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Friday, May 31

10:45am CDT

Theory, Practice, and the Practicality of Theory
Having risen out of the practice of arts management, our academic discipline is in the early stages of establishing a comprehensive body of theory, and thus, there is high demand for original scholarship in our field. This session will aim to provide guidance and examples that enable faculty to recognize connections between theory and the practice of arts management and to make the implicit more explicit.

Friday May 31, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

1:15pm CDT

Audience Building and Financial Health in the Nonprofit Performing Arts: The State of the Literature
Hear from Francie Ostrower, the principal investigator of the Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative: Research and Evaluation, a multi-year study of audience-building activities by nonprofit performing arts organizations commissioned and funded by The Wallace Foundation through a $4.3 million grant. Professor Ostrower will be presenting on the project’s recently released review of the literature on audience building and financial health in the nonprofit performing arts, and facilitating a discussion with attendees about the state of the literature in relation to arts management curriculum and training.


Francie Ostrower, Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Professor, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and College of Fine Arts and Director, Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship University of Texas at Austin

Friday May 31, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

2:45pm CDT

Assessing your work today to set a path for thriving tomorrow
Artists Thrive is a growing initiative offering activities, practices, language, visions and values of what it means to succeed and thrive as an artist – and what it means to have a thriving arts sector and, eventually, thriving communities.  Artists Thrive is like a navigational system that helps us see where we are in our work, where we want to go, what is important to measure, and how we can improve in ways that benefit everyone involved.

The tools are meant to be customized, adapted, and applied to many situations to support your work and can be used again and again as a reference point for measuring how you, your department, or community collaboration is advancing toward your goals over time. This session will overview the website and provide activities and tools to take back to your campus to start your own local conversations around supporting artists.

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Heather Pontonio

Senior Program Director, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Friday May 31, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

4:30pm CDT

Arts Leaders addressing Racial Bias: A Case Study of Enrich Chicago
This paper presents a case study of Enrich Chicago, a cohort  of over twenty prominent arts and philanthropic organizations in Chicago, IL, committed to anti-racist organizing within the arts, focused on addressing systematic racism and its effects on public culture.

Friday May 31, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

4:30pm CDT

Transforming Urban Neighborhoods Into Intercultural Communities Through Community Engagement and Immersive Storytelling
How can arts leaders, managers, and educators leverage the transformative power of the arts and culture to unite, enlighten, and engage our diverse communities and audiences; entice economic and cultural development; and increase our individual and collective empathy for one another? Immersing audiences in the stories of often overlooked communities — informed by the community’s identity and needs — is a constructive approach investigated during this session.

Friday May 31, 2019 4:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335
Saturday, June 1

10:45am CDT

Walking the Talk: One Program’s Journey Towards Equity and Inclusion
Over a period of five years, our program developed a significant effort towards promoting equity and inclusion in arts management education writ small (within the program) and arts management practice writ large (in the field). Our measures included significant changes to admissions and internship requirements, faculty hiring, classroom practice, curriculum design, fellowship development, faculty training, and support structures in the classroom, campus and employment. The work required re-education of campus administrators and prospective employers, confrontation of our own biases and weaknesses, and a reformulation of the relationship with our students. In this paper I describe our efforts, what we learned, what we are wrestling with, what we got right, and what we got wrong. The paper includes recommendations for other programs interested in taking an equitable and inclusive approach to arts management education and practice.

Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

1:00pm CDT

Internships in Arts Management and Administration
The reality is that students with one or more internships have a better chance of gaining employment in the creative sector. However, given the relevance of internships in arts administration education, our field does not have standards that constitute (1) what constitutes an arts administration internship is, (2) in what settings they take place, (3) who supervises interns, (4) how distinguishable undergraduate and graduate internships are, (5) at what point in a student’s program of study does the internship take place and what pre- and requisite skills should they have, and (6) what are best practices for internship supervision and assessment.

Saturday June 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335

2:30pm CDT

Designing, Developing, & Testing Arts-Based Interventions
Many professional arts organizations are now more aware of their shortcomings in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion in their staffs and leadership, but are just starting to take meaningful action. Arts Administration programs can increase the positive impact they have on increasing the diversity of staff and leadership of arts organizations with purposeful approaches to preparing their students to enter the field after graduation.  Hannah will share practices from the undergraduate program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Minority Serving Institution, and participants will work together to share tactics and find areas of improvement in their job search support and career readiness efforts. 

Saturday June 1, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Pyle Center, Room 335