Symposium 2018

Join us in Bloomington this October for our annual Arts Administration Symposium!

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Keynote Address: Mengtong Guan


Mengtong Guan was born in Beijing and received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Fine Arts from Peking University. She was a regular contributor to Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts magazine from 2009 to 2012, concert master of Peking University Symphony Orchestra, and music instructor for “Dean D’art” that works with underserved children in Beijing suburbs to build their self-confidence through theater and music.
Mengtong has a MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She interned in New York at Lincoln Center Festival was hired as Assistant Company Manager. Additional experience includes work with Edward Auer Music (Jacobs School of Music, IU), Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Indiana as first violinist and board member, conference volunteer for APAP NYC and volunteer for dance company Abraham in Motion.
In 2014 Mengtong was hired as Production Assistant for the China portion of Mark Morris Dance Group’s “Excursions” world tour, and has since then been a full time staff with Ping Pong Productions in China and USA. Mengtong participated Atelier for Young Festival Managers by European Festival Association in Gwangju 2015, and is an Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow for 2016-17.
Mengtong will share On Ping Pong Productions & Social Leadership 
Learn more about Mengtong and her work here!





Meredith Brickell


Meredith Brickell is an artist, educator and community organizer based in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Brickell is the Project Leader for the House Life Project, and an Associate Professor of Art at DePauw University where she teaches courses in ceramics and community-engaged art.
Meredith will share a talk entitled: Art and Equitable Places: The House Life Project
Learn more about her work here, and about the House Life Project here!


Cecilia Olusola Tribble 


Community and Organizational Development Coordinator for Metro Arts at the Nashville Office of Arts and Culture
Cecilia Olusola Tribble is a musician, composer, arranger, critical thinker, writer and arts and cultural educator and critic. She has almost 20 years of arts education, artistic and liturgical consultation experience. She has made art of various mediums and consulted for artists and culture makers all over the Mid-South, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, the U.K., Australia, Mexico, and Argentina. Tribble is currently serving as the Community and Organizational Development Coordinator for Metro Arts, Nashville’s Office of Arts and Culture. She leads Racial Equity in Arts Leadership (REAL) program in partnership with the Curb Center of Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and the Restorative Justice and the Arts partnership with the Juvenile Court and the Oasis Center. Because Olusola is deeply vested in empowering folks tell one’s story, she loves being able to serve Nashville in this way. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Memphis – where her concentration was double bass, a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts). In her spare time, Tribble loves to blow bubbles and jam to music with her son.
Olusola will share a talk entitled: Decolonizing the Arts Landscape: Performing an Unbound Future
Learn more about her work here!


Sarah Perfetti


Sarah Perfetti earned her BA studying International Relations at Florida International University and then her MPA from SPEA graduating in 2011. She co-founded Bloomington PRIDE in 2013 and served as the organization’s Executive Director until 2017 when she co-founded Be Golden. As director of expansion & strategy, Sarah manages Be Golden’s partnerships and all the nitty-gritty details that make it all happen. Inspired to create a safe and inclusive space for collaboration and connection over topics of shared human experience, Sarah’s mission is to encourage women to celebrate themselves and their unique qualities. In her spare time, she instructs at Ethos Cycling, competes in open water swim races, and watches queer indie films. Sarah’s other passion? Taking care of the hens living in her backyard DIY chicken coop.
Sarah will share a talk entitled Craft Your Career.
Learn more about her work at Bloomington Pride here, and about the Be Golden Project here!




Complete Schedule



Friday, October 26 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM, SPEA O’Neil Graduate Center, 1st Floor Lounge 

Welcome Reception: Networking Night | 5:30 PM

Hor d’oeuvres provided by IU Catering


Art and Equitable Places: The House Life Project | 6:45 PM

Meredith Knapp Brickle, Founder and Project Leader at the House Life Project


Saturday, October 27 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM 

Breakfast & Coffee | 9:00 – 9:30 AM | Tavis Smiley Atrium

Coffee and Bagels provided by One World Catering


Speaker Sessions | 9:30 – 11:15 AM | SPEA PV 274

Craft Your Career

Sarah Perfetti, MPA ’11    Co-Founder of Be Golden Women’s Conference

Decolonizing the Arts Landscape: Performing an Unbound Future

Cecilia Olusola Tribble, Community and Organization Development Coordinator


Taco Bar Lunch | 11:30AM – 12:45 PM | Tavis Smiley Atrium

Lunch provided by One World Catering


Alumni Panel Luncheon | 11:30AM – 12:45 PM | SPEA PV 274

Meg Liffick,  MAAA ‘04   Director of Brand Engagement at Butler University

Julia Shannon, MAAA ‘16   Program & Operations Coordinator at IU Arts and Humanities Council

Brad Schiesser, MAAA ‘17   Managing Director at Bloomington Playwrights Project

Anne Stichter, MAAA ‘17   Event Manager at Buskirk Chumley Theater


One-on-Ones | 11:30AM – 12:45PM


Closing Session – Keynote | 12:45 – 1:30 PM |SPEA PV 274

On Ping Pong Productions & Social Leadership

Mengtong Guan, MAAA’14   Executive & Creative Director at Ping Pong Productions