Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

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Thursday, May 1

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Conference Registration, Captain Cook Lobby

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Opening Keynote and Special Announcement!

The Real Work – New Practices for a New Era in the Arts


Richard Evans, President of EmcArts, will present and facilitate a conversation on the importance of addressing adaptive change in this new era for the arts through innovative strategies to create public value. The conversation will center around a focus on complex challenges and adaptive responses rather than technical fixes, shifting our underlying assumptions, developing new organizational capacities that emphasize innovation and adaptive change, and what EmcArts has learned about innovation in the arts.

Immediately following Richard’s keynote, a special announcement will be made about the launch of a new program for Alaskan arts organizations. Jayson Smart, Rasmuson Foundation; Laurie Wolf, Foraker Group; and Shannon Daut, Alaska State Council on the Arts will also speak.


4:00 p.m.: YOU ARE HERE: 61° N / 149° W
This speed-PechaKucha presentation format will showcase around twenty 149-second presentations in 61 minutes. Artists and arts organizations from across the state will share their innovative artistic projects.


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Opening Reception at the Captain Cook, featuring Alaskan art performances and music!


Friday, May 2

8:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Registration, Captain Cook Lobby

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Networking Breakfast, Captain Cook Ballroom
Funders and other consultants will lead breakfast roundtable discussions to provide information and resources to Latitude participants.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.: Session Track 1 Concurrent sessions

Making a(nd) Living: Entrepreneurialism, Art, and Survival
Why should anyone buy a cow when they can get the milk for free? Individual artists, writers, and organizations must increasingly find new ways to support artistic livelihoods. How can a healthy balance be achieved? WHO: Marian Call, musician; Pat Race, filmmaker; Teri Rofkar, visual artist; and Ryan Conarro, actor and teaching artist


Share & Share Alike: Cross-pollination through Residencies and Co-working
As boundaries between disciplines and practices loosen, what new and old tactics and tools can artists and makers avail themselves of within a creative process. WHO: Jayson Smart, Rasmuson Foundation; Brooklyn Baggett, Anchorage Community Works; Peter Bradley, Island Institute


Not for Prophets: Picturing Sustainable Futures with the Foraker Group
The best way to predict the future of your organization is to plan smartly for it. Join Laurie Wolf of the Foraker Group for an interactive session based on Foraker’s book Focus on Sustainability. WHO: Laurie Wolf, Foraker Group


But How Will They Find Us? New Frontiers for Publishing and Music
Both the literary and music sectors are experiencing a revolution in how artistic works are published, promoted, and distributed. Come learn about innovative, successful ways to draw attention to the work of Alaskan artists. WHO: Deb Vanasse, Author and Publisher, Running Fox Books; Christy NaMee Eriksen, Spoken Word artist; Storm Gloor, Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver; David Cheezem, owner, Fireside Books.

10:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.: Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – Noon: Session Track 2 Concurrent sessions


Raising the Bar: Fostering Quality Art, Audiences, and Dialogue
What generates a productive artistic ecosystem and how can we strategize for ongoing and expanding stimulation and success as creators, curators, or consumers of art? WHO: Asia Freeman, Bunnell Street Arts Center; Don Decker, Artist; Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Artist; Kayla Boettcher, Sitka Music Festival


Making Place: Imbuing Communities with Art through Creative Placemaking
What is creative placemaking, anyway, and how is it affecting Alaska? WHO: Holly McQuinn, Alaska Design Forum; Bruce Farnsworth, Light Brigade; Michael Killoren, National Endowment for the Arts


Crossing Borders: Interdisciplinary Arts Learning for the 21st Century
Artists connect individual perspectives, cultures, narrative and concepts within the structure of their processes and work products. In Alaska, schools and organizations are working with artists and artworks as a way to de-silo content areas and create authentic, high-quality learning experiences for the 21st century student. Join us and be part of the discussion that brings an interdisciplinary approach to the Arts to life! WHO: Mary Wegner, Sitka School District; MK MacNaughton, Alaska Arts Education Consortium; John Weemes, Koyuk Malemute School; Allison Warden, Artist


Constant Change, New Markets and Opportunities in the Arts
Drawn from lessons learned from business and from working with over 4,000 artists nationwide, this Creative Capital session introduces you to strategies and methodologies to protect your creativity, build new markets, sustain and grow your art practice.


Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon and Keynote: Margy Waller, Topos Partnership

Creative Connections for Broad Support of the Arts
Many of us have spent years searching for the strongest possible message and the best case on which to build support and public understanding of the important role of arts in places across the country. Yet the messages we have used, and integrated into the public dialogue across the country, have not yielded the broad sense of shared responsibility that we seek. How do we change that, and bring art back into the heart of the broader community?

Margy Waller will share a dynamic multimedia presentation that incorporates video, images, sample media, participatory community events, interviews with local and national leaders, and systematic research-based analysis to illustrate how communities are successfully using the research to develop good will and support for the arts by changing the conversation.

Topos Partnership and senior fellow Margy Waller developed a research initiative to better understand what arguments for the arts do and do not resonate with the general community, and to identify inclusive community strategies that will successfully lead to broadly shared public support for arts and culture.


1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Session Track 3 Concurrent sessions

Ripple Effect: Crafting Effective Advocacy Messages
The arts thrive best with broad public support, but for that to happen people have to see the arts as a public good – as more than just individual expressions and performances to be consumed. The problem is that earlier narratives, which placed special value on art as a mark of civilization and cultural development have fallen away, and so people wonder why their tax dollars are being spent on it. When advocates draw people’s attention to the way in which the effects of the arts ripple throughout a community – making places more vibrant, more attractive, and more economically and socially vigorous – people can see why the arts are an important common good and a shared responsibility. A new narrative takes the place of the old, and a new generation can be brought in. Join Margy Waller for this “book club” style discussion about “The Arts Ripple Effect.” Download “The Arts Ripple Effect” article. WHO: Margy Waller, Topos Partnership



Set Your (Web)sites – Technology, Social Media, and Design
Chore lists have grown longer since the old days of analog. It’s not enough to do what you do best – your work. Now you are expected to master a continuously evolving array of communication tools. Empowered by a defined strategy, we’ll show you how to wield these tools, reach your audience and achieve your goals. WHO: Heidi Weiland and Michael Miller, Sound Web Solutions



Words ? Pictures ? Film: Video-power to the People
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, how many is a video worth? From crowdfunding to organizing, meeting a mission or making money, leveraging quality web video through social media and websites has become standard practice. This session introduces the topic and provides nuts-and-bolts tips for waging a successful crowdfunding campaign. WHO: Jon Bittner, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation; Patrick Race, Filmmaker


You’ve Been Served: The Impact of Logic. And Vice Versa.
Arts organizations and their funders have created an unfortunate pattern by simply counting, reporting and monitoring the “number served.” While it is certainly important data, it is just as important to discuss the outcomes and impacts of service. In this session we will discuss moving past messages of output towards the more powerful stories of impact, and how to tell the difference with a logic model tool. The logic model is a classic tool for nonprofits to investigate and understand how to tell the story of their impact, but hasn’t been used much in the arts. In addition to providing a great messaging platform, it also can be used to write an evaluation plan, grants and other fundraising asks, rewrite a mission statement and guide program development. WHO: Andy Fife, Arts and Civic Engagement Consultant


3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Networking Break


3:30 – 4:45 p.m.: Session Track 4 Concurrent sessions

De-Silo NOW: Or, how I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Collaboration
Increasingly, artists and arts organizations are enacting cross-sector partnerships to expand their relevancy and leverage limited financial and human resources. How can interdisciplinary, trans-regional arts planning improve Alaska? How can redundancy evolve into abundance? WHO: Shannon Daut, Alaska State Council on the Arts; Joseph Jacobson, Alaska Department of Economic Development; Michael Killoren, National Endowment for the Arts; Trina Landlord, Alaska Native Arts Foundation; June Rogers, Fairbanks Arts Association


Plotting A (Dis)Course: Essentials of Strategery
Strategic planning is most effective when it isn’t just a temporary process but part of the core culture of an organization, especially its board. Unfortunately, the classic strategic planning activities are often poorly understood and misapplied. In this session, arts and nonprofit consultant Andy Fife will review the fundamentals of strategic planning, its purpose and practice within organizations, and how to apply the concepts in a relevant way. The session is designed to both explore the theory behind traditional organizational strategy as well as the tactics of performing planning at the organization level. No organization should afford a consultant specialist to coach and lead the process unless they themselves understand it. Come find out how in this session. WHO: Andy Fife, Arts and Civic Engagement Consultant


Closing Gaps: Shared Delivery Approaches to Community Arts Partnership
Shared delivery approaches to bringing arts experiences and arts education to youth begin with making connections; connections between youth and adults, artists and educators, community and culture. What arts experiences are possible and how do we begin to reach out to a variety of partners to provide them with youth at the center? Who can we reach out to, and how do we build those relationships? Explore this topic with experienced connectors and generate new ideas for building community arts education partnerships in Alaska. WHO: Debbie Harris, Alaska Arts Education Consortium; Terese Kaptur, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival; Brian Hutton, Covenant House Alaska/Wellness Associate Program Coordinator; Elizabeth Hunt, Kennedy Center/ASD Educational Partner.


Welcome to Alaska: Blending Culture and Tourism into Your Community
From early education to cultural tourism products, join this discussion about the blending of Alaska’s rich cultural heritage as part of a visitor experience. We’ll share stories and examples from Anchorage to Ketchikan to Chickaloon and how Alaska’s tourism and hospitality industry can be woven into the your community, not as a separate attraction, but as an integral part of how we connect with visitors. WHO: Sarah Leonard, Alaska Travel Industry Association; Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage; Jessica Winnestaffer, Chickaloon Native Village; Rob Kinneen, Chef; Amy R Geiger, Explore Fairbanks



5:00 p.m.: First Friday Latitude: Passport Event (held at venues throughout downtown)


7:00 p.m.: World premiere of Dick Reichman’s AUDITION from Cyrano’s Theatre Company. Conference attendees receive a 50% discount on tickets with the use of the discount code “passport” when booking through


8:00 p.m.: Opening night of Memphis from the Anchorage Concert Association in the Atwood Concert Hall at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Conference attendees receive a 50% discount on opening night tickets with use of the discount code “latitude” when booking through


8:00 p.m.: Reception and Party at Anchorage Community Works


Saturday, May 3

The activities on Saturday offer an opportunity for all conference attendees to hear about state and national trends in the field and contribute their ideas and vision for the future of the arts in Alaska. Each session will include break-out groups for you to work with your peers to advance this important conversation.

8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. : Registration, Captain Cook Lobby


8:00 9:00 a.m.: Peer group and select-your-own-topic networking breakfast, Captain Cook


9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Creative Placemaking in Alaska: Conference Plenary and Break-Out groups, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts


11:30 a.m.: Lunch on your own


1:00 p.m.: The State of the Arts | The Future of the Arts in Alaska: Conference Plenary and Break-Out groups, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts


3:00 p.m.: Conference Adjourns!