What’s Next in the Arts? Creative Conversation Symposium

Saturday, October 20, 11AM-2:30PM
Drexel URBN Annex
3401 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia’s Creative Conversation is our flagship event, a dynamic mini-symposium held in October in chorus with emerging arts leaders networks throughout the country as encouraged by Americans for the Arts. Our sixth annual Creative Conversation will feature engaging keynote and breakout presentations, as well as opportunities for attendees to share their thoughts.

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James Claiborne, Keynote Speaker
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James is a connected, passionate and results-driven leader from the Philadelphia creative sector. In this keynote talk, he will look beyond current best practices to anticipate shifts that impact artists and arts leaders in a wide variety of creative institutions.

Breakout Sessions

Build Your Own Seat at the Table: Addressing Underrepresentation in the Arts 
Davinica Nemtzow
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This session will address why representation matters, look at the impact of a few successful grassroots arts organizations, and guide you through the creation of your own inclusive spaces. Participants will leave this session with a few leadership tools and action items to help them create their own inclusive spaces, for themselves and others.

Storytelling For Impact
Lansie Sylvia
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Participants will learn how to tell better stories themselves and train employees, board members, and volunteers in the art of storytelling. Key principles from this workshop can be applied across a variety of channels, from emails to social media to your annual report.

WHAM! Deconstructing Power Dynamics Between Funders + Artists
Melissa Hamilton & Jamaine Smith
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This workshop will use Design Thinking – a methodology providing solution-based approaches to solving complex problems – to help us deconstruct and understand how funders and artists can become more transparent with each other and recognize how each brings equally necessary resources.

10:00AM: Pre-Event Resume Review, Registration
11:00AM: Welcome, Keynote Presentation
12:00PM: Lunch & Networking
12:50PM: Breakout Session 1
1:40PM: Breakout Session 2
2:30PM: End

Bonus: Resume Review
Whether you’re fresh out of school, changing careers, or just looking to make some updates, make an appointment with one of our resume reviewers: in just fifteen minutes, we’ll give you essential, customized tips for making your skills and experience stand out.

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Hosting Sponsor – Drexel University Arts Administration & Museum Leadership Program