As conference season heats up, I have a few panels and such coming up to share with you all:

June 8-10
Americans for the Arts Convention
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
600 E. Market Street
San Antonio, TX
Info and registration
(I’ll be speaking as part of the session entitled “From Nice to Necessary: Local Arts Funding and Collective Impact” on Saturday the 9th from 11am-12:30pm, along with ArtsWave’s Mary McCullough-Hudson and The Boston Foundation’s Javier Torres.)

June 13-16
Chorus America Conference
Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis
35 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Info and registration
(I’m moderating a session called “Audience = Participants: The Arts’ Search for Relevance and How Choruses Can Help” from 3:30-4:45pm on Friday the 15th. Alan Brown and Sunil Iyengar will be on the panel with me. This will be my first time moderating a panel since college, I think – let’s see if I’ve gotten any better at it in 10+ years!)

C4 and Fireworks Ensemble Present Sparks Fly

Finally, C4, the collaborative chorus that I founded in 2005, has its final concerts of the season in New York City this week. This edition is a co-presentation with Fireworks Ensemble, an “amplified chamber band,” and features four new pieces ranging from a proggy setting of Victorian poetry to a rock musical Requiem to something that’s perhaps best described as an random word generator on crack. The concerts include our debut at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 30, though I’ll be singing only in the June 2 performance. More information and tickets are available here.

  • John Abodeely

    Hey Ian – Have you worked with the Collective Impact model? We’re entertaining it here for some purposes and have recently hosted John Kania, who did a great job describing its value and uniqueness.

    • Hi John, I haven’t formally been part of a project with FSG, but our work with ArtsWave, which is described a bit in my recent creative placemaking post, essentially positions ArtsWave as the kind of “backbone organization” that Kramer and Kania write about in their article. FSG is currently managing a community-wide collective impact planning project in Greater Cincinnati, and ArtsWave has been invited to a seat at the table for that effort largely because of its recent transformation. We’ll have more to share about this soon. What’s the context for which you’re thinking about implementing it?