The 6th Annual Creative Sector Summit: April 8 – April 9, 2016
The Value of Arts Education to Workforce Development and the Economy

The Creative Sector Summit is our region’s only annual arts and culture advocacy conference. The Summit is an opportunity for networking, creative problem solving, cross pollination of ideas, education, creation of sector advocacy, collaboration on initiatives and programs, and maximization of funding opportunities. This year’s theme explores how arts education supports job creation in Buncombe County by developing 21st century skills in our future workforce.

This year’s summit will focus on the Value of Arts Eduction to Workforce Development and the Economy. The programming will take place on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at the Diana Wortham Theatre and the Asheville Art Museum. Many of the events on Friday are ticketed. Saturday events at the Asheville Art Museum are free and open to the public, with the exception of the two Hood Hugger tours that are being offered.


Friday, April 8th – Diana Wortham Theater

8am-9am: Registration and Check-In

9am-12pm: Arts Education & Workforce Development Presentations and Panel
*Registration Required

Panel Discussion

12pm-1:30pm: Lunch (provided for paid registrants)

Friday, April 8th – Asheville Art Museum

1:30pm: Arts Advocacy & Orientation for Arts Day 2016 – FREE

Each year, Arts North Carolina prepares an agenda for arts advocacy to be delivered to our state General Assembly. Anyone who is involved in the arts can be an advocate! Efforts last year were hugely successful, achieving increases in funding for the arts and for A+ Schools. This increase meant more money for Buncombe County! Learn more about how you can influence decision making that strengthens the arts in your community by attending Arts Day 2016 May 24th and 25th in Raleigh!

1:30pm-4:30pm: Accessibility 101
*Registration Required

Presented By: Arts Access

This workshop caters to administrators, board members, volunteers, ushers, teachers, docents, box office staff, and additional front line staff at cultural arts organizations.

Participants will learn:

  • Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it impacts arts organizations
  • Common accommodations for customers with disabilities and where to find them
  • Sensitivity and disability etiquette in communications and assisting someone
  • Emergency procedures and safety issues
  • Steps for writing your organization’s ADA plan

Friday, April 8th – Aloft Asheville Downtown & The Asheville Lyric Opera

6:30pm-10pm: Dessert, Wine, and the Opera: Reception @ Aloft Asheville Downtown
*Registration Required

Join our Summit partners for a special dessert and wine reception sponsored by Aloft Asheville Downtown. The reception will be followed by special section seating at the Asheville Lyric Opera‘s presentation of The Magic Flute. Seating is at 8pm.

Saturday, April 9th – Asheville Art Museum

Special Tours

11am-1pm: 1st Hood Hugger Tour
*Registration Required

Presented By: DeWayne Barton, Founder & CEO of Hood Huggers International

Hood Tours is an interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s African American resilient history and future in the arts, environmentalism and entrepreneurship. The tour visits historically African American neighborhoods with existing and active green spaces, art, and grassroots initiatives. Hood Tours is a social enterprise that provides business training opportunities and jobs for young people while helping to spark more grassroots economic development in these resilient communities.

1pm: Docent Led Tour of the Asheville Art Museum

Please meet in the Upper Eastwing of the museum.

2pm-4pm: 2nd Hood Hugger Tour
*Registration Required

Upper Eastwing | Art PLAYce

11am-4pm: AMPlification Lounge

Presented By: Asheville Music Professionals

Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) will be offering free coffee and light snacks in the lounge accompanied by music from Drew Heller, Justin Perkins, Adama Dembele, and Joe Presti.

Upper Eastwing | Film Room

11am-4pm: IamAVL Film Lounge

Presented By: IamAVL

IamAVL will be sharing their Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Music Reel in the film room, along with a 20th anniversary video of A+ Schools.

Upper Eastwing | Classroom

11am: Make it Yours Listening Session

Moderated By: Pamela L. Myers, Executive Director Asheville Art Museum

Make your voice heard! We invite you to participate in the creation of the new Asheville Art Museum. In this listening session, we provide an inside look into our major renovation and construction plans, and ask for input about specific areas of growth, opportunity, and sustainability as we undergo construction and prepare for our grand reopening in 2018.

12pm: Attic Salt: The Tale of the Pig

Performance By: Attic Salt Theatre Company

This hilarious adaptation of a Romanian folktale uses some fast-changing actors and a giant puppet to tell the story of Fredrick, the magical pig and a princess who can’t be happy with what she has. The Tale of the Pig will have everyone laughing while it teaches kids the importance of appreciating things in your life and looking for the positives in seemingly challenging situation.

1pm: Access to Lending: Speed Dating for Artists and Small Businesses
*Limited Seating Available

A presentation and small group mentoring event with Mountain Bizworks and Natural Capital Investment Fund’s Business Loan Program (NCIF) to learn about the variety of lending organizations and opportunities available for artists. This session will also give individuals the chance to meet with representatives from those organizations to ask individual questions that can help your business grow to the next level. Bring your business plan, or questions about lending and walk away more prepared to help your business grow!

2pm: Living Landforms and the A+ Schools Model

Presented By: Josh Batenhorst, Enterprise and Development Manager for ArtSpace Charter School

Through this workshop, participants will get a better understanding of how the A Plus Schools model works by experimenting through an Arts Integrated Experience. Participants will be given an overview of the “8 A Plus Essentials” through a hands-on, theatre experience. Working collaboratively and independently this workshop will give participants a sense of how A Plus Schools achieve deep learning with their students while also learning through the arts and science.

3pm: The Roots + Wings INNOVATION HOUR™ “Re-igniting creativity in classrooms everywhere”: Presentation and Hands on Activities

Presented By: Ginger Huebner, Founding Director, Roots + Wings School of Art and Design

The INNOVATION HOUR™ is a collaboration between teachers, schools and Roots + Wings School of Art and Design team leaders to bringing STEAM programming involving problem solving and independent thinking into the classroom through the tools of art and design to every student at a school through 1+ hour long experiences in their classroom during the school day.

Every experience is created to connect to the National standards, teaching 21st Century skills like innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking. Engaging each of our students in a design-thinking platform encourages creativity and innovation through exploration, risk-taking, play, and practical application. We strongly believe in collaboration as a powerful tool in building community and work with school PTO’s and other non-profits to help secure funding for each experience.

Saturday, April 9th – Asheville Art Museum

Upper Eastwing | Sol Lewitt Gallery

11am: Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools: Engagement with Creativity Panel

TAPAS brings highly skilled artists into the classroom to engage students creatively. Artists are trained to bridge standard curriculum and the arts. Find out how we have successfully brought this program to the Asheville City Schools for over 5 years. Talk with artists, teachers, partners and staff about the secrets to our success.

12pm: City of Asheville’s Arts Programs

Presented By: Brenda Mills, MBA, Community & Economic Development Specialist, City of Asheville

Brenda Mills with the City of Asheville will break down the City’s 1% for Art and Calls for Artists, as well as upcoming projects.

1pm: Calculating Economic Impact for Nonprofits: Arts & Economic Prosperity IV

Presented By: Kitty Love, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council

Every 5 years the Americans for the Arts captures information about the patronage of arts presenters and the spending patterns of audiences. The study of 2010 showed an economic impact of museums, theaters, performing arts groups, and cultural events of over 43 Million dollars in Buncombe County. Join us and learn how to engage your organization in this important study that makes a definitive statement about the economic impact of your programs in 2016.

2pm: Recommendations for Buncombe County Arts, Culture, and Entertainment: The Buncombe Cultural Alliance 2016 Report

Presented By: Kitty Love, Executive Director, Asheville Area Arts Council, and Jen Pratt, BCA Member

For three years the Buncombe Cultural Alliance has gathered to create a set of recommendations on projects and policies that can ensure the health and well being of arts, culture, and entertainment in Buncombe County. At the 2016 Summit the BCA delivers its recommendations to date, in the 2016 Report. In July of 2016 the BCA will reconvene and restructure, recruit new members, and provide an opportunity for more artists and arts presenters, professional groups, arts based businesses, and arts education leaders to participate, and to steward Buncombe County towards cultural planning.

3pm: The Business of Art Panel

A panel discussion with local training and educational facilities that work directly with artists in supporting the growth of their business. Participants include Mountain Bizworks and Birds Eye Business Planning, Goodwill Career Center, AB Tech, JB Media Group, Shelter Design Studio, and the Asheville Area Arts Council.

Upper Eastwing

4pm-5pm: Networking Event

Please join the Asheville Area Arts Council in capping our 2-day intensive Summit with an informal networking event. Join us at this unique social gathering for professionals. Enjoy a musical performance by local group West End Trio accompanied by drinks and snacks.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:

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