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Please note: Schedule details are subject to change.

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All activities take place at the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, unless otherwise noted

Monday, October 20

10am - 4:30pm

Preconference: Arts + Ecology (separate registration required)
College of Charleston, Alumni Center room, 86 Wentworth Street

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Registration + Check-In
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Night Reception
Redux Contemporary Art Center, 136 St. Philip Street

Tuesday, October 21

all activities at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, unless otherwise noted

8:30am - 5pm

Registration + Check-In
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours, and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be at the registration desk.

9am - 4:30pm

Board Track
Join us for the Board Track - a day of workshops and discussions designed for board members and staff of arts-based organizations addressing strategies for shaping a healthy, passionate board; embracing governance responsibilities; and building fundraising expertise (advance registration required - click the link above for more information).
9:00am -10:15am: Francis Marion Hotel - Gold Ballroom for keynote presentation
10:30am - 4:30pm: Francis Marion Hotel - Laurens room

9am - 5pm

Performing Arts Track
Join us for a full day of discussions around how the residency field can best support new work in dance and performance, led by the Hatchery Project partners and participating artists (advance registration required - click the link above for more information).
9:00am -10:15am: Francis Marion Hotel for keynote presentation
10:30am - 5pm: College of Charleston, Alumni Center room, 86 Wentworth Street

9am - 10:15am

Welcome + Keynote


Alliance Welcome | Wayne Lawson, Board Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities; and Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Charleston Welcome | Mayor Joseph P. Riley

Keynote Address | Reggie Wilson

10:30am - 12pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Residencies of the Experimental South

Experimental residencies have a long heritage in the South, going back to Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Today, southern experimental residencies are shaping an emerging field in contemporary art, composed of independent organizations, project spaces, and collectives invested in cultural, economic and social art practices. Join a conversation between a group of creatives who operate artist residencies set in a rural town within a film festival, inside a thrift store-turned-museum, and in raw, urban spaces across Atlanta. This panel will explore what experimental means in an art-residency context, and how places, publics, and resources relate to the residency environment and an artist's practice.

Shana Berger | Co-Director, Coleman Center for the Arts
Dan Brawley | Executive Director, Cucalorus Film Festival
Jennie Carlisle | Production Curator, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative
Beth Malone | Founding Executive Director, Dashboard Co-op

(2) Welcome! New Perspectives on Accessibility

Join your panelists in sharing integrative approaches to accessibility and supporting artists with disabilities. Hear about challenges, lessons learned, and successful models - that go beyond facilities improvements - including program development, outreach, implementation, and funding. This session brings together a range of voices - including that of a major granting agency, arts organizations dedicated to underserved communities, and the artist’s perspective - and invites audience questions and dialogue.

Beth M. Bienvenu | Director of the Office of Accessibility, National Endowment for the Arts  (moderator)
Esther Grisham Grimm
| Executive Director, 3Arts
Ryan Walsh | Writing Program Director + Grants Program Manager, Vermont Studio Center
Cynthia Weitzel | Visual Artist, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

(3) Trends in Public Philanthropy

In a lively discussion, panelists will look at current issues and trends in arts philanthropy among local, regional, state, and national government funding agencies. The group will also discuss the grantmaking process and what makes a successful funding application, with audience questions welcome.

David Fraher | Executive Director, Arts Midwest
Al Head | Executive Director, Alabama State Council on the Arts
Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director and International Activities Coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts
Karen L. Paty | Executive Director, Georgia Council for the Arts

12pm - 1pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30pm - 3pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Public and Process-Oriented Residencies

Residencies that operate in public spaces must balance a commitment to the public with a commitment to individual artists and navigate an ever changing dynamic between the two. In public and process-oriented residencies, how does public interaction influence process? How do we work around the tensions among the key components of a residency - time for artist reflection, the artist’s ability to network and gain exposure, and space for the artist to work - all while finding ways for public participation and interaction?  

Julie Decker | Director + CEO, Anchorage Museum
Dana Morrison | Artist-in-Residence Program Manager, Facebook (moderator)
Eric Wallner | CEO, Torpedo Factory Art Center
Tiffany York | Contemporary Programs & Residency Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

(2) Art + Ecology: Lessons from the Preconference

In this large group discussion we will synthesize the discussions from the Art + Ecology Preconference with a look to the goals of the future. What role do artist residencies play in the ecological art genre and the sustainability movement as a whole? What does our emerging field have to contribute to larger conversations about the natural sciences, conservation, placemaking, rural and urban development, food and farming, climate change and peak oil? If you were not able to participate in the Preconference, this is a great opportunity to learn more!

(3) Earned Revenue + Artist Residencies

As residency-based organizations explore their future, both financially and programmatically, many are looking at new, innovative ways of generating earned revenue through fee-based programs. What can we learn from groups who have already successfully developed earned revenue programs? What are some of the models that really thrive? What are the challenges?

Caroline Crumpacker | Executive Director, The Millay Colony for the Arts
Jim Frost | Co-Executive Director, Atlantic Center for the Arts
Eric Kocher | Director, Artist-in-Residence Program, HUB-BUB

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Advancing Artists' Careers

Today’s artists are intentionally making their living through a variety of income sources – such as teaching, online sales, festivals, grants, commissions, and non-creative jobs. In order to live a creative life, artists must juggle the ebb and flow of cash while balancing time on their artistic endeavors. This interactive session will look at how this diversified income portfolio influences an artist's choices and what organizations can do to better support artists. The panel will share examples of how artists are managing their careers, elicit best practices from participants, and provide ideas and resources on ways to support artists in your community.

Michaela Pilar Brown | Artist
Ken May | Executive Director, South Carolina Arts Commission
Andrew Simonet | Choreographer, Writer + Founder, Artists U
Heather Pontonio | Program Officer for Art, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation (moderator)

(2) The Art of Diplomacy: Public Policy, Cultural Exchange, and Artist Residencies

What is the relationship between artist residency programs and public policy? How can we develop sustained, bilateral exchange that works in partnership with diplomatic strategies? The arts can help facilitate genuine human connection that pushes the engine of mutual understanding – not just through person-to-person exchange but also through the tricky intersections of personal, private, and public sectors. This discussion will explore some approaches to artist residencies designed to influence – and be influenced by – diplomatic strategies and public policies: from 20 years of exchange between the State of Ohio and the Government of Chile, to building new partnerships between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. State Department, to new models for collaborative residencies between Sweden and Serbia.

Michael Orlove | Artist Communities, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works Director and International Activities Coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts
Wayne Lawson | Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator)
Helene Larsson Pousette | Head of Events Unit - Department for Intercultural Dialogue, The Swedish Institute

(3) The Art of Supporting Dance-Making: Building Visibility and Value

This session will discuss the ways in which organizations and independent artists can create fruitful partnerships dedicated to research and development – protecting stable and productive work environments, digging deeper into the relationship between process and product (recognizing that these things mean different things to different people) and connecting local communities to artists practices in direct, personal and collaborative ways, and marshaling collective tools and resources to build a culture of curiosity around the art-making process. This session uses the Hatchery Project – a multi-year collaborative residency partnership between The Chocolate Factory Theater (Long Island City, NY), the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), RED Arts Project (Philadelphia, PA), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford, VT) as a launching point to examine challenges opportunities and models in the support of performing arts and artists.

luciana achugar | Choreographer + Dancer
Jennifer Calienes | Independent Consultant + Senior Advisor, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Sara Coffey | Founder + Director, Vermont Performance Lab
Beth Gill | Choreographer + Dancer
Carla Peterson | Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Craig T. Peterson | Director of Programs + Presentation, Gibney Dance
Brian Rogers | Artistic Director, The Chocolate Factory
Reggie Wilson | Artist

7pm - 10pm

"A Night in Charleston" party | The Historic Rice Mill, 17 Lockwood Drive

Wednesday, October 22

all activities at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, unless otherwise noted

8:30am - 1pm

Registration + Check-In
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours, and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be at the registration desk.

9am - 9:45am

Keynote Address: Indira Johnson

10am - 10:45am



(1) Kitchen Table Chat: Non-Traditional Residency Environments

Join Anna, Makot and Melissa for a kitchen-table chat about people and places drawn from work in Philadelphia and New York. We’ll talk about how hybrid work can be done well in mixed communities and non-traditional environments, explore the parameters which make a nutritional live-art residency experience, and try to identify the “juice” that makes it most useful for all involved. We'll think about partnerships that have worked and how we don't always have a "model" to follow, but instead pay attention to the artists and organizers involved to build something collaboratively. We'll share some stories about when it went awry and how we muddled through and learned from it. This collaborative conversation will be guided by the group of “things-happen-makers” in the room. Come with your questions, core concerns, and a story about when it went really well (and why).

Anna Drozdowski | Director, Neighborhood House
Makoto Hirano | Founding Company Member, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation
Melissa Levin | Director of Cultural Programs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

(2) AS220 | Unjuried/Uncensored

AS220 is a live/work community in Providence, Rhode Island, providing an unjuried and uncensored place for artists to make and present work and a space where artistic process is valued more than art as a commodity. In this session we pose the idea of an unjuried/uncensored residency model and explore artistic process and inclusion as key values in artist communities. We will also explore how residencies can work in favor of diverse artistic mediums and how they can enhance a community’s cultural ecology. In our complex cultural environment, many artists are creating their own independent residencies and alternative models. What can existing residencies learn from this movement?

Shey Rivera Ríos | Director of Programs, AS220

(3) Residencies + Universities: Partnerships for Research and Inquiry

How do universities and artist residency programs integrate their time, talent, and resources to advance scholarship, artistic practice, and communities? How do their respective institutional missions dovetail in service of innovative solutions to social, environmental, technological, health and wellness problems? What lessons might be learned from the challenges and opportunities realized along the way? Leaders from both the university and residency side share their considerable experience and creative approaches to maximizing artist, faculty, and student collaborations within often limited budgets and timeframes.

Ken Lambla | Dean + Professor - College of Arts and Architecture, UNC Charlotte
Ama Rogan | Managing Director, A Studio in the Woods, Tulane University
Brad Thomas | Director of Residencies + Exhibitions, McColl Center for Art + Innovation (moderator)

(4) CSA (Charleston Supported Art)

Charleston Supported Art’s exciting model of art sponsorship and distribution supports artists in the creation of new work and establishes relationships with local collectors and patrons. Just as community supported agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms, Charleston Supported Art uses the same buy-direct, buy-local spirit to support local art, artists, and collectors, based on the model created by Springboard for the Arts. Each Charleston Supported Art season features a limited number of CSA shares containing original works of art by established and emerging Charleston area artists in a variety of styles and media. Hear from three of CSA's co-founders how this program is building a stronger base of artist supporters, engaging new audiences, and helping sustain local artists!

Erin Glaze Nathanson | Charleston Supported Art Co-founder; Arts Director + Curator, Charleston Supported Art
Camela Guevara | Charleston Supported Art Co-founder; Artist, Redux Contemporary Art Center
Ann Simmons | Charleston Supported Art Co-founder; Marketing + Development Coordinator, City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

11am - 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Retreat + Advance: Residencies and Social Practice Artists

How can residencies best support artists whose work is activated through social engagement? This interactive session features a look at three very different models of residency programs that welcome artists whose creative practice work advances toward, rather than retreats from, public engagement; and the perspective of an artist who has practiced social engagement across many different institutional platforms.

Sara Coffey | Founder + Director, Vermont Performance Lab
Linda Earle | Executive Director, New York Arts Program (moderator)
Victoria Marks | Choreographer + Dancer
Alison Russo | Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
John D. Spiak | Director + Chief Curator, Grand Central Art Center at California State University, Fullerton

(2) Upending Standard Reporting and Evaluation with Poetry and Nuance

What happens when you embed an artist/critic/poet into your program or institution to serve as evaluator, documentarian, journalist and/or provocateur? This session provides a platform to discuss recent experiences with Ain Gordon (playwright, director and actor) and Claudia La Rocco (poet, critic and performer) whose perspectives and insight have offered new ways of defining, enhancing and sharing a full range of activities inclusive of outcomes. The session will be a facilitated Q&A with panelists surrounding their process, roles, outcomes and impact.

Jennifer Calienes | Independent Consultant + Senior Advisor, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Melissa Franklin | Director of Pew Fellowships in the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts + Heritage
Ain Gordon | Artist
Claudia La Rocco | Writer + Cultural Critic

(3) Art + Science + Community + Education: Unpacking the Environmental Artist Residency

Recognizing artists as catalysts of change, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is advancing environmental art in the urban context through its Environmental Artist-in-Residency (EAIR) program. Given the scope and depth of these artist-led interventions, McColl Center has strengthened and catalyzed new relationships between organizations to advance artists and community. How does the Center as the facilitating organization influence placemaking activities through environmental art? In what ways does environmental art contribute to civic engagement, cultural affirmation, stewardship of place, community building, economic development and aesthetic value of place? How does the EAIR program affect artists practice? What does it really take to do projects of this scale in this emerging field and maintain excellence? This panel will unpackage the vibrant relationship between the residency program, community partner, and artist to address these larger questions and reveal a framework for success and impact.

Kim Graham | Vice President of Community Engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc.
Lisa Hoffman | Associate Director, McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Aurora Robson | Artist-in-Residence, McColl Center for Art + Innovation

(4) OPEN EXCHANGE: Roundtable Discussions
With three packed days we can't always fit all the conversations we want within the regular conference schedule. OPEN EXCHANGE is a time to connect with other attendees around shared areas of interest through proposed-topic roundtable discussions. Topics can be submitted at anytime before or during the conference and will be announced Wednesday morning. Propose your own roundtable or sign up for a table during the conference! Pre-approved topics listed below.

Residency Abroad
A discussion hosted by the Residency Abroad Affinity Group - a network of US-based organizations running residencies abroad. This first conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities of this model, including how programs might collaborate to gain increased funding and how to better reach artists in developing nations.

David Bruce | Stateside Liason + Founding Board Member, The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Julie Chenot | Program Director, The Camargo Foundation

12:30pm - 2pm

Lunch (provided)

2:15pm - 5pm

Off-site tours, workshops, and adventures
(space limited; free to attendees, but registration required)


The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Avery Research Center + Basket Weaving
American College of the Building Arts
Magnolia Gardens
Alternate ROOTS


Enjoy an evening on your own! We will provide some suggestions for dining and events nearby.

Thursday, October 23

all activities at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, unless otherwise noted

8:30am - 1pm

Registration + Check-In
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours, and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be at the registration desk.

9am - 9:45am

Keynote Address: Marlena Smalls

10am - 10:45am



(1) Spotlight on Asia: International Exchange and Artist Residencies

Hear two perspectives on international exchange and artist residencies in Asia. The Asian Cultural Council – whose singular vision is supporting transformative cultural exchange between the US and Asia – operates a residency program in New York City for exceptional artists from Asia with a curiosity for sharing in the world. In Taiwan, Bamboo Curtain Studio is one of more than a dozen artist residency programs developing engagement between Taiwanese culture and artists outside the country. Hear how these programs reflect the changing dynamics in Asia, work toward long-term impact, and use small-scale projects for meaningful engagement.

Sandra Liu | Program Officer, Asian Cultural Council
Margaret Shiu | Founder + Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio
Caitlin Strokosch | Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator)

(2)  Greater than the Sum of Its Parts | Advocacy Tips + Tools

How can you be an active part of local arts advocacy efforts, increasing the visibility of not only your own organization but the greater cultural ecology of your community? How do we help public officials and arts advocates speak on our behalf and how can we collectively demonstrate the impact of our work? Join two seasoned arts advocates - working with both urban and rural communities at the local and state level - for a nuts-and-bolts discussion of effective arts advocacy.

Christie Angel | Deputy Chief of Staff + Director of External Affairs & Services, City of Columbus
Ra Joy | Executive Director, Arts Alliance Illinois

(3)  Alternate ROOTS + AZULE: Mobilizing Community-Rooted Art through Partnerships

The new strategic plan of Alternate ROOTS, a membership organization serving artists and cultural organizers in the South, focuses on new partnerships and guidelines in the creation of community-engaged arts projects. "Partners In Action" - a major program of Alternate ROOTS - aims to build strong collaborations that extend or deepen the presence of artists within a community, at home or on the road. These activities explore the power of art as a force for social and economic justice. This sessions offers lessons learned for anyone interested in fostering sound relationships between artists and communities. AZULE, an emerging residency program in North Carolina is an active member of Alternate ROOTS. The four speaker are active members of Alternate ROOTS and AZULE.

Donna Cooper Hurt | Multi-media Artist
Omari Fox | Artist, Educator, Executive Committee Member of Alternate ROOTS
Jean-Marie Mauclet | Artist, Secretary of AZULE
La'Sheia Oubre | Educator and Community Specialist

11am - 12:30pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) People, Purpose, Place: Connecting with Funders

Hear what motivates foundations and how their vision and values drive their work. This candid conversation will include ways that funders are currently supporting residencies, how arts organizations can connect artists to existing funding resources for individuals, and ideas for partnerships beyond money.

Hannah Durack | Program Associate, Performing Arts Program, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Cindy Gehrig | President, Jerome Foundation; President, Camargo Foundation (co-moderator)
Jason Kalajainen | Executive Director, Luminarts Cultural Foundation (co-moderator)
Arleta Little | Arts Program Officer, McKnight Foundation

(2) Urban Engagement and the Relevance of Place

This conversation will take on what it means to engage within urban communities and how creative actions take into account race, economics, neighborhoods, policy-making, and sustainability. In particular, we will look through the lens of cities at a critical juncture between crisis and rebirth -- including Pittsburgh and New Orleans -- and explore the role artists and arts organization play as the conscience of a city.

Mario Garcia Durham | President + CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (moderator)
Dave English
| Manager of Membership + Development, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center
D.S. Kinsel | Artist; Program Coordinator & National Social Media Coordinator, MGR Youth Empowerment Arts in Action
Alysia Savoy | Program Manager, The DISTILLERY Artist Residency

(3) Facilities Planning

When we look at developing our facilities, there are plenty of complicated decisions to be made. How do we design facilities that are flexible enough to support a program's changing needs and diverse groups of artists? How do we work within the limitations of historic districts and other types of structure? How do we prioritize facilities updates to reduce the risk of costly projects down the road? Join us for a discussion on facilities - from the practical to the philosophical!

Melanie Finlayson | Studio Manager, Penland School of Crafts
Jamie Gregory | Underwriter - Fine Art & Museums, Markel Specialty Programs
Bruce Rodgers | Executive Director, Hermitage Artists Retreat
Susan Page Tillett | Executive Director, Mesa Refuge (moderator)

1pm - 2pm

Lunch (provided) + Closing Remarks

2:15pm - 4:30pm

Off-site tours, workshops, and adventures
(space limited; free to attendees, but registration required)


Redux Contemporary Art Center
Architectural Walking Tour
Of Mice + Hens - A Taxidermy Workshop
North Charleston Public Art Stroll

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Closing Reception | Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun Street


Close out the conference with a special reception at The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Join us for an exclusive performance by Halsey's artist-in-residence and internationally renowned Javenese shadow puppet artist, Jumaadi. Jumaadi will premier new shadow works created in collaboration with American artist Geoffrey Cormier.
Free for attendees! Beer/wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.