Summit Schedule – Day 1

Stay tuned for more session information, coming soon!

8:00-12:30PM Registration

Location: University Center

8:00-9:00AM Breakfast

Location: University Center

9:00-9:50AM Open Plenary

Location: University Center

Welcome will be given from Secretary of Commerce, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and UMBC.

10:00-10:45AM Creative Keynotes

Choice of interactive Creative Keynote from the following: 

  • Dance
  • Choral
  • Sketch
  • Creative Writing
  • Theater/Improv
  • The Clarice/Artists Panel: Becoming Rapid Responders
  • LED-Art
  • OrchKids – Student Led Creative Composition
  • Traditional Arts

11:00-12:30PM Breakout Session I

We Have What We Need Right Here: The Creative Community Inventory

Presenters: Todd Bressi, Suzan Jenkins, Graham Coriel-Allen, Neena Narayanan

Time: 90 minutes

The goal of this session is to provide greater understanding of how public artists can support community planning efforts. The presenters will share perspectives through four specific case studies and provide a hands-on experience through one facilitated activity. Case studies will include artist-led efforts to define and survey the assets of a community as it enters into a planning process; artist-created participatory processes; a grassroots approach to strengthening a community’s arts ecosystem; and a strategic plan that is helping a County arts agency rekindle critical agency relationships, identify catalytic projects and expand access to public art resources among underserved artists and communities.

Creating Your Own Spaces with Cultura Plenera

Presenters: Xiomara and Crystal Rivera

Time: 60 minutes

This session explores how Cultura Plenera began as an organization due to the need of spaces and opportunities to share Bomba/Plena and other cultural expressions of Puerto Rican folklore in the DMV area. The response from the community was such that shortly after, not just Puerto Rican people would attend the events but it because a place in which any Marylander that enjoyed multicultural expressions could stop by and be part of the event.For the fist six or seven years it was a grass root movement, being organized and funded by friends and family. It was not until recently that we have gotten support of corporate sponsors and grants.

Creative Placemaking in Non-Traditional Art Spaces

Presenter: Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman 

Time: 90 minutes

The practice of creative placemaking has traditionally been a concept associated with the industry of architecture and design within urban spaces. This presentation expands on the concept, identifying the ways that communities utilize arts and entertainment as a bridge to economic empowerment, building environmental awareness and connecting citizens to educational opportunities. Highlighting examples of creative placemaking taking place in predominately Black communities throughout the United States and specifically in Maryland, this presentation identifies the characteristics that indicate the demonstrated benefits of this practice, offering recommendations for implementation by self-producing performing artists and community organizers.

Legal Advice for Maryland Creatives

Presenter: Adam Holofcener, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Time: 90 minutes

Much to the chagrin of artists, there are legal implications to making creative work. This applies to amateurs and professionals alike in all mediums of expression. The minute that you put paint to canvas, or sine wave to hard drive, or light to celluloid, copyright gets involved. This can be a good thing because copyright strengthens your ability to protect and profit from your creative expressions. Similarly, whenever you collaborate with other artists, get a commission from a patron, or take on some independent contractor work, an oral or written contract is likely lurking around the corner. Contracts help humans figure out exactly what their wants, needs, and expectations are for any particular scenario. During this presentation, we will cover introductory legal issues related to copyright and contracts, and we will discuss how these two areas of the law relate to your work as an independent artist.

Making Space for Critical Connections: Lessons from the ’18 Baltimore Artists Retreat

Presenters: Jess Solomon & Khadija Adell

Time: 90 minutes

Last summer, the Deutsch Foundation hosted 40 Baltimore-based artists and 15 national arts consultants in a bucolic setting with the goals of making connections, deepening networks, and expanding professional opportunities in the local arts ecosystem and beyond. Since the retreat, many participants have actualized those goals in transformative ways. The retreat is an emerging case study in the power of mindful convening.

This hands on session will mine data and insights from the retreat while exploring these critical questions:

  1. What can organizations with convening power do to positively impact the arts ecosystem in their communities?
  2. How might cultural institutions and arts organizations help grow connections between artists, arts administrators, and producers?
  3. What critical conversations do artists need to have with each other?

Art Instruction and the Department of Juvenile Services

Presenters: Claire M. Schwadron, Antoinette McLeod, Pamela Reid, Carien Quiroga, Kwame Ansah-Brew

Time: 90 minutes

This panel will share how art is a significant part of the treatment plan for some of Maryland’s most traumatized and marginalized teens, specifically for youth under the care of the state’s Department of Juvenile Services. The panel includes the Executive Director of Residential Operations for DJS, Antoinette McLeod; Senior Director of Project Youth ArtReach of Artivate, Inc., Claire Schwadron; and three skilled teaching artists working within the partnership of Artivate and DJS: Pamela Reid, Carien Quiroga, and Kwame Ansah-Brew. The panel will provide concrete examples of successful ceramics, painting and music programs as well as some challenges of teaching youth inside secure facilities, followed by Q & A.

The “One House” Project

Presenters: Jackie Hoysted, Laura Roulet, Evie Altman, Sonya Michel

Time: 60 minutes

In 2017, a group of DC-area artists formed as ArtWatch to use our visual arts skills as tools to advocate for the best values of democracy, such as inclusion, tolerance, and openness. To that end we initiated an ambitious project: One House. This is an installation consisting of the framework of a house which serves as the scaffold for hundreds of artists’ panels using multiple styles and media to honor the journeys of their ancestors to America. Learn about the project, how you might replicate it and add to this powerful visual statement of the strength of diversity and the elements of our shared humanity.

Arts & Urban Education

Presenter: Dana Carr

Time: 90 minutes

This session intends to ensure educators working in environments impacted by urban culture and who are teaching the arts are delivering high quality experiences to students which are relevant, meaningful, hands on, and enhance learning in all areas. UAEA participants are given an in-depth training opportunity in arts, education, and urban education specifically. After investigating what urban means, and which techniques and strategies of teaching the arts can be most useful here through discussion and experiential exercises, participants will work to develop a mini lesson they can take back to students incorporating some of these techniques.

Retaining Talented Artists and Arts Administrators

Presenter: Jason King Jones

Time: 60 minutes

Panel discussion about seeding the field with the next generation of great arts-makers and best practices to implement structures that encourage long and impactful careers in the arts sector. We will share Olney Theatre’s apprentice training and National Players model and hear from those who have recently completed the training program and are now working full-time in the field as performers, administrator, managers and creative personnel. We’ll also discuss financial considerations for apprentice training programs and other important plans and structures in order to have a successful arts- training program.

Becoming Rapid Responders: A conversation about Art and Resilience

Presenters: Elizabeth Johnson, Vincent Thomas, Erica Bondarev Rapach, Jane Hirshberg

Time: 90 minutes (Continuation of Creative Keynote)

How does an arts organization become nimble and responsive to community needs and issues in a way that is meaningful and artistic? How can we position ourselves as thought leaders and instigators, while maintaining good communication and active listening? We, as artist and arts professionals, can make unity stylish again. Let’s have a conversation about how to do that. We will begin with an artist-led activity that encourages safety and comfort. Let’s have a conversation about how to do that. We will begin with an artist-led activity that encourages safety and comfort, then hear some ideas in development from Andre Mazelin (Prince George’s Community College), Josh Kohn (Creative Alliance), Synatra Smith (Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center), Brooke Kidd (Joe’s Movement Emporium) and Scott and Alisha Patterson (Afro House). Your ideas are an integral part of this session, too! Join at 10am for a text and movement warm-up and then we’ll begin our storytelling and idea swapping at 11am.



12:00-1:35PM Lunch

Location: University Center

1:45-3:15PM Breakout Session II

Contemporary Public Art Infrastructure Projects

Presenter: Jann Rosen-Queralt, Alec Simpson, Megan Lewis, Facilitator 

Time: 60 minutes

Infrastructure can be a major element in shaping urban amenities. During this session examples of contemporary public art infrastructure projects will be presented providing insight into the shaping of public space. Topics will include finding project opportunities, best communication practices with collaborators and team members and conducting research for development of proposals. Many individuals, such as community members, public art administrators, urban planners and architects, are integral to each project. The objective is to identify how an artist navigates the many facets of a project while creating art that remains true to their vision.

Making Safe Art Space

Presenter: Amy Bonitz

Time: 60 minutes

Location: Performing Arts & Humanities Building 229 Classroom

The issue of Safe Art Space has been a focus of national attention with the tragic fire in an artist created space in Oakland, CA that killed 35 people and the wave of closures of artist created spaces that followed including Baltimore’s Bell Foundry. BARCO’s Making Safe Art Space session will discuss ways that artists and arts organizations can work toward upgrading their spaces to be code compliant and/or creating new spaces for their art practice or arts organization. BARCO will provide an overview of the permitting and development process from project idea, assembling a team, project planning, securing necessary zoning, historic and design approvals, developing a pathway to code compliance and financing improvements. BARCO will utilize case studies from its Safe Art Space initiative to illustrate key concepts and share real life examples.

Amazing Nonprofits: Accounting for Nonprofits & Artists

Presenter: Nancy Hall

Time: 90 minutes

Location: Performing Arts & Humanities Building 234 Classroom

This session will focus on what a nonprofit or a small business has to do to meet basic financial reporting requirements, what documents have to be stored and for how long, and the best way to store those documents.   A reporting calendar will be provided and tips on how to do maintain financial records safely, cheaply, and able to be transferred from one treasurer to the next (for nonprofits).  This is not for the experienced accountant, this is for folks connected with the arts that want their organization to be legal and accountable.


Presenters: Dr. David Fakunle, Ph.D. & “Dr. Mama” Deborah Pierce-Fakunle

Time: 90 minutes

DiscoverME/RecoverME is an organization that utilizes storytelling to 1. Acknowledge positive intrinsic qualities and encourage an emotional foundation for recovery from trauma and its manifestations, and 2. Promote personal and organizational autonomy of one’s narrative and its expression. This experiential workshop facilitates understanding of the importance of storytelling in culture, the function of the griot in the context of trauma, analyzing the primary components of a story, application of positive intrinsic qualities in effort to create and fortify emotional foundations for recovery and healing, and modalities for expressing one’s story to various audiences.

Baltimore ClayWorkforce Development Program Project

Presenter: Nicole Fall

Time: 90 minutes

Baltimore Clayworks started Baltimore ClayWorkforce Development Program in September 2018 in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools’ Office of Transition Services. This project brings students, ages 16- 21, with disabilities, to Clayworks 3 days per week over 3 ten week sessions. They engage in the development of hand-building ceramic skills, studio maintenance, and exhibit preparation. They are learning transferrable soft and hard employment skills. This session will engage participants in working with clay while the students and staff talk about their experience in the program.

Learn the Stars© Collage Technique to Dream, Heal & Bloom

Presenter: Robin M. Gilliam

Time: 60 minutes

During this session participants will create one STARS© collage. The process of creating an intuitive collage is healing as we tap into our dreams and gain confidence to bloom into our light. Creating a STARS© Collage is a wonderful tool for individual journaling at home or to use with a group of students.

Moving the Equity Conversation Forward

Presenter: Kibibi Ajanku

Time: 90 minutes

Moving the Equity Conversation Forward is an interactive session designed to empower participants with information about the effects of implicit bias and intention versus impact within the cultural workplace. Additionally, participants will leaved armed with intentional and impactful strategies for contributing to a diverse and equitable arts sector landscape. The gathering will begin with a two-part organizational case study, followed by a rapid-fire group break-out component, and close with solutions to build and encourage greater social justice.

Board Management: Developing a Culture of Inclusion from Recruitment to Management

Presenter: Jeannie Howe and Navasha Daya 

Time: 60 minutes

Building a culture of inclusion on your nonprofit Board of Directors is more than a numbers game. Starting with recruitment, you must think differently about the role of your Board and what each member brings individually. This session will explore how organizations can move away from traditional models of Board management towards supporting a healthy, productive, and diverse governing body. Attendees will gain a broader understanding what diversity actually means for a Board and how to mindfully and skillfully manage a shift in culture that will result from recruiting a more inclusive governing body.

The Joy Project: Supporting the Voice and Agency for Students in the Middle Grades

Presenters: Denise Kumani Gantt, Ron Kipling Williams, Ebony Evans

Time: 60 minutes

We will do a 15-minute presentation on our methodology and process showcasing one of the schools with whom we work. This may include video affidavits from student participants. We will then conduct a 15-minute writing and sharing session. Then, we will lead participants through a 15-minute improvisational scenario session, and some groups will act out a scene during this session. The workshop will conclude with a 15-minute question and answer period.

Building Art Through Consensus Organizing: A Case Study on Huckleberry Finn’s Big River 

Presenters: Leon Seeman & Monique Midgett

Time: 90 minutes

Using art to tackle controversial issues is daunting for Arts Institutions and risks hurting the bottom line. Using a process called Consensus Organizing, Adventure Theatre MTC was able to produce a revised version of Big River, based on the polarizing novel Huckleberry Finn. Learn how the process changed the production, and its enduring impact for ATMTC. Leon Seemann and Monique Midgette discuss how working with more than 100 members and leaders of the African American community not only improved the art on the stage, but expanded the reach of ATMTC and raised the organization’s consciousness.

3:30-5:00PM Breakout Session III

Olfactory Factory

Presenter: Laure Drogoul

Time: 60 minutes

Laure Drogoul as the Hostess of Smell will present a participatory performance and workshop about sensory perception, memory and place. The session invites the audience to participate in an artwork that has a performative and sensorial dimension. Among the many places our noses may lead us, we will consider public and private spaces and the relationship between man-made space and the natural environment. The Olfactory Factory performance will include blindfolds and smell samples collected throughout Baltimore. Not all viewers need to participate in the performance, but can observe and contribute via the session’s discussion and an on-line smell survey.

An Intimate Moment with the Beijing Opera

Presenter: Chuiyuen Yung

Time: 60 minutes

There are two parts for the session: one for lecture and the other for demonstration and discussion. In the lecture part, Ms. Chuiyuen Yung will talk about the characteristics of Beijing Opera acting/singing style and how the singing/acting style reflects the beauty of oriental ladies. Mrs. Yan Brendel will show the audience the singing and acting of a Beijing Opera artist on stage, in addition to my verbal elaboration. The combination of lecture and demonstration should be a good way to help the audience understand the unique attraction of Beijing Opera. In the discussion part, the speakers will facilitate the sharing and discussion among audience participants to explore various ways of effective promotion of different cultures in the communities.

Mapping Racism Toolkit for Your Community

Presenter: Brooke Kidd

Time: 60 minutes

Mapping Racism Toolkit for Your Community will share insights for designing an arts program in your community to explore how red lining, development and land use have created racial barriers to property ownership. The panel will highlight how broad partnerships, local government, research, and land records lead to a series of performances and events in the Gateway Arts District. From commissioning new work based on local history, dancing at a barrier, house parties and panel discussions, Mapping Racism has been a timely exploration of racial inequality and solutions to prevent it.

Achieving a High Quality, Inclusive and Equitable Arts Education for Youth

Presenter: Brian Kaufman, Randi Levy and Jared Perry

Time: 90 minutes

In this facilitated discussion, our collective and differing purposes for arts education will be discussed while we also reflect on how we define quality. Challenges to achieving, assessing, and sustaining quality will be explored. Where are our greatest areas of success? What are the tensions and opportunities to reimagine our work? Participants in this interactive session will leave with ideas about how they might further achieve their goals and best support equitable, inclusive, high quality arts education for Maryland youth. Sharing ideas with each other will aid us in our work to achieve common goals for our arts education community.

Putting Joy in Learning: Using the New Maryland Fine Arts Standards for Early Childhood

Presenter: Lenore Kelner

Time: 60 minutes

Join theatre teaching artist, Lenore Blank Kelner in an interactive session that explores using movement and drama in a lesson designed for young learners. The lesson aligns with the MD Fine Art Standards in Theatre for students in grades PreK-2. In this fun, informative and active session, participants will:
– Explore a variety of simple acting/drama techniques
– Demonstrate understanding of the new MD Fine Art Standards and their four artistic processes
– Discuss the value of using the standards to guide planning and instruction
– Brainstorm application of the MD Fine Art Standards in future lessons
– Discuss the social and emotional learning embedded in arts instruction.

Partnershps in Development

Presenter: Maureen McNeill

Time: 60 minutes

This session will illustrate the practice and benefits of collaboration and communication among development teams. Goals of the session are:
– Encourage development directors to see their counterparts in other arts organization as colleagues, rather than competitors;
– Demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and communication between organizations;
– Share fundraising best practices of panel member organizations;
– Provide networking and mentoring opportunity for early career development professionals
– Foster an environment that will lead to partnerships and will enhance professionalism among those who raise funds for Maryland Arts organizations.

Share the Story of your Art

Presenter: Zach Powers & Gina Hill

Time: 90 minutes

The Writer’s Center’s creative writing workshop will provide participants with concrete skills to take with you into the writing you do in support of your artistry or in your personal lives. The workshop will cover two topics: 1. Share the Story of Your Art (Narrative Skills), helping you build a unique, compelling platform, connecting your audience to your work. This segment will feature structured storytelling and organizing ideas. 2. Show, Don’t Tell (The Power of Detail): Specific, vivid details engage readers, making a story stand out. This segment will demonstrate how sensory and other details can help your writing shine.

Arts & Entertainment Disctricts Manager Meeting

Presenter: Steven Skerritt-Davis

Time: 90 minutes

This session is a meeting for Maryland A&E District managers and will include information from MSAC about grant and additional professional development opportunities as well as time for networking and planning. All A&E Districts should plan to send at least one representative.

National Folk Festival Panel

Presenters: Mayor Jake Day, Caroline O’Hare, Liz Fitzsimmons, Lora Bottinelli; Moderated by Blaine Waide

Time: 60 minutes

This session will share the economic, community and artistic impacts of the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD. For three years (2018-2019), Salisbury is the host city for the nation’s oldest and longest-running multicultural traditional arts festival– it is the first time in the event’s seven decades long history that it has ever been presented in Maryland. The National Folk Festival is a large, FREE, outdoor traveling event, showcasing a diverse array of America’s finest traditional artists and craftspeople in performances; demonstrations; parades; workshops; cross-cultural dialogues and musical exchanges; and educational programs for children. The National attracts and develops sizable new audiences; helps to revitalize and strengthen communities; and seeds new, sustainable traditional arts events across the nation that have consistently delivered lasting cultural, social and economic benefits to host cities and regions. The panel of experts will focus on the economic, community and artistic impacts of the event in its first year in Salisbury and plans for the 2019-2020 festival. This will include a discussion of a comprehensive economic impact study, reflections on community engagement initiatives, review of marketing and tourism development strategy, and discussion of the leveraging power of the event for spurring infrastructure developments throughout the Salisbury A & E district.

UMBC Public Tour: Work-in-Progress Hard Hat Tour

Presenters: Liesel Fenner, Tim Nohe, Joseph Rexing AIA

Time: 90 minutes

An introduction to Maryland’s percent-for-art program and the design of a new UMBC public artwork in implementation. Presentation will be followed by a hard hat tour of a new public artwork in development in in the new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, pants and shirts with a minimum 4″ sleeve. Hardhats and safety vests will be provided.



6:30 PM Maryland Heritage Awards

Location: Proscenium Theatre (RSVP REQUIRED to attend)

Heavy hors d’oeuvres in lobby at 5pm

Doors and music at 6pm

Dessert reception to follow

The Maryland Heritage Awards recognize outstanding stewardship of folklife, or community-based living cultural traditions handed down by example or word of mouth. At an annual ceremony, awards are given out in three categories: Person/People, Place, and Tradition. This year’s winners are: in the category of Person/People, bluegrass musician and promoter Jay Armsworthy of St. Mary’s County; in the category of Place, the Arch Social Club, a supporter of African American community and culture in Baltimore City since 1905; and in the category of Tradition, the Puerto Rican music and dance traditions of bomba and plena, as upheld by Cultura Plenera of Howard County. Winners will appear and perform as part of the ceremony.