It’s just a few days to go before the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, and registration is officially closed. But, never fear procrastinators, you can still pay the same $35 rate at the door, but we cannot feed you. (There are multiple fast food options in walking distance from AU’s Katzen Arts Center – we won’t let you starve.)

For the past six months, the EALS Planning committee has been busy planning and collaborating to make this symposium shine, but like most budding arts managers, we could use some advice from the pros on how to improve our teamwork.  Lucky for us, we can pick up tips at this Sunday’s panel: Creative Collaboration – What Works?

Here is a description of the panel:

Working with others is a skill ingrained at an early age. We’re taught to share, to help out and support each other…basically, to collaborate. Often, arts organizations must go back to those basics and learn to work with others in order to survive. It can be a tricky dance to partner with outsiders while remaining true to one’s own artistic mission and vision, so how do we make these partnerships positive, fruitful experiences? What are some success stories of collaborative projects?

Panelists will include:

Michael Wilkerson – American University

Michael Wilkerson

Wilkerson has worked as a university administrator, freelance writer, director of two multidisciplinary artists’ residency programs, founding chair of a national service/advocacy organization and as founding editor of a national literary magazine. He has taught writing, arts management, literary interpretation and other subjects for more than two decades at American, Indiana, DePauw, Wisconsin, and at the School of the Art Institute. His recent research offers a new system for public funding of the arts and a proposed reworking of the endowment funds held by most arts organizations.

Joan Jeffri –Research Center for Arts and Culture

Joan Jeffri

Jeffri is the director and founder of the Research Center for the Arts and Culture, now at the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington D.C., and recent director of the graduate program in Arts Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University for 22 years.  Author of several books about the management of arts organizations, including the recently-released Respect for Art: Visual Arts Administration and Management in China and the United States, The Emerging Arts: Management, Survival and Growth and Arts Money: Raising It, Saving It and Earning It, and academic director of the Arts Leadership Institute with the Arts & Business Council, she has a particular interest in the care and survival of artists.  Her latest projects, ART CART: Saving the Legacy, Still Kicking and Above Ground, are concerned with aging visual and performing artists in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  She has taught and consulted in Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Portugal and Russia.  A former poet and professional actress, Jeffri works closely with artists, arts service organizations, arts unions and arts researchers.

Jason Schupbach – National Endowment for the Arts

Jason Schupbach

Schupbach is the Design Director for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking grantmaking and partnerships.  Previous to his current position, Jason served as the Creative Economy and Information Technology Industry Director for Massachusetts. In this job he focused on the nexus of creativity, innovation and technology to grow the innovation industries cluster in the state. He formerly was the director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creative entrepreneurs. He has also worked for the Mayor of Chicago and New York City’s Cultural Affairs department.

Don’t miss out! Bring your questions about collaboration to the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium on Sunday, April 15, 2012. See you there!