“A New Virginia Renaissance - How Creativity Will Define Our Commonwealth”

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond Virginia
Keynote Speaker: Jamie Bennett

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is pleased to announce the 2017 Art Works for Virginia conference in Richmond. The keynote speaker is Jamie Bennett, director of ArtPlace America.

Jamie Bennett
Keynote Speaker: Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 16 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development by investing in, researching, and supporting those who lead and execute creative placemaking projects.
To date, ArtPlace has invested $85 million in 233 projects in communities of all sizes across the United States in which artists and arts organizations are working with their neighbors to help shape communities' social, physical, and economic futures.
Until December 2013, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversaw the national rollouts of the "Our Town" grant program and partnerships with the US Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development. 
Previously, Jamie was Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where he oversaw the agency's partnerships with the NYC Departments for the Aging, of Education, and of Youth and Community Development.  
Jamie also provided strategic counsel at the Agnes Gund Foundation, served as chief of staff to the President of Columbia University, and worked in fundraising at The Museum of Modern Art, the New York Philharmonic, and Columbia College. 
Before entering the public sector, Jamie served on the board of the HERE Arts Center. Jamie received a B.A. in drama and theatre arts from Columbia University.

Art Works for Virginia Conference 2017 
The conference will focus on the themes of creative place making through land use and urban design projects; opportunities for arts and cultural instruction through education reforms including the Every Student Succeeds Act; workforce policies that use the arts to encourage more critical and original thinking for 21st century industries; and analytical tools to help arts organizations measure their success and extend their social and economic influence on their communities and beyond.

Virginia has all the necessary elements in place for another Renaissance: technology is transforming the way we communicate; we are socially and economically diverse; we are attracting original thinkers with our service industries and our focus on educational reforms; we recognize that cultural literacy is essential for a vibrant 21st century economy.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and plan to join us in Richmond as we explore these themes and exchange ideas with fellow artists and creative thinkers. We will provide continual updates on our roster of Art Works for Virginia speakers and topics. Our registration site will be live this fall.

2016 Archive

2016 Archive Speaker Resources:

Russell Willis Taylor:

Amy P. Nisenson:

Dr. Sarah Cunningham:

Margy Waller:

Victor Haskins:

Learn more about Victor Haskins, and available programs HERE.

2016 Archive Art Works for Virginia Photo Album:


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