Screenshot-2Our keynote speaker for 2015 is Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, one of the brilliant minds who wrote the well-respected seminal paper, Creative Placemaking, the report for the Mayors’ Institute of City Design (2010) that defined the field.

This years’ keynote will be a rare opportunity to jump start what we hope will be an ongoing conversation in our region, one that can guide the future of our newly identified innovation districts, and can produce strategy to mitigate the negative effects of growth, and support the incorporation of the arts into community and economic development in significant ways.

Anne Gadwa Nicodemus is a researcher, writer, speaker, and advocate whose work focuses on arts-based community development. Her journal articles “Fuzzy Vibrancy(Cultural Trends, 2013) and “Creative Placemaking: How to Do it Well” (Community Development Investment Review) look more deeply at creative placemaking as cultural policy and its ethics and practical challenges.

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Friday, April 24th – Diana Wortham Theater

9:30am-10am: Registration and Check In
10am-11:15am: Keynote Speaker: Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
11:30am-12:30pm: Asheville Leaders Panel

Community leaders outline how their organizations are supporting and promoting the well being of Buncombe County with the arts as a partner. Explore new ideas, reflect on the morning’s keynote concepts, and take a look at opportunities, trends, and issues affecting our region’s unique cultural assets.

Friday, April 24th – Diana Wortham Theater

6:30pm-10pm: Posana Dessert & Wine Reception with Summit Partners

Followed by special section seating at the Asheville Lyric Opera’s presentation of West Side Story.

Opera Seating at 7:30pm, Curtain at 8pm

Saturday, April 25th – Asheville Art Museum

Creative Community Resource Day – FREE

10am – 11am: The Future of Creative Placemaking in Buncombe County: Investing in Arts Education

  • Josh Batenhorst &/or Lori Cozzi from ArtSpace Charter School
  • Robert Waller from Buncombe County Schools
  • Jocelyn Reese from LEAF Schools & Streets

Perspectives from arts educators in Buncombe County. Topics include: the value of 21st Century Skills through the arts, how the arts build healthy youth and reduce crime, and how supporting Buncombe County’s youth will ensure arts entrepreneurs and arts workers for the future.

11am – 12pm: Asheville Inclusive Arts Coalition

Drop-in forum answers questions for arts presenters about program accessibility, and how a thoughtful ADA plan helps you keep and get funding. We’ll also preview a day-long workshop, “Accessibility 101”, sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council, that will be offered to all WNC arts organizations this Fall. The film, “A New Kind of Listening”, will precede this presentation from 10am to 11am in the film room on the 2nd floor.

12pm – 2pm: Buncombe Cultural Alliance

Presentation and interactive discussion of the Buncombe Cultural Alliance’s work to date. The BCA has focused on the creation of a strategy document for arts, culture, and entertainment in Buncombe County since 2013. The strategy looks at five focus areas: the economic impact of the arts, quality of life, arts education, arts advocacy, and creative placemaking. Presentation and interactive discussion of the work happens annually at the Creative Sector Summit with arts leaders across each area of focus. Feedback from this session will inform the work of the coming year and is an invitation for other community partners to get involved.

2pm – 3pm: Technology and the Arts

Dallas Taylor hosts an informal networking session for members of the community to learn more about each other and the ways educators, artists, and technologists can more effectively create more opportunities within Buncombe County through Makerspace programs.

Saturday, April 25th – Asheville Art Museum

Creative Community Resource Day – FREE

10am – 11am: Brenda Mills, MPA – Economic Development Specialist, Community & Economic Development, City of Asheville

Brenda’s presentation will review the city’s public art program, ways to get connected to hear about ‘calls for artists,’ and resources for how artists can get connected.

11am – 11:30am: Matt Popowski – Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Communications & Marketing Manager, Economic Development Coalition Asheville-Buncombe County/Venture Asheville

Annual Chamber update on arts & culture activity through the 5×5 plan for job creation.

11:30am – 1pm: Round Table

  • Eric Jackson, Code for Asheville & Democracy Apps
  • Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist, Community & Economic Development, City of Asheville
  • Gwynne Rukenbrod, Public Art & Cultural Commission, City of Asheville and Advocacy chair for the Buncombe Cultural Alliance
  • Jon Fillman, Community & Economic Development, City of Asheville
  • Kitty Love, Asheville Area Arts Council

A roundtable discussion, open to the audience, looking into the story of the last few years of City of Asheville public funding for the arts. In this roundtable we will look at the changes made in the last two years, the move of public art into Community & Economic Development, the role of special events in the City’s cultural goals, and the importance of community participation in the City’s budget process.

In this presentation, Eric Jackson will show how tools like can help the arts community better tell the story of the role local government does and could play in supporting the arts and its impact on the vitality of the Asheville region.

1pm – 2pm: Spectra 3D Technologies

  • Steve Schain

With the power to model forms that would previously have been difficult, if not impossible, 3D printing is leading the charge to take creative expression in a brand new direction. Spectra3D Technologies will be on-hand to demonstrate live 3D printing, as well as other 3D printing technology, including a 3D printing pen that attendees can play with. Our experts will also be answering all of your 3D printing questions.

10am-3pm: Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) in the Coffee Lounge

Enjoy a free cup of coffee and live music while learning about the diverse projects that AMP is involved with in our community. From mediation between buskers and city officials to education initiatives and free monthly workshops, AMP is actively providing advocacy for local musicians and music industry professionals.

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