Statewide Cultural Conference Registration Open and Schedule Available
Register now for a productive and inspiring two days at Convening Culture 2015: Building a Healthier Florida Through Arts and Culture hosted by Citizens for Florida Arts, Inc. in Orlando. Plan to join us for a welcome reception on February 8 and a day of exciting and engaging sessions on February 9.
From discussions on arts and healthcare initiatives to panels on
sustaining a healthy funding environment, there will be many ways for
participants to engage and explore these topics while learning from one
another in the inspiring setting of the newly-opened Dr. Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts.
Keynote speaker Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet
Florida artist and Individual Artist Fellowship Recipient, Inaugural
Poet, and author, Richard Blanco, is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S.
history and the first Floridian to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid
to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, Blanco was instilled with a
strong sense of community, dignity, and identity that he has carried
into his adult life as a writer. A builder of cities as well as poems,
Blanco holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.F.A in Creative
Writing. In this talk, he shares elements of his personal narrative
about how poetry prompted him to discover his authentic self and a
deeper understanding of what it means to be American while emphasizing
how the arts support Florida’s diverse communities.
is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary
doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College and the University of
Rhode Island. He has written and preformed occasional poems for
organizations such as the Boston Strong Benefit Concert, Freedom to
Marry, the Fragrance Awards, and the Tech Awards in Silicon Valley. He
has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as major media from the U.S. and around the world, including CNN, Telemundo, AC360, BBC, Univision, and PBS.
the inaugural poem he wrote for our country, Richard Blanco’s moving
story speaks to the amazing American spirit in all of us who keep
dreaming, persevering, exploring, and creating.”--Gloria Estefan, American singer, songwriter, actress and entrepreneur
February 8, 2015 Pre-conference Workshop 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Financial Literacy for Individual Artists This
pre-conference workshop for artists is presented in partnership with
the Creative Capital Foundation, a national foundation serving
individual artists. Through this workshop, participants will learn
valuable tools and tips to become more comfortable with the financial
aspects of their art practice. From generating budgets that accurately
tell the story of their work to calculating the value of their time,
this session brings useful information to Florida artists of all
disciplines to expand the business aspects of their creative careers.
More information about the Creative Capital Foundation and its Professional Development Program can be found at creative-capital.org/pdp.
Opening Reception5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Presented by Visit Orlando Reception Presentation: Inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts This
talk gives attendees a glimpse into the brand new Dr. Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts and highlights the widespread collaboration and
community involvement that have been integral in its recent launch.
Presented by Kathy Ramsberger, President of the Dr. Phillips Center for
the Performing Arts. Following the talk, interested attendees will be
given the opportunity to participate in a guided tour of the Center.
*Attendees may check-in for the conference during the opening reception and visit the conference bookstore.
February 9, 2015
8:00 a.m. – Check in and introductions
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Conference Welcome
and state leaders welcome conference attendees and introduce the topic
of “Building a Healthier Florida through Arts and Culture” in the
beautiful DeVos Family Room at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – Session 1
Cultural Organization Capacity Building – Public Sources Representatives
from various public funding sources (government and regional
organizations) participate in a moderated panel discussion on ways to
create a healthy funding environment for Florida cultural organizations
and best convey the benefits of public investment in arts and cultural
Power of Arts and Culture on Wellness and Aging This
session addresses the growing issues of aging and care giving with
examples and demonstrations from local community and national
initiatives that focus on aging in place and keeping loved ones at home
as long as possible through the stimulating and connecting power of the
arts. The session specifically addresses how everyone can support
individuals afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as their
care givers and families. Presented by Margery Pabst, President of the
Pabst Foundation and President-Elect of the National Center for Creative
Artists and Journalists Leading Community EngagementPresented by The Treasured Lands Foundation and the Pegasus Foundation This panel discussion includes journalist Eve Samples of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel,
Florida artist Janeen Mason and Florida filmmaker and author Bill
Bellville. They will discuss their perspectives and insights on raising
awareness of the impact of arts and culture on Florida communities.
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – Keynote with Richard BlancoPresented by Walt Disney World Resorts with the Florida Humanities Council
The Keynote with Richard Blanco will be followed by a booksigning.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch
Impact of Educational Programming: A Case Study with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Presented by Ogden and Bonnie White This
session highlights the impact of the educational program of the Maltz
Jupiter Theatre, a professional not-for-profit regional theatre
dedicated to the performing arts. Julie Rowe, Director of Education,
discusses the program’s lifelong impact on its participants followed by a
lively performance by the Touring Company.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – General Session
Charting the Course: A New Arts & Culture RoadmapThis
session will introduce the Division of Cultural Affairs’ new five-year
strategic plan. Participants will hear remarks from Jana Ertrachter, the
consultant who worked with the Division through its planning process,
and Division of Cultural Affairs Director Sandy Shaughnessy. This will
be an interactive session with facilitated dialogue around the four key
strategic issues in the Division’s new plan: Sustainability;
Partnerships and Collaboration; Marketing and Communications; and
Elevating the Role of Artists. Attendees will leave this session with
clear ideas as to how they can engage in the Division’s vision for the
2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Session 2
Connecting Arts and Culture with Florida’s Tourism Industry Presented by Mears Transportation This
panel discussion emphasizes the flourishing partnerships between arts
and cultural organizations and the tourism industry and will discuss the
potential and growing the impact of collaboration between these two
Arts and Culture as a Solution for Community ImprovementPresented by John and Joanne Payson Internationally
acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber is known for his extraordinary
range both vocally and stylistically. Barber is founder of Artists For A
Cause, Inc., a nonprofit that stimulates engagement in art and culture
while addressing the critical needs of communities. Barber performs and
will discuss how his organization empowers hundreds of artists as they
use their talent for community improvement, taking on issues like
poverty, health concerns, and more.
Arts in Medicine at Orlando Health Presented by Orlando Health This
session is presented by Dr. Diane Robinson and highlights how the
Integrative Medicine Department is incorporating the expressive arts
into the medical plan of care at Orlando Health. Dr. Robinson will
provide research information on the benefits of the softer side of
medicine in cancer treatment, and will present some of the work her team
is involved with in direct patient care. *A collaborative art making
experience by Orlando Health’s current resident artist will be set up
in the lobby and will be on display during the closing reception.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Session 3
Spotlight on Florida Arts in Medicine Jill
Sonke is the Director of the Shands Arts in Medicine Program at the
University of Florida and a national leader in the field of arts in
medicine. During this talk, she discusses the history of arts in
medicine in Florida, current trends in the field and the role of the
arts in health messaging.
Cultural Organization Capacity Building – Private Sources Representatives
from various private funding sources including private foundations,
community foundations and an individual donor participate in a moderated
roundtable and touch on ideas for engaging younger generations in
philanthropy and support for cultural programs.
Advancing Accessibility for Florida Arts and CulturePresented by United Arts of Central FloridaThis
session will include a moderated discussion on best practices and
innovative programs addressing cultural access and inclusion. It will
highlight the work of organizations that lead the field in terms of
cultural access and will give participants a glimpse into the impact of
inclusive programming for individuals with disabilities.
Florida Artists as Leaders and CollaboratorsThis
session highlights the projects of a Florida artist instigating
innovative collaboration between two areas – her studio practice and
cancer care. Is there really such a thing as “healing art?” Jacksonville
artist Nadine Terk discusses one of her latest projects, There for You,
a documentary project that includes studio portraits of breast cancer
survivors and their compelling stories of their journey to heal. This
series of paintings and audio stories show another side to cancer and
comment on the healing process and the self-discovery it evokes.
4:15 – 5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks & Performance by Orlando BalletThis intimate performance by Orlando Ballet will feature three excerpts from Swan Lake by the remarkable company dancers and will include remarks by the Ballet’s Artistic Director, Robert Hill.
Closing Reception 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Orlando Science Center Reception Presentation: Expanding and Electrifying the Cultural Landscape This program features an excerpt from the Orlando Science Center’s own High Voltage!
Show, where visitors get shockingly close to the science of
electricity. Following this will be a special presentation featuring the
Science Center’s Musical Tesla Coil, followed by remarks from the
Orlando Science Center, on their role in Orlando’s cultural landscape.
Additional details and opportunities to come.Schedule elements are subject to change.
Convening Culture is made possible through the gracious support of the following sponsors.
Sponsors: Orlando Health, Mears Transportation Group, Walt Disney World
Resort, United Arts of Central Florida, The Bryce L. West Foundation,
Tricia & Robert Earl, John & Joanne Payson, Ogden & Bonnie
of the Conference: The I-Drive District, Florida Humanities Council,
Hilton Orlando, The Pegasus Foundation, Treasured Lands Foundation
Partners: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando Science Center
This information was shared by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
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