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					 Art, Culture, & Creativity: A National Learning Exchange
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

8:00 am – 4:00 pm          Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am          Breakfast

8:30 am – 11:30 am         West Baltimore Bus Tours

9:30 am – 11:30 am         SPECIAL SESSIONS

                                Arts Ready: Are You in Jeopardy?

                                Readiness Planning as a Leadership Activity

                                  Today, leading an arts organization takes more
                                  vision and planning than ever. In addition to
                                  managing the organization and its programs, it
     is vital that staff and board members look out for vulnerabilities and
     threats and make plans for keeping operations going. Funders and
     stakeholders are looking more intently at how an organization is postured
     to be sustainable, and maintain the value of their investment. This
     environment also includes increasing threats to an arts organization’s
     ongoing operations – from weather events to data security issues, from
     sudden leadership vacuums to potential pandemics. Our field has not
     addressed readiness planning proactively – many of us don’t know how --
     yet we are the protectors and creators of our communities’ cultural assets
     and creative spirit. Today’s and tomorrow’s arts leaders need skills and
     knowledge in business continuity and preparedness. Come to this
     conversation prepared to learn how to begin a plan for your organization
     so you can continue or re-start your operations quickly after a crisis of
     any type or size. We’ll also share ideas about the ways the arts community
     has, and can, be a catalyst and safe place for communities to turn to in
     times of pain and uncertainty. This session is presented by
     www.ArtsReady.org <http://www.ArtsReady.org>, an initiative of South
     Arts.

                     Fractured Atlas: Introduction to Fiscal Sponsorship

                     Do you need to raise funds for a creative project? Join
                     Fractured Atlas for a conversation about fiscal sponsorship,
                     crowd funding, fundraising, and more.

                     Fractured Atlas: Insurance Matters: a basic introduction
                     to the types of insurance all artists should consider

     An opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of a variety of insurances
     including liability, property, equipment, and health with Emily Gray,
     Program Director for Liability Insurance at Fractured Atlas. Serving a
national community of independent artists since 2002, Fractured Atlas
provides access to and education about insurance specifically tailored to
the needs of the artistic community.

Arts & Democracy Project




In 2004, the Arts & Democracy Project grew out of National Voice, an
effort that brought together more than 1,000 nonpartisan groups from
across the country to coordinate the registration and turnout of over 5
million voters from constituencies underrepresented in the American
political system. Subsequently, the Project carried out an active planning
process of convening and engaging with the field to learn what has and
has not been effective in linking arts and culture, civic engagement, and
social justice. We co-sponsored nine convenings across the country that
included a rural cultural organizer retreat, a meeting of hip-hop activists
and artists, a convening of grassroots cultural activists right after the
2008 election, and a White House briefing on art and social justice. We are
engaging the following questions:

* How do arts and culture play an active role in our democracy?

* What forms of cultural expression move people to participate in
decision-making?

* What forms of activism and organizing are best linked to arts and
cultural work?

* How can this work become more strategic, effective, and sustainable?

Art At Work (AAW)

ART AT WORK (AAW) is a national initiative to improve municipal
government through strategic art-making projects involving city
employees, elected officials and local artists. It was created by the arts
non-profit Terra Moto Inc, and is led by the award-winning theater artist
Marty Pottenger.

The City of Portland, ME, has served as AAW’s first partner and national
model since 2007. In the face of increasingly complex challenges and
diminishing resources, Portland has successfully demonstrated how art-
making is a vital tool in strengthening cross-cultural understanding,
enhancing communication skills, raising morale and increasing
understanding between city agencies and the public.

Using visual art, performance, poetry, photography, video and audio, ART
AT WORK has resulted in four exhibits at City Hall, a permanent exhibit at
police headquarters, two police poetry readings attended by 200 people,
four arts-based civic dialogues with the police and community members
     and the publishing of two internationally acclaimed police poetry
     calendars.

     City employees have created 150 original artworks that have engaged over
     25,000 people in the region and reaching over a million through local and
     major media outlets. Their posters, photographs, prints and poems hang
     in city parking garages, lunchrooms, recycling centers, police stations,
     conference rooms, maintenance shops and throughout the city work
     environments.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm       LUNCH

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm        Opening

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm         Performance

                          Last House Standing

                          Sheila Gaskins

                          The Last House Standing is a play based on “the
                          Highway to Nowhere” a 2.5-mile stretch of highway
                          located in West Baltimore. The “Highway to Nowhere”
                          is a government enforced highway that displaced
                          5000 residents, destroyed 748 homes and disrupted
                          the lives of hundreds of families.

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm         Interactive Conversation for Action

                          Day 1: Healing

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm         Creative and Strategic Intensives: Day 1

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm        Performances

                          Melpomene’s Sense of Humor

                          Maritza Mercado-Narcisse

                          Fat Boy

                          Teo Castellanos

                          PEACHES

                          Progress Theatre

Thursday, June 23, 2011

8:00 am – 12:00 pm        REGISTRATION

8:30 am – 9:30 am         Breakfast Conversations

10:00 am – 11:00 am       Opening
                        Performances



                        The Loving Project: E-Race

                        Dance Box Theater

                        How to Lose a Mountain

                        Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

                        Conversations With Time

                        Conversatins With Time Collective

11:00 am – 1:00 pm      Interactive Conversation for Action

                        Day 2: Intergeneration Leadership

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm       LUNCH

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm       OPEN SPACE

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm       Daily Wrap-up

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm       Creative and Strategic Intensives: Day 2

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm      Performances

                        No Less Black

                        Gesel Mason Performance Project

                        Daughters of the Cane

                        Millicent Johnnie

                        Brotherly Love

                        oLive Dance Theater

Friday, June 24, 2011

8:00 am – 12:00 pm      REGISTRATION

8:30 am – 9:30 am       Breakfast Conversations

10:00 am – 11:00 am     Opening

                        Performances

                        1906/2006/2106

                        Beacon Dance
                     Go Ye Therefore (an excerpt)

                     ArtSpot Productions Inc.



                     Driven by the Female Heart / Back to the Wall

                     Clancyworks Dance

11:00 am – 1:00 pm   Interactive Conversation for Action

                     Day 3: Sustainability

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm    LUNCH

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm    OPEN SPACE

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm    Daily Wrap-up

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm    Creative and Strategic Intensives: Day 3

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm   Alternate ROOTS’ 35th Birthday Bash

				
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