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Bedoya9:30 – 10:30 Morning Keynote
Roberto Bedoya Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC)
Stewardship: Care, Imagination and Policy -
The Entanglements of The Good and The Goods,
Or the Adventures of Poet-Paladins

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Mr. Bedoya's keynote will utilize TPAC's PLACE (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative as a case study for effective stewardship. 

Mr. Bedoya has consistently supported art-based civic engagement projects and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging throughout his career.  He established the innovative P.L.A.C.E (People, Land, Arts, Culture and Engagement) Initiative to support artist initiatives in Tucson, Arizona. Bedoya’s tenure as executive director of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations (NAAO) from 1996 to 2001 included serving as co-plaintiff in the lawsuit Finley vs. NEA. His essays U.S. Cultural Policy: Its Politics of Participation, Its Creative Potential and Creative Placemaking and the Politics of Belonging and Dis-Belonging reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. Bedoya is also a poet, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, and an art consultant, with projects for Creative Capital Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Urban Institute.