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10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
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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, 3rd floor

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

10am - 5pm

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

Looking for strategies to develop a healthy and effective 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, 3rd 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.  

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 Millenium Hall Foyer, 2nd flr
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!

Artist Keynote: Raquel Salas Rivera

We're thrilled to present Raquel Salas Rivera, 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.

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Residencies in the Time of 45

In the last few years, residencies have been responding to the volatile political climate by creating new social practice residencies aimed at supporting artists working in social and political realms. While these residencies often engage artists of color, most are located in small and often rural towns that are predominately white and conservative. How can residency programs provide artists of color with a safe environment within these communities? How can residencies implement strategies that prioritize caring for artists of color who experience trauma during a time that is supposed to be dedicated to creating?

Andrea Chung | Artist
Pamela Carmen Council | Artist
Janelle Iglesias | Artist
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center (moderator)
Sharbreon Plummer | Independent Researcher

(2) Artist Resiliency and Urban Real Estate

New York City's rapidly shifting real estate landscape and 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 the 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, Philadelphia 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

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!

Mark Taylor | Composer and Artistic Director, Interrobang Arts, Inc.
Terra Fuller | Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Advancement Director

(4) Dance + Performance Track | Looking Back, Looking Forward: Platforms for Dance at MANCC

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 15th 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.

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

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch (provided)

1:45pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Sessions 


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

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 (Atlanta), Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) and The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), 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  
Donta Daniels | Curator, Young Curators Council, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art
Jayson Overby, Jr. | Curator
Liam Sweeney | Analyst, Ithaka S+R

(2) Refuge Across Borders

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

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 Planning: Programming for a Moving Target

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

3:15pm - 3:45pm


3:45pm - 5pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Monument Lab: Report to the City

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 engagmeent 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").

Paul Farber | Artistic Director, Monument Lab
Michelle Angela Ortiz | Artist

(2) Mental Health in Context: A Conversation

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-An-Expert: Funders

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 funder pairs. Bring your questions! Check back for full line-up of speakers.

(4) Launch Pad: Stories from the First Years
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.

5:30pm - 6:30pm

POC Leaders Networking Meeting

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

5:30pm - 7pm

Dinner Conversation: Thriving Beyond the Metropolis

Join Directors of Elsewhere, a museum and artist residency situated in a mid-sized southern city, to discuss 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. This dinner conversation takes place at a restaurant near the conference hotel. Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food and drink.

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
Millenium 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 Engagement

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

10:45am - 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Creating Connection: Data-Driven Messaging

Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult work 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, MASS MoCA Assets for Artists
David Fraher | President & CEO, Arts Midwest

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

This open dialog 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 Gallery at Carnegie Mellon
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center

(3) Dance + Performance Track | Radical Cooperation in the City of Brotherly Love

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
Amy Smith | Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater
Anna Drozdowski | Conductor of Projects

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

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? As inspired by writer/activist Audre Lorde, what new tools do we need? Since the 2017 Conference, a cohort of grant makers from across the country and Canada, have been working together 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 road blocks, 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)

1:45pm - 2:45pm



(1) Resisting Gentrification in Chinatowns

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, 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.

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

(2) Beyond Ramps: Welcoming Artists with Disabilities

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 | Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Manager of Grants and Accessiblity

(3) We Mean Business: Fundraising + Individual Donor Cultivation

Showcasing your organizations progress in creative ways builds trust with individual donors. Knowing what information to collect, how to track it, and how to present it is key. Join arts leaders from very different contexts for a conversation on cultivating strong indivudal donor support. This session will give case-studies showcasing how leaders have used storytelling, data and programming creatively to build their organization's donor base and generate fundraising momentum.

Brad Kik | Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
Steven Wang | Executive Director, High Concept Labs

(4) Ask-An-Expert

Insurance, social media, data and impact, advocacy and cultural competency are all things that affect our organizations and how we make decisions, operationalize our missions and support artists. Join with subject matter experts to pose specific questions about these topics.  You will have the opportunity to join up to three 15 minute sessions with subject matter experts to pose sspecific questions about these topics. A sneak peek of topics below - check back for updates!

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

Parent Artists: New Models of Support
Creative solutions and new ideas in removing barriers that prevent artists with children from attending residencies.
Andrew Simonet | Artist + Parent + Founder, Artists U

Data for Arts
How can we use data to strengthen vitality, performance and public impact of our programs?
Caralyn Spector, Nonprofit Management Expert + Former CEO, Data Arts

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-ups 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
Millenium 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.


Dance + Performance Track | Claiming Our Spaces: Pulling the Future Into Focus
Offsite - Location TBA

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 will be the resources missing for the development of new work? In this working session, 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

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 of 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
Nancy Wilhelms | Executive Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

(2) We Mean Business: It's Tech Time!

This session will discuss the uses of technology in residency programs. We'll start with a brief introduction to the resources the Alliance provides, then 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

(3) Beyond Time + Space: Anticipating Artists' Needs

How can we help our visiting artists get connected and a part of their adoptive community? How can you deepen what you provide artists beyond time and space? This session provides examples of how the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council uses multiple platforms and engagement strategies - including residencies with immigrant communities, talk TV, exhibitions and town hall meetings - to integrate artists into the everyday consciousness of various publics, thereby gaining relevancy and a seat at the table in community decision-making processes. Explore various strategies and examples to effectively reach and empower diverse residency artists. Participants will be guided through a workshop aimed at helping them imagine how they might bring such strategies to their own communities.

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

10:45am - 11:45am

Breakout Sessions


(1) We Mean Business: Sexual Harassment

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.

David Macy | Resident Director, The MacDowell Colony

(2) In the Time of Boards

Boards: can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Join a conversation (read: pity party) about the current state of the nonprofit model. Boards were designed to provide oversight, fiscally and with regard to governance and longterm vision. Increasingly, nonprofits are relying more on their boards to provide and raise funds. This can create a complicated dynamic where the very same people who are supposed to be ensuring that an organization is on mission, are also the ones making restricted gifts for projects they are most passionate about. To complicate things further, peoples' lives are busier than ever and oftentimes board members simply can't prioritize their service in spite of best intentions. How sustainable is this model in the longterm? What other models can be explored? This session is designed to be an informal, open discussion of the ups, downs and sometimes sideways realities of the board of directors model.

sharon maidenberg | Executive Director, Headlands Center for the Arts


(3) Universities Supporting Artists Beyond the Degree

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 leading to future collaborations, exhibitions, exchange programs and employment. Join a lively conversation on the panelists unique potential of and challenges that can arise for residencies embedded within larger institutions. We will look at how these programs can remain artist-centered while meeting university goals.

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

(4) Considering the Land and Its People | a Kaleidoscope Conversation

"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?

Shir Ly Grisanti | Creative Director, c3:initiative
Cannupa Hanska Luger | Artist

12pm - 12:45pm

Artist Keynote: Daniel Alexander Jones

We're thrilled to present Daniel Alexander Jones, 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 Magazine, 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.

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
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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