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All sessions take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel | 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA unless otherwise noted.

Full Schedule

Please note: Schedule details are subject to change. Check back for new and updated sessions and speakers.



9am - 10am

Registration + Check-In
Loews Hotel, Congress Hall, 4th floor

Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information.

10am - 5pm

Building Boards Preconference Workshop 
The Pew Center for Arts + Heritage | 1608 Walnut Street, 18th Floor, Philadelphia, PA  

Looking for strategies to develop a healthy and eff ective board? Join us for the Building Boards Workshop - a full day training designed to help your organization develop a healthy, passionate board, embrace governance responsibilities and build fundraising expertise. Led by Jennifer Shropshire, Principal, Edward F. Swenson & Associates and expert in board development, the 2018 program includes highly interactive sessions and skill-building exercises to support your organization’s leaders. Separate registration required.  [ read more ]

10am - 4pm

Arts + Ecology Preconference
Bartram's Garden | 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

A growing number of artist residency programs support creative work at the intersection of arts and ecology. Residencies are interrogating place, working across disciplines and considering new ways to engage community and strategic partners. Join a special day-long summit at Philadelphia’s beloved Bartram’s Garden! Separate registration required.  [ read more ]

4pm - 6pm

Registration + Check-In
Loews Hotel, Congress Hall, 4th floor

Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information.

6pm - 8pm

Opening Night Reception
Tyler School of Art | Temple University | 2001 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Help us kick off the 2018 Conference in style! Connect with old friends and make new ones during the festive opening reception at one of the sharpest art schools in Philadelphia. It’s a fun way to start your conference experience!

Free for registered attendees! Beer/Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


All sessions take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel | 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA unless otherwise noted.

8:30am - 4pm

Registration + Check-In
Loews Millennium Hall Foyer, 2nd floor
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be available.

Funder Consultations
Sign up for one-on-one consultations with featured funders including the National Endowment for the Arts. First come, first served. Sign up available at registration desk.

9am - 10:30am

Welcome to Philadelphia!
Lisa Hoffman
| Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities
Kelly Lee
Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Artist Keynote: Raquel Salas Rivera
Raquel is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and a CantoMundo Fellow. Their work has appeared in journals such as the Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, and McSweeney's. They are the author of Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente), oropel/tinsel (Lark Books), tierra intermitente (Ediciones Alayubia), and lo terciario/the tertiary (Timeless, Infinite Light). Currently, they are co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets.

Artist Keynote Performance: jumatatu m. poe
jumatatu is a choreographer, performer, and educator who divides their time between Philadelphia and New York City. jumatatu's work is influenced by various sources, including their early technical training in contemporary African dance, their continued study of contemporary dance and performance, and their recent sociological research of and technical training in J-setting with Donte Beacham. jumatatu produces dance and performance work with idiosynCrazy productions, a company they founded in 2008 and now co-directs with Shannon Murphy. Previously, jumatatu has danced with Marianela Boán, Silvana Cardell, Emmanuelle Hunyh, Tania Isaac, Kun-Yang Lin, C. Kemal Nance, Marissa Perel, Leah Stein, Keith Thompson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Reggie Wilson and Kariamu Welsh. During their keynote performance, jumatatu will be joined by choreographer and performer Donte Beacham, with whom they share an eight-year practice of creative collaboration.

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Lived Experience: Creatives Speak
Congress C

In the last decade, artist residencies have sought to address equity gaps and diversify artist cohorts. What this looks like in reality is inviting artists of color into contexts that are predominately white — both within the residency and larger community. Join an open conversation on what lived experience looks and feels like within these temporary communities. Artists explore how residency programs can provide artists of color with a safe environment and what safe means across contexts. How can residencies implement strategies that prioritize caring for artists of color who experience micro and macro-aggressions during a time that is supposed to be dedicated to creating?

Andrea Chung | Artist
Pamela Carmen Council | Artist
Gia Hamilton | Applied Anthropologist, Residency and Incubator Space Developer (moderator)
Janelle Iglesias | Artist
Sharbreon Plummer | Independent Researcher

(2) Artist Resiliency and Urban Real Estate
Congress A

New York City’s rapidly shifting real estate landscape has had a great impact on the livelihood of local artist communities. This has driven Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) to take stock of opportunities for program growth and development in the coming years through a series of focus groups involving artists, residency directors and real estate partners. In this session LMCC will share focus group findings with the larger goal of generating creative collective thinking and discourse around the present realities of urban real estate and its intersection with artist support, touching upon questions such as: How do we ensure that urban centers continue to be creative hubs for practicing artists in light of rapidly changing real estate development? What are the space needs of artists working in New York City and other urban centers, and how are they changing? How can arts service organizations be better mediators between artists and space-providers?

Bora Kim | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
Dani Reuben | Program Manager, Artist Residencies, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)
James Wright | Director of Community, Economic, and Real Estate Development, People's Emergency Center

(3) Artist-Centric Approaches to Alumni Engagement
Millennium Hall

All artist residency programs have alumni: a growing network of hundreds to thousands of individuals who have the shared experience of the program, and often a sense of gratitude and a strong desire to stay connected. What are strategies, tactics and models for deepening a community of artists after artists have physically left their residency experience? We will hear from both artists and residency staff about their respective goals and needs as they work together to continue supporting artists’ careers. This session will share specific strategies followed by an open dialogue around challenges - and opportunities - of building a robust alumni program!

Terra Fuller | Advancement Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Saliq Francis Savage | Artist, Founder & Director, KulturPark Stolpe
Mark Taylor
| Composer and Artistic Director, Interrobang Arts, Inc.
Vito Zingarelli | Program Director, Hedgebrook

(4) Looking Back, Looking Forward: Platforms for Dance at MANCC
Congress B

As practitioners working in the field of dance and performance identify and wrestle with questions around building more responsive and equitable systems of creative support for artists, it is important to reflect upon where “we” have been. The contemporary independent dance field has only in recent years begun to invest resources in creative development. Nearing its fifteenth anniversary, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) has offered a particular model of creative support as the only residency center of its kind located within a research university in the US. To lay groundwork for discussion and strategy-building for the future, this session will dive into MANCC’s unique history - bringing together artists and leadership that has shaped the program.

Jennifer Calienes | Independent Consultant and Interim Deputy Director, Jacob's Pillow 
Emily Johnson | Artist
Carla Peterson
| Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (provided) Millennium Hall

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) From the Ground Up: Blueprints for Building a Diverse Staff
Millennium Hall

In 2015 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation published a demographic survey that detailed the comparable lack of arts professionals of color in relation to the US population. At that time only 16% of museum professionals were people of color. The most commonly cited challenge by the arts sector to increasing the diversity of their staff is finding qualified candidates of color to fill professional positions. In a strategic effort to amend this perceived lack of qualified candidates, some arts institutions are creating their own museum studies and community arts programs specifically designed for young people of color. This moderated panel discussion is led by graduates of such programs at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, who will share the research and pedagogical frameworks that have been created to successfully increase diversity throughout the arts.

Rob Blackson | Director, Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (moderator)
Donta Daniels | Curator, Young Curators Council, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Jayson Overby Jr.
| Curator
Liam Sweeney
| Analyst, Ithaka S+R
Quaishawn Whitlock | Artist Educator + Artist in Residence, Andy Warhol Museum, Father Ryan Arts Center + Artists Image Resource

(2) Refuge Across Borders
Congress B

Artist residencies are vital spaces that provide refuge for artists needing space and time to create. However, residencies often fall short when it comes to engaging artists forcibly displaced by natural disaster or fleeing active, violent situations in their home countries. This panel will showcase innovative work being done to create a better global safety net for aritsts and writers. Exploring some “blind spots” in current residency models, we will look at ways residencies can better understand both urgent and long-term needs of artists at risk.

Kathy Black | Program Director, Vermont Studio Center
Michael Orlove | Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Michael Royce | Executive Director, New York Foundation for the Arts
Julie Trébault | Director of the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), PEN America
Kanchana Ugbabe | Writer at Risk in Residence, Fordham University and PEN America

(3) Charting the Course for Ecology in the Arts
Congress C

Join a “state of the field” conversation for arts leaders working at the intersection of arts and ecology. We’ll hear quick reports from artists and staff, and discuss recent changes in the arts and ecology residency cohort, larger systemic shifts, and of course continue to chart a path forward for this essential work. Not in the loop? We’ll include lots of grounding context for new folks, including a report-out from the Arts + Ecology Preconference. Bring your ideas and tough questions and we’ll circle the chairs.

Brad Kik | Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

(4) Adaptive Strategies: Inclusive + Sustainable Programming
Congress A

Although most organizations today realize how critical it is for long term sustainability to diversify revenue streams and expand programming relevant to their communities, many prominent institutions have had difficulty evolving their mission and translating their impact locally. As the field of culture and funding for the arts shifts, organizations must be nimble as they develop more inclusive and relevant programmatic and operational models. This requires leadership that can foster adaptive strategies without losing sight of mission, institutional history and profile. Explore how organizations are trying to address the need for increased access and support to artists along with the need for organizational sustainability, and investigate how these goals can be mutually inclusive.

Jamie Badoud | Executive Director, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences
Jamie Blosser | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute
Veronique Le Melle | Arts Management Consultant (moderator)

3:15pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 5pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Monument Lab: Report to the City
Congress B

Monument Lab is a public art and history initiative based in Philadelphia that comprises a team of curators, artists, scholars and students. In 2017, Monument Lab teamed with Mural Arts Philadelphia to produce a citywide exhibition organized around a central question: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? This line of inquiry was aimed at building civic dialogue about place and history as forces for a deeper questioning of what it means to be Philadelphian in a time of renewal and continuing struggle. Hear from lead curators and artists on creating an engagement strategy that resulted in twenty “prototype” monuments in public spaces, registered over 200,000 in-person engagements, and collected close to 4,500 creative monument proposals from Philadelphians and visitors. Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz will also present her Monument Lab project, “Seguimos Caminando” (“We Keep Walking”).

Laurie Allen
| Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Farber | Artistic Director, Monument Lab
Ken Lum | Chief Curatorial Advisor, Monument Lab
Michelle Angela Ortiz | Artist

(2) Mental Health in Context: A Conversation
Congress A

An artist residency environment can be conducive to mental health and well-being; it can also bring about a spectrum of mental health challenges. This conversation will look at how to help both artists and residency staff recognize the realities of what potential a residency environment has to nurture - and also to challenge mental health. Hear from both an administrator and an artist alumn on strategies Banff used to cover mental health and ensure the artist’s time in residence was as productive and transformative as possible. In addition, learn about creative funding options for mental health support, and how to arm your staff with tools to identify and assist in moments of crisis.

Thomas Devaney | Poet
Tamara Ross | Director, Arts Administration, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

(3) Ask-A-Funder
Millennium Hall

Hear directly from funders on what their foundation is prioritizing in the coming year, and what they have looked for when supporting residencies. Lightning round presentations will be followed by small discussion groups with funders. Bring your questions!

Cathy Edwards | Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
Susan Feder
| Program Officer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Tony Grant
 | Co-Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation
Michael Orlove
| Director of Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Artist Communities and International Activities, National Endowment for the Arts

(4) Launch Pad: Stories from the First Years
Congress C

Join fellow leaders of brand-new and emerging residencies for an open discussion on the winding road to being a fully-launched residency. Hear from three recent alumns of the Alliance’s Emerging Program Institute followed by small group discussions and share-outs of key threads. This will be an informal time to share ideas and a safe space to discuss the unique challenges of the first years.

Nicole Dowd | Director of Arts Programs, Halcyon
Stephanie Raines | Hestia, Program Curator
Rachel Reichert | Cultural Sites Manager, Boise Arts & History / James Castle House  

5:30pm - 6:30pm

POC Leaders Networking Meeting
Congress C -- Followed by casual gathering at "Bank & Bourbon" Loews Hotel Bar, 1st floor

Gather and meet other attendees! Listen and share your experiences to build bridges and collaboration opportunities.

6:30pm - 8pm

Evening Meet-Ups!

Relax in an informal setting with the option to have something to eat or drink. Meet-up spots are suggested places where you can meet other conference attendees and locals while checking out Philadelphia's food and art scene.


All sessions take place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel | 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA unless otherwise noted.

8:30am - 3pm

Registration + Check-In
Millennium Hall Foyer, 2nd floor
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be available.

Funder Consultations
Sign up for one-on-one consultations with featured funders including the National Endowment for the Arts. First come, first served. Sign up available at registration desk.

9am - 10:30am 

Keynote Plenary: Equity in Artist Selection
Millennium Hall

A conversation with Denise Brown (Leeway Foundation), Maria del Carmen Montoya (Artist), Eleanor Savage (Jerome Foundation) and Nato Thompson (Philadelphia Contemporary)

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Creating Connection: Data-Driven Messaging
Millennium Hall

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult task undertaken by artists and arts organizations. Join Arts Midwest’s “Creating Connection” program and MASS MoCA for a data-driven session that unpacks the values that inspire people to participate in arts, culture and creativity, and explores the messages and experiences that matter most. This session will share a growing body of research around the intersection of creativity and public values, and offer tangible messaging strategies,tools and real-time examples aimed at helping you attract and connect more deeply with your communities. You’ll come away with new messaging ideas that you can put into action right away, and the inspiration to get started.

Blair Benjamin | Director, the Studios at MASS MoCA, MASS MoCA 
David Fraher | President & CEO, Arts Midwest

(2) Crisis Management: Healing Spaces During Moments of Shift
Congress A

This open dialogue will offer examples of how to create a healing space for communities in moments of crisis; practical tools, administrative structures and policies to manage crisis; and strategies for boundary setting, self-care and wellness tips for administrators.

Elizabeth Chodos | Director, Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University
Gia Hamilton | Applied Anthropologist, Cultural Steward and Curator

(3) Radical Cooperation in the City of Brotherly Love
Congress C

Performance is being developed in less visible, artist-run spaces that are providing support to artists and creative practices. Explore Philadelphia’s approach to supporting artists who can’t rely on established, institutional support to create work. What are smaller spaces doing to provide for themselves all that isn’t being provided in “established” or traditional models of residency programs? Who’s being left behind? Are there ways that artists “doing it for themselves” can be more productive and sustainable?

Arielle Julia Brown | Creative Producer and Social Practice Artist
Anna Drozdowski
| Conductor of Projects
Sara Zia Ebrahimi | Program Director, Leeway Foundation
Lela Aisha Jones | Founder & Director, FlyGround
LaNeshe Miller-White | Executive Director, Theatre in the X
Amy Smith
| Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater

(4) Creating a Toolkit for Equity in the Panel Process
Congress B

What does racial equity really mean in the panel process? How do white cultural norms show up and what are alternatives? How do we balance these interventions for equity with our role as “impartial” facilitators? What new tools do we need? A cohort of grantmakers have been working to examine these questions, deepen an understanding of racial equity and its impact in the panel process, and test interventions. This hands-on working session will combine individual reflection, small group interactions, and full group conversations centered on four areas: 1) disseminating information and the applicant pool; 2) program selection criteria; 3) identifying and training panelists; and 4) the panelists’ experience. By sharing discoveries, experiments and roadblocks, participants will problem-solve peer-to-peer and gain tactical tools for immediate use.

Moira Brennan | Executive Director, MAP Fund
Emilya Cachapero | Director of Artistic and International Programs, Theatre Communications Group
Linda A. Earle | Professor of Practice in Art History, Tyler School of Art, Temple University (moderator)
Dara Silver | Special Projects and Grants Program Manager, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (provided) Millennium Hall

1:45pm - 2:45pm



(1) Resisting Gentrification in Chinatowns
Congress B

In New York, over 120 galleries have opened in Manhattan’s Chinatown, pushing out local, family-run businesses. Chinatowns all over the country are at the front lines of gentrification, and we want Asian and non-Asian audiences to think critically about the role they are playing in attending, participating in, or even starting artist spaces in historic Chinatowns and other majority POC and immigrant neighborhoods. Drawing on experiences from Wing On Wo’s The W.O.W. Project’s 店面 Residency, this session shares strategies and methods of holding space and place through arts and culture.

Dave Kyu | Neighborhood Projects Manager, Asian Arts Initiative
Clara Lu | Residency Coordinator, Wing On Wo
Kira Simon-Kennedy | Co-Founder & Director, China Residencies
Diane Wong | Organizer, The W.O.W. Project
Carol Zou | Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative

(2) Beyond Ramps: Welcoming Artists with Disabilities
Congress A

When we work to make our sites accessible we may think of ramps first, but there is so much more to welcoming artists than physical considerations. How we manage our jury panels, outreach efforts and daily interactions with artists is integral to ensuring that our sites and programs are hospitable and equitable. Creating a completely accessible organization is not usually something that can be accomplished overnight, but is best achieved through a long-term commitment to a process of care, responsiveness and learning. It’s not hard. It just takes motivation. Join this conversation and get motivated!

Esther Grisham Grimm | Executive Director, 3Arts
Anne Mulgrave | Manager of Grants and Accessibility, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

(3) Thriving Beyond the Metropolis
Congress C

Join Elsewhere, a museum and artist residency situated in a mid-sized southern city, for a workshop on sustaining experimental organizations outside of major urban centers. How do artist-run spaces, practitioners and projects thrive when they are part of a larger experimental field but positioned outside of major art centers? During this session, we will talk through challenges, discuss ideas, share solutions and collaboratively articulate the values of engaging communities in all directions.

Emily Ensminger | Creative Director, Elsewhere

(4) Wisdom Well: Mini-Sessions
Millennium Hall

Insurance, social media, data + impact, advocacy and cultural competency are all things that affect how we make decisions, operationalize our missions and support artists. Choose two topics for 25-minute roundtables with subject matter leaders to pose specific questions in these areas:

Cover Your Ass(ets): Untangling Insurance
Liability, coverage, and claims and other thrilling adventures from the world of insurance for arts organizations.
LeConte Moore | Managing Director, DeWitt Stern
Sharon Ullman | Deputy Director, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

You Gotta Be Kidding: Supporting Parent Artists
Creative solutions and new ideas in supporting artists with children in attending residencies.
Eve Biddle
Artist + Parent + Co-Director, Wassaic Project
Andrew Simonet
| Artist + Parent + Founder, Artists U

Making the Case
How can we use data to strengthen vitality, performance and public impact of our programs?
Caralyn Spector | Creative Strategist

Advocacy Alert! (Now what?)
Get a run down of top legislative issues affecting the arts, and hear about existing advocacy campaigns and how you can effectively add your voice!
Brandon Gryde | Director of Government Affairs, Dance/USA and OPERA America

Anti-Oppression Training
How do we get started? First steps in engaging our boards, staff and ourselves in an anti-oppression training process.
Lisa Hoffman | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

3pm - 5:30pm

Off-site tours, workshops, and adventures
Space is limited; free to attendees, but registration is required.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum
SPACES The Village of Arts and Humanities

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Mascher Space
Cooperative + <fidget>
RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency Program) + Tacony LAB

7pm - 8:30pm

Evening Meet-ups

Meet-up spots are suggested places where you can meet other conference attendees and locals while checking out Philadelphia's food and art scene.


All sessions at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel | 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA unless otherwise noted.

8:30am - 2pm

Registration + Check-In
Millennium Hall Foyer, 2nd floor
Pick up your registration packet and sign up for tours. Coffee/tea will be available.

Funder Consultations
Sign up at the registration desk for one-on-one consultations with featured funders including the National Endowment for the Arts. First come, first served. Sign up available at registration desk.

9am - 11:30am

Claiming Our Spaces: Pulling the Future Into Focus
Asian Arts Initiative | 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA

There has been a gradual but progressive change in the workflow for dance and performance makers over the past 20 years — a move away from coherent companies under distinct artistic leadership and financial mechanism toward a mash-up of generative individuals intermingling in a networked gig economy. Reflecting on the varied approaches to residency support for dance and performance, this session will interrogate whether residency programs have managed to keep up with the needs of this new creative landscape. Looking into the future, what critical resources will be missing for the development of new work? We will consider how we can better collaborate as a community of providers to build stronger infrastructures for artists over time.

Joseph Hall | Deputy Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Craig T. Peterson
| Artistic Director, Abrons Arts Center
David Sheingold
 | Independent Consultant
David Szlasa
| Design and Programming Consultant
Crystal Wei
| Executive Director, Mount Tremper Arts

9am - 10:30am

Breakout Sessions


(1) Leadership During Times of Change
Congress C

Sometimes being an Executive Director is like facing down a large, breaking wave. It’s coming at you fast, and you may not have much time to react. Duck under it or ride it? Join fellow executive directors for a conversation around what it means to provide meaningful, results-oriented leadership with accountability in this time of rapid change. The Alliance will share reflections on ways in which executive directors are responding to pivotal and polarizing moments of crisis. Organizations will come away with ideas for how to move forward on creating a long-range plan that reflects the goals and values of your organization, and an understanding of how to develop metrics and systems for measuring success.

Chris Cook | Executive Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Lisa Hoffman | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator)
Nancy Wilhelms | Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

(2) Open Door: Intentional Spaces + Unjuried Platforms
Congress A

How do we work with the inherent ambiguity in creative practice - giving programs enough structure to support artists, while maintaining the flexibility to shift in response to evolving needs? How do we balance unjuried/open platforms - with which anyone can easily engage - with intentional, curated programs that support specific practices? How do we develop programming that is intergenerational and inclusive, meeting artists at a range of levels? Hear targeted presentations on new approaches to these challenges, followed by a moderated conversation.

Aviva Kapust | Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities (moderator)
Louise Martorano | Executive Director, RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Shey Rivera | Artistic Director, AS220

(3) Novel Approaches to Donor Cultivation
Millennium Hall

Individual donations are key to sustaining artist-centered organizations. Effectively communicating your organization’s story builds a strong donor base, and knowing what information to collect, how to track it, and how to present it is key. Join arts leaders for a targeted presentation on ways they used storytelling, data, and programming to connect with new donors and generate fundraising momentum.

Brad Kik | Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
Melissa Levin | Vice President of Artists, Estates and Foundations, Art Agency, Partners (moderator)
Carolyn Ramo
| Executive Director, Artadia
Steven Wang | Executive Director, High Concept Labs

(4) With Artists, Not For Artists: Shared Power + Curation
Congress B

How do arts organizations share decision-making power with artists? Who do they listen to and share power with when building programs? This session will examine the life cycle of a residency experience from the point of view of filters and power. Who is filtered out, intentionally or not? And who gets to make critical decisions? Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will discuss their engagement strategies - including residencies with immigrant communities, public access TV and town hall meetings - as examples of how they integrate artists into program development and the everyday consciousness of various publics. Andrew Simonet will reflect on the findings of a nationwide working group looking at how residencies support artist parents. Participants will share their own strategies and challenges, and leave with a greater understanding of new approaches to power sharing and program curation.

Christiane D. Leach | Artist Relations Manager, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Jen Saffron | Director of Communications, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Andrew Simonet
| Artist + Founder, Artists U

10:45am - 11:45am



(1) Sexual Harassment: Creating a Culture of Transparency
Millennium Hall

The gathering momentum of the #MeToo movement is helping focus attention on institutional practices aimed at communicating and enforcing sexual misconduct policies. Residency programs are workplaces, but they are also communities of artists who occupy a gray area in relationship to the host institution. Within this context, what are the most effective means for communicating expectations and establishing behavioral norms? What mechanisms are in use at member organizations to hold open a channel of communication for concerns or complaints? After hearing of recent policy changes at the MacDowell Colony, participants will help unpack these questions with the goal of improving the cultures at all residency programs.

Valdi Licul | Partner, Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C.
David Macy | Resident Director, MacDowell Colony
Cheryl Young | Executive Director, MacDowell Colony

(2) Universities Supporting Artists Beyond the Degree
Congress C

Educational institutions have a wide array of facilities and resources that go largely unused during the summer months. Inviting a group of artists not only supports their personal work and growth, but also invigorates the summer life of the institution. By tapping into already established networks via the school, artists, students and faculty develop reciprocal relationships that can lead to future collaborations, exhibitions, exchange programs and employment. Join a lively conversation on the unique potential and challenges that can arise for residencies embedded within larger institutions.

Chantal Harris
| Administrative Director, Emmanuel College
Eric Sutphin | Manager of Special Programs, School of Visual Arts 

(3) It's Tech Time: Tools for Success
Congress B

Running an artist residency in 2018 involves a broad array of software tools and platforms. On a daily basis, administrators tackle application submission and review, donor and grant management, alumni management, scheduling, cloud storage, data analysis, and more. In this session, we’ll start with a brief overview on field-wide technology use. Then we’ll move into an open discussion about the digital obstacles that residencies face and brainstorm solutions. You are invited to share your own successes and failures, challenges and opportunities.

Tony Grant | Co-Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation

(4) Considering the Land and Its People: A Kaleidoscope Conversation
Congress A

“For more than five hundred years, Native communities across the Americas have demonstrated resilience and resistance in the face of violent efforts to separate them from their land, culture, and each other.” (source: As custodians of space-based programs, how do we contribute to the reparations necessary to indemnify native people from the genocide and colonization so harmful to their communities? Does your organization acknowledge the traditional Native inhabitants of the land when introducing programs? Is this enough? Join c3:initiative in a kaleidoscope conversation as we consider: How do we move beyond sustainability for ourselves and toward reciprocity with the land and its indigenous people? What is responsible? What is enough?

Ka'ila Farrell-Smith | Co-Director, Signal Fire
Shir Ly Grisanti
| Creative Director, c3:initiative
Cannupa Hanska Luger | Artist

12pm - 12:45pm

Artist Keynote: Daniel Alexander Jones
Millennium Hall

Daniel Alexander Jones is a performer whose live art fuses writing, performance and design. Labeled as an artist whose work would "change American stages for decades to come" by American Theatre, Daniel's critically-acclaimed performance Radiate was a critics' pick of the New York Times, Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago and was included in Hilton Als' "Best Of" list for the New Yorker. His newest work, Black Light, premiered its six-week run at The Public Theater in New York City in 2018. Daniel was named a Doris Duke Artist; a USA Artist Fellow; and an inaugural Mellon Foundation Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle for 2017-2019.

Closing Remarks: Lisa Hoffman

1pm - 2:15pm


2:30pm - 4:30pm

Off-site tours, workshops, and adventures
Space is limited; free to attendees, but registration required.

Eastern State Penitentiary
Asian Arts Initiative

Vox Populi + Space 1026
The Colored Girls Museum

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Evening Meet-up | Loews Hotel Bank & Bourbon

Wind down, exchange numbers and high-five fellow attendees in this informal, yet celebratory setting.

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