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Sessions for everyone at the Statewide Arts Conference!

Update: Richard Evans' session (mentioned below) is now full. Conference registrants will receive information about the waiting list. The Statewide Arts Conference taking place Sept. 18 at the Columbia Conference Center is chock full of opportunities to learn from experts and network with colleagues. For less than $100, you'll have access to the kind of high-quality professional development usually found at regional and national conferences -- and you don't even have to leave the state! old cell phonesThe conference features not one, but two highly sought-after keynote speakers. National Book Award-winning poet and S.C. native Nikky Finney will kick off the conference, and Richard Evans of EmcArts will talk about adaptive change and innovation during lunch. Richard will also present a daylong session targeted at arts organizations and the complex changes we're facing. Space is limited in this interactive session and seats are going fast; everyone who registers for the conference will receive details about signing up for Richard's session. Registration is just $98 per person, or $88 per person if you and a colleague register at the same time. Session highlights (find complete details online.) For artists:

  • Making Your Life as an Artist: A Guide to a Balance, Sustainable Artistic Life
  • Practical Legal Tips for the Creative Person
  • A Life in the Arts: 10 Big Ideas on Career and Financial Success
  • Roundtable discussions/short sessions with Artists U facilitators
For everyone:
  • Creating and Cultivating the Agriculture and Art in Your Community
  • The Arts and Social Change
  • Creativity + Community: Leveraging Change for Good
  • Developing Community Partnerships for Arts Education
  • Everyone Tells Our Story But Us - Toward Authenticity in Artistic Presentations
  • Now Tweet This: Online Marketing is Here to Stay
  • Accessibility and New Audiences
Plus, explore program and funding opportunities from South Arts and the Humanities CouncilSC and get technology assistance through our curbside consultant. Read more details about the sessions and register today!

Second stellar keynote added to Statewide Arts Conference

Another internationally known speaker has joined the line-up for the Statewide Arts Conference being held Sept. 18: Richard Evans, president of EmcArts, a leading not-for-profit provider of innovation services to the arts and culture sector across the United States and abroad.

In addition to the opening keynote address by Nikky Finney, the conference will now feature a luncheon keynote and a workshop presented by Evans, who will share his experience of helping arts organizations innovate, with an emphasis on adaptive organizational change and effective ways to respond to the demands of a new era.

The two 90-minute portions of Evans' interactive workshop will be connected -- one occurs in the morning, and the second takes place after lunch. Participants will work in groups to explore complex challenges South Carolina's arts community is facing and dig in to some of the fundamental approaches that are helping organizations address our complex and rapidly changing world. Space for this workshop is limited to 60 participants, so pre-registration will be required. Everyone who registers for the conference will receive information about reserving a spot in Evans' workshop.

All conference attendees will have a chance to learn from Evans during lunch, when he will facilitate a conversation based on what he and his colleagues have learned from nearly a decade of leading adaptive work with 200 arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes.

Arts organizations should consider bringing at least two people to the conference -- one person to participate in Evans' session, and one person to take part in the other sessions offered at the same time.  The $78 early-bird rate is good only through July 31, so register today!

More information about Evans' workshop and the conference is available online.

A big thank-you to the South Carolina Arts Alliance for generously sponsoring Evans' participation. Related: Poet Nikky Finney to headline Statewide Arts Conference