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Annual Membership Conference Schedule and Sponsors

The schedule below is as of May 19, 2015. Schedule subject to change.
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Wednesday, May 27
8:30am Registration

Pre-Conference Session: Working in the Arts: How to Navigate a Career in a Non-Traditional Field

In increasingly fast-paced and challenging economic times, we are constantly expected to demonstrate the value of the work we put on our stages and in general, the value of the performing arts in our society. We are also confronted with our personal choices to accept these responsibilities as stewards for the arts. What will keep us in the field for the long haul?  How much turnover is “normal?” If the path is non-linear, when do you make a change?  And then how do you determine what’s next?  This session will include informal interviews with practitioners among us, from institutions and presenting organizations of all sizes.

Host: Christy Bolingbroke, ODC Deputy Director for Advancement

Panelists: Adam Fong, Founder, Emerging Arts Professionals, San Francisco; Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director, San Jose Jazz; David Pier, Executive Director, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom Lake College

11:00am-12:00pm New Colleagues Session
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon

AIE Panel & Discussion: World Music
Panelists: Anne Kogan, Programming, Manager, Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, Washington DC
Judy Tsang, Director of Programming, Stern Grove Festival Association

1:45-2:00pm World Music  Discussion
2:00-2:45pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Country/Roots
Panelists: Amy Reitnouer, Executive Director, The Bluegrass Situation;  David Pier, Executive Director, Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom Lake College
2:45-3:00pm Country/Roots Discussion
3:00-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Classical Music
Leah Rosenthal, Director of Artistic Planning & Education, La Jolla Music Society
Christine Lim, Director of Education and Artistic Administration, San Francisco Performances
4:00-4:15pm Classical Music Discussion

Presenter Roundtables
Marketing Roundtable:
Session 1: Membership and subscribers
Session 2: Engaging new audiences
Development Roundtable
Session 1: Stewardship strategies
Session 2: Fundraisers

Outreach/Education Roundtable
Session 1: University students
Session 2: K-12 students

5:15-6:15pm Mentorship/ Next Gen All CA Leadership Diversity Programs Orientation
6:30-8:00pm Reception
7:45pm Dine Around
Thursday, May 28
8:30am Registration

Breakout Sessions I

Common Core is our Friend (no really, it is)
Speaker: Kajsa Thuresson-Frary: Education Director, McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert.
Champagne Shows on a Beer Budget: Artists Under $3,500

Speakers: Michael Rennie, President and CEO, Poway Center for the Performing Arts; Ronit Widmann-Levy, Director of Arts and Culture Oshmann Family JCC- Palo Alto

Diversity in the Workplace: Diversifying your Staff
Speakers: Jazmín Morales, Artist Services Coordinator, La Jolla Music Society; Elena Muslar, Program Assistant, Skirball Cultural Center; moderated by Heather Rigby, General Manager of Productions, LA County Arts Commission, at the Ford Theatres


Breakout Sessions II

Succession Planning: Securing the Future of your Nonprofit Organization
Speakers: Byron Johnson, Senior Project Director, Compass Point Nonprofit Services; Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Program Director, Dancers’ Group; Sharon Benitez, Program Assistant, Dancers' Group

Dynamic Pricing
Speaker: Rob Tocalino, Director of Marketing, Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis; moderated by Michele Roberge, Executive Director, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSU Long Beach

Defying Boundaries
Speaker: Randal Fippinger, Producing Director, '62 Center for Theater and Dance, Williams College. MA


AIE Panel & Discussion: Jazz & Blues
Panelists: Lilly Schwartz, Artistic Producer, SFJAZZ
Seiko Kinoshita, Talent Buyer, Blue Note Entertainment Group, New York, NY

11:45am-12:00pm Jazz & Blues Discussion
12:00-12:30pm Annual Business Meeting
12:30-1:45pm Luncheon

Keynote Address: Who We Be: Cultural Equity and Colorizing The Arts In The 21st Century

Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University

3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Family Programming
Panelists: Jeremy "Boomer" Stacey, Executive Director, International Performing Arts for Youth
Jason Holland, Vice President, Community Engagement, Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts
4:00-4:15pm Family Programming Discussion

AIE Panel & Discussion: Comedy/Theatre
Panelists: Charlie Sotelo, Producer, SXSW Comedy, Austin, TX; Charlie Robin, Chief Executive Officer, The Capitol Theatre, Yakima, WA

5:00-5:15pm Comedy/Theatre Discussion
5:15-6:15pm Break
6:15-8:00pm Reception
Friday, May 29
8:30am Registration

Special Interest Session: Funders Panel
Panelists: Craig Watson, Executive Director, California Arts Council; Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Manager, The James Irvine Foundation

9:00-10:00am Special Interest Session: How to Negotiate the Best Deal
Panelists: Mitch Gershenfeld, President & CEO, McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert

AIE Panel & Discussion: Dance
Panelists: Charles Santos, Executive/ Artistic Director, TITAS Presents, Houston TX
Paul King, Co-Founder, White Bird, Portland OR

10:45-11:00am Dance Discussion
11:00-11:15am Break

AIE Panel & Discussion: Pop/Indie
Panelists: Karen Jantsch, Programming Manager, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, TX
Julie Baker, Executive Director, The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley

12:00-12:15pm Pop/Indie Discussion

Close of Conference Drawing
Must be present to win

Schedule subject to change

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IrvineWilliam and Flora Hewlett FoundationCCICAC License LogoCAC logo Starvox booking logo Spectrix logo Arts and Lectures, UC Santa Barbara WESTAF Logo McCallum TheatreLevitt Pavilions Theater Mania SOKA City of San Jose

CSU PresentersLa Jolla Music SocietyLevitt PavilionsCathy Pruzan Artist RepresentativeKMP SF JAZZMondavi ArtsCal Performances BerkeleyBarclay Theatre Art PowerCAP UCLA


Artist Photo: Maria de Barros