Speaker and Facilitator Biographies

Thursday, October 4

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Opening Session

Make sure your state is heard during our annual roll call of the states! Our opening ceremonies feature welcomes to Washington and D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick.

Thursday, October 4

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Peer Sessions

As always, special time is reserved on the Assembly agenda for participants to exchange ideas and perspectives in job-alike groups. Agendas, coordinated by volunteer leaders from the field, are posted on our Peer Groups page.

Friday, October 5

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session: Place Making

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman joins a panel of state arts agencies to discuss arts based place making and the leadership roles that state arts agencies play in fostering community vitality.

Friday, October 5

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Briefing Sessions

Elections 2012: Forecast for the Arts

This session considers opportunities and challenges facing the arts in the new year, including the threat of sequestration and prospects for support in Congress and the executive branch.

Lessons Learned from ArtPlace

Art has a unique ability to create quality of place, often "punching above its weight" to make communities more vibrant. From Sitka, Alaska to Miami Beach, Florida, partnerships are forming between arts organizations and local and state government as "creative placemaking" gains traction. Join a representative from ArtPlace, a national initiative at the forefront of the movement, to get an inside look at creative placemaking in action.

Future of the Arts Roundtable

Representatives from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Center for the Future of Museums and the League of American Orchestras trade perspectives on audience trends, program innovations, business adaptations, economic realities and more. This session gathers everyone's ideas about what lies ahead and how state arts agencies can help.

New Engines of Growth

Using a recent National Governors Association report as a point of departure, this session invites participants to exchange fruitful partnerships, programs, policies and other ideas for integrating the arts into economic development.

Heritage in America

Featuring recipients of the National Heritage Fellowships, this session explores the traditional arts as catalysts for place making and essential ingredients of a thriving democracy.

Cultural Tourism: A Vehicle for Economic Prosperity

New research on the economic impact of the arts in this region reveals the importance of the arts as a revenue generator for neighborhoods, businesses and families. This session shows how arts and tourism authorities in D.C. are working in partnership to promote the city—far beyond the Smithsonians—as a cultural tourism destination.

Friday, October 5

2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Topical Sessions

Data-Driven Decision Making

This session demonstrates how state arts agencies are using research to shape their policy agendas, inform programmatic decisions and empower advocacy efforts. Examples from three states serve as a springboard for group discussion of our field's information needs and how we can take advantage of existing data.

Federal Resources: Beyond the Cultural Agencies

This session discusses new approaches to federal grant making and policy objectives underlying them. Learn about how the arts sector can both contribute to and benefit from a variety of collaborative initiatives and resources available through the U.S. departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation.

Transforming Communities through Public Art

Led by artist, educator and biophysicist Peter Krsko, this session will offer interdisciplinary insights into community transformation and help you craft a compelling case statement for public art in your state.

Advocacy Insights from Other Sectors

Drawing on lobbying and marketing experts from the environmental, media and financial sectors, this discussion shows how advocates from these realms are crafting, substantiating and promoting a compelling case for public support.

Flashes of Inspiration 2012

Back by popular demand, this lively showcase features bright ideas and successful programs from state arts agencies around the nation. We're keeping the up-tempo format that premiered at Assembly 2010, but you'll hear all-new programs and presenters this year.

Saturday, October 6

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Topical Sessions

Virtual Fund-raising Frontiers

Many artists are turning to on-line tools such as Kickstarter, power2give, United States Artists and Indiegogo to raise money for their projects. In this session, participants get an overview of crowdsourced funding platforms, especially those most used by artists. We then explore how this trend affects state arts agencies and their constituents, and discuss to what extent crowdfunding portends change—real or perceived—in public funding for the arts.

Telling Your Public Value Stories

Join this artist-led session from SpeakeasyDC to learn the anatomy of a compelling narrative and practice new ways of communicating the value of the arts to multiple audiences.

Arts Awareness in Action: Statewide Campaigns

The session features three statewide arts campaigns that have raised (or hope to raise) public awareness about the arts and/or generate funds to support state arts agencies. Join Arizona, California and Minnesota to learn more about their campaigns and discuss lessons learned that may be relevant for your state.

The "Big Question" Session

NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch bring a national perspective to the topics of cultural policy, participation and politics. Join this conversation about the big questions facing our field and learn about resources available to help you address them.

State Arts Agency Change: New Models for a New Era?

This dialogue invites you to consider new paradigms for state arts agencies and to imagine alternative futures for our field. Facilitated by NASAA Chief Program and Planning Officer Kelly Barsdate, this session continues discussions held during the 2011 NASAA Leadership Institute. (Prior participation is not required—everyone is welcome.)

Saturday, October 6

Postconference Offerings

1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
ARTventure Excursion to THEARC

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities leads a must-see ARTventure to the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, locally known as THEARC. Plan ahead to participate in this excursion.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Joint Session: State Arts Agencies and State Arts Advocacy Organizations

A joint forum for state arts agencies and state arts advocacy organizations meets on Saturday afternoon. NASAA is collaborating with Americans for the Arts and the State Arts Action Network to convene the leaders of state arts agencies and advocacy groups to exchange successful strategies for mobilizing arts support at the state level.

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