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Annual Membership Conference Schedule and Sponsors

The schedule below is as of May 19, 2014. Schedule subject to change.
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Wednesday, May 28
8:30am Registration

Pre-Conference Session: The Next Generation of Board Games
Panelist: Teniqua Broughton, VerveSimone Consulting

The success of any organization is based on how well they plan for the future. How can arts and cultural institutions attract, retain, and engage emerging professionals as board members to carry on the mission? What is keeping Directors/Trustees from inviting younger members into their board rooms and expanding the pool of resources to the next generation? These questions require thought, strategy, the right pieces, and a view of the big picture – just like those classic board games from our childhood. This workshop will explore tools, tips, and board experiences as the ingredients to consider what makes you or can make you a more attractive emerging professional for a profile board in your community.

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

AIE Panel & Discussion: World Music
Panelists: Dan DeWayne, Director, California WorldFest; Shanta Thake, Director, Joe's Pub at the Public

1:45-2:00pm World Music Discussion
2:00-2:45pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Defying Boundaries
Panelists: Christy Bolingbroke, Director, ODC Theater; Karen Farber, Director, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston
2:45-3:00pm Defying Boundaries Discussion
3:00pm Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Classical Music
Panelists: Andrea Laguni, General Manager, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Natalia Staneva, Executive Director, New West Symphony
4:00-4:15pm Classical Music Discussion
4:15-5:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Comedy/Speakers
Lietza Brass, Festival Director, Moontower Comedy Festival, Austin, TX; Roman Baratiak, Associate Director, UCSB Arts and & Lectures
5:00-5:15pm Comedy/Speakers Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Tina Wells, CEO and founder of Buzz Marketing Group

"Armoring the Arts: How to prepare the performing arts business for the 21st century"

6:15-7:45pm Reception
7:30pm Dine Around
Thursday, May 29
8:30am Registration

Breakout Sessions:

Performing Arts and the Common Core: A Tutorial for Presenting Organizations.

Panelist: Talia Gibas, Manager, Arts for All, Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Work/Life Balance for You and Your Staff: How to Lead, Work, Balance, and Have a Life.

Panelists: Ernest Figueroa, Producer, Eli and Edythe Broad Stage;
Malcolm Avner; Business, Leadership & Life Coach

Subscriptions in the Modern Age: Marketing, Various Models, and Differentiating from Donor-related Programs.

Panelists: Stephen M. Baker, Vice President of Marketing, San Diego Symphony; Kristen Sakamoto, Director of Marketing, La Jolla Music Society


Breakout Sessions:

Developing a Dynamic Board: Engaging a Working Board and Finessing Board Membership.

Panelist: Teniqua Broughton, VerveSimone Consulting

Vitamin D: Successful Strategies for Increasing Organizational Health Through Diversity

Panelist: Makeda Dread Cheatom, Founder and Director, World Beat Cultural Center, San Diego

How to Broker the Best Deals for Your Venue: Backend, Bonus, and Percentage Deals.

Panelist: Mitch Gershenfeld, President & CEO, McCallum Theatre

11:00-11:45am AIE Panel & Discussion: Jazz & Blues
Panelists: Claudia Russell, KSDS, Jazz 88.3 FM; Michael Kinsman, Blues Lovers United San Diego
11:45am-12:00pm Jazz & Blues Discussion
12:15-1:30pm Luncheon/ Annual Business Meeting
1:45-2:45pm Artist Spotlight Program Pitch Session
2:45-3:15pm Meet the Artists Break
3:15-4:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Family Programming
Panelists: Michael Harrington, Executive Director, The Skirball Center, NYU; Carolyn Palmer, Artistic Programming Manager, The Broad Stage
4:00-4:15pm Family Programming Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Rick Najera, Poet and producer, actor, comedian, TV writer

"Diversity the New General Market, Insight From the Inside looking Out"

5:30-6:30pm Mentorship Program Orientation
6:00-8:00pm Reception
Friday, May 30
8:30am Registration
8:30-9:00am Looking to China and its Neighbors: Asia Wants to Engage in Cultural Exchange with California
Speakers: Kristopher McDowell, KMP Artists; Michael Alexander, Executive Director, Grand Performances
9:00-10:00am Funders Panel
Panelists: Jayna Swartzman-Brosky, Center for Cultural Innovation; Emiko Ono, Performing Arts Program Office, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
10:00-10:45am AIE Panel & Discussion: Dance
Panelists: Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, Director of Education, McCallum Theatre; Jacob Yarrow, Programming Director, Hancher Auditorium, The University of Iowa
10:45-11:00am Dance Discussion
11:00am Break
11:15am-12:00pm AIE Panel & Discussion: Pop/Cabaret/Indie
Panelists:  Lowell Pickett, Artistic Director, Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Bruce Labadie, Artistic & Festival Director, San Jose Jazz
12:00-12:15pm Pop/Cabaret/Indie Discussion
12:15pm Close of Conference Drawing
Must be present to win
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Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors

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IrvineWilliam and Flora Hewlett FoundationCCI NEA LogoCAC License LogoCAC logo Levitt PavilionsWESTAF Logo Cadenza Artists The Broad StageMcCallum TheatrePepperdine UniversityIMG ArtistsTheater Mania Arts Management Associates KMP Artists SOKA Santa Clarita PAC CP Board Logo Kids' EntertainmentLa Jolla Music Society Cathy Pruzan Artist Representative Mondavi Arts Cal Performances Berkeley Arts and Lectures, UC Santa BarbaraCAP UCLA


Artist Photo: Maria de Barros