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Tuesday, June 19th

3:00-8:00 p.m.
Pre-conferences and Conference/Dorm Check-in 



  • 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Selections from the Permanent Collection: a walking tour with Gallery Director Michael Dickins
    Discover and learn about Austin Peay’s art collection that are located throughout campus, including the Art + Design gallery.
  • 3:00-6:30 p.m
    Teaching Artist Workshop
    This pre-conference is geared toward professional artists on the TN Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster and new artists interested in applying to the Roster. The workshop will include information on how to collaborate with teachers and schools; provide training on the new TN Fine Arts Standards which will begin implementation in the 2018-2019 school year; an introduction to developing lesson plans to best communicate your offerings; and a Q&A session on the Student Ticket Subsidy grant program. An informal gathering at a local Clarksville restaurant will follow.
  • 3:00-6:00 p.m.
    A Conversation on Capitalization & Community
    Presented by Rebecca Thomas in association with Grantmakers in the Arts
    To survive and thrive in today’s fluid environment, cultural organizations must develop the finances that support their continuous stability and adaptation. Yet flawed planning, communications and funding norms often undermine long-term financial health. In this workshop, we help arts leaders understand the elements of financial sustainability and how to start planning for their organizations’ long-term health.Defining capitalization as “the resources an organization needs to fulfill its mission over time,” Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) began offering Conversations & Capitalization & Community in 2010 as part of its national effort to address the under-capitalized tendency of the nonprofit arts field. GIA has led these workshops for funders and nonprofits in more than 15 communities. The session will offer knowledge and perspective on what it takes to build viable and resilient business models and balance sheets, in the service of artistic vitality.  It is designed for organizations that want to strengthen their financial planning and decision-making skills, and learn to better communicate with supporters about financial priorities and needs.Specific workshop topics include:
  • Defining capitalization as a best management practice
  • Business implications of facilities, endowments and growth
  • Elements of financial sustainability: surpluses, reserves and transition capital
  • Obstacles to long-term financial health
  • Planning for sustainability: setting and communicating appropriate capitalization goals
  • Recommended for executive directors, senior finance professionals and board members.
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration
    This pre-conference is required for teachers from Arts360 Schools.
    Presenter: Dr. Janice Crews
    Explore the definition and key concepts of Arts Integration as defined by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and discover why Arts Integration is a relevant and powerful approach to teaching for educators of all disciplines. This session is geared towards K-12 educators and school administrators, but all are welcome.
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m.
    Emerging Leaders Pre-conference: Arts Nonprofit Leadership Essentials
    Presenters: The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
    Come meet emerging arts leaders from across the state and get a bird’s-eye view of what it takes to lead an arts nonprofit organization. The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville staff will lead a presentation about nonprofit nuts-and-bolts and answer questions about organizational management, board governance, and legal issues. Afterward, you’ll learn how to tell your organization’s story during an interactive advocacy exercise and mixer.

Wednesday, June 20th

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast & Conference Check-in 


8:30-9:30 a.m.
Sparkplug Sessions
Jumpstart your professional development or spark interest in a variety of topics. Learn practical skills and tools needed for daily work in arts management and education. These Sparkplug Sessions are repeated on Wednesday, June 20th from 2:40-3:40 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • For the Love of Your Program: Spicing Up Evaluations
    Presenters: Laurie Melnik and Dr. Lee Harris
    Fall in love with program evaluation and discover ways to spice up program impact through this interactive session.  Participants will be guided through a backward design process based on their program’s “love story” and walk away with practical evaluation strategies. All backgrounds and experiences welcome!
  • The Basics of Designing Accessible Programs
    Presenters: Sandra Hahn, Deanne M. Collins, EdD, and JP Williams
    Have you ever wondered how to make your arts programming more accessible for those who have hearing and/or visual challenges? Do you want to make your physical location more accessible? Presenters who have differing abilities will offer ideas on how art programs can be more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Urban Folk
    Presenters: Benjamin Smith and Langston Wilkins, PhD
    Urban Folk will offer an in-depth examination of folklife in urban settings, with suggestions on how organizations can feature such traditions in their programmatic activities. This session will include commentary from Ben Smith, founder and director of Southern Word, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Spoken Word poetry.
  • Tax Reform and Your Nonprofit: Ask a CPA
    Presenter: Lisa Mays Millman, CPA
    How might the new tax law changes affect your organization? Get an overview of the key provisions that could affect nonprofits and bring your questions for an experienced CPA whose practice specializes in working with nonprofits, including tax compliance, grant compliance, bookkeeping, organizational structure, strategic planning and fraud detection and prevention.
  • Experience an Arts Integrated Learning Unit, Part I
    Part II of this session will occur on June 20th from 2:40-3:40 p.m. Attendance for both Part I and Part II is encouraged but not required.
    Presenter: Dr. Janice Crews
    In this session, participants will dissect a multi-lesson learning unit that mutually satisfies curriculum standards in the areas of visual art, music, literature, and social studies by using the fundamentals of arts integration. This session is geared towards K-12 educators and administrators, but all are welcome.
  • Improv for Everyone
    This session repeats on June 20th from 2:40-3:40 p.m., from 3:50-4:50 p.m., and on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Talon Beeson
    This workshop is designed to remind attendees that we all use basic improv skills in our everyday lives. Using techniques from Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone, participants will play in the world of “following the follower” to become more nimble in conversation, business dealings and personal interaction. This is an “on your feet” workshop, allowing the attendees to work and play in the moment, without restraint.
  • Drawing Mandalas: Math Meets Art
    Presenter: Bailey Earith
    In this arts integration lesson demonstration, learn to create beautiful complex designs with this easy step-by-step process. Reinforces ruler skills, compass skills, and graphing. This is a fun and effective lesson.
  • How to Build Creative Placemaking Momentum, Excitement, and Engagement by Using Small Scale Experiments to Test Ideas
    Presenters: Tamara Gatchell and Tabitha Kapic
    In 2016, Thrive Regional Partnership introduced Thriving Communities, a unique community development program that helps cities and towns to create art and cultural asset-based strategies to spark vibrancy and growth. This session will showcase how Design Thinking methods can empower communities to broaden their perspective about what is possible and then rapidly test ideas to build momentum, excitement and engagement. Through a quick Design Thinking exercise, participants will experience rapid experimentation techniques that allow for simple, efficient and affordable exploration of ideas that can be applied in their own creative placemaking work.
  • Unpacking the New Tennessee Fine Arts Standards
    Presenters: Dr. Brad Foust and Amanda Galbraith
    In August 2018, all fine arts teachers in Tennessee will begin teaching with new academic standards in music, visual arts, dance, theatre, and media arts. Join Dr. Brad Foust and Amanda Galbraith, two members of the Tennessee Fine Arts Standards Writing and Review Committee, to learn more about the standards. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that show how the standards promote the construction of learning and understanding in arts classrooms and how the new standards will inform the work of teaching artists across the state.
  • Taxes Session for Individual Artists
    Presenters: The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
    Description coming soon.
  • Expanding and Contracting Your Story for TV, Social Media, and Real Life: the PSA, the Pitch, the Episode, the Series
    Presenter: Trish Crist
    Many nonprofits struggle with the amount of information to share based on the setting. Some know this is a problem—some don’t. An Executive Director recently told me that she can never decide how much detail to get into about her organization, joking, “Is it the business card or the Annual Report?” My answer: Neither. Join us for this interactive session and explore expanding or contracting your organization’s story to fit everything from a 30-second PSA to a 30-minute TV series…and everything from a 30-second encounter to a 30-minute conversation, even if a TV camera isn’t involved.

9:45-10:45 a.m. – Design Thinking Sessions
Sparkplug-inspired sessions with a Design Thinking emphasis. These Design Thinking Sessions are repeated on Thursday, June 21st from 1:15-2:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Building Your Creative Resume
    Presenter: R.L. Gibson
    Is your creative resume getting you where you want to go? How do you choose which shows to pursue? Are online galleries worth your time? As a working artist, R.L. Gibson (Rachel) offers two decades of experience as a juror, gallerist & arts administrator in addition to her current position as the Editor of Art&ArtDeadlines.com. Join us to learn how to choose a strategy & build the resume you need to get where you want to go. This 45 minute seminar will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • More than Traditional Arts & Crafts:  How to Design Creative Arts Programs to Engage Seniors in Lifelong Learning and Healthy Outcomes
    Presenters: Anita Atchley, Sonya Maize-Abrams, Sarah Martin McConnell, and Jennifer Roberts
    With the U.S. and State of Tennessee experiencing a surge of growth in its older population, seniors are looking for creative ways to stay connected, active, and engaged for a lifetime through the arts. This workshop will explore the success stories and lessons learned from creative aging staff who have implemented innovative programs for seniors.
  • Linear vs. Non-Linear Thinking or How to Tell your Story so that People Notice
    Presenter: Leslie Haines
    You may have an amazing product but if you can’t connect with your audience in a memorable way, your message can easily get passed over. Learn how to improve your conceptual thinking skills, overcome creative road blocks, and hone in on messaging that matters. Through the use of visual examples and engaging exercises this session will teach you how to make the most of the creative process. You’ll leave inspired with helpful techniques that you can apply to your next marketing challenge.
  • Reaching Your Community: Fieldwork Methods for Arts and Culture Organizations
    Presenters: Liza Blair, Jeff Kollath, and Dr. Bradley Hanson
    Cultural fieldwork—spending time with, observing, interviewing and documenting members of your organization’s immediate community—is a valuable and uniquely effective method for developing authentic engagement, empathy, and programming. This panel will present strategies and skills from two arts and culture organizations—Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Creative Discovery Museum—that have recently made community-based fieldwork part of their strategic design.
  • Creative Solutions in Arts Management
    Presenter: Dr. Janice Crews
    This course examines the creative solutions of successful arts administrators while exploring fundamentals such as arts advocacy, programming, marketing, audience development, advancement, and financial management. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in arts management and analyze varying business models. Geared towards arts administrators working in organizations with public arts programs and/or arts education programs.
  • Partnering for Invested $uccess!
    Presenters: Bridgett Massengill and Kathleen Nolte
    Is funding holding you back from starting an arts movement in your town? Are you a small community with limited resources? Learn about a collaborative approach between a regionally sized nonprofit and a philanthropic foundation that partnered together around common goals to fund the beginnings of an arts and culture movement in eight small-sized cities and towns across a 16-county region. Learn how seed funding was used to catalyze additional funders to step forward in rural towns.
  • Train the Trainer. Think Like a Designer: A Session for Educators
    Presenter: Mary Kim
    During this one-hour workshop, participants will be guided by a Design Thinking expert to learn how to facilitate a creative Design Thinking session, Redesign the Backpack, for students. The session aims to equip the participants with the design thinking methodology in a short-duration of time while encouraging creative confidence and skills for defining insights, brainstorming, and prototyping for students
  • Visual Arts in Elementary Music
    Presenter: Dr. Eric Branscome
    In this session, participants will engage in arts-based music lessons that teach, reinforce and assess elementary music concepts and skills through art activities and projects. Participants will be provided with sample lessons and templates for various activities.
  • Outcomes-Based Program Development
    Presenters: Shannon Ford and Laurie Melnik
    After the show is over, what results can you claim? How do those results square with what you sought to achieve in the first place? What change, big or small, is your program making in people’s lives? Explore how starting with where you want to end up in program planning can improve the journey to getting there. This session will explore methods and resources for outcomes based program development.
  • Think Fast! Lesson Plans Pitched in 20×20 Format
    Presenters: TBD, Meredith Callis (facilitator)
    In these fast-paced presentations, you will hear lesson plan ideas pitched by arts educators in the Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide. This fun challenge provides a wonderful opportunity for those in attendance to learn a wide range of content in a short amount of time

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
MindBenders Plenary Presentation: Natalie W. Nixon, PhD, Design Strategist and Hybrid Thinker
This plenary presentation includes a performance by jazz musician Connye Florance honoring African-American Music Appreciation Month as well as a plated lunch.
Natalie W. Nixon, PhD helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. As a scholar-entrepreneur, she applies her diverse background in service design, anthropology and fashion to help clients with culture transformation, leadership development, ideation sessions and envisioning labs.

1:00-2:30 p.m.
Digging Deeper with Design Thinking: Part I
Presenters: Natalie W. Nixon, PhD, Tamara Gatchell, and Tabitha Kapic
Led by Design Thinking experts, all conference participants will attend training in the Design Thinking process during Part I. This session will be followed by Part II on June 21st where participants will explore real-world application of the Design Thinking process with their colleagues.

2:40-3:40 p.m.
REPEAT Sparkplug Sessions
Jumpstart your professional development or spark interest in a variety of topics. Learn practical skills and tools needed for daily work in arts management and education. These Sparkplug Sessions are repeated on Wednesday, June 20th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • For the Love of Your Program: Spicing Up Evaluations
    Presenters: Laurie Melnik and Dr. Lee Harris
    Fall in love with program evaluation and discover ways to spice up program impact through this interactive session.  Participants will be guided through a backward design process based on their program’s “love story” and walk away with practical evaluation strategies. All backgrounds and experiences welcome!
  • The Basics of Designing Accessible Programs
    Presenters: Sandra Hahn, Deanne M. Collins, EdD, and JP Williams
    Have you ever wondered how to make your arts programming more accessible for those who have hearing and/or visual challenges? Do you want to make your physical location more accessible? Presenters who have differing abilities will offer ideas on how art programs can be more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
  • Urban Folk
    Presenters: Benjamin Smith and Langston Wilkins, PhD
    Urban Folk will offer an in-depth examination of folklife in urban settings, with suggestions on how organizations can feature such traditions in their programmatic activities. This session will include commentary from Ben Smith, founder and director of Southern Word, a Nashville-based organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Spoken Word poetry
  • Tax Reform and Your Nonprofit: Ask a CPA
    Presenter: Lisa Mays Millman, CPA
    How might the new tax law changes affect your organization? Get an overview of the key provisions that could affect nonprofits and bring your questions for an experienced CPA whose practice specializes in working with nonprofits, including tax compliance, grant compliance, bookkeeping, organizational structure, strategic planning and fraud detection and prevention.
  • Experience an Arts Integrated Learning Unit, Part II
    Part I of this session will occur on June 20th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Attendance for both Part I and Part II is encouraged but not required. 
    Presenter: Dr. Janice Crews
    In this session, participants will dissect a multi-lesson learning unit that mutually satisfies curriculum standards in the areas of visual art, music, literature, and social studies by using the fundamentals of arts integration. This session is geared towards K-12 educators and administrators, but all are welcome.
  • Improv for Everyone
    This session repeats on June 20th from 8:30-9:30 a.m., from 3:50-4:50 p.m., and on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Talon Beeson
    This workshop is designed to remind attendees that we all use basic improv skills in our everyday lives. Using techniques from Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone, participants will play in the world of “following the follower” to become more nimble in conversation, business dealings and personal interaction. This is an “on your feet” workshop, allowing the attendees to work and play in the moment, without restraint.
  • Drawing Mandalas: Math Meets Art
    Presenter: Bailey Earith
    In this arts integration lesson demonstration, learn to create beautiful complex designs with this easy step-by-step process. Reinforces ruler skills, compass skills, and graphing. This is a fun and effective lesson.
  • How to Build Creative Placemaking Momentum, Excitement, and Engagement by Using Small-Scale Experiments to Test Ideas

    Presenters: Tamara Gatchell and Tabitha Kapic
    In 2016, Thrive Regional Partnership introduced Thriving Communities, a unique community development program that helps cities and towns to create art and cultural asset-based strategies to spark vibrancy and growth. This session will showcase how Design Thinking methods can empower communities to broaden their perspective about what is possible and then rapidly test ideas to build momentum, excitement and engagement. Through a quick Design Thinking exercise, participants will experience rapid experimentation techniques that allow for simple, efficient and affordable exploration of ideas that can be applied in their own creative placemaking work.
  • Unpacking the New Tennessee Fine Arts Standards
    Presenters: Dr. Brad Foust and Amanda Galbraith
    In August 2018, all fine arts teachers in Tennessee will begin teaching with new academic standards in music, visual arts, dance, theatre, and media arts. Join Dr. Brad Foust and Amanda Galbraith, two members of the Tennessee Fine Arts Standards Writing and Review Committee, to learn more about the standards. Participants will engage in hands-on activities that show how the standards promote the construction of learning and understanding in arts classrooms and how the new standards will inform the work of teaching artists across the state.
  • Taxes for Individual Artists
    Presenters: The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville
    Description coming soon.
  • Expanding and Contracting Your Story for TV, Social Media, and Real Life: the PSA, the Pitch, the Episode, the Series

    Presenter: Trish Crist
    Many nonprofits struggle with the amount of information to share based on the setting. Some know this is a problem—-some don’t. An Executive Director recently told me that she can never decide how much detail to get into about her organization, joking, “Is it the business card or the Annual Report?” My answer: Neither. Join us for this interactive session and explore expanding or contracting your organization’s story to fit everything from a 30-second PSA to a 30-minute TV series…and everything from a 30-second encounter to a 30-minute conversation, even if a TV camera isn’t involved

3:50-4:50 p.m.
Arts Experiences
Learn new arts skills and knowledge and complete a finished artwork.

  • Improv for Everyone
    This session repeats on June 20th from 8:30-9:30, 2:40-3:40 p.m., and on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Talon Beeson
    This workshop is designed to remind attendees that we all use basic improv skills in our everyday lives. Using techniques from Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone, participants will play in the world of “following the follower” to become more nimble in conversation, business dealings and personal interaction. This is an “on your feet” workshop, allowing the attendees to work and play in the moment, without restraint.
  • Virtual Reality Art
    This session repeats on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Scott Raymond
    Have you ever wanted to walk through a painting? This will be an introduction to virtual reality painting with Tilt Brush on the Oculus Rift VR system. Participants will have a chance to paint in the virtual volume and experience this emerging medium.
  • Foam Sculpture: Make a Critter
    Presenter: Bailey Earith
    Learn to create a critter out of foam. This easy technique generates impressive results. Can be used for science or English class.
  • Let’s Throw Down: Wheel Throwing Techniques
    Presenter: Lindsey Bassett
    Local potter Lindsey Bassett will demonstrate basic wheel throwing techniques, sharing tips and tools to fellow artists and newcomers alike. She will also demonstrate more advanced surface design techniques that can be achieved straight off the wheel.
  • Traditional Tennessee Square Dance
    Presenters: Louis Frazor and Daniel Rothwell
    Join Louis Frazor and Daniel Rothwell for a traditional Middle Tennessee-style square dance. Frazor, a square dance caller for over forty-two years, has recently taken Rothwell on as an apprentice as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The two will lead participants through several basic square dance sets, with the lively accompaniment of old-time string-band music. Come revisit and experience what was once one of the most popular social pastimes across the South.
  • The Art of Letterpress
    This session repeats on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Jana Gilbert
    In this session, participants will learn the basics of the art of letterpress. Using the Gold Smith wooden type collection at APSU, each individual will be able to ink and pull their very own print to take with them. Participants should leave with a basic understanding of how type is set, and how prints are made.
  • Intro to Jazz Dance
    Presenter: Megan Cundiff
    An introduction into different styles of jazz dance including theatrical jazz, contemporary jazz, street jazz, Fosse style and jazz technique.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words (Give or Take a Few)
    Presenter: Stephanie McCarley Dugger
    The reader is necessary for a poem to matter; without bringing our own experience to a text, we miss it’s potential. The same can be said for art. In this session, we will consider a work of art then respond to it by writing a poem that reflects how our own unique experiences influence our interpretation of the work.
  • Imagination in Pieces
    This session repeats on June 21st from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Wayne Brezinka
    “Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” – John O’Donahue. Nashville-based artist Wayne Brezinka will be leading a unique exercise in mixed media. Join us as we investigate the physical qualities of art through objects both common and unexpected. Come with a willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing.

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Conference Reception at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
Join the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council for an evening of hors-d’oeuvres, drinks, and music by the APSU Jazz Combo. The reception takes place at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center located at 200 South 2nd Street in Clarksville. Shuttles available from APSU campus to the reception. Dinner will be on your own following the reception.


Thursday, June 21st

8:00-8:50 a.m.
Birds of a Feather Breakfast 


Peer-to-Peer loosely facilitated conversations. Join your peer group to discuss topics relevant to your work in arts management and education. Peer groups include: Executive Directors, Board Members, Teachers, Teaching Artists, Folklife, Development Directors, Local Arts Agencies, Individual Artists, Emerging Leaders, Marketing/Communications Directors, University Schools of Art, and more. More information about specific peer groups will be provided at the conference.

9:00-10:45 a.m.
MindBenders Plenary Presentation: Dan Goods, Visual Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
During the day Dan Goods runs The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team developing creative ways of communicating and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. After hours he works on creative projects around the world. Currently, he is collaborating with others on new public art pieces in San Diego and San Francisco and is developing the “Museum of Awe” with David Delgado and Ivan Amato. An experience of art, science, theater and surprise. A gifted speaker, Dan uses humor and an unpretentious and approachable style to share his unusual journey, giving insight into multidisciplinary collaborations, creativity, passion and what it means to be human.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Digging Deeper with Design Thinking: Part II
Presenters: Dan Goods, Tamara Gatchell, and Tabitha Kapic
Led by Design Thinking experts, all conference participants will explore real-world application of the Design Thinking process with their colleagues during Part II. This session will be preceded by Part I on June 20th where participants will attend introductory training in Design Thinking.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Teaching Artist Showcase & Lunch
Learn about the work of professional teaching artists from throughout Tennessee while you enjoy lunch in the University Center Ballroom.

1:15-2:15 p.m. – REPEAT Design Thinking Sessions
Sparkplug-inspired sessions with a Design Thinking emphasis. These Design Thinking Sessions are repeated on Wednesday, June 20th from 9:45-10:45 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Building Your Creative Resume
    Presenter: R.L. Gibson
    Is your creative resume getting you where you want to go? How do you choose which shows to pursue? Are online galleries worth your time? As a working artist, R.L. Gibson (Rachel) offers two decades of experience as a juror, gallerist & arts administrator in addition to her current position as the Editor of Art&ArtDeadlines.com. Join us to learn how to choose a strategy & build the resume you need to get where you want to go. This 45-minute seminar will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • More than Traditional Arts & Crafts:  How to Design Creative Arts Programs to Engage Seniors in Lifelong Learning and Healthy Outcomes
    Presenters: Anita Atchley, Sonya Maize-Abrams, Sarah Martin McConnell, and Jennifer Roberts
    With the U.S. and State of Tennessee experiencing a surge of growth in its older population, seniors are looking for creative ways to stay connected, active, and engaged for a lifetime through the arts. This workshop will explore the success stories and lessons learned from creative aging staff who have implemented innovative programs for seniors.
  • Linear vs. Non-Linear Thinking or How to Tell your Story so that People Notice
    Presenter: Leslie Haines
    You may have an amazing product but if you can’t connect with your audience in a memorable way, your message can easily get passed over. Learn how to improve your conceptual thinking skills, overcome creative roadblocks, and hone in on messaging that matters. Through the use of visual examples and engaging exercises, this session will teach you how to make the most of the creative process. You’ll leave inspired with helpful techniques that you can apply to your next marketing challenge.
  • Reaching Your Community: Fieldwork Methods for Arts and Culture Organizations
    Presenters: Liza Blair, Jeff Kollath, and Dr. Bradley Hanson
    Cultural fieldwork—spending time with, observing, interviewing and documenting members of your organization’s immediate community—is a valuable and uniquely effective method for developing authentic engagement, empathy, and programming. This panel will present strategies and skills from two arts and culture organizations—Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Creative Discovery Museum—that have recently made community-based fieldwork part of their strategic design.
  • Creative Solutions in Arts Management

    Presenter: Dr. Janice Crews
    This course examines the creative solutions of successful arts administrators while exploring fundamentals such as arts advocacy, programming, marketing, audience development, advancement, and financial management. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in arts management and analyze varying business models. Geared towards arts administrators working in organizations with public arts programs and/or arts education programs.
  • Partnering for Invested $uccess!

    Presenters: Bridgett Massengill and Kathleen Nolte
    Is funding holding you back from starting an arts movement in your town? Are you a small community with limited resources? Learn about a collaborative approach between a regionally sized nonprofit and a philanthropic foundation that partnered together around common goals to fund the beginnings of an arts and culture movement in eight small-sized cities and towns across a 16-county region. Learn how seed funding was used to catalyze additional funders to step forward in rural towns.
  • Train the Trainer. Think Like a Designer: A Session for Educators
    Presenter: Mary Kim
    During this one-hour workshop, participants will be guided by a Design Thinking expert to learn how to facilitate a creative Design Thinking session, Redesign the Backpack, for students. The session aims to equip the participants with the design thinking methodology in a short-duration of time while encouraging creative confidence and skills for defining insights, brainstorming, and prototyping for students.
  • Visual Arts in Elementary Music
    Presenter: Dr. Eric Branscome
    In this session, participants will engage in arts-based music lessons that teach, reinforce and assess elementary music concepts and skills through art activities and projects. Participants will be provided with sample lessons and templates for various activities.
  • Outcomes-Based Program Development
    Presenters: Shannon Ford and Laurie Melnik
    After the show is over, what results can you claim? How do those results square with what you sought to achieve in the first place? What change, big or small, is your program making in people’s lives? Explore how starting with where you want to end up in program planning can improve the journey to getting there. This session will explore methods and resources for outcomes based program development.
  • Think Fast! Lesson Plans Pitched in 20×20 Format 
    Presenters: TBD, Meredith Callis (facilitator)
    In these fast-paced presentations, you will hear lesson plan ideas pitched by arts educators in the Pecha Kucha format – 20 slides, with 20 seconds per slide. This fun challenge provides a wonderful opportunity for those in attendance to learn a wide range of content in a short amount of time!

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Sparkplug Sessions & Arts Experiences
Learn practical skills and tools needed for daily work in arts management and education or participate in select arts experiences to close out your conference experience.

  • Applying for and Managing Grants with the Tennessee Arts Commission

    Presenter: Lee Baird
    In this informal session, we will discuss the process of applying for TNARTS grants including navigating the online grant system as well as what makes a successful application. Topics will include budgets, outcomes, and evaluation. It will also be an opportunity for current and future grantees to ask any questions they might have regarding the Commission’s activities, processes and programs
  • MAAP: What in the World is It and Why Do I Need to Know?
    Presenters: Krishna Adams and Brenda Stein

    Discover the engaging ways TN Arts is promoting and encouraging mentorship in craft traditions and how to get involved. The Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. The mission of this collaboration is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of craft in Tennessee by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage.
  • Navigating Tennessee’s New Music Standards
    Presenter: Dr. Eric Branscome
    This session will compare and contrast the current music standards with the new standards set to take place in the 2018 academic year. The session will include key concepts, new vocabulary, and tools for communicating the new strategies to campus-level administrators.
  • Artist Building, not Blocked
    Presenter: R.L. Gibson
    Can’t produce because you’re stuck in a cycle of procrastination? Deadlines looming?  How do you break out of your creative rut? As a working artist, R.L. Gibson (Rachel) offers two decades of experience as a juror, gallerist & arts administrator in addition to her current position as the Editor of artandartdeadlines.com. Join us to learn 10 tips and techniques for clearing the fog and finding focus with projects that inspire without pressure. This 45-minute seminar will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Improv for Everyone
    This session repeats on June 20th from 8:30-9:30 a.m., 2:40-3:40 p.m., and 3:50-4:50 p.m.
    Presenter: Talon Beeson
    This workshop is designed to remind attendees that we all use basic improv skills in our everyday lives. Using techniques from Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone, participants will play in the world of “following the follower” to become more nimble in conversation, business dealings and personal interaction. This is an “on your feet” workshop, allowing the attendees to work and play in the moment, without restraint.
  • Virtual Reality Art
    This session repeats on June 20th from 3:50-4:50 p.m.
    Presenter: Scott Raymond
    Have you ever wanted to walk through a painting? This will be an introduction to virtual reality painting with Tilt Brush on the Oculus Rift VR system. Participants will have a chance to paint in the virtual volume and experience this emerging medium.
  • The Art of Letterpress
    This session repeats on June 20th from 3:50-4:50 p.m.
    Presenter: Jana Gilbert
    In this session, participants will learn the basics of the art of letterpress. Using the Gold Smith wooden type collection at APSU, each individual will be able to ink and pull their very own print to take with them. Participants should leave with a basic understanding of how type is set, and how prints are made.
  • Imagination in Pieces
    Presenter: Wayne Brezinka|
    “Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.” – John O’Donahue – Nashville-based artist Wayne Brezinka will be leading a unique exercise in mixed media. Join us as we investigate the physical qualities of art through objects both common and unexpected. Come with a willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing.
  • Close Out Grant Paperwork
    Presenters: Hal Partlow, Vickie McPherson, and TN Arts Commission Staff
    This session is for conference attendees who were awarded Special Opportunities Grants to participate in the conference and need assistance closing out their grants.

3:45-4:15 p.m. 


End Remarks, Door Prizes and Closing Performance
Join all conference attendees for a drawing for door prizes and a special closing performance. You must be present to participate in the drawing for door prizes.

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