NASAA Assembly 2014: Sessions

Speaker and Facilitator Biographies

Thursday, November 13

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) New Reporting Requirements Workshop
Help your agency stay in compliance! Representatives from the NEA Grants office join colleagues from the NEA State and Regional office to review Partnership Agreement reporting requirements and answer your questions. This session includes a review of upcoming changes to Final Descriptive Reports (FDRs) as well as tips on how to avoid common pitfalls and problems in submitting them. In addition, NEA staff previews new federal grants management requirements that will affect the states under the OMB "omnicircular" officially known as Part 200-Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements. We welcome any questions you want to send to us in advance.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Opening Session & Roll Call of the States
Stand up and be counted during the annual roll call of all states and jurisdictions.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Briefing Sessions

How a Blue Dog Is Transforming Schooling in Louisiana
George Rodrigue's masterwork paintings are far more than museum fixtures—they demonstrate the power of a place based artist to give voice to disenfranchised communities, to ignite action and to transform education. Learn the origins of Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog image, its community impact and how its legacy is supporting long-term education improvement through the arts.

Unleashing the Power of the Traditional Arts
Hear how, building on decades of preservation and documentation, many state arts agencies are developing new constituencies, fostering sustainable economic development, supporting innovative business models, and empowering advocacy through the folk and traditional arts.

We've Got an App for That!
Three state arts agencies showcase mobile applications designed to promote the arts and connect residents and visitors with local public art sites and cultural resource providers. Join this session to discuss "going mobile" and ways to put information about the arts at the fingertips of the public.

Creative Aging Communities of Practice
By 2030, 19% of our nation's population will be age 65 or older. State arts agencies can address this trend by fostering lifelong participation, learning and wellness through the arts. Hear how three state arts agencies involved in the ENGAGE initiative led by the National Center for Creative Aging, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, are leading the way in their states.

Federal Resources: Looking beyond the NEA
Resources for the arts and culture exist in many different places within the federal budget beyond the National Endowment for the Arts appropriation. This briefing reviews resources available through other federal programs and offers tips about regional and state networks that serve as distribution hubs for federal funds.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Briefing Sessions
If you have a hard time choosing just one briefing session above, we have great news: all briefing sessions repeat during this hour!

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception & Artist Performance at the Presbytère, Louisiana State Museum

Friday, November 14

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Peer Sessions
Peer sessions offer staff and council members the opportunity to gather and exchange ideas in job-alike groups.

Executive Directors
Chairs and Council Members
Deputy / Assistant Directors
Arts Education Managers
Communications / Public Information Officers
Community Development Coordinators
Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinators
Grants and Fiscal Officers

Visit the Peer Groups page for more details.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Plenary Luncheon & Keynote Address
Dr. Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, talks with state arts agency partners about the role of the arts as an essential component of our everyday lives and our collective role in ensuring all Americans and our communities benefit from the arts. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share your views, so come prepared to participate in this public dialogue.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Topical Sessions

Flashes of Inspiration 2014
This lively, fast-paced showcase features bright ideas and innovative programs from 10 state arts agencies across the nation. Time is provided at the end of the series for networking and Q&A with presenters. 

The Next Generation of Arts Advocates
How can state arts agencies and advocacy groups involve the next generation of arts leaders and arts advocates? Join an expert on millennial engagement from Rock the Vote to discuss how to include young, diverse stakeholders in arts policy and cultural advocacy efforts.

Awesome Data Visualizations
In past conferences and web seminars, NASAA has showcased creative infographics and data visualization techniques using state arts agency data. In this session, we widen our lens to draw inspiration and borrow techniques from beyond the state arts agency community.

Community Coaching for Creative Place Making
For state arts agencies facilitating local place making or creative economy efforts, community coaching can offer some advantages over a consultant-driven model. Learn more about this approach—and the outcomes it is garnering in Louisiana—from the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.

The Art of Leadership
NASAA CEO Jonathan Katz and Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert Lynch discuss what cultural policy leaders have accomplished and what challenges lie ahead. They draw upon their own work as artists, art workers, association executives and good friends in this dialogue with attendees.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Artist Showcase
Top talent is on parade in this artistic extravaganza, hosted by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.

Saturday, November 15

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Leadership Awards Breakfast
Honor outstanding state arts agency leaders.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Topical Sessions

Building Intentional Networks
Human networks can be powerful agents for civic and cultural change. Led by the National Performance Network, this session offers strategies for cultivating strong networks and communities of practice that add up to far more than the sum of their parts.

The Capitalization Challenge
Too many nonprofit arts organizations have ongoing deficits and cash-flow problems. Grantmakers in the Arts has spent four years identifying steps funders can take to improve the financial health and capital structure of the nonprofit arts sector. Participate in this conversation about what roles state arts agencies can play in this "cultural shift" in arts grant making. 

Assessing Your Agency's Social Media Practice
State arts agencies use a variety of social media platforms to reach constituents and promote the arts. Join this session to assess where your agency falls on the continuum of social media usage and to learn ways to evaluate the impact of your efforts.

After the Election
Examine the effects of the November 2014 elections in this session, which addresses turnover among elected officials, explores the current political climate for arts support and offers tactics for cultivating relationships with new elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Creative Youth Development: Beyond the School Day
Research is highlighting the power of creative youth development (CYD) to empower and transform young lives and a national community of practice is emerging. Join this session to review recent research on CYD and discuss the roles state arts agencies are playing now—and can play in the future—to transform their lives, schools and communities using the arts.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Closing Plenary Luncheon & Business Meeting
After a short business meeting, Jonathan Katz, outgoing NASAA CEO, reflects on the past, present and future of state arts agencies.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Joint State Arts Agency / State Arts Advocacy Network Forum
Gather with colleagues from state arts advocacy organizations to exchange advocacy tips and insights and discuss state cultural policy goals for the future. NASAA and the Americans for the Arts State Arts Advocacy Network collaborate to arrange this biennial forum.

THANKS!   Louisiana Office of Cultural Development   THANKS!   Annenberg Foundation   THANKS!   National Endowment for the Arts   THANKS!   George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts   THANKS!   Louisiana State Museum / The Presbytère   THANKS!   City Sightseeing New Orleans   THANKS!   Louisiana Partnership for the Arts   THANKS!   South Arts   
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