MICA 2018
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Registration is now open - Book your tickets today with early bird savings! 

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

All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in any of these events please contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak or 207-287-2750.

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