May 27, 2020
Volume 20-25
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.
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Day one of the Maryland Arts Summit was great! We had almost 700 attendees participate in yesterday's sessions. The day kicked off with four very different (but fun!) creative keynotes. We've got another full day today, including a few different Creative Conversations with Maryland State Arts Council staff. See below for the full agenda for today.
Follow along with us through Twitter or Instagram stories (@mdartscouncil) throughout the afternoon. As always, registration is FREE and you can pop in at any time! There's a link at the bottom of this email, or visit .
Creative Conversations @ the Summit (Board of Directors), 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Ken Skrzesz
Track:  Board of Directors
Affinity gatherings to share space, connect with peers, and envision the resurgence of arts activity.
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 sessions will occur Thursday and Friday at the same time.
Self Care Advocacy – Meet the Artist Navigator, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Nicoletta de la Brown
Track:  Advocacy
During this session independent artists are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with Artist Navigator, Nicoletta. She will ask questions and listen. Come prepared to share your practice and discuss what types of support will help you thrive as an artist. You will be invited to sign up for a one-on-one with Nicoletta for a deeper conversation about your practice and how support can help you reach your goals.
Connect with YOUR Voice, 2:00-3:00 PM
Presenters:    Sahffi Lynne
Track:  Independent Artists
“Connect with YOUR Voice” with Sahffi through her own “Vocal Ladder” method, a step-by-step guide to help free your voice and creativity.
How Can I Be an Ally? What Butterflies Can Teach Us about Being Changemakers, 2:30-3:30 PM
Presenters:    Helen Yuen
Track:  A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM
In conversations about racial inclusivity, do you ask yourself, ”How can I be an ally?” Inequality may feel so large and entrenched an issue, that you wonder where to make a dent, and if it’s possible. If you have any doubt that you can make a difference, think of a butterfly and its ability to create entire gardens by first pollinating one flower, then another, and another, until through slow and steady patience, there is a colorful bed of blooms. So, here are concrete, achievable moves you can take to be a part of positive change towards a more inclusive organization, gathered from experiences at the American Visionary Art Museum. These pathways include crossing the digital divide during the stay at home order. Let’s also share with each other your success stories in this interactive session.
The Artist and the Fabricator/Foundry, 3:15-4:15 PM
Presenters:    Judy Sutton Moore, Becky Ault. Ben Blaney
Track:  Public Art
Judy Sutton Moore, artist, Becky Ault and Ben Blaney of ART Research will discus in detail the relationship between the artist and the foundry/fabricator.
Applying Indigenous African Principles in the Classroom Part 1: Decolonizing the Classroom, 3:15-4:15PM
Presenters:    Olu Butterfly Woods
Track:  Arts Education, Folklife
Africa has many continuous cultures that are creative, mature and rich with gifts to offer our classrooms. What is the value of including such ideas as communal living, harmony with nature, and fluidity between the physical and the spiritual? Using traditional song, and visual symbols we will explore relationship building, rhythm and patterns, and other activities that can be used for elementary and middle school educators in particular but principles that can be applied to leadership and policy. We will explore how to implement these African characteristics in teaching strategies.
Creative Conversations @ the Summit (Arts Education), 3:45-4:45 PM
Track:  Arts Education
Affinity gatherings to share space, connect with peers, and envision the resurgence of arts activity.
Small Groups for Independent Artists (Performance), 4:30-5:00 PM
Presenters:    Laura Weiss
Track:         Independent Artists – Performance
An opportunity for independent artists to connect with creative, discipline-specific, community members in a small group setting. 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.
Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process; a mind-expanding way to get and give feedback, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Nicole Fall, Sheila Gaskins
Track:  Independent Artists, Arts Education
Join Nicole Fall and Sheila Gaskins in trying out Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. It is a “multi-step, group system for giving and receiving useful feedback on creative processes” involved in anything “from dance to dessert”. Participants will look at an artwork or performance piece and follow the four step process. This process can be used in any teaching or critique situation.
Walls Down: Were We Really All That Equitable?, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Camille Delaney-McNeil, Calida Jones, Khandeya Sheppard, Jared Perry
Track:  Arts Organizations, CAAM
We will explore what the current pandemic has shown us about the state of arts education using three critical perspectives: a community-based, music program, music teacher in the public school system and leader for community engagement at a higher education institution. Strategies that have been used pre-COVID for equity/access will be discussed and examined authentically for dreams of future changes.
Structuring Your Public Art Interview, 5:00-6:00 PM
Presenters:    Renee Piechocki
Track:  Public Art
Now that you have the invitation to meet with a committee or client about a public art opportunity, what’s next? This session will help artists develop a structure for an effective and informative interview. Topics include choosing work samples, describing your process, building rapport, asking questions, and planning ahead to avoid tech glitches.
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