Zolli - Could he be more...

Posted by Ruby Lopez Harper, Jun 21, 2008 0 comments

The keynote speaker today, Andrew Zolli...amazing! If you missed it, you missed a fast paced presenter with a quick, dry wit, and cynicism. He hit all the key trends and messages that have been circulating over the last couple of years and painted them in such a new light that I felt like it was information I was hearing for the very first time...this time, it made sense...for real... The day has been going well, considering our Emerging Leaders Meeting was interrupted by the fun and fantastic false fire alarm. Even with that, a lot of connections were made and hopefully, we'll see a lot of those faces at the reception tonight.

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What's Working?

Posted by Mr. Randy Engstrom, Jun 21, 2008 1 comment

This marks my first ever foray into the world of BLOG...Please pardon any typos, as I am still a practitioner of the 'Raptor' typing technique, utilizing 3 fingers on each hand...ironic I know being a Seattlite, but I digress.

Yesterday I facilitated my first panel, and it was a great experience.  Perhaps the best part was being able to spend most of the day with my collegue Anne Corbett from Cultural Development Corporation in DC.  She's such an inspiration, and I'm glad the conference gave us so much time to connect personally and professionally.  We were sad that 2 of our original panelists needed to cancel due to tragic circustances, but our stand in, Matthew Kwatinetz, stepped in admirably.  As is turns out, having to 'wing' the panel more than expected worked in our favor, as we had WAY more people show up that the room was capable of holding.  I arrived early and started setting up chairs in a circle; our vision was to host an 'UNpanel', where we went without Power Point and instead tried to facilitate a conversation amongst all the people in the room...

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You Down with APP? (Art + Preservation = Possible!)

Posted by John Arroyo, Jun 21, 2008 0 comments

I love the arts, and I love historic preservation.  But am I crazy to assume the historic and contemporary can actually mix, complementing each other within the urban fabric?  I hope not!

Me and about 50 other believers attended Friday's Burden of Burden of HistoryInterpreting and Preserving Our Past session.  The session started our with an overview of public art collection in Fairmount Park, one of the nation's largest (and prettiest, if you ask me) cultural landscapes.  It also boasts some great historic homes and an awesome cemetery—Laurel Hill (if you dig historic cemeteries, go, go now!  A living museum in its own right, it got me thinking about arts marketing and heritage tourism.  And it ain't too far from the Tasty Kake Factory either!

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Two days down and two to go...

Posted by Ruby Lopez Harper, Jun 21, 2008 0 comments

I LOVE THIS CONFERENCE!! The advance workshop, Peer-to-Peer Coaching, was so incredible.  It gave the group a set of tools to coach and be coached.  Focus on a tangible, measurable goal! Set commitments! Listen!  There were some clear moments of people finding clarity and validating ideas.  One gentleman really had a break through as a result of the environment in which we all felt safe to share.  INSPIRING!! I felt like I was running around all day, but it is exciting!  I ended the day with an Emerging Leaders Council meeting.  I must recommend the focus groups happening that are related to the goals of the Americans for the Arts.  Check in at CenterStage for more information. This is a chance to hear about what's coming and to provide feedback.

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