May 28, 2020
Volume 20-27
Welcome to Artist Alley,
Washington County Arts Council's electronic newsletter. We hope this publication will engage you with the arts in your community.
WCAC welcomes your ideas and support as it continues to take the lead in bringing together the community's art organizations to strengthen our region's arts culture.
For artist information, arts events, calls for art, and more visit WCAC's web page... .
FREE registration is available
any time before a session begins.
We're halfway through the Summit and have learned so much! It's especially engaging to use the chat box to talk to fellow attendees before and during sessions -- you can feel the excitement, even from your own home!
There is a packed schedule today with lots of interesting topics being covered. Take a look at today's schedule below, and register (free!) anytime at the link at the bottom of this email, or visit .
You can always follow along with us throughout the Summit on Instagram stories or Twitter (@mdartscouncil).
Let's keep it going!
Funding Your Creative Endeavors Workshop, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Stan Robinson
Track:  Independent Artists, Boards of Directors, CAAM, Folklife
Substantial Art & Music facilitates a workshop catered to creatives who would like to learn more about grant opportunities and crowdfunding.
Live Q&A with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Adam Holofcener
Track:  Advocacy, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations
Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a LIVE Q&A Session. During this time, you can ask him about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website. Now is your chance to ask his advice! Q&A session will occur Friday at the same time.
The Creative Process in the Time of Corona, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Tara S. Holl
Track:  Independent Artists
We will explore creative techniques that all people can try as a means to cope during isolation and uncertainty brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Redefining What a Theatre Company Can Be – Diversifying Programming and Theatrical Form, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Jason Schlafstein, Navid Azeez, Jonathan Rubin
Track:  Arts Organizations
There is often a stigma within the Theater Industry and Community about what constitutes a Theatrical Performance, and from the outside about what going to the Theatre will be like. As Event and Experience based programming becomes more and more popular to audiences, and traditional ideas about the Theatrical Experience become a bigger and bigger barrier to entry for new audiences, how can a diversification of programming break those barriers, help create new audiences, and stay on mission? In the past year Flying V has expanded programming to include Podcast Audio Dramas, Professional Wrestling, Interactive Gaming Events, with more planned in 2020. We’d love to discuss these decisions, their successes and challenges, and engage in a discussion about programming and artistic innovation and diversification with other companies and thought leaders.
How Historically White Organizations Support Leadership of Color: Examining different Leadership Models, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Leon Seemann
Track:  Arts Organizations
This session will explore different leadership structures and their impact on next generation of arts leaders
Small Groups for Independent Artists (Visual), 3:15-3:45 PM
Presenters:    Emily Sollenberger
Track:  Independent Artists – Visual
An opportunity for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific, community members in a small group setting (10 people max). An “off the record” time to share with peers where you are at in your current work, what you are excited about and what challenges you may be facing.
Practical Practices of Mural Making, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:    Shawn James, Jon Pounds
Track:  Public Art
This session will provide general information and current practices of creating public murals such as community, materials, preparation, and execution.
Art As Microphone; Empowering Student Voices Through Transformative Art Education, 3 :15-4:15 PM
Presenters:    Matthew Adelberg
Track:  Arts Education
A Baltimore City educator discusses using Radical Inclusion to build equitable communities committed to Social Justice and culturally-relevant, Transformative Education. This process features students and communities working as partners in their education, empowers student voices, and fosters student confidence in their agency as change-makers and barrier-breakers. 
Creating and Career: Strategies to Support Artistic Practice in the Changing World of Work, 3:45-4:45 PM
Presenters:    Rachel Valsing
Track:  Independent Artists
Maintaining a creative practice and career can be daunting. This session will introduce new ways to incorporate artistic thinking and making in daily work routines.
artlook® Maryland: Driving Connections and Mapping Arts Education Access, 4:30-5:00 PM
Presenters:    Rachel McGrain, Kate Lynch
Track:         Arts Education
Access to arts education is inequitable in the state of Maryland, which is a violation of our children’s civil rights. Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) invites you to preview the newly-launched pilot of artlook® Maryland, an innovative tool working to increase equitable access to the arts. artlook® Maryland is an interactive web platform that visually maps data about arts access and resources, providing unprecedented transparency about arts education in Maryland’s public schools and driving connections between educators, arts partners, advocates, and funders. Join us to learn more about how this powerful advocacy tool can strengthen the arts education ecosystem and help ensure equitable access to the arts for all students in our state!
Cultural Competency in the Arts and Societal Inclusivity, 4:30-5:00 PM
Presenters:    Nil Navaie
Track:  Boards of Directors, CAAM, Folklife
This session aims to remind attendees about the importance of cultural competency within the arts field and highlight the human-centric approach in program development and communication. It’ll introduce a multi-disciplinary evaluation framework along with an exercise that intends to help participants challenge and shape their own culturally-competent mindsets.
Side Hustle: How to get Seen, Heard, & Paid, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Ti Coleman, S. Rasheem, Krystal Lee
Track:  Independent Artists
Independent Artists and Creators have long, grappled with the question of how to maintain their independence, do what they love, and consistently generate an income. This interactive workshop is facilitated by creators who regularly do what they love and are able to also generate income. This is an interactive creative experience that will inspire participants to up-level and provide them with actionable next steps.
Leading a Strategic Planning Process, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Jonathan Katz
Track:  Arts Organizations, A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM
Participants will engage in an overview of strategic planning goals and principles, sharing experiences, lessons learned and advice. Jonathan Katz, Professor of Practice in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at George Mason University, will present concepts, examples and useful “habits of mind” to stimulate discussion. Participants are encouraged to offer ideas and questions about their own organizations’ plans and challenges. Conversation can be expected to cover such topics as criteria for evaluating organizational effectiveness, the critical “plan to plan” process and what makes planning “strategic.” Participants will be asked to consider which skills and knowledge related to planning are already available within their organization and which will require contracting.
Policy, Placemaking and Public Infrastructure, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Ryan Patterson, Liz Cornish, Stuart Eisenberg, Shelton Hawkins
Track:  Public Art
Public infrastructure like signal boxes and bike racks are increasingly seen as opportunity for creative placemaking and pedestrian scale public art. By reviewing case studies with local experts we will look for best practices and policies to ensure your projects are a success.

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