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LEADING WITH THE ARTISTS

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This presentation demonstrates how nearly two decades of arts policy development and cultural organizing has made the space US artists to be co-producers of their local policy community.

Taking into account the findings of federal, state and local initiatives, as well as more contemporary funding and communication paradigms, Leading with the Artists asks what skills and languages can support community development plans that fully engage the local artist community as partners.

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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 TheatreRace, 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.