May 26, 2020
Volume 20-24
Welcome!
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... www.washingtoncountyarts.com .
We're so excited to kick off the virtual 2020 Maryland Arts Summit today! This year's summit will focus on Creative Resurgence: A Vision For the Future of the Arts in Maryland. See below for the full schedule for today. If you haven't registered already, no worries! FREE registration is available any time before a session begins. There's a link at the bottom of this email, or visit mdarts.org/summit .
 
As always, the Summit is open to Arts Advocates, Arts Educators & Teaching Artists, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations, Youth, Community Stakeholders, Arts and Entertainment Districts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Public Artists, Boards of Directors, Folklife artists.
 
We can't wait to see you all there today!
Creative Warmups
 
Envision , 2:00-2:25 PM
Presenters:    Michael Bell
2:00-2:25 PM
Challenge the process through a unique approach to visual journaling by embracing our limitations, and being fearless with your creative vision.
 
Calm, 2:00-2:25 PM
Presenters:    Dana Parsons
Move and meditate through stress-relieving postures and breath to energize and relax you for the days ahead.
 
Create, 2:00-2:25 PM
Presenters:    Ken Skrzesz
Acknowledge any feelings of stress or anxiety and, through the Creative Process, elevate those feelings to a place that may result in the creation of new work.
 
Express, 2:00-2:25 PM
Presenters:    Alysia Lee
Sing and jam to selections from the Justice Choir Songbook. Bring your voice and/or instruments and be prepared to raise your voice in song about liberation, freedom, and equity.
 
SESSIONS
 
Audience Engagement Strategy We Didn’t Plan For
(but here we are so let’s make the best of it), 2:30-3:30 PM
Presenters:    Jenny Hamilton, Emma Wesoloski
Track:  Arts Organizations, A&E Districts, CAAM
In late March, after weeks of unprecedented speed, the marketing and engagement staff at the National Aquarium took a breath. “Is the content we’re delivering valuable, or is it just fast?”, we asked. “What are our audiences’ new needs? How can the work we do now shape the relationship audiences have with us in a post-pandemic future?” The marketing department couldn’t navigate this new world alone; now, more than ever, all staff needed to transition their content expertise outside of a physical building, and they needed to do it in a way that is audience-centric and delivers true community value. In the middle of a breaking crisis, we needed to create strategy out of chaos. Learn how the National Aquarium is navigating audience engagement and join fellow cultural organization professionals in a candid discussion in how to stay relevant and accessible during – and beyond – the Age of Quarantine.
 
Virtual Accessibility: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Programs and Events, 2:30-3:30 PM
Presenters:    Robin Marquis, Beth Bienvenu, Lauren Tuzzolino
Track:  Arts Organizations, Arts Education
Arts and cultural organizations have quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by making their programming and content available to audiences around the world via online platforms. However, people with disabilities can be shut out of this content if it is not accessible. This session will provide examples of ways to provide access through captions, sign language interpretation, audio description, and visual description. It will also provide tips and resources for how to communicate your accessibility to the public, plan for accessibility, and connect with the disability community. Join the Office of Accessibility at the National Endowment for the Arts (Beth Bienvenu, Director; Lauren Tuzzolino, Specialist) and Baltimore-based accessibility consultant and artist Robin Marquis for this overview and interview-style discussion.
 
Legal Issues for Creative Businesses, 2:30-4:00 PM
Presenters:    Adam Holofcener
Track:  Advocacy, Independent Artists
Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a presentation on Legal Issues for Creative Businesses. During this presentation, you will learn 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. Every artist is also a small business, so we invite you to come learn about the very important, and potentially lucrative, flipside to your creative practice. This session will be relevant to artists in all creative disciplines (yes, every single one!).
 
Relief, Recovery, and Reform through Public Art, 2:30-3:30 PM
Presenters:    Cathy Byrd, Rhonda Dallas, Margaret Boozer
Track:  Public Art
Despite the “self-quarantine” response to COVID-19, the power of art to connect and inspire us has never been more evident. Yet there is still a question of how supporting artistic production can stimulate the relief, recovery, and reform of our economy. Join us to consider how inventive public art can reignite our cultural life while forging fresh opportunities for the creative sector in the recovery process.
 
Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal, 3:45-4:45 PM
Presenters:    Joel Snyder, PhD
Track:  Arts Education
Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, audio description makes the arts accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.
 
The Business of Art, 3:45-4:45 PM
Presenters:    Jill J Galloway
Track:  Independent Artists
No matter how amazing your art is, if no one sees it or can buy it, it will gather dust. The business of art and conversations about making money from your creativity often sparks anxiety in a lot of us. Can you make money with your art? Absolutely. Determination and getting your work in front of buyers will result in sales, not luck and not even level of talent. As a full time artist myself, I’ll tell you how to get started, the most critical first steps in selling your art, and the absolute minimum you need to have in place to sell your work.
 
EVERYONE is not your audience, 3:45-4:45 PM
Presenters:    Scott Burkholder
Track:  A&E Districts, Boards of Directors
 
To shift the world, you have to first identify your audience. We will use marketing tools to identify audience and build revenue generating relationships.
 
Strengthening Black Youth through Traditional Folk Art, 3:45-4:45 PM
Presenters:    Bunjo Butler, Deborah Pierce-Fakunle, dr. David Fakunle, PhD, Janice Curtis Greene
Track:  Folklife, Arts Education
A panel discussion with mentors from the Growing Griots Literacy Learning Program, the Youth Component of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland with Storytelling.
 
Communities Of Care: Engaging Older Adults And Caregivers In Creative Aging Online, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Amanda Newman, Judith Bauer
Track:  A&E Districts, Arts Education, Boards of Directors, CAAM
In this hands-on session, Dance Exchange will invite participants to experience and unpack some of the creative tools and practices the organization is using to engage older adults and caregivers online during the COVID crisis and beyond. We’ll explore how—even virtually—we can build communities of care and address social isolation through intergenerational dancemaking and collaboration.
 
Build-A-Story Workshop, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Jennifer Rae Myers
Track:  Folklife
The Build-A-Story Workshop is an informative and interactive program designed to foster creativity, writing, and oratory skills through storytelling.
 
Maximizing the Persuasive Power of Arts Advocacy, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Jonathan Katz, Nicholas Cohen
Track:  Boards of Directors, CAAM
What principles of marketing, persuasion, presentation, building relationships, policy development and creating public value result in decision makers investing as much as they can in the public benefits that the arts provide? 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 will be encouraged to share experiences, lessons learned and advice. MCA Executive Director Nicholas Cohen will be on hand to provide special expertise and insider Maryland perspective.
 
MSAC Arts in Education Updates! Teaching Artist Roster and Arts in Education Grant, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Precious Blake
Track:  Arts Education
The Arts in Education program has revamped and expanded our Visiting Performer and Artist-in-Residence Rosters to now be one MSAC Teaching Artist Roster! Learn about the benefits of becoming an MSAC Teaching Artist, how to apply to join the roster, and requirements to stay an active MSAC Teaching Artist. MSAC’s Arts in Education program supports schools, non-profits, and other units of government (libraries, recreation centers, etc.) to collaborate with teaching artists who lead a myriad of arts education activities. Learn how to apply for an Arts in Education grant to fund arts learning opportunities that meets your school or organization’s mission and goals.
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