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Please pick up your nametag and conference packets at one of the times below. Your nametag is required for entrance to events and sessions.
Wednesday, October 20
Thursday, October 21
Friday, October 22
Saturday, October 23
5:00 - 6:00pm Biltmore Hotel
8:30am - 4:30pm RISD Chace Center
8:30am - 10:30am Trinity Rep      10:30am - 2:00pm AS220
9:00am - 1:00pm Johnson & Wales

Wednesday, October 20

8:30am - 2:30pm

Day of Service: Join a group of your peers and Habitat for Humanity on a community building project. You don't need any construction experience, just a good attitude, some sturdy shoes, and a desire to get your hands dirty and contribute to the community! Busses will leave from the Biltmore Hotel at 8:30am.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Peerless Building
150 Union Street

Opening Night Reception: Connect with old friends and make new ones! Beer/wine and light hors d'ouevres will be served. Join us at The Peerless building, a stunning 1890s commercial-turned-residential building in the heart of downtown Providence. Special thanks to Cornish Associates and Narragansett Creamery for their sponsorship of this event.

Thursday, October 21

8:00am - 8:45am
Biltmore Hotel – Mezzanine
11 Dorrance Street

Breakfast Continental breakfast will be available at the Biltmore Hotel.

9:00am - 9:45am
Rhode Island School of Design – Chace Center Auditorium
20 North Main Street

Opening Address :: The Honorable David N. Cicilline, Mayor of Providence Mayor Cicilline, joined by Alliance Executive Director Caitlin Strokosch and Board Chair Hunter O'Hanian, will welcome us to Providence!

9:45am - 10:30am
RISD – Chace Center Auditorium
20 North Main Street

Keynote Address :: Anna Schuleit Anna Schuleit studied painting while a student at Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at MIT, Smith, Brown, and Bowdoin. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her current work includes a commission for the University Gallery at UMass Amherst.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

Culture Wars How the NEA's individual artist fellowships shaped a generation of artists, fueled the culture wars, and created a voice to be filled...and how we can be stronger advocates for individual artist support today. With Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director, Animating Democracy at Americans for the Arts; Howard Ben Tré, artist; Wayne Lawson, Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; and Hunter O'Hanian, Board Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator). Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Arts Envoys :: Partnerships for International Exchange Hear from arts organizations, cultural agencies, artists, and others working to bring artists into communities around the world – the challenges, the rewards, and the amazing work artists are undertaking away from home. With Clare Dowd, ArtsCorps, Inc.; Stéphan LaRoche, Director / Music, Dance + Territorial Action, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Megan + Murray McMillan, artists; Steve Whitten, Principal + Lead Consultant, Art of Funding; and Lori Wood, Director, Fes Medina (moderator). Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

We Want You! Matching artists with mission Selecting artists for grants, fellowships, and residencies doesn't follow a one-size-fits-all approach. How do we develop a process that cultivates the artists best-suited for the opportunities we have to offer, and how do we minimize the hassle and bureaocracy that applicants too often have to endure? With Linda Marston-Reid, Bellagio / The Rockefeller Foundation; Alix Refshauge, HUB-BUB; David White, ARTVENTURES New Hampshire; and Ann Brady, Atlantic Center for the Arts (moderator). Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

12:30pm - 1:30pm
RISD – Upper Met
50 Waterman Street

Optional lunch presentation by Kris Kiramitsu, United States Artists, on USA's new online fundraising tool, Project Site. Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

1:45pm - 3:00pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

What Funders Want You to Know Hear from funders about making the case, being a partner, stewardship, and what you might be doing wrong – from government agencies, community foundations, corporate funders, and individual philanthropists. With Randy Rosenbaum, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (moderator); Sara Jane DeHoff, philanthropist; Mario Garcia Durham, National Endowment for the Arts; Holly Jensen, Fidelity Investments; Daniel Kertzner, The Rhode Island Foundation. Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Engaging Artists :: Getting and Staying in Touch Explore how we build engagement with artists from the start, providing artists with opportunities and tools for engagement, and developing artist alumni as ambassadors and supporters. With Sara Archambault, LEF Foundation; Caroline Crumpacker, Millay Colony; Kate Haw, Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture (moderator); and Dejen Tesfagiorgis, ArtsApp. Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

Open Doors :: Creating opportunities for under-served artists This conversation will look at barriers, challenges, and opportunities for supporting under-served artists, and participants will work together to develop strategies for changing organizational culture to be more open and welcoming to new audiences. With Leslie King-Hammond, Maryland Institute College of Art (moderator); Pamela Winfrey, Exploratorium; and Jeannine Chartier, VSA arts Rhode Island. Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

3:30pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

An Insider's Guide to Applying to the NEA Mario Garcia Durham, Director of Artist Communities + Presenting, National Endowment for the Arts, will lead a hands-on workshop on applying to the NEA, including understanding eligibility, planning ahead, and making your best case. Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Arts + Ecology This discussion will include organizations who balance dual missions and support artists whose work engages the environment. We'll also hear from artists who address the intersections of the natural and built world and engage the public to examine our ecology in provocative ways. With Holly Ewald, multidisciplinary artist; Alicia Lehrer, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council; Ama Rogan, A Studio in the Woods (moderator); Eric Vines, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology. Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

Progressive Partnerships :: Small organizations with large impact In the new economy, many organizations are building partnerships to increase their impact without increasing infrastructure. With Stephanie Gerson, instigator (moderator); Meri Jenkins, Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council; Bruce Rodgers, Hermitage Artist Retreat; and David Wells, Edenfred. Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

Board Leadership in a New Economy In times of challenge and rapid change, a strong board is more important than ever, but board engagement can be difficult to sustain, especially after a crisis has passed. Explore ways of keeping boards invested, on track, and on mission. With James Baker, Pilchuck Glass School (moderator); Barbara Bloemink, Anderson Ranch Arts Center; Paul Hogan, retired, FleetBoston Financial; and Ed Shea, 2nd Story Theatre. Location: Upper Met - Room C, 50 Waterman Street

various locations

Gallery Night: Explore Providence's unique galleries! Stroll downtown or hop on an Art Trolley to discover galleries off the beaten path. Enjoy a free evening and discover some of Providence's amazing restaurants and night spots.

Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street

Alliance Benefit + Auction Party: Help the Alliance launch its 20th Anniversary Celebration with a benefit and auction party. Bid on exclusive events and original art, to fit every budget. Tickets are $35 and include hors d'ouevres, cocktails, and live music by the Laotian trio Raksmey Kampuchea Music. Visit for more information.

Friday, October 22

8:00am - 8:45am
Biltmore Hotel – Mezzanine
11 Dorrance Street

Breakfast Continental breakfast will be available at the Biltmore Hotel. Sign-up sheets will be available for attendees who'd like to organize breakfast roundtable discussions around a specific topic.

9:00am - 9:30am
Trinity Repertory Theatre
201 Washington Street

Performance :: Storyteller Valerie Tutson Renowned storyteller Valerie Tutson will share a story of the creative process.

9:30am - 10:00am
Trinity Repertory Theatre
201 Washington Street

Alliance of Artists Communities :: 20 Years in the Making Join us for a special anniversary recognition of the Alliance and the leaders who have shaped its history.

10:00am - 10:45am
Trinity Repertory Theatre
201 Washington Street

Keynote Address :: Clay Rockefeller Clay Rockefeller, artist, activist, and community organizer, moved to Providence in 1998 to pursue a dual degree in American Civilization and Visual Art at Brown University. Clay teamed up in 2001 with three other artists to renovate a former factory into 39 live/work units for working artists, 10 of which were awarded HUD funds for affordable housing. A year later, Clay co-founded the Steel Yard, an industrial center that serves as a catalyst in the creative, economic revitalization of the industrial valley district of Providence. Today, Clay continues to inspire, organize, and transform creative spaces and communities. Clay's keynote address with be an interview with Drake Patten, Executive Director of the Steel Yard.

11:15am - 12:30pm
Breakout Sessions – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

The Danger of a Single Story This conversation will explore how artists and communities can better understand each other with intention and cultural mindfulness. "The Danger of a Single Story" derives from the TED talk of the same name, wherein author Chimamanda Adichie warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. With Megan Hall, WRNI; SueEllen Kroll, Rhode Island Council on the Humanities; Peter Hocking, Office of Public Engagement, Rhode Island School of Design (moderator); and Kareem Roustom, composer. Location: Perishable Theater, 95 Empire Street.

Building a Culture of Abundance :: Generosity in a new economy Generating support is about more than raising money. Hear how arts leaders have forged ahead with bold plans and have inspired investors, donors, and communities to come together around strong visions – from ambitious new facilities to capital campaigns to grassroots giving and in-kind support. With Peter Bramante, FirstWorks (moderator): Richard Fishman, Creative Arts Council, Brown University; Mark Masuoka, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Drake Patten, The Steel Yard. Location: AS220, 115 Empire Street.

Artist Residency Spotlight :: AS220 + Perishable Theater Tour two of Providence's most progressive arts organizations, incubating visual artists, musicians, dance-makers, theater artists, writers and more; hear from artists-in-residence; and see what's next... With Umberto Crenca, AS220; and Vanessa Gilbert, Perishable Theater. Location: tour will depart from the front of Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street.

12:30pm - 1:30pm
115 Empire Street

Lunch NOTE: Busses for the Steel Yard and Pawtucket Arts Tour will depart at 12:45 and participants will eat lunch when they arrive at on-site.

12:45pm - 5:00pm
Off-site Tours + Events – various locations

Visit Events + Tours for more information. Please sign up for tours when registering and note that some tours have limited capacity. Tours will leave from Empire Street.
Pawtucket Arts Tour NOTE: Busses will depart at 12:45 for this tour and participants will each lunch at the Pawtucket Visitor Center
Steel Yard Egg Drop NOTE: Busses will depart at 12:45 for this tour and participants will each lunch at The Steel Yard
Community Arts Tour NOTE: Busses will depart after lunch
"Art + the City" Historic Walking Tour NOTE: Tour will depart after lunch

Eco-Arts Space
28 Wolcott Street

Keynote Address + Dance Party :: Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Composer and musician Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will offer an evening keynote address and performance, and we'll provide food, drink, and the mixing of DJ Micah Jackson. Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist DBR melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. From collaborations with Lady Gaga on American Idol, to being named "Top 40 Under 40" business people in Crain’s New York Business, to a spotlight as a "New Face of Classical Music" in Esquire, DBR is omnivorous.

Our party's host is John Jacobson, of JTJ Investments, at the Eco-Arts Space – a gallery, office space, and event venue in Providence's Promenade District. Originally built in 1890, the building is Rhode Island's first and only net-zero environment, with solar-powered heating, cooling, and electricity.

Saturday, October 23

8:30am - 9:15am
Biltmore Hotel – Mezzanine
11 Dorrance Street

Breakfast + Roundtable Discussions Continental breakfast will be available at the Biltmore Hotel. Sign-up sheets will be available for attendees who'd like to organize breakfast roundtable discussions around a specific topic.

9:30am - 10:15am
Johnson + Wales University
TACO Center, Pepsi Forum
8 Abbott Park Place

Keynote Address :: Elizabeth Streb Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb's choreography intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. Elizabeth was awarded in 1997 a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award and was a Master Artist-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts. Elizabeth established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn in 2003.

10:30am - 11:45am
Breakout Sessions – Johnson + Wales University
TACO Center, 3rd floor classrooms

Artist Spaces :: Renewing communities Artist spaces can transform neighborhoods into engaged, collaborative communities. They animate, challenge, and center communities. And they build bridges beyond the arts while pushing the boundaries of artmaking. With Tim Jones, Artscape Toronto; Tom Morrissey, Texarkana ArtWorks; Janice LaMotta, Billings Forge Community Works; and Xander Marro, AS220 and Dirt Palace (moderator).

Micro-Philanthropy :: How grant-making has gotten more responsive, nimble, hands-on, and do-it-yourself The world of philanthropy is changing, and many new models are participatory, consensus-driven, small-scale, and accessible. With Perry Chen, Co-Founder + CEO of Kickstarter; Andy Cutler, Cutler & Co. (moderator); Shea'la Finch, Tiny Showcase; and Allan Tear, Awesome Foundation.

From Solitude to Solidarity :: Supporting artist collectives Collaboration is central to many artists' creative practice, whether in dance, music, theater, community arts, or working across disciplines, though many support systems are designed around solitary artists. Explore how artists with a collective practice can be better served, and hear about the Alliance's new study on supporting the creation of dance. With Curt Columbus, Trinity Repertory Company; Shalonda Ingram, Nursha Project and Dance Theater Workshop; Jane Preston, New England Foundation for the Arts (moderator); and Lilli Weisz, researcher for the Alliance of Artists Communities.

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Beneficent Church
300 Weybosett Street

Lunch + Town Hall Forum Join us as we announce our plans for the 2011 conference and 20th anniversary year, and share your vision of the future in this informal town hall-style forum for members and non-members alike.

2:00pm - 5:00pm
Off-site Tours + Events – various locations

Visit Events + Tours for more information. Please sign up for tours when registering and note that some tours have limited capacity. Busses will leave from Weybosset Street for Alternative Spaces, Open Studios, and the Bike Tour.
Alternative Spaces
Providence Open Studios
Storytelling Workshop
Location: J&W University, TACO Center, 4th floor. NOTE: this workshop will run 2:00 - 4:00pm
East Bay Bike Eco-Tour

L'Apogee at the Biltmore Hotel
11 Dorrance Street

Closing Night Dinner Party Unwind with new and old friends, live music by Carlos De Leon, food, and cocktails! Enjoy L'Apogee, at the top of the Biltmore Hotel, overlooking the city.











The 2010 Conference is supported in part by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Bank Rhode Island.

Words cannot express how much I grew as an artist and administrator at the Alliance conference. I was exposed to so much in so little time and had so much fun in the process, all in the name of sustaining artists and their contribution to our culture.

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