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Conference Keynotes

Introducing our Keynotes

Both the Arts Education: Leading the Way, and the Maine International Conference for the Arts will feature keynote addresses by internationally recognized arts leaders, such as Lynn Tuttle, Doug Borwick, Peter Watson and Mike Daisey. Our conference speakers will also provide workshop sessions that will build upon the themes introduced to the larger audience.


Lynn Tuttle

Lynn Tuttle is Director of Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education. Her duties include acting as a liaison to the state’s arts educators; providing professional development in arts education, Arizona’s Academic Arts Standards and arts assessment; and promoting quality arts education programs in Arizona’s schools. She has keynoted for the Kennedy Center’s 2013 Partners in Education conference and has presented for Americans for the Arts, Arts Education Partnership, the Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network, the National Art Education Association, the National Dance Education Organization, the National Association for Music Education, and the State Arts Advocacy Network. Lynn serves as President for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and is one of the leaders of the revision of the National Voluntary Arts Education Standards. Lynn holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (valedictorian), the Johns Hopkins University and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Doug Borwick

Doug Borwick is author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S. He served as President of the Board of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, an international organization of higher education programs in the field, from 2010-2012. For three decades he was Director of the Arts Management and Not-for-Profit Management Programs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Borwick is CEO of Outfitters4, Inc., providing management services for nonprofits and of ArtsEngaged, offering training and consultation services to artists and arts organizations seeking to more effectively engage with their communities. Dr. Borwick holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from the Eastman School of Music and is an award-winning member of ASCAP.

In the fall of 2012 he presented workshops advocating for and providing training in community engagement in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin. In January he served as keynote speaker and workshop presenter for Ontario Dances in Toronto and the Texas Commission on the Arts biennial conference in Austin. Later this spring he will be a featured speaker in Cincinnati; Dayton; Detroit; Madison, WI; New Orleans; and Washington, DC.


Peter Watson

Peter Watson directs the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (, a federally-funded project housed at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. He has extensive leadership, research and policy experience and has provided consultation and technical assistance to child welfare executives, managers and staff in states and counties across the country. Much of his work focuses on helping child welfare agencies develop and implement continuous quality improvement systems to advance practice and outcomes for children and families. A key part of this work in recent years has been helping the child welfare field understand and operationalize “Adaptive Leadership” techniques.

He will draw on this work and experience to introduce MICA attendees to some key Adaptive Leadership concepts and then offer ideas about how attendees can mobilize people and organizations more effectively to support and build the arts in their communities.

Peter has a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by The New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections. His controversial work, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, was recognized as one of the year's best theater pieces by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, and The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

As a playwright, his transcript of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week it was made available. Under a revolutionary open license it has seen more than forty productions around the world and been translated into six languages. The first Chinese production opened last year in Beijing, and will tour to Hong Kong and Shenzhen this year.

Since his first monologue in 1997, Daisey has created over fifteen monologues, including the critically-acclaimed The Last Cargo Cult, the controversial How Theater Failed America, the twenty-four-hour feat All the Hours in the Day, the unrepeatable series All Stories Are Fiction, the four-part epic Great Men of Genius, and the international sensation 21 Dog Years. Other titles include If You See Something Say Something, Barring the Unforeseen, Invincible Summer, Monopoly!, Tongues Will Wag, I Miss the Cold War, and Teaching in India.

He has performed in venues on five continents, ranging from Off-Broadway at the Public Theater to remote islands in the South Pacific, from the Sydney Opera House to an abandoned theater in post-Communist Tajikistan. He's been a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, the Late Show with David Letterman, a longtime host and storyteller for The Moth, as well as a commentator and contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's Magazine, The Daily Beast, WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR and the BBC. In a brief, meteoric career with This American Life, his two shows are the most listened to and downloaded episodes of that program's eighteen year history. He is currently at work on his second book, an anthology of his monologues, and he stars in the Lawrence Krauser feature Horrible Child. He has been nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award, two Drama League Awards, and is the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, five Seattle Times Footlight Awards, the Sloan Foundation's Galileo Prize, and a MacDowell Fellowship.

For more information please contact the Media Arts and Performing Arts Director at the Maine Arts Commission. Kerstin Gilg, 207/ 287-6719 -