Agenda at a Glance

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions occur at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Assembly 2016 headquarters.

For more on Assembly sessions, refer to Session Details.

Consider arriving Wednesday night, to explore Grand Rapids or to visit the NASAA board's open session Thursday morning. Stay through Saturday to catch the Joint State Arts Agency/State Arts Action Network Forum and ArtPrize festivities.

Tuesday, September 13

12:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Arts Education Professional Development Institute*

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

NASAA Executive Committee Meeting (officers only)

Wednesday, September 14

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

NASAA Board of Directors Meeting
(planning retreat, board members only)

8:30 a.m. – Evening

Arts Education Professional Development Institute

9:00 a.m. – Evening

Folk and Traditional Arts Preconference*

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Accessibility Coordinators Preconference

Thursday, September 15

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Accessibility Coordinators Preconference

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Arts Education Professional Development Institute

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Folk and Traditional Arts Preconference

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

NASAA Board of Directors Meeting
(open session, all NASAA members are invited)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Assembly 2016 Opening Keynote Performance & Roll Call

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Briefing Sessions
Briefing sessions are short, high-octane sessions that focus on new research, emerging trends and exemplary practices. The lineup will include six different options—something for everyone! See Session Details for more.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Briefing Sessions repeat

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

NASAA Assembly 2016 Opening Reception

Friday, September 16

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast (provided)

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Peer Sessions
Job-alike groups of staff and volunteers gather during this time to discuss solutions and challenges unique to their roles. Learn more about peer groups.

Peer Group



Chairs and Council Members

Garbo Hearne (AR)

Nola Ruth (MO)

Laura Smith (NASAA)

Draft Agenda

Executive Directors

Karen Hanan (WA)

Beth Klingenstein (ND)

Randy Rosembaum (RI)

Deputy / Assistant Directors

Marian Boyd (AR)

Rebecca Cruse (SD)

Barbara Edwards (AL)

Draft Agenda

Arts Education Managers

Chuck Winkler (TX)

Laura Forbes (AK)

Draft Agenda

Communications / Public Information Officers

Kira Bacon (VT)

Suzanne Lynch (TN)

Draft Agenda

Community Development Coordinators

Jason Bowcutt (UT)

Zon Eastes (VT)

Sarah Mutrux (VT)

Draft Agenda

Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinators

Marsha MacDowell (MI)

Draft Agenda

Grants and Fiscal Officers

Shelly Gilbride (CA)

Tina Lilly (GA)

Draft Agenda

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Plenary Session
Featuring National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu and Aaron P. Dworkin, member of the National Council on the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs


Networking Luncheon (provided)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Performance
Featuring entrepreneur and composer Kai Kight

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

New this year, Assembly seminars are longer sessions allowing for deeper exploration of topics connected to state arts agency innovation and change. See Session Details for more.

Design Thinking for State Government

Bridging Difference and Diversity

Flashes of Inspiration (including a new component: a facilitated dialogue on harnessing creativity!)

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Donor Reception


Dinner on your own

Saturday, September 17

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Awards Breakfast (provided)

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Workshops are interactive sessions offering opportunities for dialogue, reflection and action learning. See Session Details for more.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Business Meeting and Assembly 2016 Closing Session


Lunch, departures or Grand Rapids adventures on your own

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.

State Arts Agency/State Arts Action Network Joint Forum
Offered in collaboration with Americans for the Arts**
Lunch provided for forum participants only

* Limited travel stipends are available for these groups, thanks to cooperative agreement support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Contact NASAA for additional details.  

** Americans for the Arts convenes both the State Arts Action Network and the State Policy Pilot Program in Grand Rapids in conjunction with NASAA Assembly 2016. For more information about those groups, please contact Americans for the Arts.