Para español, seleccione de la lista

2017 Conference Schedule

*schedule is subject to change



Conference events will take place at the following venues in Gainesville:

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Harn Museum of Art

Digital Worlds Institute Immersive Theatre

The Thomas Center


The below schedule will be offered to all registered attendees:


Exhibition on View - At the Threshold to the Unknown 

Max Planck Florida FoundationThe Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience will partner to present this stunning exhibition which explores the imagery that is created at the intersection of scientific microscopy and art. Graciously supported by Nancy & David Auth.


Collaborative Art Project – The interactive piece titled The Big Whale has inspired people across the state of Florida and has collected the voices of all who wished to leave their mark.  The goal of this project is to capture ideas and expand the conversation about diverse abilities and experiences that unite all people. The Big Whale was designed by Alex J, an artist involved with PARC.  PARC helps children and adults focus on what they can do rather than what they are unable to do.  Children and their families receive early intervention services from an interdisciplinary team including teachers, social workers, nurses, behavior analysts, and therapists.  Services are provided on the PARC campus, at the child's home or in an environment chosen by the family.  PARC is proud to provide over 40 services to over 800 children and adults with disabilities.


Conference Sessions

February 22, 2017


9:00 am – Downtown Gainesville Tour – Join local guides to tour the revitalized cultural district in downtown Gainesville.  The tour will highlight collaborative initiatives where arts and culture were used to reinvigorate Gainesville’s downtown.  Tour participants will be taken to each stop by bus and will enjoy the work of local performing artists on the ride to each stop.


9:00 am – 10:45 am – Division of Cultural Affairs Grants Intensive

East Foyer

Join Division of Cultural Affairs’ Grants Staff for a grant writing workshop that will focus on tips and insights to compile a successful application to the Division’s grant programs.  Division grants staff will break down aspects of a competitive application, provide time for question and answers and will offer attendees time for one on one consultations on issues specific to an organization’s grant request.  Attendees will also receive information on the Department of State’s new grants application and management system which launches Spring 2017. 


11:00 am – 12:10 pm – Conference Welcomes & Plenary Session with Dr. Elif Akcali

Mainstage Theatre

Dr. Akcali serves as an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. She is in the inaugural class of UF Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Warrington College of Business Administration and was formerly a Creative Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Theater + Dance. Dr. Akcali will discuss divergent thinking and its impact on creativity and systems.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm– Lunch featuring Discussion with NEA Chair Jane Chu & Performance by Dr. Charles Levy

Mainstage Theatre

Join National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu for an informal discussion on the state of the Endowment and its initiatives.  Dr. Chu will discuss the NEA’s current priorities and will answer moderated audience questions. 

Dr. Charles Levy serves as the Chief of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.  He is also Co-Director (in Gainesville) of the Center for Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Levy is a physiatrist with the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a renowned banjo player. 


1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Attendees choose a session:

  • New Models of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Culture EconomyHarn Museum of Art Classroom 1 - Colleen Keegan with the Creative Capital Foundation will provide attendees with a survey of current landscape and trends, focusing on case studies that illuminate the development of new models and the complexity and importance of funding, community and partnerships for artists.
  • Advocacy RefreshUpper Lobby – includes Donna McBride, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Jan Goodheart, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Sherron Long, Florida Cultural Alliance, and Christie Fitz-Patrick, Deputy Secretary of State for Cultural, Historical and Information Programs at the Florida Department of State.
  • Inside and Outside the Box: Jobs and Arts Careers in the Digital Age – West Lobby- Computers have revolutionized business, communications and entertainment, but what do they hold for artists and the arts? Dr. James Oliverio, Director of the Digital Worlds Institute will discuss how visual and performing artists can augment their traditional training by using "the box" (both onscreen and off) to secure jobs and build careers enhanced by emerging technologies.
  • Focus on Community Collaborations: The Sunset Lounge Rises AgainEast Foyer- Winner of the Knight Foundation City Challenge grant, is a civic engagement strategy with arts and culture at its core. Hear from the project team how revitalization of this historic 1920s Jazz club is inspiring a marginalized community to find its voice through community engagement. 


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Peer Conversational Sessions

These afternoon sessions allow attendees to look more deeply at various areas of emphasis depending on their organizational role, job needs or interest.

  • Local Arts Agency Representatives Roundtable DiscussionEast Foyer– Representatives from city or county umbrella organizations working to support and strengthen local arts and cultural resources will come together to discuss challenges, statewide needs and areas of concern along various themes such as grant making, programming, and collaboration with local tourism entities. This conversation will be facilitated by Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services, Americans for the Arts.
  • Arts Education DiscussionWest Foyer – This session will be co-facilitated by prominent statewide arts education leaders, Dr. Mary Palmer and Deborah Fahmie and will include Americans for the Arts Arts Education Program Manager, Jeff Poulin. The panel of national and state experts will focus on a discussion of Equity and Access factors impacting arts education in Florida. Specific topics affecting Equity and Access will include ESSA, Florida Higher Education, Florida Arts Teachers, and Underserved and Rural Initiatives. The overarching goal is to help participants form a consensus on common goals and potential future avenues for ongoing discussions and partnerships to positively impact arts education efforts in Florida. Panelists’ perspectives and insights will be shared and open for questions and discussion by the participating audience.
  • Evaluation for the Rest of Us – Upper Lobby – This interactive session will help organizations and artists inexperienced with evaluation learn the basics of how to approach it so they can better understand and share the impact of their work. Attendees will learn tricks and tools on getting started and practice what they learn in a few breakout exercises. This session will be led by Surale Phillips, a consultant who focuses on program evaluation who has worked with programs on a national level.
  • Creating Change and Revenue through Entrepreneurship and InnovationHarn Museum of Art Classroom 1 – Led by Colleen Keegan with the Creative Capital Foundation; this interactive discussion will focus on assessing needs and opportunities and developing and introducing innovation and change. Participants will be divided into small groups of to discuss current challenges and to identify specific actionable goals and steps. This session is geared towards individual artists but will also provide useful tips and information to individuals working in other sectors of the cultural industry.
  • Leadership in Accessibility Harn Museum of Art Classroom 2 – This session will focus on how cultural organizations can lead in terms of cultural access. Case studies from existing inclusive programs will be featured as will time for brainstorming to reach new, diverse audiences and to market accessible services and offerings to these audiences.  Rachelle programming and to provide details.


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Opening Reception – Join conference attendees for an opening reception the evening of February 22nd at the Harn Museum of Art featuring an interactive performance by Ballet Vero Beach and local band Michael Claytor and Friends. 


February 23, 2017


9:00 am – 10:15 am Attendees choose a session:

  • The Entrepreneurial RevolutionUpper Lobby - Michael Morris, George and Lisa Etheridge Professor of Entrepreneurship, Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida will discuss the entrepreneurial revolution that is spreading across the globe, with implications for people in all walks of life, including those involved with arts and culture. In this session, Dr. Morris will examine entrepreneurship as a mindset, or way of thinking and acting.  As a behavior that anyone can pursue, entrepreneurship will be approached as a learnable process.  Moreover, it is a source of empowerment and transformation.  Competencies associated with entrepreneurial behavior, such as opportunity recognition and resource leveraging, will be examined. The concept of the entrepreneurial artist will also be introduced.
  • Arts & Healthy CommunitiesEast Foyer - Do the arts contribute to well-being in our communities, and can that impact be measured? This session will present a project designed to develop a set of indicators for associating the arts with community wellbeing in relation to the Division of Cultural Affairs’ strategic plan and goal to promote healthy, vibrant and thriving communities through arts and culture. Attendees will preview at a set of indicators developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, and see how they are currently being tested in three Florida counties. 
  • Creative Thinking StrategiesWest Foyer – Creative thinking is not reserved for just the artists of the world, but rather is a viable skill for any profession in the 21stcentury. This interactive session will help attendees translate the inherent creative thinking strategies of the arts into accessible tools that are primed for interdisciplinary collaborations with non-arts fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice several creative thinking skills and understand how these skills fit into work models for innovation. Led by Amy Bucciarelli, Academic Coordinator of the University of Florida’s Innovation Academy.
  • Visit to the Digital Worlds Institute Immersive Theatre Experience – Conference attendees will be transported to the Digital Worlds Institute and will have the opportunity to experience their new work in the Institute’s immersive theatre. The piece shown is being premiered in February 2017 and addresses individual choices and their environmental impact globally. *attendees sign up at Registration table


10:35 am – 11:45 am – John Whitney Payson Keynote Presentation

Mainstage Theatre

featuring Lily Yeh

Lily Yeh is an internationally celebrated artist whose work has taken her to communities throughout the world. As founder and executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia from 1968 to 2004, she helped create a national model in creative place-making and community building through the arts. In 2002, Yeh pursued her work internationally, founding Barefoot Artists, Inc., to bring the transformative power of art to impoverished communities around the globe through participatory, multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development and preserve indigenous art and culture. In addition to the United States, she has carried out projects in multiple countries including Kenya, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, China, Taiwan, Ecuador, Syria, Republic of Georgia, Haiti, and Palestine. (

“When I see brokenness, poverty, and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart that reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.”        - Lily Yeh


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch & Presentation of the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Awards, with remarks by Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner

Mainstage Theatre


1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Attendees choose a session:

  • Visit to the Digital Worlds Institute Immersive Theatre Experience – Conference attendees will be transported to the Digital Worlds Institute and will have the opportunity to experience their new work in the Institute’s immersive theatre. The piece shown is being premiered in February 2017 and addresses individual choices and their environmental impact globally.
  • Technology Innovations in Cultural ParticipationEast Foyer – This panel discussion will feature the VA Telehealth Initiative (Dr. Charles Levy) at the Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Center and composer Gustavo Matamoros of Frozen Music, a participatory music project of Subtropics, Inc. a Miami-Based cultural organization.
  • Cross-Sector CollaborationsUpper Lobby – moderated by Dean Lucinda Lavelli, College of the Arts, University of Florida. This session will discuss the history of the various cross-sector collaborations (many nontraditional) that are in place on the campus of the University of Florida and the ways in which arts and culture have led in instigating these new, innovative and often unlikely partnerships.


2:50 pm – 4:20 pm – Pecha Kucha Presentations & Panel Discussion

Mainstage Theatre

These short “pitches” will allow 6 presenters to discuss an idea or initiative and bring it to the group.  The model of pitches traditionally used in a business setting will be utilized during this session to allow participants to share a new idea or project with the attendees. 

Attendees will hear Pecha Kucha presentations by a diverse group of presenters, including:

Cynthia Trone – Founder of OneJupiter, Pablo Casilimas, and Doug Eng, a Jacksonville photographer instigating a collaboration serving artists in North Florida.


4:35 pm – Closing Remarks


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Break & Travel Time to the Thomas Center


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Closing Reception & Florida Artist Hall of Fame Inductions