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ArtsLab 2018

November 8, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


ArtsLAB is a traveling professional development symposium, 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.


Why should you attend ArtsLAB? 

MCA utilizes ArtsLAB as an inclusive space for open dialogue around topics that influence and enhance the Maryland arts sector. There are elements for arts administrators, artists, board members, volunteers, funders, and advocates.

Topic: Unheard Voices
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Gordon Center, Owings Mills, Maryland
The Gordon Center is compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Click HERE for information.
  • $20 general registration
  • $15 per person for groups of 3 or more from the same organization.

The theme of this year’s symposium will be “Unheard Voices,” examined through the lens of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) initiatives. It will feature presentations by, and conversations with artists, programs and organizations doing the intentional work that moves beyond conversation, turning IDEAs into action. Attendees will come away with resources to take back to their organizations, to initiate or continue their own IDEA work. Come and add your voice to the conversation!
Visit our IDEA page by clicking the logo below! 

Keynote Speaker



9:00 am Registration/Networking Breakfast

10:00 am Performance

10:15 am Welcome

10:45 am Keynote – Alysia Lee

11:45 am Lunch

1:00 pm Breakout #1

2:15 pm Breakout #2

3:30 pm IDEA Session and Closing Remarks

Afternoon Workshops

Intentional and Equitable Funding

Jessica Solomon (Deutsch Foundation)
Jessica Bellis (Avalon Foundation)
Steven Skerritt-Davis (Maryland State Arts Council)
Maggie Villegas (Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network)
Moderator: Jessica Abel

Take a behind-the-scenes look at state, urban, and rural arts funding and community support organizations across Maryland and their paths to more equitable funding strategies. What worked? What didn’t? What conversations had to happen along the way?

Fighting for Arts Education

Julia Di Bussolo & Betty Gonzales (Arts Every Day)
Mary Dell’Erba (Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance)
Kristen Tyler (Queen Anne’s County Public Schools)
Unique Robinson (Wide Angle Youth Media)
Moderator: Precious Blake

What happens when a grassroots arts advocacy campaign turns to the youth? Join this how-to session about giving students a platform and strengthening the next generation of arts advocates.

Arts Access: Bridging the Gap

JW Rone (Institute for Integrative Health)
Joanne Margolius (Magical Experiences)
Suzanne Richard (Open Circle Theatre)
Moderator: Emily Cory

Does your organization promote a culture of access and inclusivity to encompass persons with disabilities and veterans? Join this panel of experts as they discuss what it means to make the arts truly accessible to all.

Advocacy: Finding Your Vehicle

Kibibi Ajanku (Urban Arts Leadership Fellowship)
Joanne Seelig (Imagination Stage)
Busy Graham (Carpe Diem Arts)
Moderator: Brittany Andrew

Advocacy works through different lenses and at different levels. Learn how these advocates leverage the relationships within their communities and use art to amplify their message.