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March 26, 2016

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

Creative Sector Summit  |  Friday, April 8th Highlights

The 6th  Annual Creative Sector Summit, produced in partnership with the City of Asheville, The Asheville Art Museum, and the Asheville Lyric Opera, is just a few weeks away! This week's newsletter highlights the presentations and programs on Friday, April 8. For full details and information about both days, visit our website.

Friday, April 8  | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Morning sessions will take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre           
Arts Education & Workforce Development
Presentations and Panel
Registration required
Starting off our morning will be Anthony Radich of WESTAF, who will present aboutCreative 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.

Arts Advocacy & Orientation for Arts Day 2016

Arts North Carolina just released their 2016 - 2017 Arts Agenda. Arts North Carolina champions critical issues for the arts and arts education through strategic political action. The annual Arts Agenda is the working document--the tailored selection of issues--they use to help NC's arts communities speak with a unified voice to policy makers. It's a leaping off point and is subject to change.
What's It to You?

Public funding for your favorite arts organizations and programs is not an automatic deal--it has to be worked for every year. That's where Arts North Carolina comes in.
They are not only keeping an eye on the big picture for the arts, but their skilled staff and network of advocates are actively fighting for it every day.
Interested in finding out how you can be a part of the process?

Then join us at the Creative Sector Summit on Friday, April 8 at 1:30pm in the Upper East Wing of the Asheville Art Museum for an Arts Advocacy & Orientation for Arts Day 2016. The orientation will be presented by Susan Harper, Executive Director, Asheville Community Theatre, and Kitty Love, Executive Director of the Asheville Area Arts Council. Join us to learn more about how you can influence decision making that strengthens the arts in your community by attending Arts Day 2016 May 24th and 25th in Raleigh!

Accessibility 101 with Arts Access @ the Summit

Do you work at a cultural organization that endeavors to incorporate people with various disabilities?
Then join us at the Creative Sector Summit for an Accessibility 101 workshop to ensure you are doing all you can do. In partnership with Arts Access and the North Carolina Arts Council, we are pleased to offer this event that will enable cultural organizations to better include people with disabilities. This 3-hour informational workshop caters to administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, teachers, docents, box office staff, and additional front line staff at cultural arts organizations.
Participants will learn:

- Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts arts organizations

- Common accommodations for customers with disabilities and where to find them

- Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications and assisting someone

- Emergency procedures and safety issues

- Steps for writing your organization's ADA plan

The cost to participate is $20 per organization (multiple staff may attend). To learn more about this and all of the Summit's presentations or to register, visit our website.
More about our presenters | Arts Access is a statewide non-profit dedicated to making the arts accessible to people with disabilities. Arts Access staff Betsy Ludwig and artist Brandon Cordrey will lead the workshop. To learn more about Arts Access or for questions about workshop content call 919.833.9919 or visit 

Dessert, Wine, & the Opera @ the Summit!

After an edifying day at the Summit, please join us for a special dessert and wine reception taking place at and sponsored by Aloft Asheville Downtown beginning at 6:30pm on Friday, April 8th. The reception will be followed by special section seating at the Asheville Lyric Opera's presentation of The Magic Flute. Seating is at 8:00pm.

Saturday @ the Summit

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. Our next newsletter will highlight all of the Summit happenings on Saturday, April 9 at the Asheville Art Museum, but we have so many wonderful and amazing organizations, individuals, and performers as part of the activities that we want to share a sneak peak with you! You can learn more about each of them and how they will be involved in the Summit on our website here!
American Craft Week ~ Asheville Music Professionals ~ Attic Salt Theatre Company ~ Audra Holden, Teaching Artist for TAPAS ~ Aurora Studios and Gallery ~ Brenda Mills, Community & Economic Development Specialist, City of Asheville ~ Christine Garvin, Dance Performer and Teaching Artist for TAPAS ~ Eleanor Simmons Vaughn, Music Director, Hall Fletcher Elementary ~ Ginger Huebner, Founding Director, Roots + Wings School of Art and Design ~ Hood Huggers International ~ IAMAVL ~ Jen Gordon, Exhibitions and Studio Manager, Asheville Area Arts Council ~ Jen Pratt, consultant, Buncombe Cultural Alliance ~ Jody Stevenson, Job Developer/Skills Training Manager, Goodwill Career Center ~ Johanna Hagarty, Program Manager, Asheville Area Arts Council ~ Josh Batenhorst, Enterprise and Development Manager, ArtSpace Charter School ~ Karie Reinertson, CoFounder, Shelter Design Studio ~ Katie Christie, Director of LEAF in Schools + Streets ~ Kitty Love, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council ~ LEAF Community Arts ~ Luke Eden, juggler ~ Maria Spadaro, Coordinator, Business and Hospitality, AB Tech ~ Miranda Musiker, Grant and Scholarship Program Manager, Asheville City Schools ~ Mountain Circus Arts with Randall Thompson ~ Open Hearts ~ Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director, Asheville Art Museum ~ Patrick Fitzimmons, Executive Director, Mountain Bizworks ~ Sarah Benoit, Director of Training, JB Media Group, LLC ~ Street Creature Giant Puppet Collective ~ The Hop ~ Two Sisters Farmstead School ~ West End Trio ~ YMI