ABOUT ASSEMBLY 2008NASAA and our host, the Tennessee Arts Commission, for three days of learning, networking, inspiration and southern hospitality. Experience the vibrant riverfront, spectacular mountains, and unique cultural attractions and see firsthand why Chattanooga is A Great City by NatureSM
NASAA conferences provide essential education, networking and leadership opportunities for state arts agency staff and volunteers. Designed to both inform and inspire, the agenda will include briefing sessions (back by popular demand) as well as workshops, featured artists and speakers. Agenda details will be posted on the NASAA website throughout the summer.WHY YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE
NASAA can help members make the case for participation in Assembly 2008.
The Assembly 2008 Resource Room provides state arts agencies the opportunity to display their complimentary materials during the conference. Resource area hours are Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 13, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ship materials to the address below, making sure to include the group name, group contact, conference dates, and Convention Center contact on the label. Plan to have your materials arrive at the Convention Center between Tuesday, September 2 and Monday, September 8.
Materials will be placed in the Resource Room by NASAA staff. Please inform Sue Struve, NASAA Communications Manager, of all shipped materials, their expected arrival date, and if you plan to collect anything (remaining materials, sign-up sheets, etc.) from the Resource Room at the end of the conference. All materials must be collected by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13.
Ship materials to:
Chattanooga Convention Center
Include on the label:
Group Name: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
Photos courtesy of Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS
Special Guest Performer
THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS
Founded in 1871, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were the first Tennessee musical group to gain international prominence, and today they continue to preserve a legacy of remarkable artistic and social significance. Through the Jubilee Singers, the world was introduced to the "Negro Spirituals," religious folksongs of slavery recast as concert choral pieces in the group's definitive "jubilee" style. As artistic achievement, their emotive harmonies spawned many overtones. Through them Nashville gained its first notoriety as a city of music. The popularity of their style gave birth to an entire genre of Black performance, emulated by countless other groups.
As home to the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the vocal music program at Fisk University strongly influenced music training at other African American institutions at all levels. But the Jubilee Singers also accomplished much beyond music. As fundraisers for Fisk University, they successfully wed touring student performance to the cause of African American education and financed construction of Jubilee Hall, one of Nashville's most historic buildings. Their worldwide notoriety greatly enhanced respect for African Americans and support for their advancement in the wake of emancipation, a role of continuing influence on civil rights and Black consciousness in America.
Beginning with the original Jubilee Singers and their founding director George L. White, many prominent musical figures have been associated with the group over the years. Paul Kwami masterfully oversees the tradition of the Jubilee Singers currently.
Recognizing the historical and cultural importance of the African American spiritual, the Tennessee Arts Commission conceived, and continues to fund, a special project commemorating the spirituals and the many contributions of the Fisk Jubilee Singers in preserving this unique art form. Under the American Masterpieces initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Commission has sponsored the Fisk Jubilee Singers in concerts within the state and produced curriculum materials as a lasting resource for Tennessee schools.
Today, the Fisk Jubilee Singers are celebrating their 136th anniversary and are an enduring tradition. The ensemble was one of the first six to be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in 2006, and received a Folklife Heritage Award during Tennessee's 2007 Governor's Awards in the Arts. Through song and spirit they promote peace, tolerance, and understanding among all people.
THE DANNY SAMPLE TRIO
The drummer, Jo Whitaker, a Chattanooga native, is well versed at playing a variety of musical styles. Whitaker is always in demand as one of Chattanooga's premier drummers and he is adept at serving up his signature funk/swing rhythms.
The bassist, Robert Chuckrow, gained his initial exposure to music through performing with jazz and rock bands while in high school in New York, a city rich in its musical traditions and history. His chosen musical instrument is the guitar but, because of his musical aptitude, has learned to play most stringed instruments and in diverse styles. Chuckrow is a highly regarded performer, and educator in the Chattanooga area.
The group leader and pianist, Danny Sample, was born in Memphis, took up piano at an early age, and was performing R&B and jazz by age 10. Sample began developing his musical conceptions in high school through private studies and analysis of the styles of personal influences such as James Williams, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Oscar Peterson, and McCoy Tyner.
After high school graduation, he enrolled at Christian Brothers College and Memphis State University. In addition to engineering studies, he worked in local clubs with his own band and with saxophonist Herman Green and numerous other Memphis musicians. Also during this period he toured with Isaac Hays, Dionne Warwick, and opened for Grover Washington, Koko Taylor and B. B. King.
Since then, Sample has shared the bandstand in the Chattanooga area and around the country at various clubs, colleges, private engagements and festivals such as the Oregon Mount Hood Jazz Festival, the Hill City Jazz Festival, Birmingham City Stages, Memphis in May, the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall Concert Series, the Miller Pavilion Coffee House Series, Artstravaganza, The Choo Choo Jazz Festival, the Bessie Smith Traditional Jazz Festival and the Chattanooga Homecoming Jazz Festival.
THE CHATTANOOGA BOYS CHOIR
The mission of the Chattanooga Boys Choir is to positively influence and develop the lives of boys by providing a music program of the highest quality which includes education, appreciation, and performance. The Chattanooga Boys Choir, founded in 1954, remains the oldest boychoir in the southeast. The CBC was started by local residents as a choir of some thirty boys from several schools in the Chattanooga area. The organization now includes over 150 boys from across the Chattanooga area and northwest Georgia in five different ensembles. They represent over sixty different public and private schools, and include several home-schooled students.
From performing sacred masterworks in the great cathedrals of Europe to the National Anthem at the White House and major league baseball games, the choir represents the Chattanooga community around the world, designated by the mayor as Chattanooga's "Ambassadors of Goodwill." Since 1964, the CBC Singing Christmas Tree has ushered in the Holiday Season for all of greater Chattanooga. The Concert Choir, the main performing and touring ensemble of the CBC, has presented concerts in 38 states and in 20 countries across five continents.
So many of today's divas are the product of marketing campaigns, such is not the case with Abby Burke. She is not just another "manufactured" vocalist. She has it all - a sensational voice, commanding stage presence, statuesque appearance, and an infectious joy for what she does. Abby's musical tastes range from Cabaret to Jazz, Musical Theater to Pop, Country to Classical. She sings with elegance and sensitivity, earning her the respect of Nashville's arts and music community. Her ability to take a tune familiar to many and leave her special imprint on it, has caused her to become a popular artist performing with her band, and with a variety of other professional performing organizations.
THE CHATTANOOGA CHORAL SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SONG
The Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song is a group formed for the purpose of preserving the rich heritage of African American songs with special emphasis on the Negro spirituals. This diverse group is comprised of approximately 45 members with different professional backgrounds including students, professors, professional musicians, and others that all share a love of music and a desire to perform it with an emphasis on quality. CCSPAAS traces its beginning to informal gatherings of former students, church choir members, and friends of the late Edmonia Johnson Simmons. Mrs. Simmons taught music at the Howard High School in Chattanooga for nearly four decades, and served as music director for several area churches.
Concert programs indicate that as early as 1974, the name Chattanooga Choral Society was used in presentations by the group. In 1984, the formal organization of the chorus was announced as a unit of the Chattanooga African American Heritage Museum. The first concert was presented in November 17, 1984, at the First Baptist Church (East Eight Street). The program was an overwhelming success. Since that time, the ensemble has performed bi-annual concerts - fall and spring - and for schools, community service, religious and professional organizations and conferences throughout the state. CCSPAAS is presently under the direction of distinguished conductor, composer, arranger, Dr. Roland Carter; a Howard alumnus and Simmons protege. Carter assumed directorship of the group in 1990, shortly after he returned to Chattanooga to accept the appointment as Head of the Cadek Department of Music and Conservatory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
THE DISMEMBERED TENNESSEANS
The Dismembered Tennesseans have been Chattanooga's favorite bluegrass band for over 60 years. It started in 1945 among a group of McCallie School students intent on playing traditional string music and continued throughout the original members' careers as prominent local businessmen and professionals. The band has brought on new players in recent decades under the leadership of founding fiddler Fletcher Bright, a 2005 recipient of the Folklife Heritage Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Known for their humor as well as their musical chops, the group, as Fletcher jokes, "made their mark singing country music for people who don't particularly like country music," and "played for every local civic group in existence, every charity, and most of the conventions in town looking for cheap entertainment." They've in fact won over converts to bluegrass at all levels of Chattanooga society and amassed impressive performance credentials along the way on both the regional and national levels.
From Motown to R&B, 70s and 80s pop and disco to contemporary hits, plus the great classics and standards of yesterday, the six highly experienced musicians and singers of SRO are as versatile as they are talented. SRO is based in Chattanooga and provides a perfect blend of soul and sophistication, which is sure to please everyone. Whether you're crowding the dance floor or sitting back and listening, you'll hear and feel SRO perform each song with style and energy - energy that only comes from having live music at your private party.
LOU WAMP AND SWING SHIFT
Born in Ft. Benning, Georgia, in 1956, Lou had plenty of music (Elvis to Travis; Bach to Beatles) around home while growing up. After Lou took up resonator guitar he played on "sidemen" nights at the Station Inn in Nashville and was in the band Hiwassee Ridge, which performed at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville. Other bands he's worked with include James Monroe and the Midnight Ramblers, The Dismembered Tennesseans, Cowjazz, and Blue Moon Rising. In 2004, he formed the Wizards of String (now Swing Shift) and released his debut resophonic guitar project, "ResOlution."
CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA BRASS QUINTET
The members of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Brass Quintet include: Brian Roberts (1st trumpet), Hollie Lifshey (2nd trumpet), Gordon James (horn), Doug Warner (trombone) and Derek Fenstermacher (tuba). They are all members of the CSO Orchestra and are some of the finest brass players in the southeast.
THE LONE MOUNTAIN BAND
The members of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Brass Quintet are all members of the CSO Orchestra and are some of the finest brass players in the southeast. CSO Brass Quintet members include Brian Roberts (1st trumpet), Mike Arndt (2nd trumpet), Gordon James (horn), Doug Warner (trombone) and Derek Fenstermacher (tuba). The CSO is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season and is very proud of the brass section of the orchestra, so well represented within this ensemble.
Original and traditional instrumentals and vocals always with a deep respect for the traditional music of the Appalachians, the Lone Mountain Band's shows are like a mini bluegrass variety show featuring each member of the band in several related styles of selections, including fiddle tunes, bluegrass banjo tunes, clawhammer banjo tunes, guitar tunes, and vocals, all presented with friendly and entertaining commentary. Band members include Bobby Burns, mandolin, fiddle, guitar; Diana Phillips, bass fiddle; Roy Curry, guitar, vocals; and Jim Pankey, banjo, Yo-Yo.
JENNIFER ROSE ESCOBAR
Jennifer began writing her songs as she learned to speak growing up in the small town of Berea, Kentucky. As an educated performer with a degree in vocal music from Berea College, Jennifer unites her heritage with her classical training to give listeners an experience of the true integrity of Appalachian singing. Her strong, clear soprano voice and sparkling personality continue to mesmerize audiences the world over. Jennifer's training in dance from an early age inspired her to share traditional dance with anyone who was interested - especially young people. She is hailed as one of Kentucky's best dance educators, and has published two manuals for teachers.
REBEKAH WEILER & JOHN BOULWARE (& ROBY COGSWELL)
Rebekah Weiler is quickly becoming known as one of the new faces to watch among old time banjo players. In 2007, she made history by becoming the first woman in the 36-year-history of the Old Time Fiddler's Jamboree in Smithville, Tennessee, to win the Old Time Banjo championship. Rebekah won the Old Time Banjo title at the 40th annual Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens, Alabama, in 2006, and the 50th annual West Tennessee title.
John Boulware's musical heritage stretches back for generations. His great-great-grandfather Will McWatters and his grandfather Brice Bagley both played fiddle. John took up the instrument at age 12, and has since learned a wide variety of styles ranging from Celtic to bluegrass to old time. He was the 2006 overall State Fiddle Champion for Tennessee.
Roby Cogswell plays rhythm guitar and sings some with the Nashville-based band The Swing Bandits. In his day job, he's a folklorist, having worked as the director of that program for the Tennessee Arts Commission for 23 years.
MARDI GRAS DIXIELAND TRIO
Tennessee dancer Thomas Maupin, who describes himself as a "self-taught buckdancer with a flatfoot style," has hoofed his way to numerous state and national prizes. In recent years his snappy flatfooting has thrilled crowds at events such as the Museum of Appalachia's Fall Homecoming in Tennessee and the Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia.
THE FIERY GIZZARD STRING BAND
The Fiery Gizzard String Band was formed in 1998 as a dance band, playing old time square-dance tunes. Tim Higgins (banjo), Charles Higgins (guitar) and Bob Townsend (fiddle) have amassed a repertoire of old-time tunes, many of which are local tunes not often heard outside of the Cumberland Plateau / Sequatchie Valley area or played by any other musicians living today. The Fiery Gizzard String Band has played many festivals and was the house band for the "Mountain Goat," a local radio show of music and skits from 2001 until 2005.
NASAA MEETING AGENDA
Tentative Meeting Agenda At-A-Glance
Assembly 2008 will feature a full complement of peer group gatherings. In combination with a wide array of topical sessions, peer group meetings give every state arts agency staffer and volunteer the chance to network, share ideas and exchange perspectives. Bring a full team of staff and council members to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Be on the lookout for team registration rate details over the summer.
The Accessibility (504/ADA) group plans to meet as a preconference only: from 1:00 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, September 10 and from 8:30 to noon on Thursday, September 11. Arts Education Managers' preconference events will commence with a newcomers' session on Tuesday, September 9, followed by a welcome dinner that evening and preconference activities all day Wednesday and Thursday morning.
HOW ARE PEER GROUPS CHOSEN?
HOW ARE PEER GROUPS ORGANIZED?
HOW DO PEER GROUPS FIT INTO THE LARGER CONFERENCE?
DO PEER GROUPS MEET EVERY YEAR?
WHO CAN ATTEND PEER SESSIONS?
WHAT IF I BELONG TO MORE THAN ONE PEER GROUP?
IS TRAVEL SUPPORT AVAILABLE?
See you in Chattanooga!!
PRESENTERS (Check back for updates)
An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and her mega-hit "I Will Always Love You." With 1977's crossover hit "Here You Come Again," she successfully erased the line between country and pop music without noticeably altering either her music or her image.
"I've always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I've ever had and every success I've ever achieved," says Dolly Parton of her incredible career, which has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.
A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, Dolly began the Dollywood Foundation in 1988 to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more and care more. Currently the foundation funds the Dolly Parton Imagination Library across America and in Canada, by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. With the help of local sponsors, this program has expanded to over 800 communities in 41 states and, in 2007, gave away over 5 million books.
Chris Jordan is a Seattle-based photographic artist who first became known for his large-scale color photographs of the detritus of American consumer culture in a series entitled Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption. His more recent project, Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, has established Chris as an internationally acclaimed artist and spokesperson for social change.
His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, television features, documentary films, books, school curriculums and blogs around the globe. He has been invited to exhibit his work in art museums, festivals and public venues in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. He is in great demand as a speaker in the U.S. and internationally.
In April 2008, Jordan traveled around the world with National Geographic as an international eco-ambassador for Earth Day 2008. In November, he will attend the World Economic Forum summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
His work recently won the prestigious Green Leaf Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme, presented at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. This year the Running the Numbers series was one of three finalists for the international Darmstadt Photographic Prize in Germany, and a finalist for the new Green Prix Award in the U.S. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New American Dream Foundation.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (invited) and his wife, First Lady Andrea Conte, are active members in the community, locally and statewide. He is a founding member of Nashville's Table, a nonprofit group that collects discarded food from local restaurants and distributes it to the city's homeless population. He also founded the Land Trust for Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that works statewide to preserve open space and traditional family farms. Conte is founder and president of You Have the Power - Know How to Use It, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about crime and justice issues.
Since becoming Chairman of the NEA, Dana Gioia has succeeded in garnering enthusiastic bi-partisan support in the United States Congress for the mission of the Arts Endowment, as well as in strengthening the national consensus in favor of public funding for the arts and arts education. Gioia's creation of a series of NEA National Initiatives combined with a wider distribution of direct grants to reach previously underserved communities making the agency truly national in scope. Through programs such as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, NEA Jazz Masters, American Masterpieces, and Poetry Out Loud, the Arts Endowment has successfully reached millions of Americans in all corners of the country.
Mary Miss, an artist known for her environmentally - based artwork, lives in New York City. For more than four decades Miss' work has examined the intersection of sculpture, architecture, environmental engineering and installation art in projects and proposals ranging from riverfront walkways to infrastructure sites. Grounded in the context of place, Miss creates installations that allow the visitor to become aware of the site's history, its ecology, and surrounding environment. Permanent installations include the 'South Cove' in Battery Park, 'Framing Union Square' at the Union Square Subway Station in New York City and a wetlands preservation project in Des Moines, Iowa. She was a lead designer on the collaborative team that won the competition to design the 1300 acre Orange County Great Park currently being built in Irvine, California.
In the last year Miss' work has included an installation that focuses on the water resources in Beijing for the Olympic Park there, a city-wide three dimensional mapping project that delineated the 500 year flood plain level in Boulder, Colorado, and a temporary work at a sixteenth century site in a city park in Delhi that will be part of the exhibition '49 Degrees: Public Art and Ecology.' At the North Carolina Museum of Art she is completing plans for a permanent project that takes water, its presence and movement on a site as its subject. It will include walkways, earthen terraces, plantings, and a restored stream to demonstrate the functions and characteristics of watershed and wetland processes in the region.
One of the nation's most respected broadcast journalists, John Seigenthaler was the anchor of the top-rated NBC Nightly News Weekend Edition from 1999 to 2007 and host of MSNBC Investigates, an hour-long documentary series. He served as a special correspondent for NBC News, anchor for MSNBC and The News on CNBC, and substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, TODAY, and Meet the Press. He also anchored the Court TV program Under Investigation and a special on the Titanic for the Discovery Channel.
Called "the thinking man's broadcaster" by The New York Daily News, Seigenthaler began his television news career in 1980 as an anchor, reporter and producer for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV, Nashville. In 1996, NBC tapped him to be co-anchor of Morning Line, a weekday morning news broadcast on its new cable news channel, MSNBC, which launched his 11-year career with the network.
During his tenure with NBC, Seigenthaler covered a wide range of national and international stories including U.S. presidential campaigns and conventions, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Sri Lanka and the Atlanta Olympics.
He has won numerous awards and distinctions for his work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a series of stories on the civil rights movement, National Headliner and Iris awards for coverage of a Tennessee prison riot, an American Bar Association award for a documentary on the death penalty, and two regional Emmys.
Seigenthaler is CEO of SPR New York, specializing in crisis and reputation management, media strategy and media training. A graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Public Policy Studies, he is based in New York.
Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga provides a vibrant conference setting. Assembly 2008 participants will enjoy an infusion of public art, sweeping green spaces, parks and walkways along the river, and a tribute to the community's Cherokee heritage - all part of the city's $120 million 21st Century Waterfront Plan. Chattanooga offers a wealth of cultural resources and attractions including:
The early weeks of autumn in Chattanooga make for a great atmosphere for visitors, with highs dropping from the hot summer months to 83 degrees F. average and lows around 62 degrees F. However, precipitation averages increase steadily through the month of September, so you'll want to be prepared for rain and drizzle.
Photos courtesy of Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wednesday, September 10
Optional Day Trip: Jack Daniel's® Country Adventure
Spend a day in Lynchburg, the charming little town that supplied Mr. Jack the crystal clear spring water needed to brew his world famous whiskey. Inhale the aroma of whiskey being made on the distillery tour and then find a seat at the mid-day dinner table where home-cooked, southern style food is served family style at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant (listed on the National Register of Historic Places). The adventure concludes around the quaint Lynchburg Town Square providing shopping to satisfy any spirit.
($50 U.S. per person or guest; transportation included.)
For more information, visit http://www.jackdaniels.com.
Thursday, September 11
This tour has been canceled.
Chattanooga Adventure I: H20 and Art Aboard the Chattanooga Ducks
All board these former U.S. Army amphibious vehicles where they paddle under four bridges and circle the McClellan Island bird sanctuary. With land in sight, the Ducks make land and tour the public art that was an integral part of the redevelopment of downtown Chattanooga.
($15 U.S. per person or guest; transportation included.)
For more information, visit http://www.chattanoogafun.com/attractions/member.asp?id=756.
Chattanooga Adventure II: Lookout Mountain Journey
Ride the world's steepest Incline Railway of Lookout Mountain and motor to Point Park for breathtaking vistas of the Chattanooga area. Civil War enthusiasts will especially enjoy Point Park, site of the "Battle above the Clouds".
($25 U.S. per person or guest; transportation included.)
For more information, visit http://www.ridetheincline.com/.
Chattanooga Adventure III: Chattanooga, Great City by Nature
Chattanooga and the Tennessee Aquarium's Newest Attractions, the River Gorge Explorer, is a state-of-the-art 65-foot catamaran that carries 70 passengers from the Chattanooga Pier deep into the Tennessee River Gorge. The gorge is a two thousand foot canyon about 27 miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide and home to more than 1,000 varieties of botanical life, 184 species of birds, 63 species of mammals, and 193 species of butterflies.
($35 U.S. per adult or guest; transportation included.)
For more information, visit http://www.tnaqua.org/.
Chattanooga Adventure IV: Public Art Experience—Walk This Way, Please!
Join your NASAA friends for a guided tour throughout the downtown area where you will be amazed at the quality and variety of public art that was central to the redevelopment of the area and has defined Chattanooga as a "community of cultural." The excursion will include the Chattanooga Pier, the Passage, the Holmberg Glass Bridge, and the ever-changing monumental pieces of public art.
(No fee required)
For more information, visit http://www.alliedartschattanooga.org/documents/AlliedArts_000.pdf.
Reservations are required for all tours and space is limited, so please register for the events that you are planning to attend. Guests are welcome to attend (where indicated) with advance reservations and fees, if applicable.
Please note: Some tours may require a minimum number of attendees to take place. If fewer than the minimum number registers for the tour, the tour will be cancelled and you will be notified in advance.
If you have any questions or need more details regarding these optional tours, please contact Sharon Gee at NASAA at 202-347-6352, ext. 112 or at Sharon.email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
WORKSHOPS AND BRIEFINGS
Assembly 2008 will feature an outstanding lineup of peer meetings as well as topical breakout sessions. Back by popular demand, morning "briefing sessions" will keep you up-to-date on the latest research and current trends. Afternoon "workshops" will provide the chance for more extended discussion of selected policy and practice issues facing state arts agencies.
SPECIAL PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
SPECIAL PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
What Do the Numbers Tell You?
Just like assessments of artistic quality, management practices and community outreach, an assessment of financial strength is crucial in evaluating the health of an arts organization. What are useful indicators of financial strength? Is it possible to identify struggling organizations before they become too unstable? What information should state arts agency panelists and staff be examining to inform grant making and policy?
In this workshop, participants will gain hands-on practice in examining financial statements, including balance sheets and operating budgets. The workshop will help participants use these materials to understand key issues, including:
In addition to reviewing some financial fundamentals, participants in this workshop will also have the opportunity to reflect on why they collect financial information, who utilizes it and what purposes it can serve.
Presenters and Facilitators
Designed specifically for state arts agencies and other arts grant-makers, this special preconference is a full-day workshop. Space is limited, so register soon!
Wednesday, September 10th
Interested in learning even more about nonprofit financials? Then be sure to check out our related sessions during Assembly 2008. The briefing session on "Assessing the Fiscal Health of Grantees" will feature the partnership between the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. "When Grantees Hit Financial Hardship" workshop will provide a forum to discuss the state arts agency role in dealing with fiscally unhealthy organizations.
SPECIAL PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP
Thursday, September 11, 2008 (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) (no additional fee)
National Standard Training
This session will provide a brief orientation to the National Standard. Included will be a review of key National Standard codes and definitions, as well as an introduction to the Final Descriptive Report (FDR) requirements of the National Endowment for the Arts. This session will be helpful for new grants and fiscal officers, as well as for other staffers that collect National Standard information from grantees. It also will be a useful "refresher course" for veterans who oversee grant programs or who need to train new colleagues. Space is limited, please RSVP to Angela Han after registering for the conference.
Friday, September 12 (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Collaborative Economic Revitalization: The Chattanooga Story
Engaging Grantees in Arts Advocacy
Artist Space Development: Creating a Supportive Climate for Artists, Part I
Assessing Grantees' Fiscal Health
Information with Impact
Arts Learning: A Critical Factor in Arts Participation
Regional Arts Organizations: How They Connect with State Arts Agencies
Saturday, September 13 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Legislative Committees for the Arts
Creative Communities: Creating a Supportive Climate for Artists, Part II
Older Adults Matter to State Arts Agencies
Art and Religion: The Devil Is in the Details
In Case of Emergency . . .
Value Plus Schools
Strengthening Arts Participation in Rural Areas
Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Intrinsic Benefits: Understanding and Assessing Transformative Arts Experiences
Engaging Art: What Is the Public Sector Role?
Introduction to Public Value
Making the Most of Focus Groups
NEA Funding Workshop
When Grantees Hit Financial Hardship
Achieving a "Quantum Leap": Positioning Your Agency for Resource Growth
Helping Artists Find and Keep Health Care
Thursday, September 11
Welcome to Chattanooga Celebration
The Hunter Museum of American Art opens its doors, its galleries, its breathtaking views, and invites NASAA to an evening of celebration, Tennessee Style!
Boasting one of the southeast's finest collections of American art, the Hunter is the centerpiece of the Bluff View Art District. Spend the entire evening listening to Tennessee music, savoring southern delicacies, browsing area galleries and touring the Houston Museum of Decorative Art, two sculpture gardens, and play bocce ball. And be sure to take home something truly of Tennessee from the Terrace Craft Fair. (Dress is business casual.)
Saturday, September 13
Assembly 2008 Sundown Git Down and Tennessee Catfish Fry at the First Tennessee Pavilion
Just down the street from the Chattanooga Convention Center the Fiery Gizzard String Band is tuning up, the Flatfoot Dancers are already stretching, and grease is bubbling hot, ready for the catfish and hushpuppies to jump in. You may want to just sit back and enjoy the fixin's, the drinkin', or you may want to join in the flatfootin'. It's your choice, but the evening is just beginning and a NASAA closing party is not complete without a great rock band, a dance floor, and a well-stocked bar. We got'em and a whole lot more! (Dress is casual.)
Photos courtesy of Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION
The Chattanoogan Hotel
Reservations can be made over the telephone by contacting The Chattanoogan Hotel reservations department at 800-619-0018 or online with a credit card guarantee no later than August 15, 2008, or until the NASAA contracted group room block is full. In the event this happens prior to our group reservation cut-off date of August 15, NASAA will identify an overflow hotel for further room reservations.
To make online reservations, please visit their website at www.thechattanooganhotel.com.
Click on the link 'Book Online' at the bottom of the page. Enter the number of rooms, guests, and dates that you would like to stay. Then next to 'Group ID' please enter the number 239562 to obtain the discounted group rates for NASAA. If you have further questions regarding your reservation, please contact the hotel reservations department at 800-619-0018.
All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Individual reservations must be cancelled at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to date of arrival. If a cancellation is not made at least 24 hours prior to date of arrival, the credit card will be charged for one night's room charge and tax.
NASAA's group room rate of $129 per room per night is available three (3) days prior and (3) days after the conference dates, based on availability. Check-in is 4:00 pm; Check-out is 12:00 p.m. (noon).
Requests for early check-ins will be honored based on availability.
Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center
Reservation Procedures for the Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center
If you prefer to make your reservations online, visit www.marriott.com/chadt and enter our NASAA group code (for Government Employee Rooms the code is SAGSAGA; for the Deluxe Rooms the code is NASNASA) in order to qualify for the discounted group room rates.
Reservations will be accepted no later than Friday, August 15, 2008 or until which time the NASAA contracted group room block is full. In the event this happens prior to our group reservation cut-off date of August 15, NASAA will identify an overflow hotel for further room reservations.
All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Individual reservations must be cancelled at least seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival date. If a cancellation is not made at least 72 hours in advance, the credit card will be charged for one night's room and tax.
NASAA's group room rate will apply three (3) days prior and (3) days after the conference dates, based on availability.
Check-in is 3:00 pm; Check-out is 12:00 p.m. (noon). Requests for early check-ins will be honored based on availability.
NASAA generally offers meeting attendees prearranged group discounts with one official airline, however, due to the fluctuations within the airline industry and the variety of low fares that are available on the Internet, we encourage you to search for competitive fares and select the one that best fits your budget.
The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport has a variety of airlines that service Chattanooga.
Non-Stop Cities include:
For additional airline information visit http://www.chattairport.com/flight_info/destinations.htm
NASAA ASSEMBLY 2008 conference attendees who book reservations at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance with All American Taxi will receive a discounted, flat rate fare of $10 each way, per person, excluding gratuity, between the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and the Chattanooga Marriott in downtown.
We strongly encourage you to book well in advance of your arrival with All American Taxi by calling toll-free 888-514-TAXI (8294) or 423-645-6387. Visit www.allamericantaxi.com for more details about the reservation process. Please be sure to mention the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies or NASAA when making your reservation in order to qualify for the discounted fare.
Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's car rental facility is located at the baggage claim. To make rental car reservations, contact the following:
Parking at the Chattanooga Marriott at the Convention Center is an underground parking facility and is available to both overnight and day guests. Overnight guests may self-park at a rate of $9.00 per night or valet park for $11.00 per night.
Day guests may park hourly. Hourly rates are as follows:
Tennessee Arts Commission
Tennessee Arts Commission
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga