2014 Summit Schedule

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Friday, April 4   






Welcome Remarks

Trends in Funding and Philanthropy - Jonathon GlusBeth Madison, David Lake, Carroll Robertson Ray, Linda Lorelle (moderator)

2:45- 4:15


Audience/Community – The Spectrum of Stewardship - Judith Kurnik, Alecia Lawyer, Robert A. Pruitt, Glenn Taylor, Rebecca Gentry (moderator) 

Numbers vs. Engagement has been an ongoing polarity for the arts. It was believed that you can either have great numbers or deep engagement. Organizations and artists have been re-thinking that dynamic, building in different opportunities to engage patrons on a multitude of levels.  Panel explores how three organizations are re-envisioning the why and the how of audience engagement, how this is changing the culture of their own organizations and what questions they’re grappling with.

Art and Community Making: Exploring Houston - Estevan Azcona, Carroll Parrott BlueCarrie Marie SchneiderAshley Clemmer Hoffman (Moderator)

In a candid discussion among community-arts practitioners, this fishbowl exercise looks at how some of the long-term community based arts organizations are adapting to the changes in funding and understanding about communities and audiences.  Unlike the panel discussion format, this exchange is focused on the questions and processes these practitioners are exploring to do their best work with the publics that they serve.

4:30 - 6


Featured Speaker: Paul Bonin Rodriguez Leading with the Artists

This presentation combines performance and performance analysis to propose how artists might participate fully in their local nonprofit infrastructure to their own benefit and that of the community. Reviewing nearly two decades of arts policy development and cultural organizing, “Leading with the Artists” also assesses the skills asked of artists at this moment as opposed to generations past, and asks how Houston’s cultural initiative might use an understanding of those changes to further creative community building.

Large Group Discussion/ Closing Remarks



36th UH School of Art Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Public Opening and Reception

Saturday, April 5   

8:30 - 9:30



9:30- 11


Center for Houston's Future – 2014 Arts & Cultural Heritage Indicator Report


Small Group Response Session



Lunchtime Speaker: Ann MarkusenCreative Economies: Challenges for Artists, Arts Organizations, Cities and Neighborhoods

Surveying the intersections among artists, arts organizations and place, Markusen summarizes a decade’s research on how artists are becoming more interdisciplinary, more mobile between and within cities, and more apt to work simultaneously in commercial, nonprofit and community sectors. As in the past, artists are key initiators and partners in creative placemaking. Exploring “who is an arts organization?,” her talk reviews challenging conceptual and data issues, the morphing of audiences into participants, and key problems for next gen arts leaders.  She concludes by characterizing creative placemaking, its multiple ambitions, and the roles of artists, cultural organizations and other partners in its evolution. She welcomes debate and disagreement as well as questions. 

1:45 - 3


Advocacy – From the Artist to the State - Ann Graham, Stephanie Todd Wong, Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Sydney Skybetter, moderator

How do we effectively tell the value of what we do?  In an age where technology has given rise to Artists and arts organizations have been told that we need to tell our stories and make the case, but is this enough?    The panel explores how artists/administrators can become advocates for the arts in their daily lives and in larger political arenas.

3 - 4

Small Group Response Session

4 - 5


Featured Speaker: Maria Rosario Jackson -The Artist and their Publics in Cross-Sectoral Projects – Lessons Learned and Future Questions

With the rise of projects that bring arts together with public/private entities, artists are developing more nuanced relationships with their publics.  Ms. Jackson will explore the multiple roles artists play in contemporary society, the policy and programmatic implications of cross-sector work, and the impact on the intended audiences.  The talk will touch on how cross-sector work is not for everyone, and will share some the questions that have arisen after a decade of research and pilot programs, and lay out some of the questions that arts leaders will have to face in the upcoming years.