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ArtsLab 2017

October 12, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development conference, presented by MCA each year, in different parts of the state. ArtsLAB is a place where artists, arts professionals, advocates and more, come together to discuss current issues and concerns facing the arts sector. In addition to thrilling performances, the morning portion highlights an individual keynote speaker which exemplifies best practices for the topic at hand. The afternoon portion of the day is a mix of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and case studies.

Who should attend ArtsLAB?

MCA encourages anyone in this sector to attend this event. There are elements for arts administrators, artists, board members, volunteers, and general arts lovers. There really is something for everyone.

Topic: Embracing Reinvention
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
LocationHarmony Hall Arts Center, Ft. Washington, Maryland

The theme of this year’s conference will be “Embracing Reinvention” and will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists and arts administrators that have found creative ways to adapt to the ever changing conditions of the arts sector. Come and add your voice to the conversation.
Cost: $15 per person, $12 per person for groups of 3 or more from one organization

Keynote Speaker





8:30 am           Registration/Networking Breakfast/Newbie Meet & Greet
9:30 am           Performance – Jayamangala
9:50 am           Welcome
10:00 am         Overview of the Day
10:05 am         Keynote – Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre MTC
10:30 am         Break
10:45 am         Performance – Patrick Washington
11:00 am         “Reinvention vs. Invention,” Interactive Panel and Q&A
     Moderator – Carla Du Pree
     Panelists – Michael Bobbitt, Patrick Washington, Louise Kennelly (Frederick Arts Council)
11:40 am         Lunch (included)
12:50 pm         Breakout #1
2:00 pm           Breakout #2
3:10 pm           Reconvene and Closing Remarks

Afternoon Workshops

Arts Education in the 21st Century

Matt Barinholtz (FutureMakers), Camille Delaney-McNeil (OrchKids), Mary Dell’Erba (AEMS Alliance)

Wondering about the direction of arts education in the state? This hands on workshop offers participants a look at new statewide arts education standards, as well as insights into nontraditional partnerships in arts education. This session includes a maker activity.

Advocacy: Telling Your Story

Elisabeth Dorman (Americans for the Arts), Kerry Holahan (Singer, Arts Advocate), Shodekeh (Beat boxer)

There is no one-sized-fits-all approach to arts advocacy. From meeting with lawmakers, to telling the story of your art to a passer-by on the street, advocacy comes in all forms. Join this workshop and learn how others advocate and how to create your own story.

Public Art: The Need for Dialogue

Kibibi Ajanku (Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, Arts Activist), Vinnie Bagwell (Public Artist), Ryan Patterson (Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts)

Moderator: Liesel Fenner (Maryland State Arts Council)

Join this group of panelists in a lively discussion about the role of public art. Panelists will discuss the importance of public art as a representation of the community where it is found, as well as why having a space for dialogue around installation and removal of works is so important.

Creative Approaches to Arts Marketing

Anneliese DeDiemar (Imagination Stage, Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation), Kristen McCurdy (Maryland Federation of Art), Elizabeth Kendall (Visual Artist)

Artists and organizations are living in a constant state of change. Every work and project needs to be adapted based on needs of a community. Join these panelists for a discussion on successes, challenges, opportunities, and trends seen through the lens of an arts marketer.