2014 Featured Speakers

Local panelists and speakers include: 

  • Center for Houston's Future with their 2014 Arts & Cultural Heritage Indicator Report; 
  • Estevan Arcona, MECA
  • Carroll Parrott Blue, UH Research Professor
  • Ashley Clemmer-Hoffman, Rothko Chapel
  • Rebecca Gentry, University of Houston
  • Jonathon Glus, Houston Arts Alliance
  • Ann Graham, Texans for the Arts
  • Judith Kurnick, Houston Grand Opera
  • Alecia Lawyer, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra
  • Beth Madison
  • David Lake, Houston Endowment
  • Robert A. Pruitt
  • Carroll Robertson Ray
  • Carrie Schneider
  • Sydney Skybetter, choreographer and technologist
  • Glenn Taylor, Houston Symphony
  • Cristal Chanelle Truscott, Progress Theater
  • Stephanie Todd Wong, Dance Source Houston

Featured Speakers

Paul Bonin-RodriguezDr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez is a writer-performer and dancer from San Antonio who has toured extensively throughout the United States. His book, Performing Policy: How Politics and Cultural Programs Redefined U.S. Artists for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, forthcoming), assesses how research and development initiatives since the late 1990s have radically reshaped artistic practices nationwide. Chronicling both historical, paradigm setting moments and contemporary artist driven initiatives, Performing Policy demonstrates how “creatives” regularly negotiate market-based and value-based concerns and shows how they may more effectively and ethically pursue opportunities in communities where they work. From 2006-2013, Paul served as an artist advisor to Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative dedicated to creating new opportunities for US artists; in 2012, he served as a Visiting Scholar in the Creative Communities Program of the Urban Institute, working with Maria Rosario Jackson. His articles appear in Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Theatre Topics, and a forthcoming anthology on New WORLD Theater. His plays have been published in The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (Continuum, 2002), Jump-Start Playworks (Wings Press, 2004), and Text and Performance Quarterly

Nationally, Dr. Bonin-Rodriguez’s research contributes to policy research and development. From 2006-2013, he served as an artist advisor to Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year initiative dedicated to creating new opportunities for US artists; in 2012, he served as a Visiting Scholar in the Culture and Creative Communities Program of the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Bonin-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and as a scholar-artist, he publishes broadly. His articles appear in Artivate: a Journal of Entrepreneurship in the ArtsTheatre Topics (forthcoming), and a forthcoming anthology on New WORLD Theater. His plays, which include Talk of the Town (1992), The Bible Belt and Other Accessories (1993), Love in the Time of College(1994), Quinceañera (1997, with Beto Araiza and Michael Marinez) and Memory’s Caretaker (1999), among others, have been published in The Color of Theatre: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (Continuum, 2002), Jump-Start Playworks (Wings Press, 2004), and Text and Performance Quarterly.

Dr. Bonin-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Maria Rosario JacksonDr. Maria Rosario Jackson is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization and arts and culture. Previously, Dr. Jackson was director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C. based public policy research organization, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on cultural vitality and the role of arts and culture in community revitalization and also research on support systems for artists. Additionally, she participated in projects concerned with public housing, public education, public safety and parks. 

She is on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and has served on the boards of directors of several national, state and local organizations including Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Performance Network, Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. She has also served on numerous research and project advisory boards dealing with topics such as museums in communities, arts in strategies to improve health outcomes, cultural participation and arts impacts. 

In 2013, with the confirmation of the U.S. Senate, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Jackson to the National Council on the Arts. 

 

Ann Markusen

Dr. Ann Markusen is Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Principal of Markusen Economic Research.

In recent accolades, Markusen’s 2006 study, Crossover, was showcased by Grantmakers in the Arts Reader in the Fall of 2012 as one of five ”Landmark” research studies. Markusen was featured in WESTAF’s Barry’s Blog as among 2012′s Fifty Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts. Markusen and Ann Gadwa Nicodemus’ “Arts and Culture in Urban and Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda” was honored as the most downloaded of Journal of Planning Education and Research articles published in 2009 and 2010.

Markusen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University. She has served on the University faculties of Minnesota, Rutgers, Northwestern, California Berkeley, and Colorado. Winner of the 2006 Alonso Prize in Regional Science and the 1996 Walter Isard Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement, she has served as President of the North American Regional Science Association, as a Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow, and AAAS Science, Engineering and Public Policy Committee Chair and Member. Markusen served as UCLA’s Harvey Perloff Chair, 2005-8; the UK Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Glasgow School of Art, 2010-11; and A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University, School of Art, Architecture and Planning, 2007-14. She is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil, and has directed large research projects funded by the Ford, MacArthur, McKnight, Irvine, and Hewlett Foundations, among others.