Registration and Coffee, Grand Foyer |8:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

Pre-Conference Meetings: Ground Floor Ballrooms | 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Virginia Coalition for Fine Arts Education
Artisans Center of Virginia: Artisan Trail Network
Arts and Military Stakeholders
Virginia Presenters Network

Welcome and Introductions | 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Margaret Vanderhye, Virginia Commission for the Arts

Keynote Address | 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
The New Virginia Renaissance
Using the power of the arts to transform the way we live.

Plenary Sessions | 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Jamie Bennett, Plenary Session Leader
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America, will lead a discussion among transformational arts leaders Robert Reeder, Program Director for Rural LISC, the rural component of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Irfana Noorani, Deputy Director of the 11th Street Bridge Park, and Gina Lyles, Program Coordinator for the Youth Self-Advocacy Through Art program, ART 180, about how art can create and inform public spaces and public policies.

Lisa Donovan, Plenary Session Leader for Arts Educators
Lisa will lead a concurrent panel discussion with Kris Amundson, President and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Cheryle “Cherry” Gardner, Principal Specialist of Fine Arts for the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), and Ayo Abifarin Craddock, a VCA Teaching Artist and the Director of Culture4MyKids, about how to engage national, state and local education policy leaders and legislators to make sure that the “well-rounded education” called for in the Every Student Succeeds Act includes a robust curriculum in the arts.

Lunch | 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.

Performance: The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) empowers veterans, service members, and military family members to reintegrate into their communities through arts classes and performances. ASAP promotes artistic expression, education, and camaraderie through seven- to ten-week classes in stand-up comedy, improv, creative writing, and music. ASAP then partners with local colleges, arts organizations, and performance venues to offer its graduates continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. In the process, ASAP provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and healing benefits, and strengthens ties between veterans and their communities through the arts. In its first year as a non-profit, ASAP served 328 veterans, service members, and military family members, who, collectively have delivered more than 250 performances for over 15,000 audience members. ASAP has delivered performances at such locations as The White House; has been featured on CNN, ABC, BBC, the Washington Post, and NPR; and is the subject of a PBS documentary.

Break Out Sessions | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Nello McDaniel
New Challenges, New Responses: Emergent Systems in the Arts
This session will examine the elements and some examples of emergent phenomena among certain arts organizations in response to volatile disturbances in the social, economic, political and cultural environment. Emergence is change that unfolds from the inside out. In the artistic process, we observe emergence in actions and structures that arise without (or in spite of) requirements or demands from the outside. The artistic process, in conceptual and practical applications, has served as the centerpiece of ARTS Action Research’s work for 25 years. In this session I will describe the anatomy of our approaches and share some examples of arts organizations we have worked with in recent years.

Tim Miano
Creative Place-Making in an Innovation Economy
The future is bright! The "creative place-making" paradigm, which focuses on translating community assets into public spaces, art, and creative projects that promote people's health, happiness, and wellbeing, is becoming part of the community development lexicon. Fortuitously, these ideas have matured at the same time that the "innovation economy" has begun to take shape. Innovation, the process of problem-solving driven by creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship, is at the heart of our rapidly evolving economy. The next-generation of students, workers, and leaders has the opportunity to have a positive and sustainable impact on the wellbeing of local communities as never before.

Susan Jennings
With Public Arts Experts Robert Goudie, Theresa Cochran and William Cochran
Public Art as Civic Engagement
Explore techniques used by public art administrators, planners and artists to engage the community in all phases of the public art process. What techniques truly leverage the imaginative power of the community and the environment to strengthen the work and the community itself? How can public art be a catalyst for economic development, community health, strengthening neighborhoods and fostering connections? What methods can be utilized to assure the work is well integrated into the environment, both physically and socially? How can public art projects explore and demonstrate a shared creativity, a collective efficacy - sometimes called co-creation? We will explore examples from large urban areas as well as small and mid- sized cities and towns.

Lisa Donovan
Evaluation as a Catalyst for Change: Activating a Vibrant Feedback Loop
Evaluation is one of most significant (but often under appreciated) aspects of program design. Collecting data in thoughtful ways can serve as a catalyst for change for your organization: building evidence for advocacy, demonstrating and sharing impact, and engaging in a “learning organization” approach reflecting on what works as well as what could be better.

This workshop will be offered in two parts:

Part A, 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: This arts education session explores evaluation as a critical feedback loop that can provide rich information that is useful to reviewing, refining and rethinking the impact of our programs and planning for the future.

Part B, 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.: This is a working session that will engage participants in mapping the evaluation plan for specific projects. A process will be shared for linking programmatic goals to specific indicators and the use of diverse collection methods.

Closing Plenary | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Best Practices and New Directions
Tim Miano leads an interactive session on shared lessons from the day’s programs

Networking Reception in the Grand Foyer | 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Performance: Sound Impact is a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting positive change in the US and abroad through live performance, educational programs, and creative collaboration. Sound Impact boasts a varied roster of renowned musicians, each project creating a unique team of musical ambassadors.

Since its debut less than three years ago, the collective has presented music performances and educational programs in several cities throughout the US. One of their largest projects to date has been producing an annual tour to Costa Rica where they teach, perform, and donate musical supplies at no cost to many communities all across the country. Sound Impact was recently awarded a grant by The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. In 2016-2017, Sound Impact will present concerts at the Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, and the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. 

Art Works for Virginia Conference 2017 is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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