Conference Workshops

39th Annual Arts Northwest Conference Workshops

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Monday, October 14, 2019, Noon – 3:00 pm

National Endowment for the Arts for a Grants Workshop to learn how to harness resources to support your organization’s arts and cultural activities.

Noon – 1:00 pm

Location: The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise

Tom Simplot, Senior Deputy Chairman of the Endowment, will present an overview of the agency, information about grant programs and how to apply for funding. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Arts administrators, arts educators, and civic leaders are encouraged to attend.



Assessment: The Key to Boosting Your Fundraising

1:30 – 3:00 pm,  Room 120 A, Boise Centre

The key to increasing fundraising revenue for your organization is to Assess & Analyze! When we do, we can determine what’s working and what’s not so we can stop wasting time and effort.  We can determine what to do differently to increase gift amounts; and, most importantly, how to keep our new donors giving year after year.  By monitoring specific metrics… retention, average gift amounts, new donors, and the costs associated with specific fundraising activities, we can identify areas to strengthen or improve upon. At the core, it’s all about strengthening our relationships with our donors.  Join Laurel York Odell, MA Philanthropy and Development, for an engaging, interactive session on how to assess your fundraising activities and set the stage for increased revenue.

Session Leader: Laurel York Odell


Sentences: Creative Writing in the Idaho State Prison

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Room 110 A, Boise Centre

For over two years, CSI instructor Shane Brown and Director of Community Enrichment Camille Barigar volunteered their time at the Idaho State Correctional Center to teach creative writing to inmates. What resulted was a profound transformative learning experience for the prisoners and a host of artistic collaborations in dance, theater, lectures, and masterclasses throughout the state of Idaho. Sweeping artistic collaborations sustained over a long period of time CAN have an impact on an entire community. Through dance, music, writing, and spoken word, the Sentences project has brought to life the experiences of the prisoners - from childhood to their time behind bars - and created a culture of empathy through the arts. It is also an example of bringing artistic programming into underserved communities such as the criminal justice system, youth detention centers, or addiction recovery programs in a time when arts funding and a society that is reeling from the effects of social disassociation relies on such outreach.   Participants will learn about the Sentences project and learn about the research on transformative learning, hear examples of prisoner writing, and get the unique chance to participate in a short creative writing workshop themselves. 

Session Leaders: Camille Barigar, Shane Brown



Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM


FUNDAMENTALS FOR NEW ARTISTS (Showcasing 101, Ready for Representation, and Contracts and Deals)

Room 120 A

Many new artists come to the PAC market unprepared for what awaits.  This three-part session will help artists be ready to give presenters what they need to succeed, all in a super-positive and super-informative format. Instead of the typical "panel" format, this comprehensive lecture series with multiple opportunities for intensive audience Q&A will push the fundamental workshops forward in an exciting way.

Session Leader: Ron DeStefano



Why Can't They See It My Way? Resistance...Your Best Tool for  Moving Forward!

Room 110  B

Resistance is everywhere in the workplace. Whether it's a change in programming, policy, or materials, people resist. This participatory session examines why resistance happens, what form it takes, and how it is important to organizational culture. Attendees will see how, when handled appropriately, resistance can be a positive change catalyst.

Session Leader: Jason P Bowcutt



Money for Nothing (Well, not quite) The TourWestand ImTour Grant Program Informative Workshop

Room 110 C

Learn about a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.

Session Leader: Seyan Lucero



Principles of Accessibility: Practical Strategies for Inclusion

Room 110 D

Planning for access and inclusion may seem daunting but with a little bit more understanding of the core principles of accessibility and practical strategies you can  welcome everyone to participate. We will discuss the legal and regulatory foundation of access, the civil and human rights basis of access, and practical ways to implement access for people with disabilities of all ages.

Session Leader: Betty Siegel



Engagement with Indigenous Communities and Honoring Native Land

Room 110 A

There is a growing movement to acknowledge Native land and reverse the invisibility of Native peoples through equitable practices and inclusion.  The performing arts can provide community leadership, catalyze change and help to replace colonial and false narratives about Native peoples with true stories.  This session will provide information, guidance and a space for discussion about how to engage with your local Native communities as well as land acknowledgements, welcome to land and other popular first steps in these efforts to build equity and inclusion in the performing arts.

Session Leader: Andre Bouchard


Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM


Making Artistic Cents:  Communication Conundrum - Identifying the how, what, why, when, where of connecting with our colleague

Room 110 A

This interactive session is an inclusive dialogue re/initiating contact, negotiating contracts, pre-engagement planning, post engagement follow-up or seeking concrete information.  Designated presenters, agents and artists will share comments regarding communication modes, establishing/respecting timelines and boundaries, hearing a "yes"/"no" and what encourages a spirit of discovery.  Facilitated interactive discussion breakout sessions will follow.

Session Leader: Craig Knudsen

Panelists: Karen Fischer, Charlie Robin, Kristine Bretall



Global Village Experience: A New Model for Community Engagement

Room 110  B

Anchorage Concert Association and Lula Washington Dance Theatre spent 18-months developing an engagement program addressing the needs of refugees in Anchorage. The result was an event involving multiple social service agencies, the municipality of Anchorage, and another 100 participants. To achieve this success, ACA and LWDT had to question assumptions about community engagement and engage with the community in ways neither had done before. In this session, you will learn about a new model of engagement that will demonstrate ways to authentically engage with community and to be part of a process to change your community for the better.

Session Leader: Jason Hodges



Building an audience for artists & genres unfamiliar to your community

Room 110 D

Panel discussion moderated from the different perspectives of an agent, artist & presenter on what works best when introducing unknown artists or genres to your community. Covers tactics/info such as promo/marketing, outreach, target groups, programming themes and tie-ins, etc.

Session Leader: Diana Tan



Touring to British Columbia and Western Canada

Room 110 C

A panel will present information and experiences relating to U.S. based Artists touring into BC and Western Canada, including information about BC Touring Council, the Presenters, and other issues. They will also field questions from participants. It will be a low-tech, relaxed workshop conducive to sharing experiences and information in a fairly informal way. Input from attendees who have experience touring north of the border is welcome.

Session Leader: David Mann