“What’s Next for the Arts in Philadelphia”

11am-3:30pm, Saturday, October 10 @ The Platt Student Performing Arts House at the University of Pennsylvania – 3702 Spruce Street
TICKETS: $20 per person/ $15 for students, includes lunch

The Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia – a local chapter of American’s for the Arts – is hosting our annual “Creative Conversation” in October. This year, we’re proud to present a half-day conference around our 2015 theme, What’s Next for the Arts in Philadelphia? The conference will serve as an opportunity for emerging artists to share a vision of the future and generate cutting edge ideas to utilize across industries.


11am – Welcome Remarks

The National Picture: Creative Conversations and Emerging Arts Leaderswith Amy Scheidegger, Board President

The Local Picture: The #whatsnextartsphilly Year and Today… with Morgan Gengo, Events Committee Chair, Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia

11:15am-12pm – Keynote Address – A Vision of Plenty: The Future of Cultural Equity in America…with Thaddeus Squire, Managing Director, CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia

12:15pm-1pm Breakout Sessions A – Choose ONE to learn about and discuss #whatsnextartsphilly in…

  • Arts Education (Designing New Ways to Teach and Promote The Arts from K-12, University, and Beyond)…with Linda Fernandez, Director, The Picasso Project, Public Citizens for Children and Youth AND Ellen Owens, Director of Learning Programs, The Penn Museum
  • Creative Placemaking (On the role of Brick & Mortar Storefronts, Community Development, and Pop Up Gardens)…with Jeff Barg, Associate Director of Planning and External Policy Relations, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Lillian Dunn, Program Manager for SPACES at the Village of the Arts and Humanities, AND Steve Harner, Owner, Bridgeset Sound
  • Public Art and Galleries (On The Next Stop Democracy Project, Civic Engagement, and Going Beyond The Gallery)…with Conrad Benner, Founder/Editor of StreetsDept.com, Matt Erdley, Associate Creative Director and Lansie Sylvia, Director of Engagement of Here’s My Chance, AND Andrew Cameron Zahn, Owner/Curator/Director of CRUXspace

1pm-1:45pmWorking Lunch – Choose ONE to listen to the “What’s Next” questions and opportunities in fields OUTSIDE of the Arts and then discuss what lessons can be applied to #whatsnextartsphilly in…

  • Architecture (On the “Ideals” of Staying Small vs. the “Realities” of Growing, Merging, and Getting Big)…with Tony Bracali, Vice President of Design at the Goldenberg Group
  • Bars (On Being the Middle Ground between the Street and the Gallery and Independent Ownership)…with Robert Perry, Founder/Owner, Tattooed Mom
  • Religion (On Collaboration, Creative Resource Sharing, and, dare we say it, Closure)… with Rev. George Dietrich, Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church

2pm-2:45pmBreakout Sessions B – #whatsnextartsphilly in…

  • Arts Entrepreneurship (On Creative Resourcing, Market Differentiation Through Design, and Funding for the For-Profit, Not-For-Profit, and Individual Artist)… with Lorenzo Buffa, Founder and Design Lead, Analog Watch Co. AND Erica Hawthorne, Founder and Managing Director, Small But Mighty Arts
  • Arts and Audiences and Communities (On Incubating Ideas, Logical Linkages to Communities, and Making A Statement with Art)…with Barbara Hogue, Executive Director, Christ Church Neighborhood House, Gina Renzi, Executive Director, The Rotunda, AND Hazami Sayed, Executive Director, Al Bustan Seeds of Culture
  • Arts and Technology (On Leveraging Technologies, New Products, and Going Beyond Social Media)…with Lynette Zimmerman, President and CEO of Key Elements Group

3pm-3:30pmWrap-Up and Takeaways

Speed-Date and Speed-Calendar and Create Your Own #whatsnextartsphilly

  • Find Someone You Connected To Today
  • Share An Anecdote or Lesson Learned from Your Day
  • Ask A Question From Your Day
  • Share A #whatsnextartsphilly from your own career or peer group
  • Schedule a Get Together For Before December 31 to continue the dialogue
  • Rinse and Repeat!