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10/28/19 - 10/31/19 | St. Paul | MN
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Tuesday, May 21 

Meet at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
381 Lafayette Street (map)

9am - 9:45am

Introductions + Welcome
Overview and goals
Continental breakfast served

9:45am - 10:45am

Community Engagement + the Relevance of Place | With panelists Jane Coffey, former artist-in-residence, Sacatar; Brad Kik, Co-Founder, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design; and Alix Refshauge, former Residency Director, HUB-BUB. 

Place matters. In this session we'll look at how place and context influences programming and how artists might engage your local community in meaningful ways.

10:45am - 12pm

Getting to Yes: The Best (And Worst) Way to Ask for Money | Led by Hunter O'Hanian, Director, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; with Stephanie Olmsted, philanthropist; and guest panelists.

Solicitation and stewardship of our supporters is critical for any organization, and yet most of us struggle with how to ask for – and keep – support. A panel of donors will offer a candid perspective on some of the best (and worst) ways they have been asked as well as the ups and downs of donor stewardship. The session will also include a roleplay exercise for attendees to hone their fundraising pitches.

12pm - 1 pm Lunch


1pm - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions

Reinventing the Business of Charity | Led by Adam Huttler, Executive Director, Fractured Atlas

This session will explore the non-profit model and emerging alternatives to it, with an examination of the underlying legal, financial, structural, and psychological factors they address.

Emerging Programs, Established Organization | Led by Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities

Developing a new residency program within an already-established organization raises different questions than residency centers that are starting from scratch. How will the new program fit with existing programs? How can you build buy-in from stakeholders invested in other parts of the organization? This roundtable discussion will encourage attendees to share their challenges and concerns and explore solutions together.

 2:30pm - 2:45pm Break
 2:45pm - 4pm Matching Artists with Mission: Developing a Selection Process that Works for You | Led by Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance of Artists Communities, with Linda Earle, Executive Director, New York Arts Program and former Executive Director, Skowhegan

There is no one-best-way to design a selection process. When choosing artists, a residency’s goal is to find applicants who are the best fit for their particular program. In this session we’ll look at ways that programs can use selection process to find the strongest applicants for their residency along with ways that organizations can connect with under-served artists.
4pm - 4:15pm Break
4:15pm - 5pm Case Study: Bogliasco Foundation (New York, NY + Bogliasco, Italy)
5pm - 6pm Break
  Cocktail Reception and Exhibition
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street (map)
Wednesday, May 22


Meet at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
381 Lafayette Street (map)

9am - 9:30am

Morning greeting and continental breakfast

9:30am - 11:00am

Long-Term Planning for Artist Residencies | Led by Jim Baker, President, Pilchuck Glass School

This session will combine best-practices in strategic planning with some of the unique concerns of artist residencies, presented in everyday language and with practical steps to planning for the future.

11am - 11:15am


11:15am - 12pm

Case Study: Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (Bellaire, Michigan)

12pm - 1 pm


 1pm - 2:30pm

"Ask An Expert" speed dating
This session will give attendees an opportunity to get feedback through mini-meetings with leaders with expertise in fundraising, facilities, board development, nonprofit legal matters, and more. Come prepared on Wednesday morning with any additional questions that you have and we hope to help you find some answers!  

Leaders include:

  • Emily Peck | Director of Private Sector Initiatives, Americans for the Arts
  • Pepper Smith | Artist Communities Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Michael Orlove | Director of Presenting and Artist Communities, National Endowment for the Arts
  • David Court | Program Officer - Institutional Giving, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
  • Claudia Dishon | visual artist; former artist-in-residence at HUB-BUB
  • Jim Baker | Executive Director, Pilchuck Glass School
  • Laura Kaminsky | composer; Artistic Director, Symphony Space; former artist-in-residence at Hermitage, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Centrum, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and Millay Colony for the Arts
  • John Martin | Development Associate, The MacDowell Colony 

Leave for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

 3pm - 5pm

Case Study + Site Visit: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
One Liberty Place (map)