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Attendees may register for just the Emerging Program Institute, or the Institute + the Pre-Institute training: Nonprofit 101 (additional registration required).

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Emerging Program Institute Agenda

Tuesday, April 21

6 - 8 pm

 

 

 

Opening Reception: Welcome to Omaha!
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts - 724 South 12th Street

Meet your fellow Institute attendees, local arts leaders - and get a glimpse of the bustling Bemis during this casual gathering. Beer/wine and authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza will be served.

Wednesday, April 22
(all activities @ Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts - 724 South 12th Street - unless otherwise noted)
8:30 - 9 am Registration

9 - 9:30 am

 

 

Welcome + Intro

Dave Brown, President + CEO, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities
Aileen Tobin, Director of Operations, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

9:30 - 10:15 am

 

 

 

Residencies at a Glance | This session will introduce attendees to the variety of residency models around the world and look at major changes and new trends in the field. Plus 10 things to consider as you start a residency!

Brad Kik, Co-founder/co-director, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

10:15 - 11 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Relevance of Place |  In this session we'll look at how place and context influence programming, how artists might engage your community in meaningful ways, and how demonstrating relevance can help you build support.

Ed Dadey, Founder / Director, Art Farm
Ree Kaneko, Founder of Bemis, KANEKO, Jun Kaneko Studio; Board chair, International Sculpture Center
Flannery Patton, Director of Member Services + Communications, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator)
Elizabeth Stehling, Program Director, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

11:15 am - 12:30 pm

 

 

 

 

Business Planning: Part I | A nuts-n-bolts, how-to discussion on creating a business plan for your residency. How do you translate ideas and broad concepts into actionable plans for launching and/or growing your program? How do you build a funding base, navigate funding challenges, and position your program for long-term sustainability?

Brad Kik, Co-founder/co-director, ISLAND
Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Lunch

1:45 - 3 pm

 

 

 

 

Business Planning: Part II | This session brings together established residency leaders and board members for a discussion on developing residency lifecycles and programs over time. How do you use your strategic plan as a guide for organizational development? How do you remain flexible and capitalize on new opportunities while staying true to your mission?

Paul Smith, Bemis Board President; Senior Managing Director, Tenaska Capital Management
Sarah Workneh, Co-Director, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

3 - 6 pm

 

 

Residency and arts organization site visits

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
KANEKO

6 - 7:30 pm

 

 

 

Evening Party
The House of Loom - 1012 S 10th Street
Briefly hear from owner, Brent Crampton about how House of Loom connects with diverse demographics at this culturally creative nightlife spot just south of Omaha’s Old Market neighborhood. Then wind down and connect with your peers with delicious hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Thursday, April 23
(all activities @ Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts - 724 South 12th Street - unless otherwise noted)
8:30 - 9 am Coffee / tea at registration

9 - 10:15 am

 

 

 

 

 

Distinguishing Yourself | Understanding your niche is critical to attracting support, building a brand, engaging artists, developing a Board, and much more. In this session, we'll workshop with the group and provide real-world examples of residencies that have a strong sense of identity and communications.

Pat Friedli, Assistant Director, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Brad Kik, Co-founder/co-director, ISLAND
Todd Simon,
Bemis Board Vice President | Senior
Vice President, Omaha Steaks

10:30 - 11:45 am

 

 

 

 

 

Dolphin Tank! | Friendlier than a shark tank, this session lets you test your mettle against a group of respondents. Try out your elevator speech, pitch your project, and get instant feedback on your ideas.

Sidney Pepper Smith, Artist Communities / Presenting Specialist | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities
Suzanne Wise, Executive Director, Nebraska Arts Council
Sarah Workneh, Co-Director, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

11:45 am - 1 pm Lunch

1 - 2:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ask an Expert | These 30-minute small-group sessions give you an opportunity to address specific concerns. Expert topics will include everything from facilities planning, to navigating funding opportunities, to understanding the artists in residence experience.

  • Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts  
    Sidney Pepper Smith, Artist Communities / Presenting Specialist | Multidisciplinary Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Liability Exposures + InsuranceTim Huber, Vice President, SilverStone Group
    Aileen Tobin, Director of Operations, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Alumni Relations – Sarah Workneh, Co-Director, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
  • Facilities Planning + Management – Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
    Luke Severson, Residency Program Technician, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
  • The Artist-in-Residence Experience Ying Zhu, Artist, Studio ThatWay
    Mary Zicafoose, Artist, Mary Zicafoose Textiles / Board Chair, Union for Contemporary Art

2:45 - 5:30 pm

 

 

Residency and arts organization site visits

The Union for Contemporary Art
Love's Jazz
Carver Bank

5:30 - 8 pm

 

 

 

Closing Party
Carver Bank  -  2416 Lake Street

Celebrate with Bemis and the Alliance during a fun night of food, drink, and reveling in the arts of Omaha. Block party includes Love's Jazz, The Union for Contemporary Art, sweet beats by DJ Kethro, and more! Beer/wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

 

Pre-Institute Nonprofit 101 Agenda

Nonprofit 101 offers a day of workshops and discussions for those developing new organizations who are looking for the basics of starting a nonprofit. Nonprofit 101 will be led by Mary Lee Fitzsimmons, an Omaha-based nonprofit management and sustainability expert with over two decades of experience. She will be joined by Emiliano Lerda, Executive Director of Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska, and Holly Boyer, Social Impact Consultant.

Separate registration is required. More information here.

Tuesday, April 21
Nonprofit 101 takes place at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts - 724 South 12th Street

8:30 - 9 am Registration 
9 - 9:15 am

Welcome + Intro

9:15 am - 12:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Nonprofit 101 Part I

  1. Identification of the groups’ most pressing concerns about running a non-profit organization
  2. How to determine if starting a new 501(c)(3) is the way to go.
  3. How do you begin now to position your organization for sustainability? What is capacity and how do you move to increase capacity for your organization? Topics include: mission congruence, strategic planning, donor climate, accountability, and others based on information from section 1.

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

1:30 - 5 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonprofit 101 Part II

  1. Board / Executive Director Relationships – Leadership partnerships and how to nurture and maintain them
  2. How do effective boards do their work? Topics include: board recruitment, orientation/on-boarding, productive board and committee meetings, committee structure, board assessments
  3. Planning for the future:
    • Strategic planning and dashboards/scorecards
    • Fund Development Planning
    • Communications Planning
    • Succession Planning: Board leadership and executive leadership
    • Accountability: Annual evaluations of board leadership and executive leadership
  4. Wrap up and final questions
6 - 8 pm   Join us for our opening reception! See description at top.