Register now for the Asheville Area Arts Council’s 7th annual Creative Sector Summit!

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Friday, April 21 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

@ The Collider

Cost: AAAC Member ticket $25 (with member coupon code, sent via email to current members)

Non-member ticket $35

Both ticket prices include lunch.

Ticket sales end Friday, April 14.

*We have extended tickets sales through Thursday, April 20, 4:30 pm. These tickets will NOT include lunch. 

Late-registration tickets $20


Our mountains are booming with an amazing array of talented individuals and organizations. This creativity has been the heart of our region for generations, but are we growing as a culturally rich community? How is the creative sector evolving? What developments are taking place throughout the city and county related to the arts? How do individuals and organizations approach their work in today’s fast paced, multifaceted world?

Join the AAAC and the City of Asheville on Friday, April 21 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Collider where we will explore Innovation in the Arts by turning a microscope on our community. Together we will learn the steps we are taking and goals we can strive for to ensure our creative culture is at the heart of decisions that affect us all.

Dan Bowers photo 2Featuring keynote speaker:
Dan Bowers, President, ArtsBuild, Chattanooga, TN

About Mr. Bowers:
Dan Bowers has been President of ArtsBuild in Chattanooga, TN, for nine years. Bowers has spent his career in nonprofit fundraising. Prior to joining ArtsBuild he served as president of the Memorial Health Care System Foundation from 2001 to 2007. Bowers spent 22 years with United Ways, serving as Executive Director of the United Way of Etowah County in Gadsden, AL, from 1980 to 1988. He served the United Way of Greater Chattanooga from 1988 to 2001, six years as the organization’s Campaign Director and eight years as its President. During his tenure at ArtsBuild, the organization spearheaded a community-wide cultural planning initiative, Imagine Chattanooga 20/20. This planning effort not only created a vision for the arts in the Chattanooga area, but also helped transform ArtsBuild, which was rebranded in 2012 from its former identity as Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. ArtsBuild has broadened its mission and deepened its involvement in community development. Bowers is a graduate of the University of Alabama and an avid photographer. He and his wife, Suzie, have two grown sons.


9:15 -10:00 am Coffee & Nibbles

Check-in, have some coffee, and settle in for the day!


10:00 am Welcome by the AAAC

Stefanie Gerber Darr, Executive Director & Gar Ragland, Board Chair


10:10 am Introduction by the City

Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist, City of Asheville


10:30 – 11:30 am Keynote Speaker

Introduction:  Stephanie Moore, Executive Director CCCD

Keynote Speaker:  Dan Bowers, President, ArtsBuild, Chattanooga, TN

Discover how Chattanooga, Tennessee evolved into a city that asked “What can the ARTS do for the community?” Dan Bowers, President of ArtsBuild and partner in his city’s implementation of a cultural plan, will give us insights into their growth and how we might incorporate their successes into our community.


11:30 am – 12:15 pm LUNCH

12:15 -1:00pm A Look at Asheville’s Art Districts

Moderator: Jenn Pratt, Arts & Culture Development Specialist  Panelists: Michael Manes, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Shelley Schenker, President of RADA, Mike Figura, co-owner of The Refinery Creator Space, Hedy Fischer, co-owner of Pink Dog Creative Studios.

An insider’s guide to what is happening in three of Asheville’s art districts— Downtown, River Arts, and the South Slope.

1:15 – 2:00 pm Innovative Spaces & Resources

Moderator: Kari Rinn, executive director NC Glass Center Panelists: Stephen Carter, Asheville Makers; Steph Hickling Beckman, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective; Sarah Wells Rolland, The Village Potters; Steven Samuels, The Magnetic Theatre; Mike Marcus, assistant director, Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Sara Sanders, STEAM studio @ RAMP.

Learn about some of the inspiring efforts from organizations in Buncombe County that offer resources to our creative community in a variety of disciplines.


2:15 – 3:00 pm Making Strides: Innovation as a Creative

Moderator: Sarajane Case, Writer, coach, and, speaker  Panelists: Nick Moen, The Bright Angle; Victor Palomino, Visual artist & media producer; 7 Ton Co., graphic design & letterpress studio; Linda Gritta, visual artist; Alena Hennesy, artist, teacher, author.

A presentation and how-to for creatives that are utilizing technology, spanning disciplines, and netWORKING it to be successful.


3:00 – 4:00 pm Resources & Networking Fair

Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Mountain BizworksAB Tech Continuing Ed, Western Women’s Business Center, The Small Business Center at AB Tech, Asheville SCORE, The Big Crafty, Flatiron Writers Room.

Wrap up the day with time for mixing and mingling with fellow attendees while having a chance to visit with an assembly of  organizations, businesses, and services in Buncombe County that offer resources to artists.


The 2017 Creative Sector Summit is generously sponsored by:

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