In honor of David Letterman’s retirement, here are the top 10 reasons you should attend the Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence:
The opening keynote by Richard Evans, The Real Work – New Practices for a New Era in the Arts, will kick off the conference, followed by the unveiling of a new program—a partnership of the Rasmuson Foundation, EmcArts, Foraker Group and ASCA—that will stimulate innovation and adaptive leadership capacity in Alaskan arts organizations.
YOU ARE HERE: 61° N / 149° W. This speed-PechaKucha plenary session will showcase innovative Alaskan artistic projects in rapid succession–twenty 149-second presentations in 61 minutes.
At First Friday’s Latitude: Passport event, explore downtown Anchorage with a map that will guide you to the Latitude venues, where artists will place a custom piece of artwork in your Latitude Passport. Added bonus: book artist Susan Joy Share and graphic designer Karen Larsen created the Passport, a work of art in and of itself!
See a show! Check out the opening night of Anchorage Concert Association’s Memphis broadway show (for 50% off, enter the discount code “latitude”). Or the world premiere of Dick Reichman’s AUDITION at Cyrano’s Theatre Company (for 50% off, enter the discount code “passport”).
Networking, networking, networking! There is no better opportunity to connect with your colleagues, meet new ones and be inspired by Alaskan artists.
See great art, create your own art! Enjoy pop-up performances throughout the conference and take a networking break in the art-making space to flex your own creative muscle.
Learn new skills. From a diverse slate of conference sessions, to group or one-on-one consultations with experts, Latitude will inspire you with new ideas and provide nuts-and-bolts information on a variety of topics, from technology and web development to strategic planning and capacity building.
Learn about national trends in the arts from our special guests from EmcArts, Topos Partnership, the National Endowment for the Arts and more.
Share your voice in a conference-wide discussion about the future of the arts in Alaska. Saturday’s sessions will move out of the Captain Cook and into the Alaska Center for Performing Arts. We will spend the day together thinking and sharing ideas about how the Alaska State Council on the Arts can most effectively support artists and arts organizations, while strategically connecting the arts to state priorities such as economic development, thriving communities and healthy citizens.
What better way to shake off winter and dive into spring? Transition into the new season among friends, colleagues, art, and ideas!
May 1-3, 2014, at the Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
The Alaska State Council on the Arts invites you to explore new territory during our statewide arts and culture conference. Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence will be held in Anchorage from May 1-3.
Latitude offers traditional conference elements such as panels, plenary speeches, and networking opportunities, along with ways to connect with individual artists, arts organizations and their communities.
Additionally, we will expand the scope of conference activities through a number of innovations, including
• Integrated artist performances and presentations, including an off-site First Friday “Passport” event that activates public spaces, artists, and galleries beyond the conference rooms.
• Artistic responses to general sessions
• Pop-up arts activities and performances
• Opportunities for attendees to impact the future direction of the arts in Alaska through high-level plenary sessions and working group break-out sessions.
• An intensive Creative Capital professional development training for individual artists that will be held Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 3. Because space is limited, artists must apply to participate here: http://bit.ly/CreativeCapitalPDP. The deadline for applying was March 24, 2014.
• A high-level professional development seminar for musicians that will be held on Saturday, May 3rd and led by the esteemed Storm Gloor, a music business professor at the University of Colorado-Denver. Because space is limited, musicians must apply to participate here: http://bit.ly/StormSessionsAKmusic.
Please note that a special 50% discount rate is being offered for independent professional artists and students (current student I.D. required at check-in). For more information, please contact Keren Lowell at: email@example.com. ASCA will also offer a limited number of travel/tuition scholarships for participants traveling to Anchorage to attend. The applications period for scholarships has closed.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts is a state agency that fosters the development of the arts for all Alaskans through education, partnerships, grants and services.
Latitude: 2014 Alaska Arts Convergence is supported by the following :