ArtsLAB 2017

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What is ArtsLAB?
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: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Harmony 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
Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre - MTC

Shobha Subramanian, Jayamangala
Patrick Washington, Spoken Word Mercenary 
8:30 am           Registration/Networking Breakfast
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         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), Kamille Delaney-McNeil (OrchKids), and Mary Dell'Erba (AEMS Alliance)
Advocacy: Telling Your Story: Shodekeh (Beat boxer), Elisabeth Dorman (Americans for the Arts), Kerry Holahan (Singer)
What Funders Want: Jessica Abel (Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts) with others TBD
Creative Approaches to Arts Marketing: Anneliese DeDiemar (Imagination Stage), Kristen McCurdy (Maryland Federation of Art), and Luther Wright (Visual Artist)


Who's Who

Keynote Speaker
 Michael J. Bobbitt: Artistic Director of Adventure  Theatre MTC (ATMTC) since 2007, Michael  leads, directs and develops the vision, theater  productions, academy, and outreach programs.  Under Michael’s leadership, ATMTC has grown  from a $450K Budget to $2.6M and grown its  patron base from 15K to 80K annually. Michael  led the company through a merger with Musical  Theatre Center in 2012.
 Michael is the recipient of the 2015 Excel  Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit  Advancement and the 2010 County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities - Emerging Leader Award and Maryland Theatre Guide’s 2015 Person of the Year Award.  He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).   As a writer, his work has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His new musicals, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Caps for Sale appeared at the New Victory Theatre in NYC, toured Nationally and Three Little Birds received a Charles MacArthur Award Nomination for Outstanding New Play or Musical.
Michael has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, Next Stop Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Metro Stage, Rorshach Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, 1st Stage, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera.  He has been nominated for numerous Helen Hayes Awards.
 Shobha Subramanian: Shobha Subramanian is  an award winning dancer-teacher-singer-  choreographer who has studied dance under  senior gurus of India (Mrs. Sundari Seshadri,  Dhananjayans, Professor CV Chandrashekhar, &  Kalamandalam Usna Banu) and has toured and  performed widely in India, Europe, U.S.A., and  Africa. She is the three-time winner of Individual  Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.  As Dance Director of the Jayamangala School of  Dance, Shobha has presented more than 30  student Arangetrams, several dance dramas, and  two mega dance conferences in Maryland. She holds a graduate degree MFA in Theatre from Towson University and her choreography brings out "innovation within tradition". She has collaborated with the National Ballet in Maryland and Barefeet Theater dancers in Africa to produce multi-cultural performances. She organized Jayamangala's first international performance tour to Zambia in March 2013 and an India performance tour in January 2017. For the past three years, she has been teaching an undergraduate course titled Introduction to Indian Dance at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Shobha is the recipient of several titles and awards in India, such as Nritya Shivali, Natya Saradhi, and Nrithya Ratna.
 Patrick Washington: Patrick has spent the last  20 years performing, conducting interactive  workshops & spreading his love for the spoken,  written & the rhythmic word across the country.  Forged in DC’s vibrant arts community of the mid-  90’s, Patrick found a home early on in DC. Quite  the shark when it comes to art & activism, Patrick  has worked for several respected organizations  through the years such as The American Poetry  Museum, America Scores, Youth Build, and  Words Beats & Life.  He is constantly merging his  work with artists of other genres, resulting in  numerous collaborations, such as, “The Opulence of Integrity”, his 2014 work of poetry & movement with dance director Christal Brown.
His most beloved collaboration by far will always be his 18 year-long partnership as one-half of the Hip-hop/spoken word duo the POEM-CEES.  Performing with the POEM-CEES, Patrick was a regular on HBO's Def Poetry Jam in the early 2000’s and was featured by the NFL Network during the 2007 draft.  In 2009, he was hired by Tavis Smiley to narrate his national museum exhibit, “America I Am”, and once again with POEM-CEES, he was commissioned to create a poem dedicating the monument to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King which he performed on the national mall on October 16th 2011.  He has recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it, the position of Youth Poet Laureate for Prince George’s County, MD, which gives youth artists a direct line to government officials in recognizing youth related issues.


ArtsLAB 2017 is sponsored in part by: