Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Asheville Area Arts Council to host 6th Annual Creative Sector Summit


6TH Annual Creative Sector Summit | April 8 & 9, 2016
The Value of Arts Education to Workforce Development and the Economy

The 6th Annual Creative Sector Summit, produced in partnership with the City of Asheville, The Asheville Art Museum, and the Asheville Lyric Opera, takes place:

  • Friday April 8th at the Diana Wortham Theater 9:00am to 12:00pm and the Asheville Area Arts Museum 1:30pm to 4:30pm (Registration Required)
  • Saturday April 9th 11:00am until 5:00pm at the Asheville Area Arts Museum (Free)
Friday afternoon and evening highlights include:

·   An Accessibility 101 workshop (registration required) presented by Arts Access that caters to staff and volunteers working at non-profit arts and cultural organizations and will enable them to better include people with disabilities. (Registration Required)

·    Arts Advocacy & Orientation for Arts Day 2016 in Raleigh, NC (FREE)

     A special dessert and wine reception sponsored by Aloft Asheville Downtown, which will be followed by special section seating at the Asheville Lyric Opera’s presentation of The Magic Flute. (Registration Required)

OUR THEME: The Value of Arts Education to Workforce Development and the Economy theme is built upon what we are seeing as a new understanding emerging among leaders and innovative organizations in our community around how the way children learn influences their capacity as workers in the future. The Summit is an event produced by the Asheville Area Arts Council in partnership with the City of Asheville, as recommended by the 2009 Downtown Asheville Master Plan. For 5 years thus far, we have explored topics relevant to the support of arts and culture, informing policy and bringing influential ideas and national best practices for creative placemaking.

While there are many great programs that serve the needs of small arts based businesses and artists, there is not yet a comprehensive, collaborative response in our community that provides dedicated, tailored, and strategically delivered workforce development to ensure the future success of Buncombe County’s cultural workers, especially those who are emerging from disadvantaged positions economically. Coordinating a response as a community, and coming together as partners who provide services, resources, and opportunities for these important creative producers is a requisite for ensuring our future vibrancy. As the need for skilled workers to support industry is recognized in Buncombe County by economic development leaders, so, too, do we recognize that small arts based businesses require the same kind of specialized training.

This year’s Creative Sector Summit will span two days with the Friday, April 8 morning sessions taking place at the Diana Wortham Theatre and Friday, April 8 afternoon sessions held at the Asheville Art Museum. Many of the events on Friday require paid registrations, which can be done via the Arts Council’s website (www.ashevillearts.com) before Wednesday, April 6 or the day of at the Summit.

Starting off our morning Friday the 8th will be Anthony Radich of WESTAF, who will present about Creative Vitality Suite, their tool for measuring the economic activity and impact of the creative sector. This is important to the topic of the day as data on creative industry occupations has been elusive, since many of its practitioners are sole proprietors, and the AAAC and partners have projects in the works to support the creative workforce, and need reliable data with which to measure success.

Other presentations include:

·         Ronette Dill, Principal, Saluda Elementary: “A+ Schools 20th Anniversary” video

·         Josh Batenhorst, Enterprise and Development Manager, ArtSpace Charter School: “21st Century Learners and the Workforce”

The panel following will be a conversation about Creative Industry workers with arts moderated by Morenga Hunt, who is a faculty/advisor in Winthrop University’s Master’s in Arts Administration program, with an extensive background in professional development training for artists, educators, and administrators. Our panel includes Tony Baldwin, Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools; Pamela Baldwin, Superintendent Asheville City Schools; Ronette Dill, Principal, Saluda Elementary; Justin Belleme, Founder & Director of Strategy, JB Media Group; and Josh Batenhorst, ArtSpace Charter School.

Saturday, April 9th’s FREE activities will be held at the Asheville Art Museum and will take place from 11:00am until 5:00pm. Saturday offers several exciting workshops, and performances for artists, educators, and families including a hands-on, theatre experience utilizing the unique approach of arts integration. We will also be providing an orientation on our partnership with the Americans for the Arts on the Arts & Economic Prosperity Study for 2016-17, and the final report 2013-16 of the Buncombe Cultural Alliance.

With us Saturday to present, deliver workshops, provide information, and to simply connect are: Brenda Mills, Community & Economic Development Specialist for the City of Asheville; Josh Batenhorst of ArtSpace Charter School; Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director of the Asheville Art Museum; Asheville Music Professionals (AMP); The TAPAS Program’s Miranda Musiker; IAMAVL; LEAF Community Arts; Open Hearts Arts Center; Roots + Wings School’s Ginger Huebner; DeWayne Barton of Hood Huggers International; JB Media Group’s Sarah Benoit; Mountain BizWorks's Patrick Fitzsimmons; Goodwill Industries Jody Stevenson; AB Tech’s Maria Spadaro; Attic Salt Theater Company; Two Sisters Farmstead School; Shelter Design Studio’s Kari Reinertson; The YMI; Aurora Studios and Gallery; and American Craft Week. Saturday's events will end with a networking event with music by local group, West End Trio.

For more information, the full schedule, and to register please visit our website at www.ashevillearts.com.

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