It used to be that I would write about every conference I went to, which was an exhausting experience. One of the nice things about the proliferation of blogs as a medium is that there are now plenty of recaps available, and I don’t need to be the sole source of such information anymore. So here’s a round-up of material from recent events, some of which I attended and some that I missed:
- Earlier this month, the University of Chicago hosted a symposium on the subject of “The Future of the City: The Arts.” An all-star lineup of speakers and presenters attended. Here are wrap-ups from Joan Shigekawa (Senior Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts) and Shannon Litzenberger (Metcalf Arts Policy Fellow, Toronto Arts Foundation).
- ARTSBlog featured dispatches from the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention all last week. Several plenary sessions are also available for viewing.
- Devon Smith, Clay Lord, and Gus Schulenberg report from TCG’s 50th Anniversary conference.
- After years of beating around the bush, the League of American Orchestras is finally standing up and declaring a crisis in the field. Watch Jesse Rosen’s remarks at the “Red Alert!” plenary session at this month’s conference here.
- MASS MoCA, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Berkshire Creative teamed up to host a reprise of last year’s Connecting Creative Communities conference. View the presentation materials from that event.
- The Ford Foundation hosted the social-justice-oriented “Fresh Angle on the Arts: Reimagining Culture in a Time of Transformation” back in May, and has video from the sessions here.
- Jeff Raikes (CEO, Gates Foundation) was interviewed by Nadya Shmavonian for a plenary session at May’s Center for Effective Philanthropy Conference. Watch and read about the conversation here.
- Going back to the University of Chicago, Tara George shares her notes from what looked like an awesome CultureLab convening in April.
[UPDATE: And speaking of panels, I’ll be on this one in New York on Wednesday, June 29. Join ELNYA for a conversation about numbers and why they get us excited….uh, really, really excited.]