Intended to show the limitless possibilities of artistic creation and creative thinking, this conversation will explore art that utilizes unconventional materials, is performed in unexpected locations, and involves partnerships with collaborators who are typically perceived to be outside traditional arts disciplines.  This panel will examine existing cross-pollination between the arts and other fields, highlighting current ideas and best practices to inspire a greater network of creative crossover while at the same time opening doors for more diverse funding streams and audience engagement opportunities.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register for EALS on Sunday, March 23. This panel will be during our second breakout session, from 2:00 – 3:15pm.

We are happy to announce our esteemed panelists and moderator:

JeanCooneyheadshot Jean Cooney is a project manager for non-profit public arts organization Creative Time in New York City. Since joining Creative Time, she has had the opportunity to work on several large-scale public art projects, taking place in sites ranging from Grand Central Terminal to outer space, with acclaimed artists Nick Cave, Trevor Paglen, Suzanne Lacy, and currently, Kara Walker. Jean received a Masters degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University in 2012. Prior to New York City, she spent ten years in the Bay Area, where she worked in Oakland-based galleries, and produced a performance and visual arts event series at Grace Cathedral.

 She also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.


Toni Hiley is the CIA Museum Director, Center for the Study of Intelligence. Ms. Hiley holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, European Division and received her museum training through the Smithsonian and the US Army’s Center for Military History. She joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999 where she directs the operations of the CIA Museum.
Check out Hiley’s segment on NBC!


Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Wheels for Meals, BREAD! KC and The Burnt Ends Residency. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and the 2012 Mid-America College Art Association Conference. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. Read his interview with feed me kc and check out his blog.


Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and sustainable development. She has worked with and advised international organizations, national and regional governments, city agencies, as well as private and nonprofit organizations in arts funding and arts policy. Currently, she chairs the Research Council of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, and has been a board member of the Latin American Institute of Museums since 2000.

See you Sunday, March 23 for the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium!