Search Maine.gov :
 
Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions

 

The first day of the Maine International Conference on the Arts will offer The Arts Educators: Leading the Way conference.


Conference workshops will include student-centered approaches to assessment, customizing arts education, literacy, utilizing technology for assessment, authentic assessments, proficiency-based curriculum, students creating assessments, performance portfolio development and much more!

For a PDF of the Workshop Schedule: Click Here


 

Visual Art in a Hyper-visual Culture


Amanda Christie
Director
Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, Canada

George Kinghorn
Director & Curator
University of Maine Museum of Art

Peter Precourt
Associate Professor of Art
University of Maine

Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Room 1


Workshop Details
Some of the best contemporary curators from Maine and New Brunswick will discuss critical issues affecting artists and the industry. This is an opportunity for artists to ask questions and get the answers they need in order to be successful. This is also a perfect session for members of organizations who are developing visual arts projects and programs in the near future.

Presenter Bios

Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental film, video installation, contemporary dance, photography, and electroacoustic sound design. Since 1997, Amanda has been actively serving on various boards of artist run centres, teaching workshops, publishing articles, and serving on juries across Canada. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, before moving to Amsterdam. After living in the Netherlands for a year, she moved back to Canada to work at the Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery. She currently works as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom in Moncton, while continuing to maintain and develop her own active art practice.


Over the past fourteen years she has served on the boards of directors of several artist run centres including: Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax), Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver), the Independent Media Arts Alliance (Canada), and the Filmhuis Cavea (Amsterdam). She currently sits on the City of Moncton’s Cultural Council and the board of directors of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.


As an artist, her experimental films have screened internationally across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, including festivals in Cannes, Rotterdam, the Czech Republic, Germany, SanFrancisco, Toronto, Korea, and beyond. Her films are distributed by the CFMDC in Canada, the Dutchfilmbank in Amseterdam, and Lightcone in Paris. Her performance practice explores the relationship between the human body and the analogue machine through physical improvisation with film projectors and radio, while her gallery installation practice explores the role of analogue technology in relationship to history, memory, identity, and physical sensation.



George Kinghorn is the Director & Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), a position he has held since 2008. Under his leadership UMMA has experienced a 297% increase in visitation since 2007, has created a five-year strategic plan, added significant works to the permanent collection and increased educational offerings and public programs. Prior to UMMA, Kinghorn spent nine years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and served in several positions including Deputy Director & Chief Curator and Director. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in visual arts from Michigan State University.

He has organized over 100 modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Highlights of his curatorial projects include: Second Skins: Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos by Nick Cave; Intuition and Response: Masterworks from the Edward R. Broida Collection; Sheltering Eye: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Photography Collection; Activating Space: Sculpture as Environment; Contemporary Currents: Selections from the Bank of America Collection and Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard.

Kinghorn has served as a visual art grant panelist for the Maine Arts Commission Percent for Arts and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. He has presented at numerous regional and national professional conferences including the College Art Association, National Association of Youth Museums, Southeastern Museum Conference, Florida Art Education Association, and the Florida Association of Museums. Kinghorn recently served on the USA General Services Administration (GSA) Art and Architecture panel. He currently serves as the President of the Downtown Bangor Partnership and is a Cultural Commissioner for the City of Bangor, Commission on Cultural Development.

Peter Precourt is an Associate Professor of Art and 2013 Trustee Professor at the University of Maine at Augusta. He has prior university teaching experience at William Carey University in Gulfport, MS, the University of Houston in Houston, TX, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School in Houston TX. He also served as an education associate, curator and the initial teen council coordinator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Professionally, Professor Precourt has an extensive body of work focused primarily in painting, drawing and most recently, the graphic novel. He works out of his storefront studio, art:works on Main, which is also a part time exhibition space for local, regional and national artists. It is the mission of art:works on Main to create a space and place where artists and community can creatively collaborate in a meaningful and tangible way. He has exhibited his work nationally including exhibitions in Portland and Augusta, Maine, New York, New York, New Orleans, Louisiana and Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Performing in and out of Rural Venues



Jean Surette
Executive Director
Music/Musique NB

Lauren Wayne
General Manager
State Theatre


Tim Yerxa
Executive Director
Fredericton Playhouse (NB)

Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Room 2


Workshop Details
Industry leaders in the performing arts will discuss the issues facing their sector and offer essential information to any performing artist interested in getting hired and growing their audience. Artists interested in working in Maine or further afield will learn how to become connected and how to capitalize on the opportunities that are currently available to them.

Presenter Bios
Jean Surette is Executive Director of Music/Musique NB, a provincial music industry association that provides a support network for musicians, managers, and businesses province of New Brunswick. He has a degree in musical performance from l'Université de Moncton and sits on the board of directors for L’Alliance nationale de l’industrie musicale (ANIM), the Canadian Counsil of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and is on the National Advisory Board for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR). He has played on over 25 recordings, penned the music to 8 plays for theatre, has toured Eastern Canada, Ontario, Québec as well as France and is one of the founding members of the Jazz-Rock group les Païens.

Lauren Wayne is the general manager, talent buyer and marketing director for the State Theatre and State Theatre Presents in Portland, Maine. She oversaw the recent renovation of the historic State Theatre and, with the help of the best staff in the business, has steered the venue into becoming one of the most active music venues in New England. The State Theatre presents over 100 concerts throughout the year in Portland as well as throughout Maine, including the successful Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Festival with Mumford & Sons in August 2012. In May 2013, the State Theater announced its acquisition of Port City Music Hall; this venue, in the heart of Portland’s arts district, is beautifully appointed and has a 529 seat capacity; Lauren and her team plan on hosting over 120 shows there annually.

Tim Yerxa is responsible for the overall operation and development of Fredericton’s premiere performance venue where he oversees an annual multidisciplinary presentation series of 40 performances as well as an extensive education and outreach program. He has produced several projects for the Playhouse, including a world premiere production of The Bricklin by Allen Cole and Paul Ledoux, which he commissioned in 2009. Under his leadership, the 709-seat venue was named Organization of the Year (2003, 2010) by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award – Community Impact winner (2008), and Venue of the Year (2006, 2007, & 2009) by the East Coast Music Association. He was the first recipient of the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts’ Caisses populaires acadiennes Arts and Cultural Managememt Award in 2009.

He has volunteered with a number of organizations including serving as chairman of Fredericton’s prestigious Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival from 1997 until 2000 and the 2008 East Coast Music Awards and Conference. A past president of the Canadian Arts Presenters Association (CAPACOA), Yerxa currently serves as President of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA).

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Arts Advocacy is Good for Business


Donna S. Collins
Executive Director
Ohio Citizens for the Art & Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Jeffrey A. Rich
Senior Partner, CEO
Rich & Gillis Law Group, LLC

Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Room 3


Workshop Details
This session will show you ways to actively engage with elected officials to ensure ongoing support for the arts.

Presenter Bio
Donna Collins currently serves as executive director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts (OCA) and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE). As a leader in the advocacy and arts education fields, Donna has had the opportunity to work extensively with national, statewide, and local organizations. In 2004, 2010, and again in 2013, Donna was elected to the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network’s (KCAAEN) National Leadership Committee, and in 2010 served as chair of the Writing Team for the KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit. Donna's national work also includes engagement with Americans for the Arts, for whom she serves as past chair of the Arts Education Council and the State Arts Action Network (SAAN). She was elected in 2013 to serve on the SAAN Council for a term of three years.

Through Donna’s leadership OCA and OAAE maintain strong relationships with Ohio’s statewide agencies and professional organizations to support the arts and arts education, including the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Music Education Association, VSA Ohio, Ohio Educational Theater Association, and OhioDance, and more than 8,500 members between the two organizations. Collins fosters a diverse community of arts advocates, educators, artists, and professional organizations which cultivate local, statewide, and national initiatives and actions that directly impact children, families, and communities in and through the arts.

Jeffrey Rich has provided significant philanthropic and community leadership in Ohio and Arizona. He is the former chairman and CEO of Ballet Met Columbus and winner of their Distinguished Service Award. Jeffrey was president of the Columbus Metropolitan Club; past chairman of the Parent's Fund Drive of the Columbus Academy; former vice-chairman of Ballet Arizona; and past chairman of the State Parking Commission, to which he was appointed by the Governor. Jeffrey is a past president and current executive committee member of "I Know I Can;" Immediate past president of the Ohio Citizens for the Arts and the Foundation's Board; a member of the Boards of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts and the Arizona Action for the Arts; co-chair of The Gammage 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign at Arizona State University; treasurer of the Dublin Good Schools Committee, and by appointment of the Governor is the chairman of The Ohio Arts Council.

Jeffrey's practice focuses on tax litigation at the federal, state, local and county level, including all types of tax audits. He has a significant appellate practice before Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court. He also represents dozens of school districts, counties, individuals and businesses in real estate matters, including real estate taxation, zoning and land use, eminent domain, annexation, tax abatements and exemptions, real estate sales and purchases. He is also involved in assisting entertainers with managing and developing their careers. This includes all aspects of music industry, television and movies. Jeffrey has served as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and is Of-Counsel to the Rose Law Group in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Creative Placemaking


Margaret Bodell
CVO
CreateHereNow

Rod Frantz
Director
CreateHereNow

Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Room 4



Workshop Details
Creative placemaking drives community vibrancy through cooperative partnerships among municipalities, artists, entrepreneurs and property owners. This session will look at successful models of creative placemaking, and offer strategies for projects both large and small.

Presenter Bios
Margaret Bodell is a recognized national consultant and gallerist specializing in Placemaking and Creative Economy initiatives. She is known in the Northeast region for initiating and managing Project Storefronts for the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, which won National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant and the first Creative Economy award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Project Storefronts, now going into its fourth year, continues to be used as a model for strategic partnerships between entrepreneurs and municipalities.

Currently she is the CVO of CreateHereNow, a statewide space reuse program mentoring community leadership and space reactivation in multiple locations around State of Connecticut. CreateHereNow was awarded the only Statewide grant from the ArtPlace Foundation.

Margaret’s background includes pioneering work in the field of inclusion in the arts for persons with diversities in the development of studios, galleries and creative social venture businesses nationwide. She founded several programs on the East coast including Pure Vision Arts NYC, LAND gallery in Brooklyn, GROW arts in Chicago and Uarts, Connecticut’s access program partially funded by an NEA grant.

Bodell is co-owner of Umbrella arts in NYC, and collaborates with organizations and institutions on large-scale exhibitions and intimate viewings of new talent that highlights important cultural contributors worldwide.

Rod Frantz is currently the Director of the statewide creative placemaking initiative, CreateHereNow, which he conceived with his work partner, Margaret Bodell, and for which they secured grant funding from ArtPlace America in June 2013.

While consulting in Stamford, CT on the Reinventing Stamford: Redefining the Recession project, Rod conceived the program that became the City Canvas Initiative in Connecticut, a statewide project that generated twenty- three major, public artworks by one hundred, Connecticut artists in seven Connecticut cities.

For five years Rod served as President of the Richard Florida Creativity Group. He toured nationally and internationally with Florida and was instrumental in launching the ongoing dialogue on creativity as an economic driver.

Collaborating with Florida, he developed the Creative Cities Leadership Project and delivered training seminars in creative leadership in major urban centers across the country.

He served as Assistant Director responsible for Marketing, Public Relations and Outreach, on the largest riverfront regeneration and visioning plan in the country, the Riverlife Task Force in Pittsburgh, PA, chaired by Teresa Heinz and Paul O’Neill.

He served as Executive Assistant to Allegheny County Commissioner Bob Cranmer.

Rod was the lead singer/lyricist for the groundbreaking New Wave band, Urban Verbs on Warner Brothers Records, and with his band mates co-founded the world-famous 930 Club in Washington, DC.

While living in Pittsburgh, PA in the late '90s and early '00s he served on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Museum, First Night Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Young Professionals. His entrepreneurial drive and skills have ignited multiple startups.

Rod is a lifelong entrepreneur who loves transformative ideas, art and beauty.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Mainstreaming Engagement


Doug Borwick
CEO/ArtsEngaged
Author: Building Communities, Not Audiences; Engaging Matters blog on ArtsJournal.com

Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 5





Workshop Details
This is a hands-on workshop with keynote Doug Borwick. This workshop will consider what community engagement is (including how it differs from traditional marketing and audience engagement), how organizational functions can be re-imagined with a community engagement perspective, and present examples of deep engagement in the work of arts organizations. The most significant element of the session will be a dialogue among attendees about how an engagement focus might be implemented in each division of their organization.

Presenter Bio
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 the 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.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Fabrication Lab as a Creative Tool


Sean George
Fab Lab Technician
University of Maine

Owen Smith
Professor of New Media
University of Maine

Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Fab Lab



Workshop Details
Many new kinds of technology tools are available to artists, such as 3D printing and computing navigated cutting. Fabrication labs have become a means of accessing these tools and serve as creative incubators and prototyping centers. This session will provide an overview the kinds of technology these centers have available. Visual artists, performers, arts organizations and community groups will better understand how these facilities are transforming the way people think about ‘production’ and how such facilities can be used for their individual endeavors.

Presenter Bios
Sean George is the fabrication lab technician in charge of researching and developing systems to creatively utilize 3D software, 3D mechanical CNC technology, and the processes that utilize these systems for the MeFAb Fabrication studios in the New I.M.R.C. Center at Umaine. Sean is also a third year graduate student of the Intermedia MFA program. In his personal work he studies the use of large format abstract photography to record the symbology of urban cultural landscapes, and is also researching how art can be used to re-elicit social empathy in a world of people that are rapidly becoming individualized and separated because of technology and institutionalization.

Owen Smith is a Professor of New Media, the director of the Intermedia MFA program, as well as the director of the Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center at the University of Maine. Owen has spent the last five years researching and developing the technical labs at the IMRC Center and has a wide ranging knowledge of various prototyping systems, 3D printing, CNC production, video and audio production and advanced digital printing. He has taught art, new media and intermedia courses at UMaine since 1991. In his own research and creative production he specializes in the use of commercial production techniques and technologies for the creation of artists’ editions, multiples and books.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Strategic Thinking for Sustainable Success


Linda Nelson
Founding Executive Director
Stonington Opera House

Matt Murphy
General Manager
WERU-FM Community Radio

Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 1



Workshop Details
You don’t need a formal strategy for your business or creative practice, but you do need one if you want to be successful. Having a strategy allows for better realized opportunities and stronger recognition of effective practices. This workshop will provide proven methods of organizing your time and efforts so you can get the most out of what you do.

Presenter Bios
For the past thirteen years Matt Murphy has been privileged to be the general manager of WERU-FM Community Radio (89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor and online at www.weru.org), a 12,000-watt non-commercial radio station broadcasting diverse music and information programming across parts of Midcoast, Downeast and the Bangor Region of Maine, and online around the world. Beginning in 1993 Murphy served at different times as a general purpose behind the scenes volunteer, underwriting manager and member of the board of directors. In addition to serving as WERU’s general manager he is also the host of a program on WERU, called the “Wicked Good Music Hour,” that features Maine music and live performances by local musicians. Prior to joining the staff of WERU Murphy worked in the boat building industry and educational support services for low-income middle school and high school students through the University of Maine System. He moved to Maine from Massachusetts in 1985 to attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He is also a member of the board of directors of the New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill. He and his wife reside in Penobscot.

Linda Nelson has more than 20 years of experience in the media industry as a reporter, writer, editor, and new media pioneer and designer; and in the technology industry as a chief information officer and CEO. She was most recently the producer of Tire Tracks, Opera House Arts’ first acclaimed video documentary of working life in Downeast Maine.

Prior to relocating to Stonington year-round, Linda worked for 13 years for the Village Voice newspaper / Stern Publishing enterprises, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed alternative newsweekly. While there she was responsible for the startup of the Village Voice’s new media business division. From 2001-2003 she was the News Editor for the Island Ad-Vantages newspaper, based in Stonington, for which she also designed the corporate website. Her business experience as a CEO includes: strategic planning; facilities management; budgeting; organizational development; and operational start-ups.

Linda, a Bowdoin College graduate, is a classically trained musician and former member of the American Federation of Musicians, and is also a freelance writer and book editor whose fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared in anthologies and periodicals.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

International Block Booking


Randal Fippinger
President
New England Presenters

Tim Yerxa
Executive Director
Fredericton Playhouse (NB)

Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 2


Workshop Details
Being able to share ideas, scheduling information, and details of emerging artists helps venue operators, festival managers and arts presenters give performers more opportunities; it also reduces touring costs. Through a partnership with the Atlantic Presenters Association, New England venues can access an online block booking system which will connect them with venues in Atlantic Canada, as well as allowing better communication with each other. This session will introduce this block booking system.

Presenter Bio
Randal Fippinger is a presenter of dance and theater at Williams College’s ’62 Center. Randal is also the President of New England Presenters. The award winning ’62 Center has three stages and presents over sixty-five student and professional productions each season. Prior to Williams College, Randal was the Executive Director of the José Limón Dance Foundation, where he is currently on its board of directors. Randal started his arts career as a professional stage manager, working for eight years Off-Broadway and at American Ballet Theatre. After stage managing, Randal worked for Goldman Sachs as a project manager building trading floors and managing disaster recovery in New York and Europe. Randal completed the Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellowship, transitioning to arts management. He currently sits on the boards of two small private foundations as well as a graduate of Wesleyan’s Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance.

Tim Yerxa is responsible for the overall operation and development of Fredericton’s premiere performance venue where he oversees an annual multidisciplinary presentation series of 40 performances as well as an extensive education and outreach program. He has produced several projects for the Playhouse, including a world premiere production of The Bricklin by Allen Cole and Paul Ledoux, which he commissioned in 2009. Under his leadership, the 709-seat venue was named Organization of the Year (2003, 2010) by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Award – Community Impact winner (2008), and Venue of the Year (2006, 2007, & 2009) by the East Coast Music Association. He was the first recipient of the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts’ Caisses populaires acadiennes Arts and Cultural Managememt Award in 2009.

He has volunteered with a number of organizations including serving as chairman of Fredericton’s prestigious Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival from 1997 until 2000 and the 2008 East Coast Music Awards and Conference. A past president of the Canadian Arts Presenters Association (CAPACOA), Yerxa currently serves as President of the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA).

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Creative Aging


Judith Metcalf
Director Maine Geriatric Education Center
University of New England

Susan Perlstein
Founder Emeritus
National Center for Creative Aging

Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 3





Workshop Details
Research has shown that older adults who engage actively in the arts and creative expression live healthier lives. As baby boomers approach retirement, developing creative aging programs could offer arts organizations new programming opportunities. This workshop will provide an overview of creative aging initiatives around the country and offer strategies for organizations wishing to engage this population.

Presenter Bios
Judith A. Metcalf, APRN, BC, M.S. began as the director of the UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center December 1, 2003. Judy has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Salem State College Salem, Mass., a Master's Degree from Boston University and a Post-Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certification in Primary Health Care Nursing from Simmons College.

She has practiced as a clinical nurse leader in neurology/neurosurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, Massachusetts, and as a clinical nurse specialist in neurology/neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to joining the University of New England she was on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire where she taught nursing students, both undergraduate adult health and graduate nurse practitioner students in the Adult Health Program. Judy's position as Director, UNE-MGEC is complemented by her involvement in the UNE Mature Care Practice, as a nurse practitioner, providing primary care to older adults in residential, assisted living, rehabilitation and long term care settings.

Susan Perlstein is the Founder Emeritus for the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, DC and the Founder of Elders Share the Arts in New York City. She is an educator, social worker, administrator and artist. She has served as a consultant for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Board of Education, and regularly presents on a national level for organizations, most recently for Generations United, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies, and the Society for the Arts and Healthcare. Ms. Perlstein has contributed significantly to the training and educational offerings of American Society on Aging. She received the Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in “Creativity and Aging” training. She served on the American Society on Aging Board of Directors. She has written extensively on creativity and late-life learning. Her articles appear in numerous professional journals, including Arts in the Public Interest and Gerontology and in the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today, The Older LEARNer and Dimensions. Ms. Perlstein is the author of co-author of several books: Alert and Alive, Generating Community: Intergenerational Programs through the Expressive Arts and Legacy Works: Transforming Memory into Visual Art. In spring 2006, she was guest editor of Generations Journal on “Arts and Aging.”

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Artist Health Insurance


Michael Gendreau
Director of Outreach, Education and Communications
Maine Community Health Options

Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 4





Workshop Details
Maine Community Health Options (MCHO) is a Lewiston-based organization that is the first nonprofit, consumer operated and oriented health plan that will provide health insurance to Maine people and businesses under the Affordable Care Act. Michael Gendreau will highlight the resources MCHO is building and will answer questions about the ways in which the Affordable Care Act impacts individuals and small business in the creative sector. Any artist, arts group or organization leader that has had to navigate insurance benefits will find this session very useful.

Presenter Bio
Michael P. Gendreau is a native of Madawaska, Maine. He is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of MCHO’s community and consumer outreach, education, marketing and communications. Prior to joining MCHO, Gendreau was the vice president of mission effectiveness at Mercy Hospital in Portland. Mike has 20 years of experience in nonprofit and healthcare sectors providing leadership, direction, and guidance. He has spent much of 2013 sharing information with different Maine populations, finding out about the needs of the state and keeping people informed about developments in the Affordable Care Act.

Workshop Expectations
Participants will gain a greater understanding of how the Affordable Care Act, and the newly created Health Insurance Marketplace, will impact them. They will learn what new options are available, how to access the marketplace and what tax credits, or cost sharing, they might be eligible to receive. They will receive materials to reference and lists of additional resources.

 

Creative Transformations


Leah Fox
Director of Public Programs
Currier Museum of Art

George Kinghorn
Director & Curator
University of Maine Museum of Art

Suzette McAvoy
Director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Independent Curator & Consultant, Suzette McAvoy: Curatorial Services

Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 1


Workshop Details
The character of the contemporary gallery is evolving. This session will have professional gallery operators talking about how galleries are adapting to remain relevant and vibrant within their communities.

Presenter Bio
Leah Fox has served as Director of Public Programs at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH since 2005. She works with a team of educators on programs for adults, families, and school students visiting the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. Leah also works closely with the curatorial staff to create engaging interpretation for the collections and special exhibitions. She approaches all aspects of the visitor experience with a focus on accessibility to welcome to all visitors and was a recipient of the 2013 NH Governor’s Award for Accessibility. Prior to the Currier, Leah worked on accessibility programs at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a B.A in Art History and Psychology from Clark University.

George Kinghorn is the Director & Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), a position he has held since 2008. Under his leadership UMMA has experienced a 297% increase in visitation since 2007, has created a five-year strategic plan, added significant works to the permanent collection and increased educational offerings and public programs. Prior to UMMA, Kinghorn spent nine years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and served in several positions including Deputy Director & Chief Curator and Director. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in visual arts from Michigan State University.

He has organized over 100 modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Highlights of his curatorial projects include: Second Skins: Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos by Nick Cave; Intuition and Response: Masterworks from the Edward R. Broida Collection; Sheltering Eye: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Photography Collection; Activating Space: Sculpture as Environment; Contemporary Currents: Selections from the Bank of America Collection and Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard.

Kinghorn has served as a visual art grant panelist for the Maine Arts Commission Percent for Arts and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs. He has presented at numerous regional and national professional conferences including the College Art Association, National Association of Youth Museums, Southeastern Museum Conference, Florida Art Education Association, and the Florida Association of Museums. Kinghorn recently served on the USA General Services Administration (GSA) Art and Architecture panel. He currently serves as the President of the Downtown Bangor Partnership and is a Cultural Commissioner for the City of Bangor, Commission on Cultural Development.

Suzette McAvoy serves as executive director and curator of the Center for Contemporary Art, providing overall leadership in administration, management, development, programming, and works closely with board of trustees on all fundraising efforts; responsible for fiscal oversight, exhibitions, education programs, audience development, marketing, and visibility since September 2010. McAvoy is also an independent curator and consultant offering professional curatorial services to artists, galleries, private collectors, and museums. Services range from organizing exhibitions for travel, writing on exhibitions and artwork, consulting on installing or purchasing works for private collections, serving as guest curator for museum exhibitions, assisting individual artists with marketing their work, and preparing catalogues for publication.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Building Events: From First Fridays to Folk Festivals


Paul Benjamin
Co/Founder
North Atlantic Blues Festival

Paul Henderson
Creative Director
SappyFest

Kara Larson
Founder & principal
Arts Knowledge, llc

Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 2


Workshop Details
Sometimes it seems like everyone wants a signature arts event for their community, but there is a lot involved in building a successful event. For this session, successful festival operators and community organizers will discuss ways events can be undertaken, and the things a community needs before they get invested. This session is perfect for artists, community organizations and municipal developers.

Presenter Bios
Paul Benjamin began promoting blues shows as a hobby in 1978 and has been fortunate enough to turn that passion into a full time occupation. He is the cofounder of the award winning North Atlantic Blues Festival, which is now in its 18th year. Paul is the owner of Benjamin Productions and North Atlantic Blues Records. He currently produces blues music shows throughout Maine, offers consulting services to festivals nationwide, and manages national touring blues artist Kenny Neal. Paul has been recognized many times for his exceptional work and dedication to the music industry: he was awarded Mississippi Trail Marker for his 32 years of work showcasing Mississippi born artists in Maine; he is one of eight such markers located outside of Mississippi. He was the first person elected president of the board of directors of the Blues Foundation that did not reside in Memphis, TN. He was music director of the 25th and 26th Blues Music Awards show in Memphis and was awarded Chamber Person of the year in 2003 by the Rockland/Thomaston Area Chamber Of Commerce. He has also been a guest speaker at a number of music conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Paul Henderson is the creative director of SappyFest, an independent music and arts festival he co-founded in 2006. The festival attracts 1,500 people annually to Sackville, New Brunswick, a small university town with a population of 5,000 on Canada’s east coast. SappyFest has become a national treasure, carving out a unique position in a crowded festival landscape while becoming the premier summer tourism event in Sackville.

Paul received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1999 and subsequently moved to the Yukon Territory where he worked with the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City Music Festival and the Odd Gallery. He moved to Sackville in 2004 to run the media arts program at Struts Gallery. Paul and SappyFest co-founder Jon Claytor also run Thunder & Lightning Ltd, a full-service, interdisciplinary, creative design/photo/art/events agency.

Kara Larson is founder & principal of Arts Knowledge, a consulting firm specializing in marketing and audience development for the arts. She works with clients across the US and Canada to understand and build new audiences, understand current audiences and trends, and improve marketing. Clients in 2013 include UCSB Arts & Lectures, Capitol Center for the Arts (NH), and Pacific Opera Victoria. She has previously held senior staff positions with arts organizations across the US, including Carolina Performing Arts, San Francisco Opera, and Glimmerglass Festival. In 2012, she founded and served as board president for the Portland Performing Arts Festival.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Arts Education and Community Partnerships


Arnold April
Founder and Lead Consultant
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education

Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 3





Workshop Details
Creating and Sustaining Meaningful Partnerships Between Schools and Community Arts Organizations.
Arnold Aprill, Founder of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), will present a set of field-tested guidelines for creating effective arts education partnerships, and will discuss successful strategies for sustaining those partnerships, including the establishment of manageable and meaningful documentation methods and the development of motivating inquiry approaches to teaching and learning in and through the arts.

Presenter Bio
Arnold Aprill is the Founder and Lead Consultant of the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE), a network of artists and arts organizations, educators and schools that are dedicated to school improvement through long-term arts education partnerships. He comes from a background in professional theater as an award-winning director, producer and playwright. He is one of the authors of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning and is a contributor to The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. He consults nationally and internationally on the role of the arts in effective school improvement. He has been recognized for exceptional leadership by the Chicago Community Trust and by the Leadership for a Changing World initiative supported by the Ford Foundation. His work as CAPE’s lead consultant is documented at capeconsults.org , and his work on arts learning assessment is documented at artsassessment.org. He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Let’s Hear it for the Board


Kathleen Grammer
Executive Director
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ

Larry Rubinstein
President of the Board
Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ
Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 4



Workshop Details
A strong board enhances opportunities for an organization and a weak one can limit success. When a board functions well it constructs informed strategy, ensures continuity-of-vision and provides stability. This session focuses on selecting the correct board members and how to maintain their active participation. This session is for board members and organization leaders alike.

Presenter Bios
Laurence H. Rubinstein holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Reform) where he received his rabbinic ordination in 1965 (with honors in History).

After serving congregations in Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1965 until 1978, Larry left the pulpit to become the director of the Young Leadership Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal until 1982. In 1982 he became the Executive Director of the Allied Jewish Appeal of Greater Philadelphia, the fourth largest Jewish federation campaign in the United States. In 1987 he became the Senior Vice President of Brandeis University and ran the University’s first capital campaign ($200 Million goal-actual $206 Million). In 1989 he became the Senior Vice President of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the academic center of Conservative Judaism in the United States. As part of a joint project with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (the largest archive and library in the world for eastern European Jewish history) Larry supervised “Project Judaica” which established Jewish historical and archival studies at the Moscow State University in the former Soviet Union. He eventually took over the CEO position at YIVO where he served from 1993 until 1996. In that position he put together the consortium that became the Center for Jewish History. That consortium included the America Jewish Historical Society, the Leo Baeck Society, the Yeshiva University Museum and the American Sephardic Federation and included a $50 Million Capital campaign to erect a library, research center, and offices in New York City. In 1996, Larry became the Director of Development for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now the Union for Reform Judaism) where he supervised all fund raising for the Reform Jewish movement in North America. In 2002, he retired and he and his wife Robin, moved to Scarborough, Maine.

During his professional career, Larry has served in many volunteer capacities. He was the first Rabbi to serve a major Jewish community as Campaign Chairman when he chaired the Philadelphia Federation campaign in 1975 and 1976.

He has always been active in Columbia Alumni affairs and in 1982, became the youngest national president of its alumni. In that position he sat on the Board of the university. He served as a Vice Chairman of the University’s first capital campaign in 1982 which concluded with $685 Million raised. He also served in major volunteer capacities in Columbia’s second Capital Campaign which concluded with $2.8 Billion raised and the recently completed a $5 Billion campaign which was the largest in the history of western education.

Larry also served as the chair of the Development Committee of the Manhattan School of Music from 1998 to 2003 and oversaw the $75 Million Capital Campaign that the school ran for a new building housing a dormitory, classrooms and a Black Box theatre. As chair of the Music Committee of Central Synagogue in New York, he raised the money and oversaw the construction and installation of a new 75 rank Casavant Pipe Organ in 2001-2. It was the first major pipe organ installed in an American synagogue in three decades.

Larry also became a board member of Surprise Lake Camp in 1990, the oldest and largest camp under the auspices of the UJA Federation of Greater New York. Four generations of Larry’s family have attended the camp. The camp serves over 950 children a summer. From 2006 until 2002, Larry was president of the camp board and chaired its 100th anniversary celebration in 2002 which included a $1 Million Capital Campaign. He is currently chairing its 110th anniversary campaign for $10 Million to underwrite scholarship endowment.

In Maine, Larry currently serves as President of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine; is on the board of trustees of the Bowdoin International Music Festival (chair of the development committee); is President of the Board of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ which is currently finishing a campaign to pay for renovation of this 100 year old landmark instrument and which he is chairing; and as a trustee of the Portland Museum of Art where he is chair of the development committee and led the $11 Million effort for the renovation of the Winslow Homer Studio.

Larry has published many articles on fund raising over the years and has received numerous awards including the University Medal and 3 Dean’s awards from Columbia, and the David Ben Gurion Award from Israel Bonds. He also served on the faculty of Rosemont College and the University of Pennsylvania while living in Philadelphia.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Intellectual Property Protection


Rook Thomas Hine
Board Member
Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Friday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Room 5



Workshop Details
The U.S. constitution empowers Congress to “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” This has many interpretations and this session will cover ways you can protect your work and still develop a healthy public presence.

Presenter Bio
Artists are always concerned about protecting their work, both online and in the real world. Since the explosion of digital media, the ability to gather and use the work of artists has become a simple task. Mr. Hine has considerable experience advising professional and semi-professional artists and performers on copyright law, rights of publicity, and contractual matters.

Rook Thomas Hine is an attorney licensed in New York state specializing in intellectual property transactions, particularly performance and publication contracts, labor regulation, and the law of not-for-profit corporations. Mr. Hine is the former President of the Mane Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and a current member of the Board of Directors. Currently a solo practitioner, he has in the past worked for the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and the Dramatists' Guild. Mr. Hine is a 2009 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and attended Sarah Lawrence College for his undergraduate degree. Mr. Hine worked as a professional actor for several years, and continues to work as a voice-over artist in his spare time.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Video, Film and Audio Recording


Aaron Boothroyd
Adjunct Professor of Studio Art and New Media
University of Maine

Neil Shelley
Collaborative Media Lab Manager
University of Maine

Friday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Fab Lab



Workshop Details
This session will explore the best ways of capturing moving images and audio. It will be relevant for a wide variety of project budgets and useful for people of beginner to intermediate skill sets wishing to develop a stronger understanding of video editing, film equipment, audio editing, workflow with the RED camera and other tools and philosophies of working with moving images.

Presenter Bio
Aaron Boothroyd is an adjunct professor of Studio Art and New Media, at the University of Maine. His teaching schedule includes courses on graphic design, digital art, 3-D modeling, motion graphics, and film studies. Aaron has additionally worked in a variety of capacities on film production crews and is a certified Camera Red technician. He is also the president of an independent gaming company, Levelbest Studios.

Neil Shelley was born and raised in southern Maine and a 3rd year graduate student in the intermedia MFA where has found a deep passion for all the areas of film production. Over the last few years he has completed more than a dozen documentary and narrative film projects and taught classes on film production. His latest and largest project to date, Neil directed and co-wrote a 27 minute short film titled "Telling Hannah" that was an official selection at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival and was also nominated for Best Maine Film. Neil is also the Collaborative Media Lab Manager for the University of Maine and a certified Camera Red technician.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

It’s Not Bragging If It’s True: Portfolio Development


Frank Copsidas
CEO and Publisher
Dispatch Magazine

Peter Precourt
Associate Professor of Art
University of Maine

Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 1


Workshop Details
There is sometimes a great difference between great artwork and a great portfolio. This session will explore the best ways of representing your work through a variety of methods. This session is not just for artists; organizations will also be able to learn how to properly represent all the good work that they do.

Presenter Bios
“SuperFrank” Copsidas is the CEO and publisher of Portland, Maine, based kNow Media, publisher of Dispatch Magazine and an events production company as well as CEO of Intrigue Music, a music publisher and artist management company, and GuestyPR, a public relations company based in London, UK.

A native of New York, NY, “SuperFrank” owned, operated, and programmed 14 radio stations mostly in the contemporary format. Management clients have included James Brown, Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), Scott Stapp (Creed), and the Rev. Al Sharpton. “SuperFrank” has been an executive producer of a full length independent movie and one currently filming in Amsterdam and London. He also serves on the Board of the Portland Music Foundation.

“SuperFrank” is self described as a serial entrepreneur. Besides his media and entertainment interests, he has owned and operated a jet aircraft charter operation, an internet service provider and software development company, a real estate development company, two restaurants, and a bottled water company.

Peter Precourt is an Associate Professor of Art and 2013 Trustee Professor at the University of Maine at Augusta. He has prior university teaching experience at William Carey University in Gulfport, MS, the University of Houston in Houston, TX, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School in Houston TX. He also served as an education associate, curator and the initial teen council coordinator at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston.

Professionally, Professor Precourt has an extensive body of work focused primarily in painting, drawing and most recently, the graphic novel. He works out of his storefront studio, art:works on Main, which is also a part time exhibition space for local, regional and national artists. It is the mission of art:works on Main to create a space and place where artists and community can creatively collaborate in a meaningful and tangible way. He has exhibited his work nationally including exhibitions in Portland and Augusta, Maine, New York, New York, New Orleans, Louisiana and Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Figures and Finance


Adam Hobson
Founder and President
Hobson and Company

Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 2





Workshop Details
This session will show artists and organization leaders how to effectively understand financial statements and navigate the exciting world of taxes, micro loans, contracts, grant awards and other official documents. It may sound dry, but the ability to understand these things is essential for any artist or organization.

Presenter Bio
Adam Hobson, CPA, MBA is the founder and President of Hobson and Company, a Certified Public Accounting firm located in Saco. Adam formed Hobson and Company in 2011 to satisfy the unique needs of small businesses, self-employed individuals, and nonprofit organizations in southern Maine. He enjoys spending time with entrepreneurs and often provides insight beyond the tax and accounting specialties. His operational experience supplies him with proven expertise to draw upon when analyzing a situation and determining the best course of action.

Adam has a Bachelor's Degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Business from the University of Maine. He is proud to be a veteran of the United States Air Force and served two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf.

He lives in Saco with his wife and their two children and likes to play golf, hunt, fish, hike, and to go camping, as well as almost any activity that gets him outside with his family. He is also active in Saco youth sports.

Adam is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

The Miracle of High Standards in Art and Education


Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education

Karen Montanaro
Mime, Dance, Movement Specialist
Teaching Artist, Independent Contractor

Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 3


Workshop Details
All educators want their students to have rigorous and life-enhancing learning experiences. This workshop will explore two different and complementary ways to get there through the arts. Karen Montanaro and Argy Nestor will explore alternative approaches to assessment that will empower students to achieve above and beyond all expectations while allowing educators to follow the dictates of their own inspiration.

Presenter Bio
Argy Nestor taught Middle School Visual Art education for 30 years before joining the Maine Department of Education in 2006 as the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist. Her classroom has expanded to include the approximately 1200 Maine dance, music, theatre, and visual arts teachers. Argy believes that communication is a key to success and has established a list-serv of over 1200 educators and an arts education blog at meartsed.wordpress.com/.

Argy has been recognized for her accomplishments as an educator multiple times including being named the 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year.

Karen Montanaro is a world-renowned dancer and mime artist, an award-winning choreographer, and the innovator of “mimedance” (the fusion of two classical art forms). Karen danced professionally with the Ohio Ballet and the Darmstadt Opera Ballet in Germany. For more than a decade, Karen toured and taught internationally with mime master, Tony Montanaro. She currently tours the world with her one-woman show entitled “Tanzspiel.” Karen is a teaching artist and offers residencies in movement, mime and dance in public and private schools throughout the United States.

In 2008, Karen was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

"What do you get when you cross Marcel Marceau with Anna Pavlova? Answer: Karen Montanaro." ~The Aragon Herald, Spain

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Making Public Art Work


Greg Charlton
Chief Art Preparator
Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Jesse Salisbury
Founder and Art Director
Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium

Angela Watson
Cultural Development Officer
City of Fredericton, Canada

Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 4


Workshop Details
Whether you are an artist looking for a public commission or a municipality looking for ways to improve public spaces, this session will offer information about what makes successful public art, how it can be funded and what it takes to generate positive and sustained community buy-in.

Presenter Bios
Greg Charlton was born in Belleville, Ontario. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, he is an artist, exhibition designer and educator, presently living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He has worked in both exhibitions and education at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and taught art instruction at the College of Extended Learning for the University of New Brunswick. Presently, he holds the position of Chief Art Preparator at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and teaches design at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Greg has exhibited his artwork, in group and solo shows, in central and eastern Canada. His practice primarily concentrates on themes of transformation and change through drawn and painted depictions of architectural structures, both abandoned and active. Greg’s practice also includes site-specific interventions in domestic architectural spaces and experiments into perceptual phenomenon.

His recent foray into public art came as a result of participation in numerous municipal and institutional public art competitions - most notable a short-list presentation for the Saint John Transit public sculpture competition of 2009. These public art competitions lead to an interest and success in winning a community arts grant to create an interactive public art experience for the city of Fredericton. The creation of an interactive sculptural camera obscura titled Vorti-Scope was the resulting project’s form. The Vorti-Scope has been exhibited and sponsored by the city of Fredericton, The Beaverbrook art Gallery and the Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine.

Greg has also been awarded project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the New Brunswick Arts Branch. His work can be found in the collections of the Canada Council for the Arts, the University of New Brunswick, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and the Province of New Brunswick.

As an artist born and raised in eastern Maine, Jesse Salisbury grew up on the thin top soil that barely covers the hard granite and basalt bedrock. He has wanted to carve this material for as long as he can remember. Salisbury is now living in his home town where he has built a studio and a life dedicated to creating one of a kind, contemporary sculptures from the local granites of the region. He is surrounded by many quarries. This gives him the ability to not only start sculptures at the source of the material, but to also observe the material in its natural state before it is turned into a generic, dimensional construction material. Salisbury's sculptures are an attempt to express the movement and energy of the bedrock and geological time.

Salisbury is also very active internationally with sculpture symposia and exhibitions. This is a way to continually learn, travel, and stay inspired with the medium. Since 2005 he has worked with local committees, quarries, and the stone industry to develop the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. This event takes place biennially in the Downeast region of Maine, and provides an opportunity for invited artists to realize an ambitious work in granite. Currently 27 large scale outdoor sculptures remain as permanent public art in rural communities in Maine, creating a sculpture trail in an area that previously had very little public art.

Angela Watson has been the cultural development officer with the City of Fredericton in New Brunswick since 2005. She has been involved in the ongoing process of developing the area of public art in her municipality. She has participated as a jury member in two separate public art commissions where the City was a funding partner. She is currently the project lead for the City’s first major public art commission which was selected through a national competition process. The sculpture will be installed in a high profile downtown location later this fall. Angela will discuss her experiences managing public art projects from a municipal perspective in particular, developing new public art programs.

Angela is a past chair of the Creative Cities Network of Canada (CCNC), a membership organization of municipal cultural development workers from across Canada. The CCNC has also produced a Public Art Toolkit to help guide municipalities in the field of public art. The City of Fredericton as designated a 2009 Cultural Capital of Canada by the Department of Canadian Heritage and won the NB Foundation for the Arts award for Municipality of the Arts in 2009.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Art and Sustainability


Martha Piscuskas
Director of Programming
Waterfall Arts

Michael Shaughnessy
Artist and Teacher
University of Southern Maine

John Zavodny
Director of Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities
Unity College


Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 5


Workshop Details
Where do the arts fit with things like local food initiatives, green energy, sustainable building practices, land conservation and other environmental movements? This session will explore ways the arts have intersected with these kinds of projects and explore the outcomes of the partnerships involved.

Presenter Bios
Martha Piscuskas is the Director of Programming at Waterfall Arts. She is one of the founders and longtime volunteers of the organization. She has over 30 years of nonprofit management experience, having worked for or directed numerous progressive organizations in Maine. She grew up on a private school campus where her parents were a coach and a librarian. Along with her four siblings, Martha is also an artist, making interactive installations and community performances. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a BFA from the Maine College of Art.

Michael Shaughnessy has been an artist for 30 years. He has had exhibitions and installations in museums, contemporary art centers and universities across the country. These have included such places as the Museum of Contemporary Art / Chicago, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Decordova Museum. He received the Jurors award at the Portland Museum of Art’s 2011 Biennial of Art. He has been a long-term environmental and political activist and is active with the Sierra Club; he was also a founding board member, and current president, of the Friends of the Presumpscot River. He has held elected office and worked as an active participant of numerous political and social change causes. Since 1987 he has taught drawing, design and sculpture at the University of Southern Maine. In 2001 he developed the first ever program nationally combining art and entrepreneurial studies. In 2012 took a large hay ball for a ride on a small car on a 10-week journey to meet America. He is currently writing about the experience including the people he met and places he visited.

John Zavodny, Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and Director of the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at Unity College. John teaches documentary film, environmental communication, and philosophy courses. A mid-coast Maine community organizer, John coordinated the 350 "Moving Maine" climate action event at the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair; he is a founding member of Dog Wants Out, the music advocacy project focused on support for local agriculture; and is host and producer of Mid-Coast Currents, the WERU community radio show focused on public affairs in Knox and Waldo Counties. John lives in Belfast with his wife Anna McGalliard in a house they renovated in 2010.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Arts Funding in Maine


Yellow Light Breen
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer
Bangor Savings Bank

Barbara Edmond
President
Maine Philanthropy Center

Cathy Melio
Program Officer
Maine Community Foundation

Jane Preston
Director of Programs
New England Foundation for the Arts

Megan Shore
Program Officer
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 1



Workshop Details
This double session will focus on traditional and non-traditional funding sources. It will provide information that will allow you to seek the support you need. Information for both artists and organizations will be covered. You will get a better understanding of philanthropic organizations and grant writing. You will also learn how to build supportive partnerships and how to access emerging sources, such as Kickstarter and United States Artists.

Presenter Bios
Yellow Light Breen is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer at Bangor Savings Bank, the state’s largest independent bank with $3 billion in assets. He oversees strategic planning; community development, marketing, community relations and philanthropy (via the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation); product management & digital banking; and special assets; and serves as a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.

After earning a degree in Government from Harvard College, he received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1996, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is one of only three individuals ever selected to deliver both the undergraduate and graduate addresses at Harvard Commencement. From 1999 to 2003, Yellow served as Director of Special Projects and External Affairs for the Maine Department of Education, following a stint as deputy legal counsel and policy advisor to independent Governor Angus S. King, Jr. In 1998, Harvard Law School named him a Kaufman Fellow for "truly exceptional promise for work in the public interest."

Yellow formerly chaired the statewide Realize!Maine initiative that seeks to reverse the “brain drain” by making Maine the best place in America for people under 40 to live, work, and prosper. In 2007, he was awarded the first Realize!Maine Champion Award by the Maine Development Foundation; and the award was renamed the “Yellow Light Breen Visionary Award.” In 2010, Yellow was named to MaineBiz’s annual “Next List” of leaders to watch. He is also a past board member of the Maine Development Foundation, the Great Schools Partnership, Fusion:Bangor, the Maine Mentoring Partnership and the United Way of Eastern Maine.

Cathy Melio is a program officer for Midcoast and Downeast Regions for the Maine Community Foundation. She coordinates grant making, advancement, and donor service activities for those regions. She oversees the Knox, Waldo, Hancock, and Washington County Funds, which are part of MaineCF’s Community Building Grant Program. She also manages the Maine Expansion Arts Fund, The Maine Charity Foundation Fund, the Belvedere Fund for Historic Preservation, and other grant programs. She is a longtime visual artist and radio producer, and former general manager of community radio station WERU FM.

Barbara Edmond became president of the Maine Philanthropy Center in June of 2013 upon the retirement of long-time leader Janet Henry. Barbara returns to Maine after nine years at United Way Worldwide in Alexandria, VA, There she served in a progression of vice president positions in Strategy and Alignment, Mobilization Market Consultation and Best Practice Exchange. She has a vast array of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit management, community development, organizational development, strategic planning, change management and facilitation.

Previously Barbara spent 15 years as the chief professional officer of the United Way of York County in Kennebunk, ME and held positions at the United Way of Southeastern New England in Providence, RI, the United Way of Mid Coast in Bath, ME and the 55 Plus Center in Brunswick, ME. Barbara is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and lives in Liberty, Maine. Jane Preston serves as Director of Programs at New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). She provides leadership and oversight in program design and delivery of NEFA grants and services in regional artist support, presenting and touring; the New England Creative Economy; Public Art; Native Arts; the National Dance Project; National Theater Project and international exchange. Jane has over thirty years of professional experience working with cultural organizations on strategic planning, organizational development, grants program design and evaluation, including leadership roles with the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, the Goodman Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre and New England Conservatory. She holds a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In her role as program officer for the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Megan Shore oversees all facets of the Foundations' grant making program. She works closely with the board and staff to develop the strategic direction for the Foundation, but most of all she enjoys working with a wide array of nonprofit leaders and others focused on making Maine a better place. Prior to joining the Foundation staff four years ago, Megan worked with local land trusts throughout the state in her role as Maine Land Trust Program Coordinator at Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Art and Journalism: The Inside Scoop


Katy England
Print Journalist
The Maine Edge

Bob Keyes
Print Journalist
Portland Press Herald

Tom Porter
Radio News Journalist
Maine Public Broadcasting

Kathleen Shannon
TV News Journalist
News Center

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 2



Workshop Details
This double session brings together household names in Maine’s media to help explain how the work of artists, organizations and communities could be given more exposure in various news outlets. You will gain first-hand knowledge of ways that can help reporters cover your story. Learn how to improve your press releases, media advisories and what else to provide to various media sources in order to improve your chances of success. There will be ample time provided for audience questions.

Presenter Bios:
Katy England has been with The Maine Edge since its first edition in 2006. She writes and edits for the weekly arts and entertainment publication, covering local news of interest for the greater Penobscot and Hancock Counties. She covers various stories from live entertainment to gathering the police beat. England also manages the interns, freelance and staff writers at the paper, as well as managing the flow of press releases.

Prior to her work at The Edge, she worked at The Bangor Daily News as a Special Sections Writer (the department now known as custom publications).

She also writes articles of a law-enforcement nature for Maine State Trooper Magazine, where she is the Assistant Editor.

Bob Keyes writes about the arts for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. Born in Massachusetts, he has lived in Maine most of his adult life, beginning his newspaper career with the Central Maine Morning Sentinel in 1985. He has written for the Press Herald and Sunday Telegram since 2002. His primary responsibilities include the visual, performing and literary arts, and he occasionally writes about movies and TV projects in Maine.

Tom Porter is the ever-popular co-host of "Maine Things Considered" on MPBN radio, where he often can be heard reporting on the arts and culture in Maine. Hailing from Birmingham, England, Tom comes from a family of British journalists. He worked for nearly eight years at Bloomberg Television and Radio in London as a reporter and news producer. Tom joined MPBN after a working as a reporter at WVTF-FM, a public radio station in Roanoke, Virginia, where he built upon his strong background in environmental reporting, chronicling the drought affecting much of the south, innovation in “green” construction and building design, and advances in biotechnology.

Tom, who has a bachelor's degree from the University of London and a master's degree from Kings College in London, is an accomplished pianist and composer; you can watch Tom and his friends as they appeared on "Friday Night Jazz with Rich Tozier."

Kathleen Shannon is a veteran journalist with News Center. She hosts the newsmagazine program, "207" which airs at7:00 p.m.; she is also the station's investigative reporter. In 2012, she was honored with a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting on Sexual Assault in the Military.

This is, as Kathleen puts it, her second tour of duty with News Center. She anchored and reported with them from 1995 to 1999 before moving to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, where she worked from 1999 to August of 2003. She was also a field producer for five years at KNSD in San Diego. Kathleen was born in Somerville, New Jersey but considers Maine her true home. She has a B.A. in Journalism and Politics from New York University.

Workshop Expectations
Attendees will leave this workshop with a thorough understanding of what different media journalists are looking for when covering the arts. From the development of press releases right through to a potential interview and story, attendees will learn inside knowledge of what is needed and how it should be presented.

 

Civic Engagement and the Arts


Marty Pottenger
Executive Director
Terra Moto Inc

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 3





Workshop Details
This session will look at programs that focus on how arts can transform lives in non-traditional settings. Arts projects that focus on engagement and collaboration outside the arts sector are sometimes the most successful, but are often the most difficult to complete successfully. This session will offer examples of successful collaboration s between arts and non-arts groups.

Presenter Bio
Since 1975, writer, performer, director and activist Marty Pottenger has created performances, plays, arts-based civic dialogues, and community arts projects throughout the United States and Europe. Her performance in City Water Tunnel #3 won an OBIE and her play ABUNDANCE, written from interviews with 30 millionaires and 30 minimum wage workers, was selected as one of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s 'Ten best plays of 2003'. Longtime union trades activist, low-income housing organizer, Board Chair of the American Festival Project and member of Heresies magazine collective. In 2007, Pottenger moved to Maine, where her great grandparents grew up, to launch Art At Work, a national initiative to strengthen cities through strategic art projects. Art At Work's NEA Our Town project "Meeting Place" is being featured in NEA's e-book about creative placemaking. Since the 1990s, she has been a featured speaker on arts-based civic engagement, arts & social change, and evaluation practices.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Marketing the Best Thing in the World


Stephen Belth
Director
Arts Marketing Network, Inc.

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 4





Workshop Details
Marketing can be a challenge when you get too close to your organization and become frustrated when people are not as enthusiastic and responsive to your art offerings as you are. This session helps you to step back and develop your marketing communications from your audience’s perspective. Topics that will be covered include setting realistic objectives, budgeting, acquisition and retention strategies, research and analysis, and tactical applications including direct mail, e-marketing, social media, and guerilla marketing techniques, among others. At the end of this session, you will have an understanding of how to develop your organization’s marketing plan and a toolkit of practical marketing methods and techniques.

Presenter Bio
Stephen Belth has developed literally hundreds of audience acquisition and retention campaigns for cultural institutions throughout the United States. With expertise in direct marketing, market research, interactive and e-promotion, graphic design, and strategic planning, his programs have delivered millions of dollars in ticket sales and membership revenue and have helped orchestras, performing arts organizations, and museums dramatically increase their audiences.

In 1998, Belth founded Arts Marketing Network. His client roster has been highlighted by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seattle's ACT Theatre, Live From Lincoln Center, the Brookfield (IL) Zoo, the John G. Shedd Aquarium, KUOW-FM, Seattle’s Public Radio station, Indiana University, Arts Administration Program, IU Auditorium, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others.

In 2000, Arts Marketing Network introduced the Intellimmercial™, the first smart commercial, for online marketing, through its subsidiary, AMN New Media. This ground-breaking marketing product was the centerpiece for innovative campaigns of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, Tanglewood, the New York Philharmonic, and the Brookfield Zoo, among others, while managing projects for his individual clients, he also has served as Executive Director of the Long Island Philharmonic.

Prior to founding AMN, Belth held the position of Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998. While there, he supervised all promotion, brand identity, graphics, and communications of this 107-year-old company, during which annual sales revenue grew from $15 million to nearly $23 million.

Belth provided input to the CSO on program concepts, packaging, design, and pricing as part of his management duties, and helped develop the new graphic identity program adopted by the Orchestra. He successfully developed awareness strategies and tasks leading toward the opening of the $113 million renovation and expansion of Symphony Center in October 1997, and assumed the management of the Symphony Store, the CSO’s merchandising outlet, which quadrupled sales in the first year of Belth’s supervision. His other duties included supervision of market research, creation of sales forecasts, and the development and management of departmental budgets.

Prior to his work at the CSO, Belth was Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, a $40 million-a-year institution, credited with the most individual tickets sold of any major orchestra. Among his campaign highlights were “Philharmonic Style,” a program designed to attract younger audiences to concertgoing, and “The Pool Circle,” a Hollywood Bowl value-added subscription program which created a platinum circle among the Bowl’s already affluent subscribers. He also was responsible for the marketing campaign launching Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director, and introducing the brand identity concept for the future Walt Disney Concert Hall.

In the decade before going to the LA Philharmonic, Belth was President and Founder of Arts and Science Development Service, Inc., a unique service company, providing database marketing to more than 300 hundred arts and cultural institutions nationally (ASDS). Based in New York, ASDS clients included the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College, Carnegie Institute, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Boston Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, the Denver Art Museum, the Field Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, Michigan Opera Theater, LA Opera, and the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.

Belth currently serves on the Steering Committee of the National Arts Marketing Project of Americans for the Arts. He has presented seminars in performing arts marketing for the League of American Orchestras (formerly American Symphony Orchestra League,) Indiana University, University of Chicago, and the Arts and Business Council of Chicago and is a frequent speaker at marketing conferences and trade shows. He has taught marketing at Columbia College, Chicago, has published several articles on marketing, and is currently working on a book on audience development.

Workshop Expectations
Attendees will learn how to structure and implement a thorough marketing plan

 

The Cultural Tourist in your Town


Tracy Michaud Stutzman
Professor of Anthropology
University of Southern Maine

Scott Watson
Director
Office of Cultural Affairs, Charleston, SC

Knox H. White
Mayor
City of Greenville, SC

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 5



Workshop Details
Developing arts programming to drive tourist dollars into a region is gaining traction across the country. This session will explore successful strategies for cultural tourism initiatives and the different elements that are essential for building an attractive cultural destination.

Presenter Bios
Tracy Michaud Stutzman has been doing arts-focused community economic development in Maine for over a decade. She was the original staff person for the Center Theatre in downtown Dover-Foxcroft, and co-chair of the capital campaign that purchased and renovated the theatre. Working with local economic development corporations, Tracy founded and ran the Maine Highlands Guild which merged in 2008 with the Maine Crafts Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes Maine Craft Artists. As Executive Director of the Guild she received state and national recognition as the winner of the 2003 National Social Venture Competition sponsored by Columbia University, Hass Business School at Berkeley, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Tracy sat on the Maine Governor’s Council for the Creative Economy and the Governor’s Council on Quality of Place. She was a leader in the Realize!Maine Youth Initiative. She recently served on the board of the Maine Association of Non-Profits, the national Craft Organization Development Association, and the World Crafts Council. She is currently on the Executive Committee of the Maine Arts Commission and is a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy. In 2005 she was chosen for Maine Biz magazine’s “NEXT” list and in 2007 won the Governor’s Award for CDBG Administrator of the Year and the Warren “Pete” Myrick Community Service Award. During her tenure as executive director of the Maine Crafts Association, the Center for Maine Craft was created as well as an Associate’s Degree in Traditional and Contemporary Craft at Eastern Maine Community College. Tracy is now a professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern Maine focusing her teaching in the tourism and hospitality degree program. In her spare time Tracy sings and performs regularly with various regional theaters.

Scott Watson is an arts and communications professional with over twenty years’ experience producing and advancing public appreciation of cultural events, having worked in close coordination with artists and arts organizations across a range of disciplines and scale. Before moving to Charleston in January 2013, Scott was Marketing Director of Gluckman Mayner Architects, a New York City‐based architectural practice specializing in spaces for the creation and exhibition of art. Scott has previously worked for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York Theatre Workshop, and from 2001 to 2003, he was based in Ireland as Executive Producer of the Dublin Fringe Festival.

In the late 1990s, Scott worked with a varied roster of cultural and not‐for‐profit clients while an Account Executive at a boutique public relations firm, The Kreisberg Group, where his projects included national media campaigns for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, The New 42nd Street/New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre Company, Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stage, and the renovation of Grand Central Terminal.

As a consultant and freelance publicist, Scott has worked on the planning and communications management of public events for The New York Times (Arts & Leisure Weekend, TimesTalks, Great Read in the Park) and for American tours by international performing arts ensembles and companies including the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow), Gate Theatre (Dublin), Druid (Galway), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), with productions visiting venues and festivals including Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and The Kennedy Center.

Knox H. White has been Mayor of the City of Greenville, SC, since 1995. He is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. A cornerstone of his leadership has been advancing neighborhood initiatives, neighborhood revitalization and involving citizens in city government.

As Greenville’s mayor, he has spearheaded downtown retail and residential revitalization. His most ambitious project has been reclaiming the birthplace of Greenville, the historic Reedy River Falls, and the creation of a world-class public garden along the river..

Mayor White graduated from Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville Senior High School, Wake Forest University, and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 

Documenting and Archiving your Projects


John Bell
Data Artist and Software Developer
University of Maine

Richard Corey
Director of Operations
University of Maine

Sheridan Kelly
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
University of Maine

Saturday, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Fab Lab



Workshop Details
Technology is transforming the way artists and organizations share information, but are you capturing and saving media assets for future use? This session will show you the best ways to document the process of a project and archive the final product. You will learn effective ways to use new tools to make this happen quickly and easily.

Presenter Bio
John Bell is a data artist and software developer who specializes in networked culture and artifacts. His work has included systems for preserving ephemeral and media art at the Still Water Lab and media-based web publishing platforms with the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture. He currently teaches in the Digital Curation and Innovative Communication Design programs at the University of Maine and is the architect for the Media Ecology Project at Dartmouth College.

Richard Corey is an installation artist and current director of operations for the Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interactions Lab. He owned one of Maine's leading companies for web development, Artistek Design, Inc., for 16 years. He has worked with over 300 clients in 6 countries to develop their online marketing presences since 1993. He has owned internet service providers and worked in the publishing industry for 20 years. He is an innovator in the world of virtual and augmented reality. He currently teaches in the Intermedia MFA and the School of Computing and Information Science. Richard is a founding member of the Core 5 Incident, a collaborative arts group specializing in culinary incidents.

Sheridan Kelly is formally trained as a painter, Her recent work involves video and new media applications. Currently, she teaches for the University of Maine and the New England School of Communications. She co-founded Knife Edge Productions LLC, a production company that specializes in video and design work, and she continues to work as co-principal of the company. She has produced presentations, media content and videos for local, national and international projects and has worked with hundreds of clients and organizations through her entrepreneurial efforts. Her creative work includes video installations, animations and documentary film.



Workshop Expectations
Workshop Expectations Text

 







OCTOBER

24, 25 & 26