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All activities at The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR unless otherwise noted.

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10am - 3:30pm

Signal Fire Preconference Hike + Lunch
Sandy River Delta Park, Troutdale, OR

Head to Portland a day early and join Signal Fire for a preconference hike on the Sandy River Delta. Signal Fire is a Portland-based residency that connects artists and writers with the North American wilds through extended backpacking trips and hiking book clubs. Residency leaders will guide a three-mile walk through the Sandy River Delta park, 1,400 acres of open fields and wetlands edged by two major rivers. Discover one of the sites of Maya Lin's Confluence Project before continuing to a scenic beach along the river. Enjoy a picnic lunch followed by an open discussion about the land and people of the Columbia River. ** SOLD OUT**

This is an optional preconference tour - separate registration is required ($45 fee). Lunch, materials and transportation are included. Limit: 25 participants.

4pm - 6 pm

Registration + Check-In
The Benson Hotel (lobby), 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR

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

6pm - 8pm

Opening Night Reception
Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR

Help us kick off the 2016 Conference in style! Connect with old friends and make new ones during the festive opening reception at one of the oldest museums in the country. Enjoy music, treats and visual wonders in the Fields Sunken Ballroom of the museum. And stop by the Independent Publishing Resource Center's pop-up letterpress station to create your own Portland-inspired print!

Free for attendees! Open bar (beer and wine) and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Generously sponsored by the Rauschenberg Foundation


All activities at The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR unless otherwise noted.
 Long table discussion

8:30am - 4:30pm

Registration + Check-In
The Benson Hotel (lobby)
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be available in the ballroom.

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 - 10:15am

Welcome to Portland!

Portland Welcome| Tricia Snell, Executive Director, Caldera
Alliance Welcome |
Lisa Hoffman, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities
Poem | Elizabeth Woody, Oregon Poet Laureate

Keynote Address| Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the National Bestselling author of The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase and The Chronology of Water. Her acclaimed TED Talk The Beauty of Being a Misfit has an accompanying Misfit's Manifesto scheduled to be published next year. She is the recipient of the Oregon Book Award – Ken Kesey Fiction Award as well as two Reader's Choice Awards, a PNBA award, and was a finalist for the 2012 Pen Center Creative Nonfiction award. She is a very good swimmer.

 10:30am - 4:30pm

Board Track
Join us for the Board Track - a highly productive day of workshops and discussions designed for board members and staff of cultural 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.)

Marc Smiley | Principal, Solid Ground Consulting

10:30am - 12pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Self-Declared: Practice and Politics of DIY Artist Residencies in Portland, OR

Self-declared residencies suit a socially-engaged practice by creating opportunities for artists to work in non-arts contexts. Discover an array of self-declared residencies by Portland artists that combine site-specific practice and public partnership in non-traditional settings (neighborhood associations, senior centers, barber shops, farms, industrial islands, domestic and office spaces), while considering successes, stumbling blocks and the potential for DIY residencies to function as acts of feminist resistance, ethical inclusion and institutional critique. Join a discussion on possibilities and challenges of informal residency structures and unorthodox partnerships.

Roya Amirsoleymani | Community Engagement Manager, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Katy Asher | Artist
Emily Fitzgerald | Interdisciplinary Artist, Photographer + Storyteller
Ariana Jacob | Artist
Erica Thomas | Artist, Producer + Manager
Taryn Tomasello | Writer, Curator, Organizer + Artist

(2) International Mobility + Exchange for Artists

Disrupting an artist's creative practice often leads to the exploration of new ideas. This creative disruption can be particularly amplified when artists cross cultural and global boundaries. This session delves into exciting new models of international exchange and artist mobility - from PICA's Creative Exchange Lab to the latest State Department initiatives. Hear from national funders and residency leaders on best practices in fostering meaningful exchange, ways of navigating common challenges and pathways to funding.

David Fraher | President + CEO, Arts Midwest
Angela Mattox | Artistic Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Michael Orlove | Director, Artist Communities + Presenting &  Multidisciplinary Works; International Activities Coordinator, National Endowment for the Arts

(3) Liveness Is Critical: Supporting Cross-Disciplinary Work

Explore the shifting needs of artists and supporters as the boundaries between performance, visual art and other disciplines become more fluid. How can organizations and funders work together to adapt to innovative trends in the contemporary field, while also maintaining support for more traditionally-defined programming? Through an open dialogue we will consider how we can better contextualize cross-disciplinary work outside traditional formats and ensure its long-term support.

Alec De León | Program Specialist, National Performance Network
Ellina Kevorkian | Artistic Director - Residency Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Bryan Suereth | Director, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center

(4) Great Idea, But How Are You Going To Pay For It?

What happens when all the "low-hanging fruit" is picked? How do you find new sources of support for your projects when none of the normal channels are available to you? Featuring representatives of a rural-based artist community, an urban, social practice artist community and a retreat-style community, they will discuss some of the creative ways they approach the challenge of funding their programs. Rather than presenting one-size-fits-all approaches, this session will suggest ways to address these challenges that may guide you to solutions appropriate to your context and your community. 

Suzanne Fetscher | President + CEO, McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Brad Kik
| Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology
Bruce Rodgers
| Executive Director, Hermitage Artist Retreat

12pm - 1pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30pm - 3pm

Breakout Sessions 


(1) Cross Pollinations: Art/Science Collaborations + Impact of Place (Part A)

Artists and scientists work and think in different ways, but the process of inquiry has many common dimensions. Join artists, scientists, residency leaders and research centers for an interactive two-part conversation on art/science collaborations in residence. We will explore the expectations, needs and criteria for defining success in connecting artists and scientists through the residency model. In Part A, hear about residencies within and in partnership with science-focused institutions including biological field stations, universities and conservation organizations. How can engagement with a physical place fuel creative inquiry?

Faerthen Felix | Assistant Manager, Sagehen Creek Field Station
Deborah Ford | Executive Director, PLAYA
William Fox | Director of Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art
Charles Goodrich | Director of Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University

(2) Arts + Equity in the Neighborhood: The Role and Responsibility of Arts Organizations in Gentrifying Cities

In response to concerns raised by rapid changes in Portland, Oregon, Newspace Center for Photography and c3:initiative released a call to local artists for projects investigating gentrification and displacement in Portland. This session will consider the approach of the residency and pose questions about the civic responsibility of art organizations working in the public realm. Following the panel discussion, attendees will participate in a Kaleidoscope Conversation to explore larger questions of the art organization's role in serving the needs of their local communities. The conversation starts with a question at a central table, inviting others to join the table, responding only in the form of questions.

Yaelle Amir | Curator, Newspace Center for Photography
Shir Ly Grisanti | Founding Director, c3:initiative
Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center (moderator)
Sharita Towne | Artist

(3) Residencies in Response: A National View on Support for Live Arts

Join us for a conversation exploring how organizations across the country are responding to different needs for performing artists. Four points of view sharing examples of newly created and changing opportunities for residencies, opening up to a wider conversation with attendees on what is needed now and what resources are currently available.

Will Bowling | National Programs Specialist, National Performance Network
Angela Mattox | Artistic Director, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Sara Nash | Manager, National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts
Carrie Sandahl | Director, Bodies of Work - University of Illinois at Chicago

(4) The Righting Arm

As communities dedicated to creativity look thoughtfully and provocatively at their own structures, it is imperative that we seek models that are asymmetrical and nontraditional, and come from well outside the arts. In shipbuilding, the Righting Arm represents the amount of movement a ship can have and still "right" itself before it capsizes. What happens when we attempt a Righting Moment within our own organizations, allowing our mission and programming to tip at the absolute maximum angle? How can we better understand our center of gravity so we can better embrace inevitable currents of change and evolving contexts. This facilitated conversation uses the Righting Arm as a metaphor to explore how creative organizations can operate in the future, examining how these new models and diagnostic tools are not just useful, but necessary.

Sanjit Sethi  | Director, Corcoran School of the Arts + Design | George Washington University

3:30pm - 5pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Leading From the Heart: Advancing Artist-Centered Experience

Leaders of artists communities are architects for experience, cultivating sensitive time within creative space. But how do we measure the success of the experiences we create? What can we offer that costs little, but provides much needed resources for artists to thrive? And how can we benefit our residents beyond the residency itself? Join a dynamic conversation on advancing inclusivity, strengthening artist support, and enriching communities.

Nina Elder | Residency Program Manager, Santa Fe Art Institute
Holly Kranker | Residency Program Manager, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
David Grozinsky | Admissions Coordinator, Vermont Studio Center
John Labovitz | Director, North Mountain Residency
Mitch Loch | President, Sacatar Foundation
Maria Robinson | Marketing + Communications Manager, Vermont Studio Center
George Scheer | Executive Director, Elsewhere

(2) 18th Street Arts Center: Radical Caretaking

Since 2015, 18th Street Arts Center has partnered with LACMA to host 15 international artists in residence from six Latin American countries as participants in the Getty's PST: LA/LA initiative. 18th Street Arts Center's participation in the project is anchored in their research-based residency program, which nourishes the whole artist through a combination of academic, professional and personal support systems. This presentation and interactive workshop will focus on this role of the artist residency program as a space of radical caretaking, functioning as a home for diasporic artists adrift in the global currents of the 21st century.

Betty Marín | Research + Project Coordinator, 18th Street Arts Center
Anuradha Vikram | Artistic Director, 18th Street Arts Center

(3) Scientists in the Studio / Artists in the Lab (Part B)

Scientists and artists work and think in different ways, but the process of inquiry has many common dimensions. Join artists, scientists, residency leaders and research centers for an interactive two-part conversation on art/science collaborations in residence. In Part B, we look at different models for fostering cross-disciplinary exchange - from thematic residencies to open calls, and from a passive approach to choreographed, intentional collaboration. Join a lively dialogue about the unique challenges which confront managers and participants within these programs - from selection and orientation to documentation and evaluation.

Margot H. Knight | Executive Director, Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Ama Rogan | Managing Director, A Studio in the Woods
Pireeni Sundaralingam | Poet + Neuroscientist, Associate Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies

(4) Bringing It All Back Home

How are artists transformed by an opportunity to work in distant landscapes? This panel will explore geographically-focused funding consortiums, with case studies from: The Ford Family Foundation (Oregon), Pew Fellowships in the Arts (Philadelphia), the Rasmuson Foundation (Alaska) and the residency programs of Djerassi (California) and Ucross (Wyoming). Bringing together participating artists, funders and residency programs we will explore the organizational and artistic impacts of these programs, how these partnerships originated and how they can be nurtured. The panel will also advance discussions around ways these partnerships might be replicated to reach other parts of the world.

Kandis Brewer Nunn | Senior Advisor, The Ford Family Foundation
Sharon Dynak | President, Ucross Foundation
Melissa Franklin | Director, Pew Fellowships at the The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Judy Freeland | Residency Coordinator, Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Jeremy Pataky | Consultant, Overstory Consulting | Rasmuson Foundation

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Portland Party | Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, 8371 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR

Celebrate during a fun, not-to-miss night of music, food and reveling at Disjecta. Founded in 2000, Disjecta has transformed a former bowling alley into a hub for contemporary art and is now homebase for the Portland Biennial and an international Curator-in-Residence program. Gather with fellow conference attendees and the local arts community during this special night in Portland's Kenton neighborhood! 

Plus, take a break from the party to step (or crawl) inside the Bronco Gallery! This truck turned emerging artist exhibition space will be on view throughout the night on the Disjecta patio.

Free for attendees! Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Generously sponsored by Markel


All activities at The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR unless otherwise noted.

8:30am - 1pm

Registration + Check-In
The Benson Hotel (lobby)
Pick up your registration packet, sign up for tours and gather general information. Coffee/tea will be available in the ballroom.

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 - 9:45am 

Keynote Address: Barak adé Soleil
Introduction: Esther Grisham Grimm, Executive Director, 3Arts

We're thrilled to present Barak adé Soleil, maker of dance, theater and performance art. An award-winning creative practitioner, he has been invested in engaging diverse communities throughout the US, Panama, Europe and West Africa. His latest work what the body knows: is an expansive project focused on the complex intersection and legacy of disability and race. Glimpses of process may be found at his blog:

10am - 11am



(1) Artist-Centered Storytelling

How do we create compelling online stories that promote our artists-in-residence and our organizations while also remaining respectful of the artistic process? What are best practices as an artist community, where are the lines between public and private and what does this look like across different creative forms? Explore the different ways that arts organizations share the creative work of their resident artists online and on social media, discuss some of the challenges and opportunitie, and work together as a group to develop best practices for digital communications and online engagement.

Megan Canning | Manager of Media + Special Projects, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Vanessa Kauffman | Communications + Outreach Manager, Headlands Center for the Arts

(2) Disability + Access

Disability is the only category of diversity that anyone can join, at any time. And yet, we shy away from talking about it for fear of saying the wrong thing. But it's okay to say disability and it's okay to ask questions! Join a dynamic conversation with Beth Prevor on misconceptions, assumptions and fears we have about disability. Consider disability from a community/multi-cultural perspective and explore how to create relationships with different segments of the disability community. Using artist interviews, Beth will shine a light on the barriers that prevent their full participation and highlight clear steps any arts organization can take toward welcoming and engaging people with disabilities.

Beth Prevor | Co-Founder + Executive Director, Hands On

(3) Building Community through Native American and First Nations Residencies

Native American and First Nation artists bring unique perspectives to artist residency programs. Explore the importance of outreach and engagement with Indigenous artists, with a particular focus on community engagement and leadership development as part of a successful residency experience. Museums and art organizations can challenge conventional forms of art, and develop understanding and support of social engagement and collaboration with artists and community. The panel will address triumphs and ongoing challenges that remain in this complex art practice.

Jamie Blosser | Executive Director, Santa Fe Art Institute; Founder, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative
Nina Elder | Residency Program Manager, Santa Fe Art Institute
Andrea Hanley | Membership + Program Manager, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Steven Yazzie | Multidisciplinary Artist

(4) Advancing Support for Live Arts // Roundtable Discussion

Live arts (dance, theater and music) have a unique ability to inspire collaborations and engage audiences as a group through performance. This meet-up is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues working in dance, music and theater disciplines to discuss the singular challenges of supporting larger residency groups with specific facility needs. Artists, organizers and funders are invited to share ideas for the collective advancement of research and development support for performing artists.

Craig T. Peterson | Director of Programs + Presentation, Gibney Dance (facilitator)

(5) Going Green While Staying in the Black

Taking a green approach to facilities does not have to break the bank - and can even mean deep savings over time. As we seek to improve and maintain our facilities, what partnerships, tools and funding resources can we employ? Hear how arts leaders are assessing the sustainability of existing faciltities and incorporating green building practices moving forward - from solar panels, to reclaimed materials and green technology. Whether you are updating a historic building or building from the ground up, come away with new approaches for greening facilities at any level.

David Macy | Resident Director, The MacDowell Colony
Brandon Hinman | Director, AIR Serenbe

11:15am - 12:45pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Negotiating the Terrain: Residencies in the Public Realm

There are growing numbers of artist residencies operating in public spaces: cultural centers, national parks, libraries, government, city halls - even Times Square. These programs open new questions and complicate the relationship among artists, communities and the host organization. Who are all of the communities and collaborators? How do we facilitate understanding and engagement with the artist, and what does success look like? What are these organizations seeking through access to and dialogue with the artist, and what are they achieving? How much of the artist's process is truly on view and how much is being performed?

Sherry Dobbin | Director, Times Square Arts
Kristen Ramirez | Seattle Department of Transportation Art & Enhancements Project Manager, Office of Arts & Culture and Department of Transportation

(2) Funding Spotlight: Trends in Support for the Arts

Join a dynamic conversation with the heads of national, regional and local funders on trends in support for the arts. As funders seek ways to bolster the financial health and long-term sustainability of their grantees, new priorities, partnerships and models are being deployed.

Claudia Bach | Principal and Founder, AdvisArts
Ben Cameron | President + CEO, The Jerome Foundation + Camargo Foundation
Martha Richards | Executive Director, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Tony Grant | Executive Director, Sustainable Arts Foundation (moderator)

(3) Who Are We Serving and How?

The art of program outreach and artist selection raises complex questions related to equity and diversity. We will explore what it means to develop a broad applicant pipeline through alternative models of outreach, selection and jurying - and ask: do we understand and work in ways that differentiate diversity, inclusion and equity? What specific models and strategies do administrators use to cultivate equity in their programs, particularly for artists rooted and engaged in marginalized communities?

Susanna Battin | Artist + Program Director, North Mountain Residency
Karl Burkheimer | MFA in Craft, Chair/Professor, Oregon College of Art + Craft
Mario Garcia Durham | President + CEO, Association of Performing Arts Presenters (moderator)
Bethany Martin-Breen | Senior Program Associate, The Rockefeller Foundation
Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, EdD | Community Scholar, Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory + Empirics at Columbia University

(4) Making the Case with Effective Arts Advocacy

How can you play an active role in 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 three seasoned leaders for a nuts-and-bolts discussion on effective arts advocacy at the local, state and federal level. Participants will leave the workshop having created their own advocacy strategy and case for working with elected officials.

Jeff Hawthorne | Director of Community Engagement, Regional Arts & Culture Council
John Schratwieser | Executive Director, Maryland Citizens for the Arts (moderator)
Cameron Whitten | Executive Director, Know Your City

(5) I Hate Your Work

What are the unconscious and conscious biases we all bring to judging artists' work? If "artistic merit" is a standard criterion on many applications, who decided what has merit and what doesn't? Join a lively debate featuring several guest experts on the topic with an open floor for questions, strategies and push back. 

Helen Daltoso | Grants Officer, Regional Arts + Culture Council
Shawn René Graham | Artist Services Manager, The Field (facilitator)
Daniel Jáquez | Freelance Stage Director, Theatre-maker and Translator
Eleanor Savage | Senior Program Officer, Jerome Foundation
James Scruggs | Artist + Facilitator, The Field

12:45pm - 2pm

Lunch (provided)

Optional Lunch Workshop
Sign up at registration. Limited space available.

Fears & Follies: An Experimental and Safe Space

Join us for a private lunch discussion and peer-to-peer feedback session that allows safe space to share issues, challenges and problems that can turn into opportunities for growth and development in unexpected ways when unencumbered by hierarchy. Share challenges related to internal matters such as staff-to-artists and artist-to-artist issues which can be difficult to share during the open conference sessions. Participants will be asked to think of a particular pattern or pressing issues. Each participant will get five minutes to share and then cross talk and peer feedback will happen for five minutes. This is an opportunity to understand issues in the field and how we may support each other through our challenges, failures and fears as administrators.

Gia Hamilton | Director, Joan Mitchell Center (facilitator)

Optional Lunch Meet-Up
Sign up at registration.

CAiRN Network Lunch Meet-Up

Any residency in the Pacific Northwest is welcome to attend this informal lunch meet-up of CAiRN! Started five years ago, CAiRN is a network of residencies in the Northwest United States created to increase opportunities for collaboration and support between programs. Elizabeth Quinn will give an overview of CAiRN's history, current planning and structure and facilitate conversations for growth of this network.

Elizabeth Quinn | Creative Director, Caldera (facilitator)

2:15pm - 5pm

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

Bullseye Glass Company
New Expressive Works (N.E.W.)
Regional Arts & Culture Council Public Art Tour
Hoyt Arboretum Artist Hike with Signal Fire
Cameraless Filmmaking at Northwest Film Center

Free Night!

Enjoy an evening on your own! Visit the registration desk to check out our suggestions for dining and fun events near the hotel.


All activities at The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR unless otherwise noted.

8:30am - 1pm

Registration + Check-In
The Benson Hotel (lobby)
Pick up your registration packet and sign up for tours. Coffee/tea will be available in the ballroom.

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.

9am - 9:45am

Keynote Address: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Introduction: Lulani Arquette, President + CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Buffy Sainte-Marie's bold music has cut across genres - from juggernaut pop-hit "Up Where We Belong" to anti-Vietnam War anthem "Universal Soldier." Her most recent album Power in the Blood was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, described by NPR as "full of spit and vinegar and fun." The Canadian-born Cree singer-songwriter, activist and visual artist has been a fervent advocate for indigenous people, animal rights and the environment for decades.

10am - 11am



(1) The Process of Collaboration: Inside the 2:2:2 Exchange

In 2015, Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) initiated the 2:2:2 Exchange - a collaboration between the centers and two resident artists. The exchange enabled two artists deeply rooted in each city to bring their socially-engaged, site-specific practices to new communities and extend their practice in surprising directions. Join Megha and Ryan to hear about the conception, planning and development of the exchange and their collaborative thought process – as curators and administrators working within community-based institutions. How do equity and sustainability take shape in terms of professional and institutional partnership? Why is this type of exchange important and what does success look like?

Ryan Dennis | Public Art Director, Project Row Houses
Megha Ralapati | Residency + Special Projects Manager, Hyde Park Art Center

(2) Making it Public: Residencies in Public Parks

Many artists residencies are now located within public park settings – some are collaborative partnerships with National and County Park Services while others are more informal artist-led projects temporarily utilizing existing public park areas. Traditionally art in public parks has been associated with concepts like monumentality and permanence, while increasingly, artists are exploring temporary-based modes of practice that frequently involve community engagement, and often explore, critique and challenge the assumed 'publicness' of public park space. Explore two case studies where the development and incubation of new artist work in a public park setting has generated influential questions.

Donna Conwell | Curator, Lucas Artists Program, Montalvo Arts Center
Elizabeth Quinn | Creative Director, Caldera

(3) Mental Health in Context

An artist residency environment can be conducive to mental health and well-being - and also pose unique challenges. This group discussion aims to address how the out-of-context environment of an artist residency can bring about a spectrum of mental health challenges, as well as opportunities for self care. We'll discuss how to hold space for this aspect of a residency as an artist prepares for their residency and how to help both artists and residency staff recognize the realities of what potential a residency environment has to nurture and also challenge mental health.

Tamara Ross | Director, Programming Operations, The Banff Centre (facilitator)

(4) Live/Work: Administrator in Residence

Within many artist's communities, the administrators live and work onsite alongside the artists in residence. This live/work arrangement particular to artist's communities creates a specific set of challenges that are unique to the field. How does one maintain a work-life balance when one's home is inside one's job? What are the appropriate boundaries of friendship and camaraderie between administrators and the population of artists in residence? What are strategies of time management in a 24/7 context where issues and needs can arise at any time of day?

Elizabeth Chodos | Executive + Creative Director, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency

11:15am - 12:45pm

Breakout Sessions


(1) Reimagining Indigeneity: Contemporary Native Artists

One of the most misunderstood aspects about Native peoples in our country is the myth of one monolithic Native community of people across the nation with similar beliefs and cultures. Indigenous populations are composed of the existing descendants of the peoples who inhabited the present territory of a country at the time when persons of a different culture or ethnic origin arrived, overcame them and reduced them to a non-dominant or colonial condition. What constitutes Native or Indigenous within the US, Hawaii and Alaska can be complicated and there are numerous viewpoints within Indian country and among Native peoples. Three diverse panelists - including Native performing and visual artists and a curator working in contemporary idioms - discuss indigeneity today.

Lulani Arquette | President + CEO, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (moderator)
Deana Dartt, PhD | Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum
Brenda Mallory | Artist
Rulan Tangen | Founding Artistic Director + Choreographer, Dancing Earth

(2) At the Outer Limits of Artmaking

Some creative projects require complex support structures beyond the essential elements of time, space and funding. Enter programs like Fathomers (formerly Grand Arts) and Autodesk's Pier 9 AiR Program - which are uniquely poised to meet impossible ideas with access to new technology, specialized equipment and intensive production support. Hear from artists and residency leaders about the projects that took them to unusual places and explore what it means to support artistic experimentation on a grand scale.

Paolo Salvagione | Artist
Vanessa Sigurdson | Artist in Residence (AIR) Program Manager, Autodesk - Pier 9
Stacy Switzer | Curator + Executive Director, Fathomers
Noah Weinstein | Senior Creative Programs Manager, Autodesk - Pier 9

(3) Untapped Resources: Partnering with Universities

Are residency centers overlooking opportunities to support creativity through collaborations with colleges and universities? What are the potential benefits and challenges of forging partnerships? Could partnerships be structured to yield mutual benefit? A multidisciplinary cohort of residency organizations and higher education institutions will examine these questions, explore partnership models and inform next steps. We will also present a case study on Catwalk Arts Residency and Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) along with a developing partnership between NYLA and Queens College.

Rob Bailis | Associate Director, Cal Performances
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko | Co-Director, anonymous bodies
Carla Peterson | Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (moderator)
Edisa Weeks | Choreographer, DELIRIOUS Dances + Assistant Professor, Queens College
Dana Whitco | Director, Tisch Initiative for Creative Research

(4) Archiving Your Personal and Organizational Legacy: A Workshop

How do artists and institutions take responsibility for archiving their (often ephemeral) practices in diverse formats so they can create a strong legacy to be understood and appreciated by contemporary and future audiences? In this workshop we will look at current practices, get into mixed groups of artists and administrators, and together develop and share best practices for archiving our work. The results of our workshop will be immediately printed into a publication available at the conference.

Lexa Walsh | Artist + Archivist; Culinary Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts

12:45pm - 2pm

Lunch (provided) + Closing Remarks

Lisa Hoffman, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities + Jason Kalajainen, Executive Director, Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago / Alliance Board President

2:15pm - 4:30pm

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

Hand2Mouth + Milagro Theatre
Literary Arts Writing Workshop
Pearl District Alternative Arts Spaces
Portland Community Media + PICA
Oregon College of Art and Craft

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Closing Night Party | Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR

Close out the conference with a special party at PNCA's new home in Portland's North Park Blocks - a dynamic platform for creativity and entrepreneurship. Join us for chill music, delicious food, and a super group photo, along with special recognitions!

Free for attendees! Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

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