Saturday, January 8, 2011

Upcoming: Two Days of Arts Conference in Austin, January 31 - February 1

Knowledge and networking for almost no money . . .

Leading the Creative Economy poster

The City's Cultural Arts Division has just e-mailed news for any arts organizations or arts buffs two days of workshops, discussions, entertainment and networking put together by the Texas Commission on the Arts and others. This Monday-Tuesday event January 31 - February 1 offers a rich program. Funded by the government and foundations, itt takes place right here in Austin and you can participate for the astonishingly inexpensive conference fee of $65.

Here's the word:

Register now for this new, annual statewide conference January 31 - February 1, 2011 at the Austin Omni Hotel! Please join us for a chance to interact with your peers from across the state and discuss important issues facing the creative industries. This conference is aimed at art administrators, arts education providers, cultural institution staff, board members and trustees of art organizations, and interested others.

View the conference agenda online! Sessions will address the state of the creative economy in Texas and present strategies for marketing, branding, fundraising, and more. Registration for the two-day conference is just $65. The Omni Hotel is also offering discounted room rates for conference attendees. (You must register by January 10 to receive the discount.) Visit the TCA website to register and for more information about room discounts.

State of the Arts is presented through a partnership of the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Cultural Trust Council, and Texans for the Arts Foundation. This project is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Here's the ALT summary of conference events:


General Session, 2 p.m.

Master Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis

Developing Your Brand

Breakout Sessions, 3:15 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.

[A] Social Media 101: Why, How and NOW!

[B] Taking Social Media to the Next Level: Tips, Tricks and Cool Ideas
[C] General Session Alternatives - One-On-One meetings with TCA Program Staff, City of Austin Cultural Contracts staff, or Mid-America Arts Alliance

Economic Development Texas Style – 6 p.m. at Ballet Austin

The Texas Cultural Trust will unveil a new economic impact study focused on the creative industries in our state.


Breakout Sessions -- first phase, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

[A] Connecting with Foundations in Texas: What’s the Best Approach?

[B] Corporate Funding for the Arts: What’s the Best Approach?
[C] Using Online Resources to Enhance Fundraising
[D] Building a Fundraising Board

[E] Important! New Americans with Disabilities Act Laws Impact Arts

Breakout Sessions - second phase, 10:15 a.m – 11:15 a.m.

(same as above, repeated)

General session, 11:30 – 12:45

Keynote panel: Surviving and Even Thriving During Trying Times
Panelists include Kevin Moriarity, Dallas Theater Center; Sean McGlynn, City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department; Sylvia Orozco, Mexic-arte Museum; and Maureen Patton, Grand 1894 Opera House. Gregory Perrin, University of Texas Libraries, will moderate

Networking lunch

Afternoon breakout sessions, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

[A] Adding Up the Numbers: Calculating Economic Impact

[B] Collaborations and Successful New Models

[C] Engaging New Audiences and Participants

D] Building Your Audience Through Cultural Tourism

[E] Art in Rural Texas

[F] Innovation in Arts Education

General session: Flashes of Inspiration, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Fifteen presenters with five minutes each, with small group discussion afterward

-Texas Event Calendar
-Nature Tourism and the arts
-Texas Music Office
-Texas Cultural Trust’s Art & Digital Media Curriculum Project
-TCA opportunities for youth: Young Masters & Poetry Out Loud
-Groupon as an arts marketing tool
-Building a Nonprofit Village
-What about house concerts
-Mid-America Arts Alliance opportunities
-Texas Biennial exhibition expands statewide
-Family Time Rocks with Sara Hickman
-Building a local arts network
-Preparing for leadership transitions
-Creativity to Community arts nonprofit success one coffee at a time
-Is a Cultural District right for my community

General Session: Texas Music Live, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Marshall Ford Swing Band and young conjunto group ConteƱo

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