2013 Leadership Institute Sessions

Speaker and Facilitator Biographies

Thursday, October 17

9:00–10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Roll Call

Let your voice be heard during the traditional roll call of the states! In addition to warm welcomes and lively performances, these opening ceremonies include the official call to order of our assembly's business proceedings.

10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session with Terry Tempest Williams

Join a conversation with writer, environmentalist and educator Terry Tempest Williams about responsive citizenship, civil dialogue and the role of the arts in a vibrant democracy.

1:15–4:45 p.m.

Peer Sessions

Peer group meeting times have been extended during this Leadership Institute to provide extra time for individuals who share similar responsibilities to explore a variety of leadership, management and policy topics. Groups scheduled to meet are:

  • Executive Directors
  • Deputy Directors
  • Chairs/Council Members

See the Peer Sessions page for more information.

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Evening at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Featuring the works of more than 500 painters and sculptors, the National Museum of Wildlife Art provides an inspiring setting for an evening of artist performances, dinner, and reflections on the arts and American public policy from former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson.

Friday, October 18

8:30–9:30 a.m.

Briefing Sessions

Begin the day with short, pithy sessions that focus on emerging trends, best practices and new research.

  • Arts Advocacy Meets Intrinsic Impact: Our advocacy emphasizes how the arts create jobs and revenues. But does this emphasis reflect our true value? Does information on intrinsic impact have a role to play in making an effective case for public support? Explore these questions and others in this briefing, presented by Brad Erickson and inspired by Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art.

  • The Arts and the Military: Recent wars have catalyzed dramatic changes in the lives of active duty military personnel, reservists and veterans. The arts can be a powerful asset to the health and well-being of these individuals, their families and caregivers. Join this session to learn more about the needs of this population, the multiyear National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, and the roles that state arts agencies can play in supporting those who serve.

  • Rural Myths, Realities and Opportunities: Numerous social, demographic, economic and technological forces are changing the landscape of rural America. This session examines these emerging trends and discusses how they may affect state arts agency policies, services and programs designed for rural communities.

10:00–11:30 a.m.


Hone your public-sector leadership skills through these workshops.

  • Collective Impact: No single organization can create large-scale, lasting change alone. But what can be achieved if governments, nonprofits, foundations, civic leaders and business executives pool their efforts around a common agenda? This session shares how communities across the globe are utilizing Collective Impact concepts and invites you to explore how these strategies can be applied to the arts.

  • Animating Your Return on Investment: Good design can bring your data to life and communicate compelling ideas about the impact of the arts in a short amount of time. This session showcases effective data visualizations and infographics harvested from the arts field as well as from other sectors and helps you consider how to more creatively put your agency's information assets to use.

  • Arts Leadership in the Public Sector: State arts agency staff and council members have diverse leadership responsibilities as agency decision makers, managers of people and resources, agents of change, and champions for the arts. This workshop examines concepts, strategies and skills that distinguish public-sector leaders and contribute to enhancing agency public value.

1:45–3:00 p.m.

Dialogue Sessions

Exchange perspectives with colleagues during these facilitated discussions of priority issues.

  • Arts Education: What are state arts agencies trying to achieve in arts education? Participate in this conversation to share your aspirations and to compare notes on obstacles, opportunities and strategies for success.

  • Supplemental Funding: Discuss a variety of funding models and weigh the potential rewards and risks of securing public resources outside the state general fund.

  • Arts Advocacy: What advocacy tactics have been most productive for the arts at the state level? How can states without formal advocacy networks foster greater advocacy capacity? Join this candid exchange of ideas about strengthening arts case-making at the state level.

4:00–6:00 p.m.

Business Meeting and Artist Showcase

The NASAA 2013 Leadership Institute finale, held at the Center for the Arts, will feature a "State of the State Arts Agencies" keynote, 2014 elections, and performances by actor and playwright Bob Berky, Contemporary Dance Wyoming and "alt-country" musician Jalan Crossland.

All times and sessions are tentative as of August 2013. Check this page frequently as additional information becomes available.

Wyoming Arts Council THANKS! Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources   THANKS!   WESTAF   THANKS!   National Museum of Wildlife Art   THANKS!   Dancers' Workshop   THANKS!   The William D. Weiss Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole   THANKS!   Bruce Richardson and Susan Stanton   THANKS!   National Endowment for the Arts THANKS!


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