The Collective Impact Conference registration is open and we are so excited about the response we are getting already. The agendafor the conference is now online with information about the plenary and breakout sessions, but here it is in a nutshell.
We begin on Tuesday afternoon, June 7 with Sparkplug Sessions. Designed to jumpstart your professional development and spark interest in a variety of topics, they offer practical skills and tools needed for daily work in arts management and education. Next will be Birds of a Feather, peer-to-peer loosely facilitated conversations. You can join your peer group or create your own.
At 5:00 p.m. you will be called to dinner by the sounds of Uncle Shuffelo and His Haint Hollow Hootenanny, an eight-piece, old-time string band from Rover, Tennessee. After dinner is our keynote address by Rich Harwood. Rich is the founder and president of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, MD.
We gather Wednesday morning with breakfast, followed by a plenary with Donna Collins. Donna will begin an engaging conversation about the power of people, both individuals and networks, to embrace positive change for arts education.
During breaks throughout the week, make a note to visit the Arts Hive. On Wednesday, Hip Hues will be on hand to help you silkscreen your conference takeaway—a t-shirt, an apron or a print. Later in the week, you can buy signed copies of our presenter’s books, pick up organization information or chat with a teaching artist.
We begin our Knowledge Café series at 10:30 a.m., which will be an open conversation on topics of mutual interest to surface collective knowledge, share ideas and gain deeper understanding of the subject/issues involved. After a group reflection, we will have lunch serenaded by Nashville’s Ben Hall.
After lunch, we begin sessions on community and arts issues. Many of Tennessee’s esteemed leaders and artists will be presenting topics such as conflict resolution, arts accessibility, engaging millennials and arts integration.
Wednesday dinner is on your own, but you do not want to miss The Summer Arts Jam beginning at 5:00 p.m. with an arts fair. Co-hosted with the City of Murfreesboro, artist booths, food trucks and many other surprises will fill the City Plaza. At 7:00 p.m. the music begins with three bands—each delivering their unique sound. It will be a great night to mingle and celebrate the arts.
Thursday’s plenary is with Dr. Doug Borwick. He will discuss how we can make the arts indispensable and how communities must recognize what the arts do as meaningful, important and even life changing. Afterwards we will continue the Knowledge Café and have some additional Sparkplug Sessions. Lunch will be a fiesta with Mariachi Olímpico de Nashville, a popular Mexican mariachi band.
The afternoon starts with Digging Deeper: Learning From the Field. These sessions will explore strategies, nuts and bolts, best practices and research in-depth. The day concludes with Arts Experiences, hands-on learning in a variety of disciplines. There will be a reception at the Discovery Center at 5:00 p.m. followed by downtown dine-arounds and a special VIP Boro Art Crawl.
The Friday morning plenary is with Dr. Ivonne Chand O’Neal. She will present on the role of the arts in building prospering societies. Themes will also include the role of diversity in arts leadership, developmental timing and arts exposure in childhood, and the unveiling of a new initiative on the impact of the arts and humanities on human flourishing led by the University of Pennsylvania. Afterwards you will have your final opportunity to visit the Arts Hive and then our last Knowledge Café. Lunch will be filled with the Delta Blues as we hear the sounds of Mississippi Millie.
Don’t plan to leave early and miss out on the endnote address by Katie Symthe and Robert Gipe. Katie will discuss creative alliances from the ground up while Robert will talk on the relationship between economic development and using the arts to name and explore the challenges facing communities.
We would like to thank the City of Murfreesboro, the Patterson Park Community Center and Bradley Academyfor partnering with the Tennessee Arts Commission in hosting the Collective Impact conference. We would also like to thank all of our presenters, performers, vendors and other sponsors who have jumped on board. We hope the conference will be rewarding for everyone involved.