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  • December 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/15/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    December 2020 Member Briefing

    December 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

  • October 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/20/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

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    October 2020 Member Briefing

    October 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

  • DIAL.studio | Utilizing Community to Achieve Creative Revitalization

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/31/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    ThirdSpace Action Lab is a POC-led organization created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color, specifically in the Cleveland Metro Area. It is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. ThirdSpace has centered their work in racial equity and inclusion, and work to involve the community in the revitalization process. They are key contributors to the development of the Glenville Arts Campus, and aim to provide spaces for communities of color to unify and take action. This session will highlight the importance of community building and activation and allow participants to explore the various aspects of this work and where it can be utilized in their own regions.

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    July 31, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    ThirdSpace Action Lab is a POC-led organization created to disrupt the vicious cycle of disinvestment and displacement that negatively impacts the vitality of low-income communities of color, specifically in the Cleveland Metro Area. It is a grassroots research, strategy, and design cooperative, dedicated to prototyping creative place-based solutions to complex socioeconomic problems. ThirdSpace has centered their work in racial equity and inclusion, and work to involve the community in the revitalization process. They are key contributors to the development of the Glenville Arts Campus, and aim to provide spaces for communities of color to unify and take action. This session will highlight the importance of community building and activation and allow participants to explore the various aspects of this work and where it can be utilized in their own regions.

    Participants will learn about:

    • An example of how a POC-led institution can make tangible change within its community
    • Insight into how organizations and organizers can use creative thinking strategies to uplift and heal their communities
    • Understanding the challenges that arise when working to revitalize a community that is on its pathway to gentrification

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Evelyn Burnett

    Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

    Evelyn Burnett is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café. Prior to this exciting venture, Evelyn served as Vice President, Economic Opportunity at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress an intermediary whose mission is to foster communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland. Prior to joining CNP, Evelyn served as Associate Director for Program Strategies with Admiral Center at Living Cities, project director in the city of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, and as a 2007-2008 Cleveland Executive (Coro) Fellow. Evelyn is a 2018 German Marshall Fellow and sits on the board of several organizations throughout Northeast Ohio and nationally including ioby (In Our Back Yards), Credit Builders Alliance, Teach for America, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Dance Cleveland, Walsh University School of Business and CTMDreams. Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communications & Public Relations with a double minor in Sales & Marketing and Dance from The University of Akron during which time she studied abroad in Ghana, Africa; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Akron.

    Website: https://3rdspaceactionlab.co/

    Twitter: @evburnett

    Mordecai Cargill

    Co-founder and Partner, ThirdSpace Action Lab

    Mordecai Cargill is a co-founder and partner of the ThirdSpace Action Lab and Third Space Café.  Prior to starting this exciting venture, Mordecai served as the Director of Strategy, Research & Impact at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), a community development funding intermediary committed to fostering inclusive neighborhoods of choice and opportunity throughout the city of Cleveland. Mordecai provides oversight and analysis for the implementation of the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, focused primarily on 3 key areas of activity: Program Design and Evaluation; Research and Thought Leadership; and Partnership and Resource Development. Since joining Team CNP in 2014 as Manager of Fund Development, Mordecai’s responsibilities have included project management for strategic initiatives such as an Organizational Assessment (2014), and the planning process for the 2017-2021 Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Strategic Plan (2016). He also contributes to CNP’s emerging Policy, Advocacy & Research body of work, and co-leads the organization’s efforts to elevate racial equity and inclusion as a citywide community development priority. Mordecai earned his BA in African American Studies from Yale University, with a concentration on Black Culture in the 20th Century. He was awarded the William Pickens Prize for his Senior Thesis entitled, “The Black Arts Iconography of John Coltrane

    Websitehttps://3rdspaceactionlab.co/

    Twitter: @MCargill28

  • DIAL.studio | Self Advocacy and Self Care for Artists and Arts Administrators of Color

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/24/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    For many pre-career and emerging leaders of color, there is constant pressure to prove oneself, focus on the product rather than process, and “fit in” to a culture that may not be their own. Many struggle with creating space for themselves, feeling comfortable advocating for their wants and needs, and supporting their own communities. This session explores the topic of self-care and self-advocacy through a panel discussion with music educator and consultant, Calida Jones, and New York City Ballet principal dancer, Georgina Pazcoguin. Through this discussion, participants will explore Calida’s and Georgina’s pathways towards success and growth, and how their groundbreaking stories inspire the people around them.

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    July 24, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    For many pre-career and emerging leaders of color, there is constant pressure to prove oneself, focus on the product rather than process, and “fit in” to a culture that may not be their own. Many struggle with creating space for themselves, feeling comfortable advocating for their wants and needs, and supporting their own communities. This session explores the topic of self-care and self-advocacy through a panel discussion with music educator and consultant, Calida Jones, and New York City Ballet principal dancer, Georgina Pazcoguin. Through this discussion, participants will explore Calida’s and Georgina’s pathways towards success and growth, and how their groundbreaking stories inspire the people around them.

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Insight into how to advocate for oneself as a member of the non-dominant group within the arts field
    • Tools on how to navigate white-led institutions and find community as an emerging and/or prospective arts leader of color
    • Critical discussion topics on how participants can create change within their environments, communities, and organizations.

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Calida Jones

    Assistant Director of Education and Engagement, Hartt School

    Calida Jones began studying the piano at the age of 3 while attending Nursery School, and switched to violin at the age of 6 when she entered Thomas G. Pullen Performing Arts School in Landover, Maryland. Currently, Calida is the Assistant Director of Education & Engagement at University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. She also serves as Program Director for Music Matters, and the Conductor of the Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the Charter Oak Culture Center. Prior to those roles, Calida was appointed Director of Development and Advocacy for the El Sistema inspired program PROJECT MUSIC from 2018-2019. In 2012, Calida was hired by the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra to design and implement the El Sistema inspired program “Bravo Waterbury!” (Bravo). She continued her work in Waterbury until August of 2018. She continues to consult with organizations all over the country. An accomplished musician, social justice advocate and educator, Calida’s work has taken her all over the world teaching and performing. Calida is passionate about intentional purposeful teaching and community engagement. Her personal mission is to ensure that children who have limited resources also have access to musical opportunities and activities. She knows that this type of musical exposure and education will benefit them and build their confidence which will catapult them to successful careers, regardless of the career path. She is committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills, and community building. Calida has had the privilege of speaking multiple times at the prestigious Yale School of Music, Duke University, Ravinia, The Connecticut State Capitol, The Hartt School of Music, and was a Tedx speaker in San Jose, CA. Most recently, Calida has consulted with Sphinx Organization, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Utah Cultural Alliance, and a host of other organizations. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Bachelors of Fine Arts in Violin Performance), she received her Masters in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from The Hartt School of Music. Calida is honored and humbled to have received awards, and honors during her career including a scholar fellowship at the Aspen Festival of Ideas, The Elizabeth Mahaffey Fellowship, a Grammy nomination for the Music Educator Excellence Award, the Father Thomas H. Dwyer Humanitarian Award for her work in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the 2018 CT Arts Hero Award in Waterbury CT. Calida serves on the Board of The Hartt School of Music, El Sistema USA (Board Clerk), and chairs the Racial Diversity and Cultural Understanding Committee; she also serves on the board of the Connecticut Arts Alliance.

    Website: www.cnjassociates.com

    Georgina Pazcoguin

    Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

    Co-founder of diversity initiative “Final Bow For Yellowface” Georgina "The Rogue Ballerina" is breaking glass ceilings in the world of Ballet. Celebrating a 18 year career with world renown New York City Ballet, she aims to be named the company's first female Asian American Principal dancer. A steadily rising star, she is an ambassador of her art form across the platforms of Ballet, Broadway, and Film. Known as the "The Rogue Ballerina" she empowers those not fitting the "balletic ideal stereotype" with her story of success and rise through the ranks of NYCB. She most recently can be seen on stage at David H. Koch Theater and on TV in the hit Fosse/Verdon tv series. In addition to her many credits including award winning film “New York Export Opus Jazz”, Ivy in the revival of “On the Town” and originating the role of Victoria in the 2016 revival of “Cats”, Georgina is a passionate activist for foundations Orphan Starfish, Arteamor, using ballet as a universal language tool raising awareness and impacting social change.

    Website: GeorginaPazcoguin.com     

    Instagram: @Georgina_Pazco

  • July 2020 Member Briefing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/21/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! Mark your calendars for the third Tuesday of every month at 3pm to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so please let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting Michael Hornbuckle at mhornbuckle@artsusa.org​.

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    July 2020 Member Briefing

    July 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    About the Member Briefing

    Member Briefings are our monthly opportunity to talk to you about what’s happening now! These calls will take place once a quarter, so mark your calendars to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at Americans for the Arts and across the sector. These calls are for you, so let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to know more about by contacting membership at membership@artsusa.org.

    We firmly believe that our #AFTAmember network is one of our strongest resources, so after our update, we’ll open the floor up to your questions, comments, recommendations, and lessons learned – we hope you’ll take advantage of each other’s expertise!

  • DIAL.studio | Antigone in Ferguson: Building a Chorus that Can’t Preach to Itself (By Design)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/17/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO. Translated and directed by Theater of War Productions Artistic Director Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore, the project fuses a dramatic reading by leading actors of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City. Through their work with Antigone in Ferguson, Bryan and Phil will discuss how this performance became a catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions about racialized violence, structural oppression, misogyny, gender violence, and social justice.

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    July 17th, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO. Translated and directed by Theater of War Productions Artistic Director Bryan Doerries and composed by Phil Woodmore, the project fuses a dramatic reading by leading actors of excerpts from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy with live choral music performed by a choir of activists, police officers, youth, and concerned citizens from Ferguson and New York City. Through their work with Antigone in Ferguson, Bryan and Phil will discuss how this performance became a catalyst for panel and audience-driven discussions about racialized violence, structural oppression, misogyny, gender violence, and social justice.

    Participants will walk away with:

    • An understanding of the process behind creating and building the play, Antigone in Ferguson
    • Insight on how artists and communities can work together to develop art that emphasizes the need for critical discussion, organizing, and healing 
    • Tools on how one can create social justice centered artwork within their own communities

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Bryan Doerries

    Artistic Director, Theater of War Productions

    Bryan Doerries is a New York-based writer, director, and translator, who currently serves as Artistic Director of Theater of War Productions. A self-described evangelist for ancient stories and their relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. During his tenure at Theater of War Productions, the company has presented diverse projects across the United States and internationally, using dramatic readings of seminal plays and community conversations to confront topics such as combat-related psychological injury, end-of-life care, racialized violence, prison reform, gun violence, domestic violence, addiction, sexual assault,  and the refugee crisis. Doerries’ books include The Theater of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today (Knopf), The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan (Pantheon), and a collection of his translations of ancient Greek Tragedies entitled All That You’ve Seen Here is God (Vintage). He has taught courses at Princeton University, Bard College, the University of Connecticut, and the Bard Prison Initiative. His academic degrees include a BA in Classics from Kenyon College and an MFA in Theater Directing from the University of California, Irvine. Among his awards, he has received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kenyon College, and in March 2017, he was named Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the City of New York, a joint appointment with the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services and Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about his work, please visit: www.theaterofwar.com.

    Facebook: Theater of War

    Twitter: @theaterofwar

    Instagram: @theaterofwar

    Phil Woodmore

    Composer, Vocal Coach, and Music Educator

    Saint Louis native, Dr. Philip A. Woodmore has been an active member of the St. Louis music community for many years. Phil received his bachelors from Saint Louis University in Business Marketing and Music Vocal Performance and then went on to receive his masters from Webster University in Music Education.  He recently graduating with his PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interest are the changing voice and voice pedagogy and his dissertation is on the transformative power of music in the choral setting using the auditioned choir in the Off-Broadway run of Antigone in Ferguson.   

    Phil taught choir one year at Ferguson and Berkley Middle Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and then went on to become the choir director at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District where he taught for 12 years.  Along with his work in Rockwood, Phil was the Coordinator of the Voice Program at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and the artist director of the Allegro Music Company from 2008-2017, has been the director of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir since 2009,  was the director of the Northern Arizona University Gospel Choir from 2014-2017, Artist in Residency for the State of Arizona for a two year term 2016-2018, minister of music at Trinity Community Church from 1992-2018, and vocal coach to many in the St. Louis and New York.

    In August 2016 Phil was asked to compose an original score of a version of Antigone translated by Bryan Doerries called Antigone in Ferguson which has been traveling the country for the past four years and premiered internationally in Athens, Greece in June 2016. Since the success of Antigone in Ferguson, Phil has written an original score for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s last sermon The Drum Major Instinct and also for a speech by Frederick Douglass.  In 2018 The Drum Major Instinct premiered in Athens, Greece and was performed on several college campuses during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2018 Antigone in Ferguson ran in an Off-Broadway theater in New York for a five-week workshop and in 2019 it ran for ten-weeks at the St. Ann and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York. Philip is excited for several collaborations in 2021 including a production of Pirates of Penzance in which Phil’s company P. Woodmore Music, LLC will be a producing partner and will provide all the music for the show.  Phil will be joining the Muny family for the 2020 summer season and he is looking forward to a great partnership as the Music Director for Muny Kids. For more information on Dr. Philip A. Woodmore please visit www.philipawoodmore.com

    Twitter: @phil_woodmore

    Antigone in Ferguson is a groundbreaking project, developed by Theater of War Productions, which fuses dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of Sophocles’ Antigone with live choral music performed by a diverse choir, including police officers, activists, youth, teachers, and concerned citizens from St. Louis, Missouri and New York City, culminating in powerful, healing discussions about race and social justice. Antigone in Ferguson was conceived in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014, through a collaboration between Theater of War Productions and community members from Ferguson, MO, and premiered at Normandy High School, Michael Brown’s alma mater, in September of 2016.

    Click here to view the performance

  • DIAL.studio | Arts Administration 101: The History of Arts Management & Arts Organizations in America

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 07/10/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    Aimed at expanding the knowledgebase of pre-career college students, this session will give participants a “101” education on the history of arts administration and organizations. Led by Margie Johnson Reese, an expert in arts management, art policy, cultural organizing, and other relevant topics, this session is a great introduction for those who want extra knowledge about the arts field.

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    July 10th, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST

    Aimed at expanding the knowledgebase of pre-career college students, this session will give participants a “101” education on the history of arts administration and organizations. Led by Margie Johnson Reese, an expert in arts management, art policy, cultural organizing, and other relevant topics, this session is a great introduction for those who want extra knowledge about the arts field

    Participants will walk away with:

    • Knowledge about the basic history and creation of arts management and arts organizations in the United States
    • Best practices of navigating the arts field as early career administrators

    This session is a part of the DIAL.studio | Professional Development Series and is free for all who register. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

    Please note that while this session is free and open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


    This program is made possible by support from ConEdison, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Kutya Major Foundation, and The Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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    Margie Johnson Reese

    Consultant and Professor

    Margie Johnson Reese has a 30-year portfolio as an arts management professional and has contributed to public policy in areas of public participation in the arts, public art policy and practice, community development, and cultural master planning and her career has included arts leadership in Dallas and Los Angeles.  She has been an advisor to the nation’s most diverse communities. She has worked directly with artists and other creative professionals to enhance their employment and business opportunities, in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors. She has guided the development of numerous cultural facilities and managing architectural design, budget and staff to guarantee that pubic service is a priority.

    She served as a grant maker for the Ford Foundation in their Office for West Africa as the Program Officer for Media, Arts and Culture. In that capacity, she cites among her major accomplishments funding the restoration of the slave castles in Ghana and Nigeria and providing funding to preserve the ancient Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu in Mali.

    Margie formed MJR Partners, LLC in 2010, and provides professional arts management services and guidance to communities for planning, stabilizing and implementing inclusive public policy. Her clients have engaged her services to assist in stimulating strategic partnerships between the cultural sector and government agencies, foundations, corporations, and academic institutions to advance cultural understanding. She is a professor at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, teaching Cultural Policy in the Arts in the graduate Arts Administration program. A graduate of Washington State University in Pullman, Washington with a BS in Speech and Theater, Margie holds an MFA in Theater from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Website: http://www.margiejohnsonreese.com/

  • Keynote: The 33rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 06/23/2020 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    Presented by Americans for the Arts, the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy is a leading national forum for arts policy intended to stimulate dialogue on policy and social issues affecting the arts. The annual lecture is named for Nancy Hanks, former president of Americans for the Arts and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who devoted 15 years of her professional life to bringing the arts to prominent national consciousness.

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    The 33rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy will be presented live as the opening keynote presentation of the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:30 AM EDT.  Delivering this year's lecture virtually will be Vijay Gupta, renown citizen artist, social justice advocate, acclaimed violinist, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, and Americans for the Arts board member. You can view this thought-provoking and artistic event free by either registering here on this page for just the lecture or registering for the entire Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference, where the lecture is included in your paid registration.


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    Lecturer's Bio

    Vijay Gupta believes that the work of the artist and the work of citizenship is the same: to create the world we want to see in our small, everyday actions—one person, one relationship, and one note at a time.

     Hailed as “one of the most radical thinkers in the unradical world of American classical music,” Mr. Gupta is an esteemed violinist and speaker. Mr. Gupta’s labor of love lies in the founding and directing of Street Symphony, which brings music to people in shelters, clinics, county jails and prisons. Mr. Gupta’s work serves to engage people across vast social and economic differences—people who would often never be in the same room together—to create new transformative conversations about belonging and citizenship. Mr. Gupta’s work brings beauty, respite, and purpose to those all too often ignored by society, while encouraging us to reflect on many ways we can all make a difference and truly be citizens in our world today.

     We all have a story that matters. Mr. Gupta’s story began just north of New York City in 1987, where he was born to Indian immigrants who immersed him equally in the cultures of West Bengal and Western Europe. Mr. Gupta began playing the violin at a young age, and after only three years of study, auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College program. He played his solo debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a teenager, toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, and his Indian motherland as a soloist and recitalist. As an undergraduate, he continued to study violin performance while also following a course of study in biology, which led him to research internships at City University of New York and the Harvard Institutes of Medicine where, ironically, he received the most encouragement and support to make a life not as a researcher or doctor, but as a musician. Mr. Gupta continued his musical training at the Yale School of Music before taking an audition for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra where, in 2007, he became the youngest violinist to win a position in the orchestra’s history. 

     Soon after joining the orchestra, Mr. Gupta discovered that his new hometown was the epicenter of the crisis of homelessness in America today. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis today, thousands of Angelenos sleep on the streets, and even more are incarcerated in the largest county jail system on the planet—effectively our world’s largest psychiatric facility. In 2010, Mr. Gupta started organizing musical events for audiences he would never meet in Walt Disney Concert Hall, performing classical chamber music with his colleagues across the city at homeless shelters, mental health clinics, hospitals and Veterans centers, Los Angeles county jails and California state prisons—and even the very streets of Skid Row. 

     As a grassroots movement of music, the musical offerings of Street Symphony encompass not only the world of classical and choral music, but the traditions of Mariachi, Jazz, West-African drumming, Romani music, folk songs, and most importantly, musical offerings from and by the community of Skid Row—music from people who have themselves experienced homelessness and incarceration. In this radical model of hospitality and exchange, the musicians of Street Symphony share their gifts, and their stage, with the community they serve. They learn and grow with each other. Mr. Gupta says that often, the professionals are the ones who walk away with the greater gift.

     Mr. Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a 2017 Citizen Artist Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship. (Each day, Mr. Gupta shares a musical meditation on Instagram centered on the music of Bach, and he encourages you to all follow along @Gupta_violin).  

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

    Special thanks to The Rosenthal Family Foundation (Jamie Rosenthal Wolf, Rick Rosenthal, and Nancy Stephens) and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck for their generous support of this keynote.


    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register for this event, please click the red REGISTER button on the upper right hand side of this page and then press COMPLETE REGISTRATION NOW. From there, you will be directed to your cart.

    You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register. If you have an account, click the LOG IN button, enter your username and password, and continue to check out. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you must return to your cart on ArtsU to complete your registration for the event.  

    By registering for this event, you agree to all of the Policies & Procedures for the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.


  • Day 3: Reimagination and Resilience

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    The closing day of the Annual Convention is about bringing our creativity to bear in helping the country rebuild itself—and reimagine a new, resilient way of living and being together where the arts can help our communities be healthier, more vibrant, and more equitable.

    The closing day of the Annual Convention is about bringing our creativity to bear in helping the country rebuild itself—and re-imagine a new, resilient way of living and being together where the arts can help our communities be healthier, more vibrant, and more equitable.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

     
    Includes:
    • Sessions on equity and job mobility in a pandemic. 
    • Sessions on building partnerships and centering the arts in recovery.
    • Connections and networking with arts leaders across the country.
    • Interaction with exhibitors including: Artists Thrive, Goucher College MA in Arts Administration, Performing Arts Readiness, SmartSimple, SMU DataArts, and WESTAF - Western States Arts Federation.  
    • And more! 

    Come back soon for the full event agenda!


    BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

    Become a professional member of Americans for the Arts before you register and save on registration fees!  
    Members at the $75 level or higher save on one-day and full conference rates. Plus, your membership includes a year of connections with 7,000 arts leaders across the country and access to member-exclusive tools and resources, including more digital learning opportunities on ArtsU! 

    The Full List of Membership Benefits

    ALREADY A MEMBER? 
    How to access your membership discounts:  
    1. Log in to AmericansfortheArts.org to confirm your membership status.  
    2. Head over to ArtsU. Your membership benefits will now be applied to any purchases you make.  
    3. Then, pick the registration option of your choice!

    WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER? 

    You can become a member online or call us at 202.371.2830. Become a member before you register to take advantage of the discounts!

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBER RATES

    Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference Full Package:   $200
    One-Day Event Access:   $100


    In order to take advantage of the member rate, you must purchase a membership PRIOR to registering for the event. If membership is purchased after registering for the event, we will not be able to adjust registration rates retroactively.

    NONMEMBER RATES

    Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference Full Package:   $275
    One-Day Event Access:   $150

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register only one day of the event, please click the red REGISTER button on the upper right hand side of this page and then press COMPLETE REGISTRATION NOW. From there, you will be directed to your cart. If you want to register for more than one day of the event, click  ADD TO CART AND COMPLETE REGISTRATION LATER and you may continue to add products to your cart.

    You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register - If you have an account, click the LOG IN button, enter your username and password, and continue to check out. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you must return to your cart on ArtsU to complete your registration for the event.

    By registering for this package, you agree to all of the Policies & Procedures for the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.

    DONATE NOW:

    Americans for the Arts is committed to providing training and resources to support the arts and culture field, right now and through the long road of recovery ahead. If you are able, please consider making a donation today to sustain that work.

  • Day 2: Public Art & Civic Design, Adapting to Change

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    The opening day of the Annual Convention focuses on coming together and reaffirming our commitment to ourselves and our work, the crucial role of arts and culture, and our ability to thrive if we work together. It is a day of sessions about how the arts survive, thrive, and meet the challenges of this crisis and upcoming recovery.

    Day 2 focuses on the intersection between public art & civic design and how this work is being addressed in communities across the United States during this time of unprecedented change. Join public art practitioners across the country as we learn and lead together through this crisis and upcoming recovery. 

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EDT

     
    Includes:
    • Keynote from Paul M. Faber, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab, the independent public art and history studio.
    • Artists-led interactive sessions.
    • The how-tos of managing public art projects and collections during a pandemic.
    • Ways to keep the local public art ecosystem moving through partnerships and case-making.
    • Sessions on how public art can help with recovery and public health initiatives.
    • Interaction with exhibitors including: Artists Thrive, Goucher College MA in Arts Administration, Performing Arts Readiness, SmartSimple, SMU DataArts, and WESTAF - Western States Arts Federation.  
    • And more!

    Come back soon for the full event agenda!


    BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

    Become a professional member of Americans for the Arts before you register and save on registration fees!  
    Members at the $75 level or higher save on one-day and full conference rates. Plus, your membership includes a year of connections with 7,000 arts leaders across the country and access to member-exclusive tools and resources, including more digital learning opportunities on ArtsU! 

    The Full List of Membership Benefits

    ALREADY A MEMBER?
    How to access your membership discounts: 
    1. Log in to AmericansfortheArts.org to confirm your membership status. 
    2. Head over to ArtsU. Your membership benefits will now be applied to any purchases you make. 
    3. Then, pick the registration option of your choice!


    WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER?
     

    You can become a member online or call us at 202.371.2830. Become a member before you register to take advantage of the discounts!

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBER RATES

    Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference Full Package:   $200
    One-Day Event Access:   $100


    In order to take advantage of the Member rate, you must purchase a membership PRIOR to registering for the event. If membership is purchased after registering for the event, we will not be able to adjust registration rates retroactively.


    NONMEMBER AND DIGITAL MEMBER RATES

    Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference Full Package:   $275
    One-Day Event Access:   $150

    HOW TO REGISTER:

    To register only one day of the event, please click the red REGISTER button on the upper right hand side of this page and then press COMPLETE REGISTRATION NOW. From there, you will be directed to your cart. If you want to register for more than one day of the event, click  ADD TO CART AND COMPLETE REGISTRATION LATER and you may continue to add products to your cart.

    You must have an account with Americans for the Arts to register - If you have an account, click the LOG IN button, enter your username and password, and continue to check out. If you do not have an account, click the CREATE AN ACCOUNT button. You will then be directed to the Americans for the Arts website to create your account. Once you have created your account, you must return to your cart on ArtsU to complete your registration for the event

    By registering for this package, you agree to all of the Policies & Procedures for the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.

    DONATE NOW:

    Americans for the Arts is committed to providing training and resources to support the arts and culture field, right now and through the long road of recovery ahead. If you are able, please consider making a donation today to sustain that work.