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Thursday, June 1

10:45am PDT

The Possibility Spectrum: Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Arts Organizations
The Possibility Spectrum: Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in Arts Organizations
Crystal Yingling

Many arts organizations seek to welcome diversity and increase inclusion; however, these ideals can be simpler in concept than conception. After a near extinction, Seattle’s Intiman Theatre reinvented itself with the mission to produce theater “as diverse as the community in which we live.” To reach this mission, the theatre needed to recruit and hire more diverse actors and staff while retraining existing employees in complex issues of diversity and social equity. To meet this challenge, the theatre launched the Intiman Emerging Artist Program (IEAP), a pre-professional training initiative intended to find and prepare diverse candidates to fulfill nontraditional casting and staffing opportunities in the theatre arts. Over the course of two years, IEAP has trained 53 artists (>60% women, >70% people of color, education ranging from GED to MBA/MFA, and spectrum of ethnic, religious, ability, & economic backgrounds), of which the majority are now employed in arts in cultural organizations. IEAP provides a useful case study for equitable and inclusionary recruiting and arts education programming. Concrete data and analysis over two years reveals practical actions arts organizations can take to improve diversity and increase inclusion.

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Crystal Yingling

Adjunct Faculty of Arts Leadership / Intiman Emerging Artist Program Producer, Seattle University / Intiman Theatre
Crystal Yingling holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory. She is an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences, teaching courses for the... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK

1:15pm PDT

Moving Toward Cultural Equity and Inclusion in the Field
Moving Toward Cultural Equity and Inclusion in the Field
Laura Zucker

The LA County Arts Commission undertook an initiative to determine how best to increase cultural equity and inclusion for staffs, artists, boards, programming, audiences of arts organizations and presented a final report with actionable recommendations in April 2017. Using the process and findings of this initiative during the first 40 minutes, the session will provide a framework for participants to develop strategies to increase the diversity of their student bodies, or address another topic of interest regarding cultural equity, in the remaining 50 minutes. This session will set the stage by briefly reviewing the comprehensive series of strategies used to conduct the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative (CEII), which included: assembling an advisory committee, town hall meetings, working groups that honed ideas that emerged through the town hall process into recommendations, opportunities for the public to share their ideas anonymously, through an artist-led project, a literature review and data collection that showed the current state of knowledge and conditions in the field, and input from other LA County cultural institutions as well as arts funders. Through this process, 13 actionable recommendations to improve cultural equity and inclusion in the arts emerged. The session will unpack those recommendations, with particularly emphasis on those intended to improve the pipeline for arts administrators. In interactive segments, session participants will be asked to identify the barriers within their institutions to improving the diversity of their student body, or address another topic of interest regarding cultural equity, and develop ideas that will move them toward this vision.

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Laura Zucker

Senior Fellow, Claremont Graduate University
Laura Zucker is a nationally recognized arts leader whose expertise spans grant making, arts education, cross sector work in the arts, cultural policy, capital project master planning, public art, cultural tourism, and funding strategies. During the past three years she has completed... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK

3:15pm PDT

Getting in on the Act: Transformative (and participatory!) Audience Development Practices
Where public art, gamification and technology meet community: a case study in audience development and arts management practice
David S. Guion, Ph.D., Janet Cooper

In this presentation, participants will engage in reflective practice based on a case study of Dublin Arts Council’s (Dublin, Ohio, USA) Riverboxes program, an engaging cross-generational project modeled after geocaching and letterboxing that utilizes gamification, technology and site-specific public art to address community participation in unexpected ways. Conference participants will be able to apply the case study to inform pedagogy, identifying new pathways for audience engagement through art using an innovative practice model. The case study provides in-depth exploration of the development of this unique project from concept to execution, including participation and success measurement, new technology applications and programmatic expansion. Dublin Arts Council's Riverboxes program delivers more than 20,000 interactions annually. As the program approaches its 10th anniversary in 2017, it provides an excellent model for program development and administrative practice. The project provides novel public/private partnership opportunities through unique grant sourcing and unexpected collaborations with artists, government entities and other nonprofit organizations. Program developments include a novel stewards program that reduces artwork maintenance costs, and a unique guided water trail tour by kayak that provides an unexpected portal to the collection and earned revenue for the program. The Riverboxes program has garnered multiple awards, from excellence in public parks programming to innovative use of technology in advancing mission. The program was featured as a best practice workshop at the 2015 Cities in a Climate of Change: International Award for Public Art exhibition and conference in Auckland, New Zealand.

Lights On! Exploring new participatory methods in cultural heritage management
Pekka Vartiainen, Nina Luostarine

"Lights On!" is a workshop where the audience will receive information on participatory methods used in the field of cultural heritage and tourism. The starting point for the workshop will be a specific case study on an international project around the Baltic Sea Region, but the workshop will then turn its focus on testing and analyzing creative methods (mobile technology, gaming, live-action role play, augmented reality, and light-painting) that are a part of the crowdsourcing models. Through the use of participatory methods the workshop will gather information on participants’ personal and professional experiences and use them as a basis for a final discussion.

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Janet Cooper

Director of Engagement, Dublin Arts Council
Janet Cooper has worked as a marketing communications professional for more than 20 years, serving a number of businesses and organizations, including the Scottsdale Gallery Association, Arizona Indian Arts Alliance, Scottsdale Arts Festival and the McDowell Mountain Music Festival... Read More →
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David Guion

Executive Director, Dublin Arts Council
David S. Guion, Ph.D., has served as Executive Director of Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio, USA, since 2005. For more than 25 years, he has worked with arts organizations and educational institutions in New York City, the Bay Area of California and Columbus, Ohio. He is an Adjunct... Read More →
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Nina Luostarinen

Specialist / Innovator, Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland
Nina Luostarinen, Master of Culture and Arts, a specialist and an innovator in the department of cultural management at Humak University of Applied Sciences. She has background in performing arts and in new media content creating. She has been either producer or scenographer in more... Read More →
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Pekka Vartiainen

Principal lecturer, PhD, Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland
Pekka Vartiainen is a principal lecturer in the department of cultural management at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Finland. His publications include books on literary history, methodology, literary production and cultural policy and management. Pedagogy, research in multidisciplinary... Read More →

Thursday June 1, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK
Friday, June 2

1:15pm PDT

Cultural Leadership in an Age of Anxiety
Cultural Leadership in an Age of Anxiety
David Edelman, Jonathan Price, Sanja Petricic

We are living in a time of major political upheaval and accompanying anxiety. Populist leaders, new forms of nationalism, divisive rhetoric and economic instability have combined to sweep away old certainties and undermine the institutions that represent them and the West has been shaken more dramatically than at any time since the second World War. Liberal values, meanwhile, seem to be everywhere in retreat; expertise is a devalued currency and so, it seems, is truth. It is for this environment that our artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders must be equipped by the education and training that we provide. But in this unfamiliar world, what forms of knowledge should we share? Are we at risk of providing training that meets only yesterday’s challenges? Or should the political events of the world be shut out of the classroom as distractions from our cultural concerns? This panel will bring recent research and theory around artistic and cultural leadership to bear on these and related questions. It promises a timely debate about the relationship of culture, politics and education at a moment when educational institutions and their staff are frequently pressed to avoid the adoption of overtly political positions while our students feel increasingly unsure and vulnerable. We will ask whether culture can ever be separated from the political, or politics kept out of education, when it can be argued that to devote your life or the resources of your community to education and the arts is already a political act. But can art be politically relevant without being politically determined? What forms of understanding or action are necessary for cultural producers to have intellectual and creative autonomy? We will consider what it means to be a cultural leader in circumstances where the values according to which you work are under attack, and what the implications are for how cultural leadership should be taught and developed. The presentation will include ample time for discussion with session attendees.

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David Edelman

Professor and Director of Performing Arts Leadership and Management , Shenandoah University
David Edelman is Professor of Arts Management and Director of the Performing Arts Leadership and Management Program at Shenandoah Conservatory. He is the founder and co-editor of The American Journal of Arts Management. Prior to joining the Conservatory faculty, he was Executive Director... Read More →

Sanja Petricic

Associate professor and Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Faculty for Media and Communication, Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia
Dr. Sanja Petricic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and first performed a piano concerto with orchestra at the age of eleven. She performed solo and chamber music concerts in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Maced Dr. Sanja Petricic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and first performed a piano concerto... Read More →
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Jonathan Price

Researcher and evaluator, On the Edge Research
Jonathan Price is a British cultural analyst based in West Yorkshire. He currently works with the On The Edge research partnership in Scotland, which focuses on the role of the arts in public life (https://ontheedgeresearch.org). Jon obtained a PhD in 2016 from the Robert Gordon University... Read More →

Friday June 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK

4:15pm PDT

Management is Dead: Long Live Arts Management
Management is Dead: Long Live Arts Management
Constance DeVereaux, Nina Zahner, Patrick Germain-Thomas

Many people have wondered what arts management would be like within a framework emerging from its own - rather than borrowed - principles. It’s no secret that publics, worldwide, have lost faith with conventional business practices that emphasize shareholder profit—often at the expense of the public good. And yet, arts organizations and other creative enterprises have long been told that "being more like business" is a best practice. The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found, across 27 countries, that overall trust in corporate CEOs and government officials was significantly low. They were largely seen as “trust consumers’ rather than “trust generators (Academy of Management Journal 2014).” One response is the current trend in the for-profit sector to adopt purpose driven practices, appealing to principles that many non-profit, public, and creative enterprises already adhere to. Is the era of managerialism at its end? If so, what comes next? This panel brings together researchers investigating concepts of post-management. Some of these practices are already in place in a limited number of arts organizations that have rejected the premise of being “more like business.” Noting that conventional business is outcome based (a consequentialist focus) compared to the practice of art creation and dissemination, which is process focused (a non-consequentialist approach) this panel presents results of investigations into the possibilities for post-management in the arts, culture, and creative sectors. It seeks to answer the question, what does a post-management arts management look like and how does it work to achieve the goals of more art, more audiences, more participation in the arts?


Patrick Germain-Thomas

Novancia CCIR - Business School, Paris
Patrick Germain-Thomas is a sociologist specializing in marketing and policy, especially in relation to contemporary dance. He earned his Ph.D. at l'Élcole des hautes études en sciences sociales in France. Recent publications include, "The subsidized contemporary dance market in... Read More →

Nina Zahner

Junior Professor, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, University of Leipzig
Nina Tessa Zahner is a Junior Professor in the Department of Cultural Management and Sociology of Culture at the University of Leipzig's Institut für Kulturwissenschaften. She is a co-organizer of the Arts Management Studies Research Stream at the European Sociological Association... Read More →

Friday June 2, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm PDT
QMU Brodie Room Queen Margaret Dr, Musselburgh EH21 6UU, UK