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10/28/19 - 10/31/19 | St. Paul | MN
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Conference Tracks

Special Tracks at the Alliance of Artists Communities 2015 Annual Conference

Look for the below symbols in the full conference schedule for focus tracks and discussion types. Feel free to mix and match the sessions you attend. The key below helps you quickly identlfy the focus of certain sessions.


Arts + Ecology - how are we engaging ecological themes, adapting sustainable practices, and making room for collaboration between artists and scientists.

  • Preconference Tour: Norman Bird Sanctuary
  • Powering Art: Renewable Energy + Arts Facilities
  • Revealing Process + Place: Structuring Ecological Residencies
  • Arts + Ecology Happy Hour

Performance - how do we support performance-based work across development and presentation.

  • Let’s Take the Long View : Deep Investments in Creative Practice
  • Advancing Support for Live Arts // Roundtable Discussion
  • Critical Feedback for Creative Work: Fieldwork
  • Live Arts Supporters + Creators Meet Up
  • Disruptive Change: Performance Mash Up
  • Residency/Presenter/Artist: Supporting Performance Through Collaboration

Social Practice - models of supporting social practice artists and projects.

  • Creation, Research, Engagement: Social Practice in Residence
  • Melding Public and Private: Residencies in National Parks + Other Public Spaces
  • Gail Silver Memorial Lecture and keynote address: Theaster Gates
  • Pittsburgh Spotlight: City of Asylum + Office of Public Arts

Leadership - a series exploring our role as leaders and how we build professional capacity for our organizations and ourselves.

  • Board Track a full day of workshops on shaping a healthy board, embracing governance responsibilites, and building fundraising expertise.
  • Artist-run: Balancing Artist + Administrator

Equity - strategies for fostering access in the arts and forwarding new models of inclusivity.

  • Better Together: Collaborating for Creative Access
  • Parents in Residence: Models of Inclusion
  • The Matter of Money: Compensation, Equity, and Valuing Artists
  • Lunch Plenary // Looking Back, Moving Forward: Advancing Cultural Equity | Senator Pell Lecture on Arts + Humanities
  • Making Space to Nurture Writers of Color
  • Open Doors: Engaging Underserved Artists

We Mean Business - a three-part series on the business of running arts organizations. It’s the stuff that we often don’t want to think about, but simply can’t avoid.

  • We Mean Business Part I | Cover Your Ass(ets): Untangling Insurance
  • We Mean Business Part II | Strange Bedfellows? Getting from Finance to Fundraising
  • We Mean Business, Part III | Somewhere Over the Numbers: Evaluating Mission Impact
  • Zoning 101
  • Funding Spotlight: Creative Placemaking and Community Transformation