Thursday, September 15
3:00 – 4:00 P.M. BRIEFING SESSIONS
Briefing sessions showcase new research and best practices.
Each fall more than 400,000 visitors descend upon Grand Rapids, where anyone can find a voice in the conversation about art and why it matters. Learn the ins and outs of this festival and its uniquely experimental approach to civic engagement and economic impact.
USING DATA TO MAKE YOUR CASE
Compelling data—communicated well!—can ignite successful arts advocacy efforts. Learn how three states are using research strategically to empower arts advocacy and policy development.
RURAL ECONOMIES AND THE ARTS
Take a look at programs and partnerships designed specifically to broaden sustainable business opportunities, nurture authentic cultural assets and help rural communities to flourish through the arts.
THE MOSAIC MODEL IN ACTION
Artists from Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit share the theory and the practice of their exemplary creative youth development program. Learn how this approach has dramatic positive effects on the artistic, life and workplace skills of participating students.
DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE ARTS WORK FORCE: THE FUTURE STARTS HERE
DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project) is leading a new national initiative to collect standardized demographic data on the nonprofit cultural work force. This briefing shares more about the methodology and the results, which will paint a true picture of the current cultural work force, inform future action agendas and help monitor progress over time.
ESSA AND WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION
This briefing provides a succinct primer on changes in state education policy and sheds light on the implications and opportunities for the arts. Meet the new director of the Arts Education Partnership and learn how state arts agencies can shape arts education policy.
4:30 – 5:30 P.M. BRIEFING SESSIONS
All briefing sessions repeat during this time. See above for session details.
6:30 – 8:30 P.M. NASAA ASSEMBLY 2016 RECEPTION
Build your professional network while exploring the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Michigan's oldest museum housing an eclectic collection of artifacts celebrating the theme of curiosity. The Lansing Unionized Vaudeville Spectacle is sure to offer an unforgettable performance.
Friday, September 16
7:30 – 8:15 A.M. BREAKFAST
8:30 – 10:30 A.M. PEER SESSIONS
Peer sessions offer staff and council members the opportunity to network and exchange ideas within job-alike groups.
Chairs and Council Members
Garbo Hearne (AR)
Nola Ruth (MO)
Laura Smith (NASAA)
Karen Hanan (WA)
Beth Klingenstein (ND)
Randy Rosembaum (RI)
Deputy /Assistant Directors
Marian Boyd (AR)
Rebecca Cruse (SD)
Barbara Edwards (AL)
Arts Education Managers
Chuck Winkler (TX)
Laura Forbes (AK)
Communications /Public Information Officers
Kira Bacon (VT)
Suzanne Lynch (TN)
Community Development Coordinators
Jason Bowcutt (UT)
Zon Eastes (VT)
Sarah Mutrux (VT)
Folk and Traditional Arts Coordinators
Marsha MacDowell (MI)
Grants and Fiscal Officers
Shelly Gilbride (CA)
Tina Lilly (GA)
11:00 A.M. – Noon PLENARY SESSION
Hear from 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. You'll also be treated to a special performance by Naomi Yamaguchi, a young piano virtuoso.
Noon – 1:00 P.M. LUNCHEON
1:00 – 1:45 P.M. KEYNOTE PERFORMANCE
Through his distinctive blend of personal storytelling and compelling performance, entrepreneur and musician Kai Kight invites you to seize opportunities for creativity and virtuosity in your work as public arts leaders.
2:10 P.M. BUS DEPARTURES TO OFF-SITE SEMINARS
2:30 – 4:30 P.M. SEMINARS
New this year, Assembly seminars are longer sessions allowing for deeper exploration of topics connected to state arts agency innovation and change.
DESIGN THINKING FOR STATE GOVERNMENT
Kendall College of Art and Design
Are you looking for new ways to increase the impact of your programs, collaborations or procedures? The growing field of human-centered design can help. It uses a blend of creativity, curiosity, research and data analysis to unlock truly challenging problems and deliver fresh solutions. This session walks you through powerful examples of how this discipline is being used to transform government services, and offers hands-on exercises and tools you can use to spur innovation in your own agency.
BRIDGING DIFFERENCE AND DIVERSITY
Grand Rapids Art Museum
America is a continual work in progress, with demographic, social, economic and political shifts sparking new conversations about diversity in the arts field. Public arts agencies have an important role to play as facilitators, standard bearers and leaders of inclusive practices. This seminar offers a framework for recognizing the ways that identity and power differences can create barriers to understanding. It offers practical tools for addressing the individual, interpersonal, institutional and cultural dynamics involved in bridging differences among groups with diverse experiences and needs.
FLASHES OF INSPIRATION 2016
Amway Grand Plaza
Flashes of Inspiration is back! Come see the latest batch of bright ideas and new programs from 10 state arts agencies in a lively and inspiring mix of presentations taking just five minutes each. As part of this year's seminar format, we follow the presentations with a facilitated whole-group discussion about how state arts agencies can harness creativity and programmatic ingenuity within daily constraints.
Saturday, September 17
8:00 – 9:00 A.M. AWARDS BREAKFAST
Give a round of applause to our field's most outstanding leaders: NASAA's 2016 Gary Young Award and Distinguished Public Service Award winners.
9:30 – 11:00 A.M. WORKSHOPS
Saturday morning workshops are opportunities for dialogue, reflection and action learning.
IMPROV: AN ASSET FOR EVERYONE
Superior listening, communication and collaboration skills are critical to any innovation effort. Improv theatre is a powerful vehicle for building fluency in all of these areas. Sharpen your skills in this fun, participatory workshop.
PATHWAYS TO ARTS & MILITARY PARTNERSHIPS
The armed forces support network includes many different entities, each with unique goals and areas of specialty. Join this workshop to share your own experiences and learn more about how state arts agencies can forge successful partnerships and programs that address the needs of military and veteran populations.
CULTIVATING RESILIENCY IN A CRAZY WORLD
According to Harvard Business Review, resiliency is one of the most important 21st-century leadership skills. This workshop examines how the science and practice of mindfulness and self-compassion can help build resiliency and what the public arts sector can gain from it.
TAKING THE PULSE OF ARTS ADVOCACY EFFORTS
In addition to contentious presidential and congressional races, 86 of 99 state legislative chambers will hold elections this November. Are you ready? How are you preparing? This workshop includes real-time polling of session participants.
RESPONDING TO COMMUNITY TRAUMA
Acts of violence or civic discord can have far-reaching effects on community well-being. How should state arts agencies address these situations? Join this workshop to discuss state arts agency roles and gain practical guidance for developing a response.
11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. ASSEMBLY 2016 CLOSING SESSION
After our annual NASAA business meeting, we immerse ourselves in a quintessentially Michigan story told by Wild Swan Theater.
1:15 – 3:15 P.M. ADVOCATE FOR ARTS EDUCATION: STATE ARTS AGENCY/STATE ARTS ACTION NETWORK
The stakes are getting higher for arts education advocacy! New federal legislation gives states increased authority to decide what gets taught—and what doesn't—in public schools. Meanwhile, new research shows that some states are falling short of their arts education requirements, leaving too many students behind. State level advocacy can close those gaps and ensure that every child gets the benefits of a well-rounded education that includes the arts. Join this forum to discuss how state arts agencies and state arts advocacy organizations can collaborate to lead successful arts education advocacy efforts. This session is offered through a partnership with Americans for the Arts. Lunch is provided for Joint Forum participants.