation: All tours will leave from the hotel. Transportation is provided to and from the hotel. Attendees should plan to wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Tours will take place regardless of weather, so dress appropriately. Bring a camera or phone to capture and share your experience - remember #AFTACON!

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

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The public sculpture revival from the late 1960s to the early 1990s saw an increase in the siting of permanent public sculptures that reflected the…

The public sculpture revival from the late 1960s to the early 1990s saw an increase in the siting of permanent public sculptures that reflected the taste for abstract modernism. In the thirty years since the end of that revival, changes in policies, ideologies, sites, and artistic styles have impacted these artworks. The derogatory terms used to describe modern public sculpture – ‘plop art,’ ‘plaza art,’ ‘plunk art’ – highlight the fact that these aging sculptures are now sited in a postmodern public realm that prizes different characteristics in public art such as physical or social engagement. This panel will discuss the challenges of aging permanent public sculpture, present cases studies, and brainstorm solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand a basic problem: aging, static public sculptures are ubiquitous, but could be ripe for a reawakening.
  • Grasp the paradigm shift in public art from one espousing Art in Public Places, to one espousing engagement-centric public art.
  • Be exposed to two case studies of static aging public sculptures, their commission history, and a range of intervention options that could work to reawaken these sculptures for the public.

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Cities such as Minneapolis and Seattle are using Cultural District policies as anti-gentrification, economic development strategies.

Cities such as Minneapolis and Seattle are using Cultural District policies as anti-gentrification, economic development strategies. Aimed at protecting the racial diversity and uplifting the cultural identity of the city areas where a significant portion of the population is comprised of people of color, Indigenous people, and/or immigrant (POCII) communities, these policies center arts and culture as a tool of empowerment for underrepresented communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examples of cities that have put in place Cultural District policies aimed at stabilizing communities that are most vulnerable to displacement; and share research on comparative models in cities and Cultural District activation tools whose goals are racial equity
  • Provide examples of the concrete steps taken by cities to integrate a suite of strategies that work to stabilize communities in designated Cultural Districts; and highlight the roles that city and state arts and culture agencies have taken and their collaboration with community activists
  • Show case studies from the Cities of Minneapolis and Seattle as a model for this work

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In this session, two veteran non-profit leaders, Dave Lawrence and Karen Gahl-Mills, will facilitate a candid conversation about boards and…

In this session, two veteran non-profit leaders, Dave Lawrence and Karen Gahl-Mills, will facilitate a candid conversation about boards and uncertainty, with the objective of creating a set of tools for both non-profit executives and board members that can be applied to organizations and boards of all sizes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify communities that are affected by your work, but whose values and priorities are different than yours.
  • Learn and practice iterative, inclusive project design.
  • Explore how to de-center traditional wester European ways of developing research/evaluation agendas.

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What does it take for agencies to educate, support, and advocate for artists at tables where the future of communities are being discussed? In this…

What does it take for agencies to educate, support, and advocate for artists at tables where the future of communities are being discussed? In this panel, explore this and other questions through the lens of the 2-year Artists @ the Community Development Table project.

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The session will provide an overview of the technical and logistical components of installing public art as well as the nuances of building…

The session will provide an overview of the technical and logistical components of installing public art as well as the nuances of building relationships and collaborating with fabricators, contractors, and architects. The technical and logistical overview is comprised of site coordination, scheduling, and information pertaining to code enforcement and a variety of specific state statutes. Relationship building and collaborating components will include an overview of common stakeholder/artist responsibilities and construction schedules.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn “need to know, but rarely discussed” information regarding the detailed, technical aspects of installing public art projects.
  • Learn strategies for developing and/or improving relationships with contractors, fabricators, installers and municipal employees.
  • Receive case analyses from artists, fabricators and arts administrators regarding specific public art installation dilemmas and their respective resolutions.

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Parents are crucial advocates for arts education at all levels, but particularly locally.

Parents are crucial advocates for arts education at all levels, but particularly locally. In this session, explore a newly-unveiled advocacy guide for parents created with the National PTA, talk about the moblization power of parents, and think through how you can best use parents for arts advocacy in your community.

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During these challenging times, how are artists creating welcoming and engaging experiences that explore the complex stories of border communities…

During these challenging times, how are artists creating welcoming and engaging experiences that explore the complex stories of border communities? It’s easy to forget that the U.S.-Mexican border is a real place where people live, work and cross on a regular basis. Artistic interventions and collaborations are powerful tools with which to engage communities impacted by bi-national transition and identity in the US–Mexico border regions. Join this impassioned panel to learn about creative ways that artists and arts administrators are working with border populations and their approaches to creation and engagement. During the second half of the session the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share their community-focused work. The goal for the session is to encourage open dialog and create a platforms that foster empathy through artistic practice and engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the initiatives and practices of artists that are exploring the experiences of U.S Mexico border populations.
  • Hear lessons learned and frameworks for this community-focused work, and build upon these ideas with best practices from your own experiences.
  • Discuss public art as a catalyst for discussing contemporary concerns and the impact it can have in building awareness and empathy.

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As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as LGBTQIA to this affinity group.

As part of Americans for the Arts' ongoing commitment to cultural equity, we invite attendees who identify as LGBTQIA to this affinity group. Those not identifying as LGBTQIA are encouraged to attend one of the other affinity groups taking place at various points in the conference, and/or the panel discussion "What Are Affinity Groups and Why Are They Useful?"

Learning Objectives:

  • Meet and engage with other people who identify as LGBTQIA working in the arts.
  • Cultivate intergenerational understanding and learn strategies to activate a personal career support system.
  • Share issues and concerns, as well as advice and mutual support, related to the unique challenges of being an LGBTQIA person in the arts.

4:15 PM - 5:45 PM

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Community foundations, by definition, cast a wide lens when it comes to how they can help a community thrive--and in the right circumstances, arts…

Community foundations, by definition, cast a wide lens when it comes to how they can help a community thrive--and in the right circumstances, arts agencies and organizations can successfully collaborate to make sure arts and culture are a crucial part of addressing broader social goals. In 2017, the Barr Foundation partnered with five Massachusetts community foundations to launch a ten-year initiative that enables these partners to act more strategically by building new capacity and initiatives that are catalyzing new leadership, energy, and resources in their communities. Presenters will discuss their efforts to shift donors from check writing to strategic philanthropy, elevate the arts as a programmatic focus, more effectively engage their diverse communities, expand and change their approaches to grantmaking, and assume a more ambitious role as civic leaders. In this session, learn more about what such a collaboration can look like and how it can succeed.

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Participatory arts programs for veterans are making a difference in veteran lives and the lives of their families & loved ones. This panel will…

Participatory arts programs for veterans are making a difference in veteran lives and the lives of their families & loved ones. This panel will present several programs that research has shown to positively impact participants. Community dance, music making, comedy/improv, and song-writing program leaders will share the outcomes of their research and what they’ve discovered works in assisting veterans in their journey to wholeness

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify evidence based participatory arts programs and discuss specific examples of life enriching experiences.
  • Cite elements in each arts program that panelists believe have led to their success in uplifting veterans/families/loved ones.
  • Identify potential collaborations with community arts programs for veterans and their loved ones.

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Innovations at the intersection of cultural and community development policy can create the conditions for successful creative placemaking work. Hear…

Innovations at the intersection of cultural and community development policy can create the conditions for successful creative placemaking work. Hear how seven state-level policy strategies have addressed current gaps, increasing the efficacy and equity of creative placemaking at the local level.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take home tangible strategies and tactics to engage state agencies and lawmakers around how the arts improve places for low and moderate income and POC communities.
  • Come away with ideas and relationships that will connect you with the field of community development.
  • Inform the Creative Placemaking State Policy Framework developed by NACEDA and NASAA and apply the framework to your own state.

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Oftentimes the largest messaging platform that any organization has are the websites and digital platforms in which its programs, opportunities, open…

Oftentimes the largest messaging platform that any organization has are the websites and digital platforms in which its programs, opportunities, open calls and informational meetings take place and yet these interfaces are often the most overlooked resource when it comes to considering deep messaging about access, equity, belonging and diversity. The ultimate marketing tool, our websites and platforms can easily reflect our mission and vision and be welcoming and inspiring spaces for everyone we intend to serve or if we are not paying attention, these spaces can inadvertently send messages to our communities that run counter to our goals. Moving beyond compliance, this session presents the idea that our applications and the platforms we use to communicate can serve multiple diversities and do it well without requiring huge financial investment or special knowledge. As long as we know how to identify and mitigate the intellectual, psychological, emotional and physical reactions that can occur in response to language, timing and placement, we can effect major change. Like tourists with fresh eyes, we will break up in teams and take a tour of an email blast, a website and its distribution method using an equity lens. We will survey both the tools and the platforms taking inventory of the key features, recording not only what we read and experience but also how this makes us feel. The results will then be shared across the groups and with we will then turn our collective imagination towards creating SMARTIE (see below) goals aimed at identifying implicit bias and removing barriers. The aim of this session is to give participants practical ideas about how to address issues within our applications and digital platforms that negatively affect our work focused on building a more diverse, equitable, accessible and inclusive process and community. The combination of prompts, questions, examples and conversation will help participants develop ideas that are appropriate for them and the context in which they work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Activate kinesthetic awareness in order to expand their understanding of the intellectual, psychological and physical reactions to language and digital distribution platforms.
  • Learn how to apply a cultural equity audit tool to digital messaging and platforms.
  • Use an equity framework to support the creation of smart goals capable of transforming the experience of their websites, messaging and digital platforms into active extensions of their mission and vision.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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Climate change has shifted into climate crisis. We are now increasingly aware that the actions taken thus far are not working. Weather extremes…

Climate change has shifted into climate crisis. We are now increasingly aware that the actions taken thus far are not working. Weather extremes are more common. Legislature is changing. Activists are growing in number. Many communities are launching new rounds of climate action planning and mobilization. It is a reality we can no longer escape, and systemic-level changes need to happen now. And although we do not have immediate solutions, we must act with courage and compassion. Equity must be at the center of our climate crisis action – systemic injustice and institutionalized racism have caused people of color to bear the greatest cost of climate change. The role of artists and cultural leaders is to tell this story by going to the heart of the issues at hand. Efforts focused on the more tangible and tactical factors—installing more solar, putting in more bike lanes, even managing land to capture more carbon -- are important parts of the solution, but we need to look deeper into our cultural narrative. This panel discussion is a deeper dive into the experiences of three artists invited to work with communities to make change. The discussion will specifically focus communal conversations and outcomes illustrated through public artworks, and is not a conversation about individual projects and experience, but a collective and collaborative one. Proposed participating artists include: Matthew Mazzotta, Benny Starr, Mary Mattingly, Grandmother Nancy, and Jason Bregman – Michael Singer Studios. The panel would be faciliated by Mandy Vink, AFTA PAN Council member.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear unexpected and encouraging perspectives in climate commitment and climate crisis conversations, specifically how artists are conversing with, engaging in, and responding to this critical topic.
  • Engage in conversations about how climate change impacts us ALL and howartists and cultural leaders can be at the forefront of a systemic and equitable change, which considers how positive changes will only be successful if they equally impact us ALL.
  • Have access to practices that push traditional boundaries of public art in response to climate commitment.

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In this hands-on workshop, a seasoned evaluator demystifies the process of planning for evaluation. Participants will gain concrete insights from…

In this hands-on workshop, a seasoned evaluator demystifies the process of planning for evaluation. Participants will gain concrete insights from two recent and very different evaluation planning efforts. Through small group work, participants will also swap successes and challenges with their own evaluation planning efforts. Attendees will leave with know-how to get them off on the right foot with understanding what difference their efforts make, how, and why.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine two very different examples of real-world evaluation planning efforts.
  • Learn what a theory of change is, how to translate their goals into researchable evaluation questions, and common pitfalls of data collection to avoid.
  • Discuss the concept of equitable evaluation and reflection questions and resources to deepen that work.

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Using the new “Work. Shouldn’t. Suck.” organizational design game, this interactive session dives into “The How” of creating diverse, inclusive,…

Using the new “Work. Shouldn’t. Suck.” organizational design game, this interactive session dives into “The How” of creating diverse, inclusive, and/or equitable workplaces where people can do their best work and thrive. Part presentation, part game play, participants will go on a creative world building adventure to explore practical, people-centric approaches, concepts, and frameworks that you can start using immediately your own organization and life. Discussions will delve into workplace components like transparency, alignment, and accountability; resilience & self-care; hiring and retention, and how these components can come together to create thriving teams and organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Dissect the monolith of "organizational culture" to identify its component parts.
  • Imagine team cultures that support the type of place your organization strives to be.
  • Walk away with practical ideas, tools, and frameworks that can be used immediately to help you in your own team crafting.

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As the local arts and public art fields continues to grow, more and more artists are engaged in communities and across non-arts sectors.

As the local arts and public art fields continues to grow, more and more artists are engaged in communities and across non-arts sectors. In this session attendees will hear from experts on the best ways to advocate for artists rights when incorporating artists into community development projects.