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Did you miss the livestream? Replay all 27 Talks from the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture.

From October 20-22, 27 powerful Talks from the National Innovation Summit for Arts & Culture were livestreamed to online participants across the world. This dynamic series of thematically linked 12-minute talks by bold leaders from across the country highlighted the remarkable and mostly untold stories of innovative projects unfolding in arts and culture organizations.

After each block of Talks, Summit participants in Denver and from the online Virtual Summit joined together for a fishbowl discussion.

Taking Collective Action

Stories of partnering, collaboration, and merging to achieve greater impact together, featuring:

Museum as Platform
JS May, Chief Advancement Officer, Portland Art Museum

Shhh!
Janeen Bryant, Vice President, Education, Levine Museum of the New South

Dance, Paintball, and Casinos: What’s DAT Got to Do With It?
Pamela Young, Executive Director, DANCECleveland

So You Think You Can Dance?
Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

Beyond Scarcity: Abundance for Cultural Production in the Networked Age
Caroline Woolard and Jen Abrams, Co-Founders and Co-Directors, OurGoods.org

Unlikely Pairing, Lasting Implications
Cayenne Harris, Director of Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago

 

Co-Creating with the Public

Stories of projects where the public is invited to step into the role of creator alongside professional artists and/or organizations, featuring:

It Takes an Audience: The Art of Creating Performances That Cannot Exist Without an Audience
Charlie Miller & Emily Tarquin, Off-Center Curators, Denver Center Theatre Company

From Expert to Collaborator
Judy Koke, Director, Education and Interpretive Programs, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

An Orchestra’s Mission to Inspire a Community of Music Makers
Nan Keeton, Director of External Affairs, San Francisco Symphony

 

Artists as Agents of Change

Stories of art and artists inspiring, inciting, and leading organizational transformation, featuring:

Policy, Prisons, and Pranks: Artists Collide with the World
Ruby Lerner, President & Founding Director, Creative Capital

Artist/Community/Reciprocity: Helping Communities Ask More From and For Their Artists
Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

I Don’t Want to Talk About Innovation: A Talk About Innovation
Todd London, Artistic Director, New Dramatists

 

Animating Neighborhoods

Stories of projects enlivening local communities, increasing equitable access to the arts for local stakeholders, and improving the quality of life of neighbors, featuring:

A New World
Rick Dildine, Artistic Director and CEO, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Creative Practice + (Social Service and Neighborhood Revitalization) = Happy People
Noël Raymond, Co-Artistic Director, Pillsbury House + Theatre

Harnessing the Power of Art to Inspire and Transform Communities
Trey Devey, President, Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra

Reclaiming Our Community: A Profile of Partnership and Innovation in Indian Country
Jay Bad Heart Bull, President and CEO, The Native American Community Development Institute

How the Rubber Hits the Road: Arts and Culture on the Ground to Create Livable and Resilient Communities
Mary Rowe, Vice President, Managing Director, Municipal Art Society

Radical Hospitality
Jack Reuler, Artistic Director, Mixed Blood Theatre Company

 

Citizenship and the Arts

Stories of artists and arts organizations using their unique capacities as citizens to advance broader civic agendas, including social justice, civic vitality, and social innovation, featuring:

Finding Your Itch and Scratching It
Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Artist-led Ecosystem Interventions
Lisa Hoffman, Director of Environmental Program and Community Engagement, McColl Center for Visual Art

Small Town, Big Vision
John Davis, Executive Director, Lanesboro Arts Center

 

Transforming Organizational Structure

Stories of radical restructuring inside organizations, including new staffing structures, the creation of innovation capital, embracing risk, and redefining the meaning of success in order to support innovation, featuring:

A Math Teacher and an Accountant Walk into an Arts Center: The Curious Case of Two Unlikely Art Heads
Joël Tan, Director of Community Engagement, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

COCAbiz
Kelly Pollock, Executive Director, COCA – Center of Creative Arts

Silo-Busting: Transforming the Rake into the Flower
Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO, Oakland Museum of California

Rebuilding Our Building Steven Matijcio, Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

How I Learned to Leap Without a Destination
Susan Medak, Managing Director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Transformation and Capitalization
David Devan, General Director and President, Opera Philadelphia

 

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As the ArtsFwd Editor & Engagement Coordinator at EmcArts, Kendra Danowski produces written material, manages social media engagement, develops content and strategy, and supports community and dialogue-building around ideas of innovation and adaptive change in the arts sector.

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  • Gallery13 ./ stephen sugarman

    I am looking through these talks and all I see is Non Profits, Museums, Art Centers Dance and Theater companies included in this symposium – where are the galleries? for profit / non profit / alternative / collectives in these discussions – Galleries are on the front line of the arts communities we get little funding or no funding however we offer greater flexibility and more exhibition opportunity than a Museums, and art centers.
    We should be included in this collection of discussions and talks –