June Arts Conference Open to Area Organizations, Artists, Teachers, Advocates

Posted on 5/17/2011 8:47:17 AM
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A conference for arts managers, teachers, school administrators, artists, and arts advocates will be held Monday, June 6, 2011, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The meetings will begin in the IUP Performing Arts Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Presented by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and IUP’s ArtsPath, a program of the Lively Arts, the conference is titled “Gain with Less Pain: Surviving the Arts.”

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The day includes workshops and discussions that will focus on some of the issues, challenges, and opportunities in the arts today. The goal of the conference is to help those working in the arts to be more productive with greater efficiency, especially when faced with shrinking resources.

Presenters for the conference include Jenny Hershour, executive director of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, speaking about the need for extending arts advocacy to our elected officials.

E. Jeanne Gleason

E. Jeanne Gleason (left), newly appointed by Governor Corbett as vice chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, will lead a workshop titled “Non-Profit Board Leadership: What’s My Job?”

Other presenters include Arin Sullivan from the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trust’s Cultural Data Project; Michael Powers, IUP’s director of Web Services, speaking on the topic of social media; and Eric Ebeling, managing editor of the Indiana Gazette, who will lead a session on best ways to get your news to the media.

Professional teaching artists Paula Purnell, Sandy Trimble, and Martha Murphy will present two different workshops geared to artist residencies and arts for the challenged student.

There will also be networking opportunities along with a final wrap-up and call to action. For elementary and secondary teachers and administrators, five hours of Act 48 credit, required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, have been approved and will be available.

Cost for the conference is $30 per person and includes all workshops, refreshments, and lunch. Preregistration is required and is available, along with more detail about the conference, online through ArtsPath. The registration form is also available online.

For more information or to have registration materials sent, please e-mail PRAA at praa@francis.edu or call 814-472-3927. Information is also available by calling ArtsPath at 724-357-4565.