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The 2018 conference takes place May 31 - June 2, 2018 in Houston, TX hosted by the University of Houston and the University of Houston - Downtown.
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Thursday, May 31
 

8:00am

Registration Open/Breakfast
Thursday May 31, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
University of Houston - Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

12:00pm

Registration Open
Thursday May 31, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
University of Houston - Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:00pm

Exclusive Tour: Glassell School of Art
REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Register at conference.artsadministration.org
Tour departs from University of Houston - Downtown at 12:45

Join museum staff for an exclusive tour for AAAE attendees. Our afternoon at the museum will begin at the brand new Glassell School of Art on the MFAH campus. The Glassell School is the teaching institute of the MFAH, offering studio-art courses, art-history instruction, and workshops for adults. The new state-of-the-art facility will open in May 2018 and is part of the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, a project that that knits together a century’s worth of signature architectural structures. The campus features an array of public plazas, reflecting pools, and gardens, as well as improved sidewalks, street lighting, and way-finding. Be among the first in the country to experience this new facility and campus, and extend your experience by touring the Museum’s collections as well.

Thursday May 31, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
University of Houston - Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:00pm

Mural Tour of East End with GONZO
Pre-Registration required
Tour departs from Embassy Suites at 1 pm

Hop on board for an Houston urban art safari! Hit the streets of Houston with a guided public art and mural tour experience featuring street art, murals, sculptures and other public art works that make up the city’s artscape. Local graffiti artist, GONZO247, will guide you on a 2-hour journey through the concrete jungle in search of these public art pieces. You will learn about the art, the artists and some fun stories about the different parts of town in which they are located. The tour will feature guest tour guides and highlight art in Downtown, Near Northside, East End, Third Ward and Eado areas of Houston. Experience a variety of styles and the city’s cultural diversity. There are many photo opportunities along the way, so snap pics and share your favorite stops along Houston’s visual tapestry.

Thursday May 31, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Embassy Suites 1515 Dallas Street Houston, TX 77010

1:00pm

Project Row Houses: Tour
Pre-registration required
Tour departs from University of Houston-Downtown at 12:45 pm
Project Row Houses occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities. PRH programs touch the lives of under resourced neighbors, young single mothers with the ambition of a better life for themselves and their children, small enterprises with the drive to take their businesses to the next level, and artists interested in using their talents to understand and enrich the lives of others. Join PRH Executive Director Eureka Gillkey for an exclusive tour designed for AAAE attendees, followed by an art making workshop with one of PRH’s community artists. Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, will also be Saturday’s keynote speaker.

Thursday May 31, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
University of Houston - Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

5:00pm

Newcomers' Happy Hour
Open to all, especially those who are attending their first AAAE conference. Come early for a drink with long-time attendees and board members before the evening gets underway. We can't wait to meet you!

Thursday May 31, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Houston Ballet 601 Preston Street Houston, TX 77002

5:30pm

Opening Keynote Session
Lauren Anderson was the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at the Houston Ballet. After a luminous dancing career, Anderson turned her focus to teaching and community engagement. On the opening eve of our conference, Lauren will provide a grand Houston welcome and speak on how her artistic practice has informed her approach as an educator and community mobilizer.

Jim Nelson, Executive Director of the Houston Ballet and Debbie McNulty from the City of Houston will also speak.

Cocktail reception, drinks and bites will be served.

Speakers
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Lauren Anderson

Houston Ballet


Thursday May 31, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Houston Ballet 601 Preston Street Houston, TX 77002
 
Friday, June 1
 

9:00am

Resilient Houston: Turning the Tide After Harvey
After Hurricane Harvey, the Houston arts community rallied. Our Friday morning plenary will celebrate the city's resilience and ingenuity in the most trying of times, and we'll also examine the learning and problem solving that paved the way to recovery.

To open the session, Houston's Poet Laureate, Deborah DEEP Mouton, will perform a reading of one of her pieces.

Perryn Leech will then share the inspiring and dynamic story of the Resilience Theatre, the alternative performance space that the Houston Grand Opera devised in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Following Perryn's talk, Shannon Buggs (Culture Works Greater Houston) will will reflect on the ingenuity, heart, and tenacity that has been displayed in response to Harvey’s devastation. Participants include Marci Dallas (FreshArts), Ten Eyck Swackhamer (Alley Theatre), and Perryn Leech.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Buggs

Shannon Buggs

Chief Commons Director, Culture Works Greater Houston
Shannon Buggs is the Chief Commons Director for CultureWorks Greater Houston, a management commons for arts, cultural and creative nonprofits. Her professional experience includes working as a Houston Chronicle business reporter and columnist, covering the airlines industry, bank... Read More →
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Marci Dallas

Executive Director, FreshArts
Marci Dallas is Executive Director for Fresh Arts, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engageme... Read More →
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Dr. DoVeanna Fulton

Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Houston - Downtown
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Perryn Leech

Houston Grand Opera
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Deborah DEEP Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton an internationally-known Poet, Singer, Actress, Photographer, Wife, Mother, and the current Poet Laureate for the City of Houston. She is a native-Californian who now resides in Houston,TX.​Formerly ranked the #2 Best female Poet in the World, D.E.E.P... Read More →
avatar for Ten Eyck Swackhamer

Ten Eyck Swackhamer

General Manager, Alley Theatre


Friday June 1, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

11:15am

Revitalizing Communities by Empowering Artists
Growing Value: For Artists, By Artists
Noah Keesecker
Carl Atiya Swanson
A look at how Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization, is working to building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies by empowering artists. This session will look at the lived values of Springboard’s organizational culture and programmatic goals through the lens of two recent impact studies. These studies focus on understanding how the cultural of the organization is essential to helping make artists visible and valued for the impact they create in every community.

Destination Gary:  A City (Artfully) Rebuilding
Lauren Pacheco
We live in a time where reality and illusion is always working together. How can we continually reimagine? One solution is that we have to keep changing the way we do things. By engaging in civic discourse, reinforcing the notion of culture and using it as a tool for a conversation in addressing inadequacy, strategizing a balance to politics and value systems and, a renegotiation of the symbolic and the practical.  How do we stimulate communities to think more broadly about civic engagement? It's not working with one model; it's a unique and special approach that takes characteristics into consideration or more simply, an awareness of an unusual set of circumstances.  What is often missed is the peculiarity of the coarseness of communities, economies, etc.; oftentimes forgetting the nuances and intricacies of life.The city of Gary, Indiana exists just 30 miles from Chicago, Illinois.  Gary is challenged by extreme poverty, severe unemployment affecting primarily African-Americans, an educational system in trauma, and occupies vast amounts of vacant public space.  A variety of city-based experiments - such as place making, adaptive reuse, arts-centric programming and green city initiatives - are currently underway in Gary as a method to revitalizing and rebuilding. This 30-minute session will present active and in progress, case examples and explore the relationship between the changing roles of arts based practitioners such as art administrators in relation to modes of production and the creation of collaborative values.  


Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

11:15am

Thriving in Displacement: Facing the Challenges of the Unexpected
Thriving in Displacement: Reflections on Organizational Resilience
Andrew Recinos

How can we prepare for major organizational change – planned and unplanned – by observing organizations that have responded to and successfully navigated major challenges? In his role as President of the Non-Profit Tessitura Network, Andrew Recinos travels the globe visiting the leaders of countless cultural organizations using Tessitura Cultural Enterprise Software. From this unique vantage point, he has observed some striking examples of organizations that were temporarily displaced, either by design or by disaster. In this session, Andrew will share several recent stories, from both the museum and performing arts worlds, as a way to illustrate several important lessons he has learned working with a variety of organizations. Andrew’s talk will be followed by a discussion period, allowing for further exploration of the case studies he shares and the themes he raises.  Andrew’s talk will include case studies from SFMOMA, The Alliance Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Nashville Symphony.

After the Flood: Immediate and Long-Term Disaster Recovery
David McGraw

Best practices for the immediate response to a disaster as well as the long-term recovery of arts organizations and their venues



Speakers
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David McGraw

Program Coordinator, Arts Administration, Elon University
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Andrew Recinos

President, Tessitura Network
Andrew Recinos is the President of the Tessitura Network. Working closely with CEO Jack Rubin, Andrew is a key strategic leader for the company, with a focus on operational delivery and customer relations. Taking an active role in connecting with Tessitura's member organisations... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

11:15am

"Soft Skills" Require "Hard Development"
Companies across the country are reporting that college graduates are coming to them unprepared to be good employees (or, in some cases, even successfully navigating the hiring process to get a job!). Hiring managers are reporting that our graduates lack “soft skills,” the tools needed to be successful in work and life. While teaching content is always prioritized in our college classes, universities are more broadly considering how soft skills can be integrated effectively into curriculum. Anecdotally, arts administration faculty have long reported curriculum standards include the integration of soft skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. Yet, little analysis has been done to examine how soft skills are referenced, incorporated, taught and assessed in arts administration programs and courses.This interactive session will engage participants in relevant soft skills based activities, share research findings of a 360-degree view of soft skill development from the student, faculty and supervisor perspective, and discuss best practices for integration and assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Shane

Rachel Shane

Chair, Department of Arts Administration, University of Kentucky
Dr. Rachel Shane is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the BA and MA programs. Dr... Read More →
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Armen Shaomian

Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina
Armen Shaomian has extensive background in performing arts, education and project management consulting. He is an active concert pianist and is currently an assistant professor in sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina.


Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown
  • Track Pedagogy and Practice

11:15am

Social Justice, Race, and Equity: Case Studies and More
The following individuals will present their research:

Dr. Jean Brody
Program Director - Drexel University
Strategies to Address Cultural Equity

Amy Shimshon-Santo, Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University
The Arts, Cultural Organizing, or Banishment: How to Become Erasure Proof

Dr. Jason C. White
Assistant Professor of Arts Management & Arts Entrepreneurship - College of Charleston
SEE THE DANCE: A case study of an arts-based intervention

Yuha Jung, PhD
Assistant Professor of Arts Administration - University of Kentucky.
Encouraging Social Justice Work in Arts Organizations through Legislated Policies

​Dr. Brea Heidelberg, Session Chair


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jean Brody

Dr. Jean Brody

Director, Arts Administration Online, Drexel University, Drexel University
avatar for Amy Shimshon-Santo, Ph.D.

Amy Shimshon-Santo, Ph.D.

Head of Arts Management, Clinical Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University
avatar for Jason White

Jason White

Assistant Professor of Arts Management & Arts Entrepreneurship, College of Charleston


Friday June 1, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

12:45pm

Lunch
Enjoy a buffet lunch of Tex Mex favorites with fellow attendees.

Friday June 1, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:45pm

Teaching Sustainable and Resilient Practices
Climate change and the host of problems it presents surround us, yet addressing climate change is seen as separate from our work.  Arts managers who embrace these challenges have an opportunity to become change agents, leading their communities in addressing climate change, energy independence, supporting the local community, and more. The arts have always lead innovation and new ideas, and just as climate change presents itself as opposing forces of drought vs. flooding and record heat vs. abnormal freezing temperatures, sustainable practices include no-cost solutions as well as high tech investments. Arts management students who want to live on a habitable planet should not have to make the choice of working in the arts or working in sustainability; they can do both, if we teach them. In fact, running a sustainable and resilient organization can provide financial savings, attract new donors, inspire innovative programming, and if sustainable practices are shared, they can influence the community to also work to address climate change. If the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum can find the courage to go solar, surely we can teach our students how to transform their arts organizations to become sustainable and resilient.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Newhauser

Tina Newhauser

Faculty, Michigan State University
Ms. Newhauser is faculty at Michigan State University, teaching in the Arts & Cultural Management undergraduate and graduate programs as well as Head of the Stage Managment BFA program in the Department of Theatre. | Prior to joining MSU, Tina spent upwards of 27 years working a... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown

1:45pm

African Americans Speak: Arts Administration Training, Education, and Opportunities Now and When
African American professionals and graduates of arts administration programs have not found the same types of academic, professional and fellowship opportunities as peer graduates from the same academic programs. Many have relied on secondary academic degrees and studies in related subject areas such as art education, religious studies, art history, sociology, and museum studies as gateways to careers that merge community engagement and arts management. In many graduate arts administration programs, American students of color and ethnicity are fewer than international students enrolled in such programs. The opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture has revealed a greater need for trained and skilled arts administrators of color with capacity to fill mid-career and senior management. Similarly, a range of career positions exist at African American cultural heritage museums and arts organizations but academic programs do not appear to have networking and career pathways to those institutions. Within the previous three years, the Association of African American Museums in partnership with Smithsonian Museums established internship initiatives with Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU) to promote and encourage academic training and curricula at undergraduate levels. Only one of 107 HBCUs, Howard University maintains a program in theatre arts management and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) recently begun to offer courses in arts administrations. It is not clear if a certificate or degree is being established.  

This 75 minute session  will consist of African American professionals and graduates of academic programs in arts administration who will share their ideas and opinions for future directions in the field of arts management as it relates to people of color and ethnicity. The participants represent five different arts management programs spanning twenty five years from the mid-1990s to present. Additionally, the panel’s academic, professional, and research interests cover topics in education leadership, community engagement, gallery/museum studies, public policy and management, religious studies, and social welfare as these related to arts management and future leadership.

Speakers
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Keith D. Lee

Nonprofit and Arts Management Consultant, Independent Artist and Researcher
Keith D. Lee, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., consults with public, private, and nonprofit agencies in the design of management infrastructures and projects to support community development and the arts. Dr. Lee earned a Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education, and Policy from The Ohio Sta... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:45pm

Ready to Respond: Pedagogy for Today's Students
Teaching Millennials: The New Rules of Engagement:
Alan Salzenstein
Ximena Varela

As AAAE matures and moves into its 40th year, many of the organization’s members are facing the challenges of adapting pedagogy to a new audience – a new generation of students.  The classroom experience today will ultimately set the stage for the direction of arts organizations in years to come as this generation enters the field.  Our session draws attention to the educational needs of millennials, and how arts management faculty can best engage with, respond to, and challenge students to be effective arts managers for the future.

Millennials, a term used to refer to people reaching young adulthood in the twenty-first century, are navigating in an environment far different from that of their arts management instructors and employers. Due partly to dizzying changes in technology, societal shifts, and a changed economic reality, millennials differ from preceding generations in how they encounter and engage with the world.

This session will explore what research tells us about millennial education, the concept of “self” in the millennial world and the foundation-altering impact it has on how we think about their education, and present tools to build rapport, focus on relevance, and make topics relatable. The session will include tools used for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as a discussion of the adaptive administrative scaffolding that serves them.

Better Together: Teaching Collaboration as a Tenet of Arts Administration
Erica Bondarev Rapach

We live in a world driven by collaboration - social media, crowdsourcing and file sharing are examples of critical and unavoidable tools in an arts manager’s toolbox. Although we can teach the tactics of using these tools, at the heart of collaboration is relationship-building, a skill that takes ongoing commitment and development and that goes beyond textbook tactics. Social media platforms, crowdsourcing campaigns and file sharing resources are merely a reflection of the people behind them, who have to be willing to collaborate in order to garner results.

As an arts management professional working in the field for more than a decade, my positions have included detailed descriptions of the tactical work I am excepted to accomplish but I have found that much of my time and energy is spent building the relationships that help make those tactics possible. As an educator in American University’s arts management graduate program, teaching Marketing for the Arts, I have learned the importance of training my students to develop their own personal brands so that they can pursue successful partnerships which, in turn, will lead to their own professional success.  It means teaching open-mindedness, humility, and the ability to give up control.

Partnerships and collaboration are ultimately about compromise, a life skill that serves us well beyond the classroom.In this session I will share my personal experience with what it takes to make a good partner as well as examples of partnerships that come from my professional experience in the areas of marketing, programming and community engagement

Speakers
avatar for Erica Bondarev Rapach

Erica Bondarev Rapach

Adjunct Faculty/Associate Executive Director, American University/The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
I am a cultural omnivore, personal stylist and an ENFJ. I played violin with the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra while a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia and initiated a first-ever U.S. tour for the group. This convinced me that arts management was my true calling and I haven’t loo... Read More →
avatar for Alan Salzenstein

Alan Salzenstein

Director/Professor, Performing Arts Management / Arts Leadership, DePaul University


Friday June 1, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:45pm

Evaluation in Arts Administration Education: What Should We Measure?
The following individuals will present their research:

Measuring the impact of internships on future graduates
Susan Booth, Eastern Michigan University
Elena Flys, Eastern Michigan University

The Necessary Work of Defining Creative Worth
Rebekah E. Moore

Self-employment and the African Creative: Attempting to Prepare Future Practitioners for Financial Resilience
Ronel Jordaan

Rachel Shane, Session Chair

Speakers
avatar for Susan Badger Booth

Susan Badger Booth

Program Director & Professor of Arts Management & Administration, Eastern Michigan University
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Rebekah Elizabeth Moore

Graduate Program Coordinator, Northeastern University
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Rachel Shane

Chair, Department of Arts Administration, University of Kentucky
Dr. Rachel Shane is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the BA and MA programs. Dr... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

3:15pm

Decolonizing Arts Administration Instruction
To put action behind the call for social change, justice, and equal representation within the arts sector, it is important to reassess the dominant narratives perpetuated by our instruction methods within arts-based academic programs. Informed by the work of Linda Tuhiwai-Smith, this interactive workshop provides a look into how decolonized methodologies can be applied to create more equitable assignments and assessment practices. Participants will analyze assignments and assessments from arts leadership courses—showing the before and after—and then practice writing their own decolonized assignments and assessments.  

Speakers
avatar for Roxy Hornbeck

Roxy Hornbeck

Assistant Professor, Seattle University


Friday June 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown

3:15pm

Preach What We Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for Scholar-Practitioners and Accidental Academics
As we continue to professionalize the discipline, arts administration educators are further challenged by a changing industry and social and institutional forces demanding that we respond to changes in our community, stay abreast and ahead of changes in practice within our specific fields, and respond to the intellectual discipline of (and expectations related to) scholarly research. Designed particularly for the educator-practitioner, this panel explores various strategies and paths for sharpening the knowledge and skills necessary to best “preach what we practice” while fostering our role as change agents within our professional and academic communities.


Speakers
avatar for Maria Guralnik

Maria Guralnik

Assistant Professor of Practice in Arts Management, Purchase College, SUNY
Maria Guralnik coordinates the Arts Management program at Purchase College, SUNY currently serving over 200 undergraduate majors. From 1993 - 2009, Ms. Guralnik served as General Manager of the Van Cliburn Foundation where she oversaw career development for the winners of the wor... Read More →
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Kathryn Heidemann

Assistant Dean of Arts & Entertainment Management, Carnegie Mellon University
Kathryn Heidemann is a senior arts management professional, artist, and higher education administrator, currently serving as Carnegie Mellon University’s Assistant Dean of Arts & Entertainment Management -- a joint appointment within the College of Fine Arts and Heinz College o... Read More →
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Sherri Helwig

Faculty, University of Toronto Scarborough / and / Queen's University
Sherri Helwig has taught practice- and policy-related courses within the long-standing undergraduate Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough since 2003, and is teaching an intensive strategic leadership and board governance course in the Arts Management... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

3:15pm

Business, Communities, and Art: A Research Review
The following individuals will present their research:

The Art of the Business Improvement District — Exploring Interactions Between Active Stakeholders in the BID Model
Helen Santoro, George Mason University

Real-Time Collaborative Cultural Asset Mapping as a Pedagogical Tool for Building CommunityEngagement
Douglas DeNatale, Ph.D.

Micro Urbanism and the Creative Industries
Dr. Jeffrey Taylor

Session Chair: Sherry Wagner-Henry

Speakers
avatar for Douglas DeNatale

Douglas DeNatale

Senior Lecturer, Boston University Arts Administration Program
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Helen Santoro

Researcher
Culture fanatic, avid storyteller, and arts + data advocate. What's culture mean to you? Let me know!


Friday June 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

3:15pm

The Rise of Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship in Asia: Education, Practice, and New Models
The following Research Papers will be presented:

Woong Jo Chang, PhD: Action Research on Developing a Sustainable Pedagogical Model for International Students in the Field of Arts and Cultural Management

Yoshiko Sato and Kyoko Takenami: The Characteristics of Japanese Arts Management Education: A Case Study of Showa University of Music

Chair: Sun man Tseng

Speakers
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Sun man Tseng

Adjunct Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong
Prof Tseng has held a number of senior arts management positions in Hong Kong, including Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He served as Chair and Professor of the Arts Administration Departme... Read More →


Friday June 1, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

4:30pm

International Initiatives on the Local Level: An Examination by AAAE and ENCATC
AAAE and ENCATC present a joint session on what members are doing to connect their students to the world. 

Speakers
avatar for Alan Salzenstein

Alan Salzenstein

Director/Professor, Performing Arts Management / Arts Leadership, DePaul University


Friday June 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown

4:30pm

Second Annual Futurists' Assembly
Second annual convening of members and attendees exploring the future of arts administration education.


Friday June 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

7:00pm

Dine Arounds
SIgn up onsite to dine at any of these Houston hot dining spots:

Sambuca
16 minute walk - 909 Texas Ave
Price range: $$$
Cuisine: American
Hip spot for American eats & small plates at lunch & dinner paired with weekly live music & dancing.


The Grove
2 minute walk - 1611 Lamar St
Price Range: $$
An airy, modern interior sets the stage for a rustic menu featuring salad, steak & sandwiches, overlooking Discovery Green Park


Pappasitos
1 minute walk - 1600 Lamar St
Price Range:$$
Tex-Mex dishes & margaritas are the stars at this chain with a festive look.


The Blue Fish Bayou Place
20 minute walk - 550 Texas Street
Price Range: $$
Exquisite sushi and sashimi, innovative chef inspired rolls and exceptional grilled entrées have made The Blue Fish an award-winning restaurant for more than 16 years

Line and Lariat
19 minute walk - 220 S Main Street
Price Range: $$$
Posh restaurant inside a boutique hotel plating modern interpretations of Texan fare.

The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation
33 minute walk - 2704 Navigation Blvd
Price Range: $$
Longtime casual spot with covered outdoor seating serving fajitas, margaritas & other Mexican fare.  One of Huston’s oldest restaurants and a staple of Houston’s diverse food culture.


Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse
9 minute walk - 1510 Texas Ave
Price Range: $$$
Upscale steakhouse serving meat & seafood with classic salads & side dishes in old-school environs.


Friday June 1, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
TBA
 
Saturday, June 2
 

8:00am

Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Arts board meeting
Closed meeting for Artivate board members only.

Saturday June 2, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

8:30am

Registration Open/Breakfast
Saturday June 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
University of Houston - Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

9:00am

Annual Member Meeting
Open to all.

Saturday June 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

10:30am

Look at the Data, Then Leap: Data Driven Decision Making in the Arts and Events
Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making
Drew McManus

Cece Dadisman
Organizations that successfully cultivate a data-driven culture reap a multitude of benefits, from better stakeholder understanding of decision making application to an ongoing commitment to measuring both static and dynamic outcomes.

Nonprofit performing arts organizations are doing a better job at collecting lots and lots of data. However, creating a culture where decisions move beyond gut instinct are fraught with challenges. Not the least of which is inadvertently fostering mission oriented outcome bias. While this session will help attendees better understand tools and techniques, it also focuses on fostering a healthy transitional environment composed of numerous, influential stakeholders.

Session topics include:
1 )Owning analytics.
2) Proactive (Red Pill) vs. Reactive (Blue Pill) analysis.
3) Empowering your team members with analysis.
4)" Reporting vs. Analysis.
5) Depersonalizing mission driven decision making.
6) Owning outcomes.

Finding relevance – special events and connecting with your community
Tina Newhauser

Connecting to your community is crucial for the survival of any arts organization but finding true relevance with your audience is important not only for the nonprofit arts community but for the local community as a whole.  This research looks at the impact special events have on the midsize, Midwestern, capital city of Lansing, MI.  How do the local Lansing arts and cultural organizations, through hosting special events, connect to their audience, build new audiences, and become an integral part of the fabric of their communities?  Does the execution of special events build deeper relationship between artist and community?  We looked at two case studies to determine the relevance and importance of special events as they relate to artist, the nonprofit arts organization, and the local community. Should the return on investment for these special events be economic or financial impact or community engagement; how do they find relevance with a new audience?



Speakers
avatar for Ceci Dadisman

Ceci Dadisman

Digital Marketing Manager, FORM
Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM and the President of Cardinal + Company, she is nation... Read More →
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Drew McManus

Founder & Principal, Venture Industries Online
Drew McManus may run a web development company but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s only a tech geek. He pairs that alongside 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience. | | His expertise spans multiple sectors and is regularly quoted as a nonprofi... Read More →
avatar for Tina Newhauser

Tina Newhauser

Faculty, Michigan State University
Ms. Newhauser is faculty at Michigan State University, teaching in the Arts & Cultural Management undergraduate and graduate programs as well as Head of the Stage Managment BFA program in the Department of Theatre. | Prior to joining MSU, Tina spent upwards of 27 years working a... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

10:30am

Social Justice: Approaches to Teaching in Arts Administration
In a recent study, Cuyler (2017) found that 99% of Arts Management educators believed that students should receive education on diversity issues in the arts. However, only 86% of educators stated that they teach about diversity issues in their courses. When asked why they do not teach about diversity issues in their courses, 20% stated, “I do not know how.” This interactive session will assist Arts Administration educators in thinking about ways they can begin or improve their teaching about social justice issues in their courses. In addition to demonstrations, the presenters will facilitate discussions about learning outcomes and assessing the learning goals of the demonstrated assignments.

Speakers
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Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler

Assistant Professor of Arts Administration, Florida State University (FSU)
Let's talk about the Black Panther, James Baldwin, Leontyne Price, the world premiere of Florence Price's Symphony No. 4 in D minor, the Brokering Intercultural Exchange Network, Travel, the X-men, Yoga, or my recently earning promotion & tenure at FSU. Go Noles!!


Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown

10:30am

Building Communities and Creating Change by Teaching Good Governance in the Arts
In order for the arts to impact society at large and our local communities specifically, they require leadership that understands how to use the AAAE recognized curriculum standards of institutional leadership and management, financial management, and strategic planning.  This panel will focus on the very core of the arts and cultural organization--good governance, and it will explore a number of cases of coursework, education, and best practices in teaching governance that develop arts leaders capable of driving change.  The panel will offer a robust and insightful discussion of how we, as arts administration educators, are teaching governance in our classrooms, connecting it with the needs and/or demands of the industry at large, and preparing our students for arts and cultural leadership roles.  

Speakers
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Sherri Helwig

Faculty, University of Toronto Scarborough / and / Queen's University
Sherri Helwig has taught practice- and policy-related courses within the long-standing undergraduate Arts Management program at the University of Toronto Scarborough since 2003, and is teaching an intensive strategic leadership and board governance course in the Arts Management... Read More →
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Brenda Lee Johnston

Assistant Professor, Arts Administration, Butler University


Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

10:30am

The 90 Minute Book Club: Multiple Economies
**RSVP REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT**  <--- PLEASE BE SURE TO RSVP AT THIS FORM, adding the session to your Sched schedule does not suffice as an RSVP.

**PREPARATORY READING REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT**

View the invitation letter and reading list

Do you remember that heady graduate seminar you just loved as a student because you could discuss compelling readings about big important topics? Ideas flowing freely, you were able to make connections between the theory you were reading and your own professional, artistic, or scholarly practice? Wouldn’t you like to reclaim that level of intellectual engagement, even if for only 90 minutes? This session will provide that opportunity. Ten to fifteen participants will read a curated selection of texts before the conference and then gather in person to discuss the big and complex questions within those readings: What are the institutional logics of capitalism that inform and define the current structures of the arts and culture sector (e.g., nonprofit arts organizations, commercial galleries, etc)? What other logics are at work in artistic practice, creative exchange, and aesthetic experience? If we applied different logics and looked through different lenses, what alternative structures might we see?

READING LIST:  
  • Brown, Wendy. Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2015.
    • Read Chapter 1: “Undoing Democracy: Neoliberalism’s Remaking of State and Subject”
  • Klamer, Arjo. Doing the Right Thing: A Value Based Economy. London: Ubiquity Press, 2017.
  • Lourde, Audre. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Reprint edition. Berkeley, Calif: Crossing Press, 2007.
  • Sharpe, Bill. Economies of Life: Patterns of Health and Wealth. Fife, Scotland: Triarchy Press Ltd, 2010.

OPTIONAL/RECOMMENDED:
  • Avent, Ryan. The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-First Century. New York, N.Y: St. Martin’s Press, 2016.
    • We especially recommend the second half of the book, chapters 7-12

Speakers
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Linda Essig

Arizona State University
Professor and Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Proud to serve on the AAAE Board of Directors.
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Andrew Taylor

Associate Professor, American University
Andrew Taylor thinks (a bit too much) about organizational structure, strategy, and management practice in the nonprofit arts. An Associate Professor of Arts Management (and Chair of the Department of Performing Arts) at American University in Washington, DC, he also consults for... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

12:00pm

Lunch
Join colleagues for an extended lunch session - plenty of time for networking and deep conversation.

Saturday June 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

12:45pm

Building on the Research: Wallace Case Studies and Resources for Deepening Learning
This will be a brief discussion at the close of lunch on resources that have been developed as a result of AAAE's partnership with Wallace, and how they can be used in the classroom. 

Saturday June 2, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

12:45pm

STPA at AAAE: Workshopping your Research
STP&A at AAAE
One-on-one appointments available with journal editors and research experts, courtesy of Social Theory, Politics, & the Arts
 
Do you have an abstract you'd like feedback on? Want to work through a research question? Learn more about how to get started in the peer-reviewed publication process?
 
Through a partnership at Social Theory, Politics & the Arts (STP&A), this year's conference attendees can make a 15-minute, 1-on-1 appointment with a current journal editor in the arts administration field and discover other research and scholarship resources. Representatives may include editors from the Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society; American Journal of Arts Management; Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts; or Museum Management and Curatorship.
 
If you'd like to take advantage of this new opportunity, please contact Dr. Rachel Shane (rachel.shane@uky.edu) with the following information:
  • Name and e-mail address;
  • Title of abstract and corresponding keywords; and/or
  • Topic / Question to be discussed; and
  • Name of journal that you are interested in publishing in, If applicable.
All appointments will be scheduled on Saturday, June 2 in the last half of the lunch hour. Participants should be prepared for a shorter lunch time that day.
 
Questions? Contact conference@artsadministration.org

Speakers
avatar for David Edelman

David Edelman

Director, Performing Arts Leadership & Management, Shenandoah University
avatar for Linda Essig

Linda Essig

Arizona State University
Professor and Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Proud to serve on the AAAE Board of Directors.
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Kevin Maifeld

Professor & Director, Seattle University
Kevin Maifeld is the Founding Director and Professor of the Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Arts Leadership programs at Seattle University and a Senior Consultant with Arts Consulting Group. Kevin holds an MFA degree in Arts Management from the University of Alaba... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Faculty & Director, MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, Northwestern University
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Rachel Shane

Chair, Department of Arts Administration, University of Kentucky
Dr. Rachel Shane is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses on marketing, financial management, fundraising, nonprofit management and legal issues in the arts in both the BA and MA programs. Dr... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:30pm

A Data Exploration Curriculum for Students of Arts Administration
Arts administrators work in a world in which data plays an increasing role in policy, program and fund allocation decisions. For most of its history, data in arts administration has largely been advocacy-based or simple aggregational data. Today, however, arts administrators have access to an array of credible data streams and their long term success as administrators will depend, in part, on their ability to understand these streams and put them to use to make effective arguments. This session centers on how the Creative Vitality Suite, CVSuite.org an online data analysis tool, can be used to by teachers of arts administration to build the data skills needed by future arts administrators.

The session will have three key components:

Arts Administration professor, Constance DeVereaux, will outline the key conceptual features of a data-focused curriculum that can be built around the Creative Vitality Suite (CVSuite) online tool. She will explore: a) the streams of data students should be familiar with in the area of creative economic and measuring the creative impact on communitiesb) ways to evaluate the quality and reliability of data streamsc) ways to design questions that can be answered with datad) ways to put data to work to create change. DeVereaux will work with WESTAF in the coming year to develop a data-based curriculum that she will share with the field on this subject.

Anthony Radich, the executive director of WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), will demonstrate ways students can explore data through the use of the CVSuite tool. Radich will identify six questions that can be explored through the use of the tool. These will include questions that make use of comparisons, indexes, specialized data extraction and other methods to extract data-supported answers.

Graduate student, Jennifer Shelby, will comment on ways data is influencing her work.  She will suggest ways that curriculum can be designed to best introduce students of arts administration and community development to the effective uses of data.


Speakers
avatar for Anthony Radich

Anthony Radich

Executive Director, WESTAF
Anthony Radich is the Executive Director of WESTAF, one of the nation's six regional arts organizations. Radich earned a doctorate in Public Administration and has a variety of interests. He has expertise is the areas of cultural policy, cultural data and arts-related online tech... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:30pm

Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It: Converting Knowledge Agents into Change Agents
What are the key elements that convert knowledge into action and social change?  Could shifting pedagogical approaches improve the chances that students will apply what they have learned in innovative, impactful ways?  How do neurological processes of learning influence student motivation?  By comparing educational models, can we can discover how to create change agents for a more just future?

Crystal Yingling, an arts educator and social justice advocate, created change agents through her design of Intiman’s Emerging Artist Program, assistance with Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Professional Artist Training Program, and work with foreign service in Africa and Asia.  This session examines the pedagogical approaches that fueled success by comparing educational programs that create knowledge without action against training approaches that spur students to become agents of social change.  Session participants will have an opportunity to take action with the session learnings by building a framework to enhance their own classes or programs to inspire students to take action.

Speakers
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Crystal YIngling

Doctoral Student, University of Southern California
M. Crystal Yingling is a consultant for Equity, Inclusion, Interculturalism, and Leadership. She is currently completing a Global Executive Doctorate of Education through the University of California. Previously, Crystal was an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University, and the Pro... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Milam Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

1:30pm

Reviewing the Effectiveness of Project-Based Learning in the Learning of Artistic Programme Planning
How to effectively engage undergraduate students majoring in music and visual arts to work together on artistic programming  for community arts activities ? What factors might affect students’ learning in Project-Based Learning when students are required to “apply” their knowledge to real-life scenario ?
The above are research questions of a study conducted to investigate the effectiveness of a project-based learning assignment. The group assignment was part of a core course “Arts Administration and Management I” offered by the Education University of Hong Kong in Spring 2017. The three learning objectives of the assignment were 1) design artistic program; 2) prepare project implementation plans; and 3) enhance critical and analytical skills of the students in artistic programming.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) , which organized learning around projects, is quite a popular tool in the teaching of arts management. A number of measures were incorporated into the design of the above-mentioned group assignment in order to enhance learning effectiveness, including group membership, multi-stage presentations, feedback from teachers and peers. How effective have they been ? Findings from this Study will be shared at this session.
 
 

Speakers
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Sun man Tseng

Adjunct Professor, The Education University of Hong Kong
Prof Tseng has held a number of senior arts management positions in Hong Kong, including Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He served as Chair and Professor of the Arts Administration Departme... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Tour Room - UH Downtown

1:30pm

Examining Grantmaking Practices: A Research Presentation Session
The following individuals will present their research:

Whose Agency? A Case Study of Public Funding in Houston, TX and Philadelphia, PA
Julie Goodman, Associate Professor at Drexel University
June W. O’Neill, former Manager of Special Programs at the Houston Arts Alliance and a former Executive Director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Expanding Services that Fuel the Field: Reflections on Southeastern Theatre Conference’s New Grant Program
Amanda Nelson, Ph.D., Arts Leadership Program Director at Virginia Tech

Funding Artists in America: An Empirical Investigation into Current Public Opinion of How and Why
Dr. Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard

Xela Batchelder, Session Chair

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Faculty & Director, MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises, Northwestern University


Saturday June 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Travis Room - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

3:00pm

Project Row Houses: A Study in Community Transformation
Project Row Houses occupies a significant footprint in Houston’s Historic Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. The site encompasses five city blocks and houses 39 structures that serve as home base to a variety of community enriching initiatives, art programs, and neighborhood development activities.   Founder Rick Lowe and PRH’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Tamika Evans will close our conference with a conversation about how the Project Row Houses model for art and social engagement applies not only to Houston, but also to diverse communities around the world.

Speakers
avatar for John Abodeely

John Abodeely

CEO, Houston Arts Alliance
avatar for Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Dean, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, University of Houston
avatar for Tamika Evans

Tamika Evans

Project Row Houses
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Rick Lowe

Project Row Houses
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Sixto Wagan

Director, Center for Art and Social Engagement
Sixto Wagan is the inaugural director for the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston. Prior to this role, he led the contemporary art center DiverseWorks, serving a multitude of capacities including Artistic Director, Co-Executive Director and Pe... Read More →


Saturday June 2, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
A300 - UH Downtown One Main Street Houston, TX 77002

6:00pm

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox
RSVP required.

Saturday June 2, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Minute Maid Park 501 Crawford Street Houston, TX 77002