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The third biennial Maine International Conference on the Arts: September 27-28, 2018
Join us at the University of Southern Maine's Portland Abromson Community Education Center, where we will explore art making, arts education, capacity-building strategies and skills, and more—all specifically for Maine artists, arts educators, and arts organizations.
Thursday, September 27 | 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Pre-conference Sessions - Discussions on Rural Community Development, professional development for Arts Educators, and Maine craft and traditional art apprenticeships
- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Opening Reception: A celebration of the arts with keynote speaker and performances
- Keynote Speaker Maryo Gard Ewell- Rural Community Development in and Through the Arts
Friday, September 28 | 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- 7:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast/Networking
- 8:15 a.m. - Maine Artists Idea Lab : 6 speakers using the fast-paced and engaging pecha kucha-style format will knock your socks off with their newest innovations. Confirmed speakers include Lucas Richman, Music Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra; Rene Johnson, Executive Director, Theater Ensemble of Color; Erin McGee Ferrell, Visual Artist; Kaitlyn Young, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year; Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy basketweaver;
- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - 20 professional development sessions in 5 tracks running concurrently
- Leveraging Investment. Learn to attract and leverage greater investment through corporate sponsorships, development planning, capitalization and more
- Visibility. Discuss ways to increase awareness of creative opportunities, as well as their value to communities and local economies. Participate in a new, two-part workshop by MICA 2016 superstar Matt Lehrman, “Opportunity Everywhere, Parts I & II. Or attend a dynamic session hosted by DataArts/The Cultural Data Project on ways to connect your data to stories about your mission and impact, for more effective communications with key stakeholders
- Arts Education. Participate in sessions on fostering PK-12 arts education and lifelong learning programs, including Creative Aging and Traditional Arts
- Cultural Tourism. Gather the information you need to enhance experiences and leverage cultural tourism. Hear from organizations on their successes creating experiences outside of traditional venues, or attend a Rural Community Arts Development session facilitated by Maryo Gard Ewell.
- Building Capacity. All you need to know on strategies for sustainability and increased impact, from an intensive on strategic planning with Julie Richard to a session on The Role of the Arts in Communities in Crisis.
- 12:30 p.m. - Maine Arts Awards Luncheon hosted by ArtsEngageMe
- Pop-up performances throughout the day