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2021 Program

The 2021 Conference took place virtually September 17 – 22.

Friday, September 17

11:30am – 1:30pm Exhibit Hall 2.0 Preview Hours 
1:30 – 2:00 pm Welcome to the Arts Midwest 2021 Online Conference 
2:00 – 3:00 pm ‘Making New Connections’ networking event 
3:00 – 3:15 pm Break 
3:15 – 4:30 pm NEA Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) Showcases 
4:30 – 6:00 pm Independent Showcases 

 

Monday, September 20

10:30am – 11:00am ‘Making New Connections: The No-Work-Allowed Version!’ networking event 
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Opening Exploration: Artists as Community Builders & Changemakers
Featuring Midwest arts leaders Sarah Bellamy and Ken-Matt Martin 
12:15 – 12:30 pm Artist Break 
12:30 – 1:15 pm Conversations: peer-led, interactive discussions
Meeting People Where They’re At: Touring Outside Typical Arts Venues • Marketing + Audience Development in a New Era  
1:15 – 2:15 pm Exhibit Hall 2.0 
2:15 – 3:15 pm Workshops
People First: How to Create Equitable Workplaces • Imagining Digital Education Engagements 2.0: Big Questions and Best Practices
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break 
3:30 – 4:15 pm Identity-based Conversations (gathering spaces dedicated to only those who self-identity as members of the identity group) Black Voices • Indigenous Voices • People with Disabilities • Students
4:15 – 4:45 pm   Spotlight Showcases
4:45 – 6:15 pm Independent Showcases 

 

Tuesday, September 21

10:30 – 11:00am Meet the Presenter Networks 
11:00 – 12:30 pm Exhibit Hall 2.0 
12:30 – 1:15 pm Conversations: peer-led, interactive discussions
The Role of Artist Incubators in a Vibrant and Diverse Arts Ecosystem • Building Library Partnerships for Public Engagement
1:15 – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 – 2:30 pm Workshops
Making Artistic Cents: Collaborative Contracting & Taking Care of Each Other in These Uncertain Times • Beyond Ramps and Captions: Designing for Accessibility and Inclusion • Strengthening Your Fundraising During a Crisis  
2:30 – 2:45 pm Break 
2:45 – 3:30 pm Newly added networking event: Making New Connections: Pop Up Event!Identity-based Conversations (gathering spaces dedicated to only those who self-identity as members of the identity group) Latinx Voices • Asian/Pacific Islander Voices • LGBTQ+
3:30 – 4:15 pm Spotlight Showcases
4:15 – 5:45 pm Independent Showcases 

 

Wednesday, September 22

10:00 – 10:30am Self-Represented Artist Coffee Hour 
10:30 – 11:30am Workshops
Global to Local: New Models for Virtual & Hybrid Residencies • The Community You Keep: Audience Diversity in the Performing Arts and the Post-Pandemic Landscape • Up Your Advocacy: Supporting the Future of the Arts    
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Exhibit Hall 2.0
12:30 – 1:15 pm Conversations: peer-led, interactive discussions
Response, Resilience, and Reopening Resources for Small and Rural Arts Organizations • Rethinking Our Role: New Working Models for Independent Agents 
1:15 – 1:25  Artist Break 
1:30 – 2:45 pm Closing Exploration: After Reopening – Creating a Sustainable Touring Landscape
Featuring Gail Boyd (Moderator) • Kathryn Grabowski • Kendra Whitlock Ingram • Mary Jennings • Tobi Parks