Symposium 2016

Join us in Bloomington this November for our annual Arts Admin Symposium! Registration is now CLOSED.

S Y M P O S I U M  H A S H T A G : #artsadminsymp16

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K E Y N O T E   S P E A K E R S:

Friday, Nov. 4: Jen Cole, Executive Director, Metro Arts / Nashville, TN — the city of Nashville, TN’s arts and cultural commission.

Saturday, Nov. 5: Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America / NYC

We hope you can join us for a weekend of good discussion and fun!


F R I D A Y,   N O V E M B E R  4 T H  //  S P E A  A T R I U M

6:30 – 7:30, Welcome + Hors D’oeuvres + Drinks + Music: Music graciously provided by 2nd year MAAA Allie Summers joined by Mike Summers, and Diederik van Wassenaer

7:30 – 8:30, Opening Keynote: Jen Cole, Executive Director, Metro Arts Nashville
+ Topic: Arts, Leadership, and Belonging

S A T U R D A Y,   N O V E M B E R  5 T H  // S P E A  A T R I U M

9:00 – 9:30 am, Breakfast+ Coffee

9:30 – 10:30 am, Development Panel!
Moderator: Karen Gahl-Mills, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture / Cleveland, OH

Amanda Miller, Philanthropic Gifts Officer, WNIT Public Television (PBS affiliate) / South Bend, IN
Randy White, Artistic Director, Cardinal Stage Company / Bloomington, IN
Melissa Dickson, Director of Development, Jacobs School of Music/ Bloomington, IN

10:45 – 12:45 pm, Sessions on Sessions (20-30 min presentations)

Ursula Kuhar, Faculty Member, IU Arts Administration Program / Bloomington, IN
+ Topic: “Make Opera Great Again”: Opera Engagement and Equity in Inner-City DC Public Schools
Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the Arts, City of Bloomington / Bloomington, IN
+ Topic: Regenerative Practices and Radical Hospitality
Michael Rushton, Faculty Member, IU Arts Administration Program / Bloomington, IN
+ Topic: Bad Metrics
Joanna Taft, Executive Director, Harrison Center for the Arts / Indianapolis, IN
+ Topic: Cultural Entrepreneurship

1:00 – 2:00 pm, Lunch + Closing Keynote: Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
+ Topic: Creative Placemaking: An Introduction to Arts-Driven Community Planning and Development


Both Friday night and Saturday morning’s festivities will be held in the Atrium at SPEA (1315 E. Tenth Street, see map below).

Due to construction, getting into the actual building will be interesting – please enter through Hodge Hall (the building on the corner of 10th and Fee, right next to SPEA) and follow the signage for “Arts Admin Symposium” into SPEA. See this document for a more detailed description of directions/parking.