Artists, arts leaders, and arts advocates often work alone. And yet, there are common goals, common needs, and a shared impact that can be experienced when those in the arts work together. This year’s conference is geared towards producing a more effective and collaborative arts leadership, both within local communities and within the state.
The Statewide Arts Conference has a shorter format than in past years; it will be a one-day, content-rich event designed to encourage attendance. Registration begins at 9:15 am and the entire day will be completed by 8:00 p.m (the evening includes a social hour with wine and hors d’oeuvres followed by the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony).
The conference will focus on ways that the arts leaders in North Dakota can work, alone and collaboratively, to best strengthen the arts in our communities and state. It is hoped that the directors and staff of all agencies and organizations dealing with the arts will attend, along with other artists, arts volunteers, and arts advocates. The conference is seen as an important time to come together and discuss how we can work collaboratively to strengthen the arts in our communities and our state as well as promote the economic impact of the arts.
Sharon Rodning Bash, from Arts Midwest, will work with attendees to help develop the stories that best reflect the importance of the arts in each community and the ways to present those stories to community and state leaders, financial supporters of the arts, and state legislators. Danielle Stuckle, from the State Historical Society, will give a session on effective advocacy and how best to talk with those in positions of power.
Additional groups who will present at the conference are Arts North Dakota, discussing Voter Voice and the upcoming legislative vote, and ArtUp! providing information on the business skills and documents needed for self-employed artists. Attendees are encouraged to make appointments to meet with their state legislators to discuss the importance of the arts, and time will be set aside for such meetings.
Registration for the Statewide Arts Conference and Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony is $100, due on or before March 20, 2015. Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and evening reception.
Statewide Arts Conference Agenda:
|9:15-10:00 am||Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|10:00-11:00 am||Beth Gigante Klingenstein, Conference Welcome
Sharon Rodning Bash, Getting to Why
|11:15 am-1:30 pm||Sharon Rodning Bash Articulating Our Why
Presentation, working lunch, and workshop
|1:40-3:00 pm||Arts Advocacy in North Dakota
Danielle “Dani” Stuckle, The Art of Advocacy
Josh Nichols, moderator, Arts Advocacy in North Dakota, Arts North Dakota, Voter Voice
|3:10-3:40 pm||Wendy Klug, Business Guidance for Art Organizations and Artists|
|3:45-4:45 pm||Beth Klingenstein, moderator, Round Table Discussion on the State of the Arts in North Dakota|
|5:15 pm||Evening reception/appetizers and cash bar|
|6:30 pm||Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony|
~ Registration forms and up-to-date information on the Statewide Conference can be found at http://ndconference.com.
The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office and NDCA to recognize organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Awards are presented in: Individual Achievement (artist, staff, or volunteer); Arts Organization; Arts in Education (educator, school, or administrator); and/or Private Business. Criteria for the awards include: Expanding arts opportunities to new audiences; Improving the quality of arts experiences; Creating an appreciation for North Dakota’s cultural heritage; Making the arts more central to education and an integral part of community life; and Length of service.
A conference and awards reception with appetizers and a cash bar takes place at 5:15pm in the Northern Lights Atrium at the ND Heritage Center. The Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony also takes place at the North Dakota Heritage Center in the Russell Reid Auditorium and will begin at 6:30pm that evening. We hope you can attend and offer your special support to this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Award for the Arts:
Arts in Education:
All attendees at the Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony (and even those not attending) are encouraged to invite a state legislator to attend the ceremony and to serve as his/her sponsor for the evening. This is an opportunity to involve your legislator with the arts and the important role they play in our state. The cost of sponsorship is only $15 and the sponsor’s name will appear on the legislator’s name tag. The form to sponsor a Legislator is available at http://ndconference.com. To find your Legislator visit http://artsnorthdakota.com/votervoice/?vvsrc=%2fAddress and type in your zip code.
Registration for only attending the Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ceremony is $25, due on or before March 20, 2015. To register for the Governor's Awards for the Arts Ceremony visit http://ndconference.com.
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