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Oklahoma Arts Conference

2017 Oklahoma Arts Conference

Conference Schedule
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00am - 8:00am Thursday Morning Yoga with Channing Choate
Room: Gaslight Theatre
Presenters: N/A
Begin your day by aligning with your true north. Local yoga practitioner, Channing Choate, will offer a one-hour morning yoga session for conference attendees on stage at the Gaslight Theatre. Bring your own yoga mat and bottled water. There is no cost to participate in this morning activity, but donations are appreciated and will go to support the Gaslight Theatre.
8:00am - 9:30am Coffee and Networking at Five80 Coffeehouse
Room: Five80 Coffeehouse
Meet up with fellow conference attendees to network over coffee.
8:30am - 5:00pm The Hive Mind
Room: Hall of Fame
Upon checking in at registration, all conference members will receive their own four-inch hexagon that can be personalized and added to the larger hive. Come prepared to create and contribute your own drawing, collage, thought, word, or poem on your hexagon. After creating a buzz at the Oklahoma Arts Conference, the Hive Mind will be placed on display in a downtown Enid location.

This interactive art activity will take place October 25 and 26 in the Hall of Fame on the first floor of the Central National Bank Center. Art supplies are provided, but you may also bring your own. All contributors to the Hive Mind will receive a package of seeds for plants that attract and feed bees.

This activity is made possible by Main Street Enid, the Enid Arts Council, Visit Enid, Matt O’Neal , Daniel Schmehl, Bayer Crop Science and Enid host community members.

[Hive Mind —notional entity consisting of a large number of people who share their knowledge or opinions with one another, regarded as producing either uncritical conformity or collective intelligence.]
9:00am - 5:00pm Enid Arts Council Pop-up Shop
Room: 405
Support local artists by shopping at the Enid Arts Council Pop-Up Shop. Located in Room 405 at Central National Bank Center, the shop includes paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and handmade crafts by several of Enid's local artists. Payments by cash, check, and credit card are accepted.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, October 25 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 26 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
9:45am - 11:15am Art and Agriculture: An Amazing Connection
Room: 401
Presenters: Melody Claborn Aufill - Presenter
Elements of art and principles of design can be taught utilizing works of art that focus on agricultural life. For educators and teaching artists who are interested in the connection between art and agriculture, this session will highlight the Art in Ag resources that are available for free on the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom website. Featuring the works of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Winslow Homer, and Paul Gaugin, the Art in Ag online resources offers innovative methods, activities, and discussion questions for creative learning. Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
9:45am - 11:15am Making Our Case (Part 1)
Room: Junior Ballroom West
Presenters: Jerry Yoshitomi - Featured Presenter
This session is designed for artists and arts managers, board members, and volunteers from organizations of all budget sizes and disciplines. Learn how to develop skills to gather and communicate the impact of our work. Understand the value of this knowledge to increase revenues through increased ticket sales and contributed income and to reassess our strategic vision and value proposition. Leadership teams of two or more people from an organization are encouraged. The first eight groups/artists who submit a request will be invited to send a short online survey to recent participants about meaningful aspects of their experiences and receive a report of their survey responses compared to responses from other presenting organizations. The survey results will be shared during the workshop, demonstrating the impacts that we've already made and methods by which these impacts can be collected and communicated. To be considered for one of the eight groups, complete a short online application at this link: by September 30th.
9:45am - 11:15am Mid-America Arts Alliance -- Serving the Arts in Oklahoma
Room: Junior Ballroom East
Presenters: Margaret Keough - Presenter, Todd Stein - Presenter
Through its popular exhibition programs, Exhibits USA and NEH on the Road, to grant opportunities and professional development, Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) serves and fosters the arts through a partnership with Oklahoma Arts Council. Learn more about M-AAA’s programs, partnerships, and grants from its newly appointed CEO Todd Stein and Director of Marketing and Communications Margaret Keough. They will give an overview of the various ways in which M-AAA can support Oklahoma artists and arts and cultural organizations.
9:45am - 11:15am Parachute Cloth Murals
Room: 205
Presenters: Keir Johnston - Featured Presenter
Known commonly as parachute cloth, Polytab is a light-weight material that is becoming increasingly used to create large public mural projects. By painting on parachute cloth, the mural can be completely designed and painted in a studio space and then later installed on an outdoor wall. This method allows the mural creation to take place despite harsh weather conditions, and artists are not required to work on scaffolding in order to paint the mural. Parachute cloth murals also are less likely than the direct application of paint to damage the exterior surface of buildings. With 15 years of experience in utilizing parachute cloth to create murals, Keir Johnston of Amber Art & Design will discuss how this unique material and painting practice transcend the traditional experience of creating public art. Johnston will provide a basic overview of how to get started with a parachute cloth mural in your community.
9:45am - 11:15am The Artist as Entrepreneur: Business Model Canvas
Room: 402 - 404
Presenters: Felicity Hogan - Featured Presenter
This interactive session covers a broad overview of aspects that artists and creative entrepreneurs need to consider when developing a business model for their projects and/or arts businesses, touching upon key points in topics such as law, finance, strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and networking. Participants will be presented with and guided through the Business Model Canvas, a flexible and dynamic one-page business model plan, which provides a blueprint for their future projects and business goals. This session is geared towards artists of all disciplines.

9:45am - 11:15am Writing from History
Room: Simpson's Old Time Museum
Presenters: Jeanetta Calhoun Mish - Presenter
Led by Oklahoma State Poet Laureate, Jeanetta Calhoun Mish this workshop will explore the use of historical documents and objects as inspiration and material for creative writing. We’ll find our inspiration at Simpson’s Old Time Museum, just a few blocks from the Central National Bank Conference Center. To prepare for writing, we will read poems from Natashas Trethewey's Native Guard, Carolyn Forche's The Angel of History, and selections from Mish's own work.

This session is open to the general public.
11:30am - 1:00pm General Session Luncheon
Room: Grand Ballroom
Performance by Enid Community Children’s Choir
Moderator: Amber Sharples, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council
Remarks: Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts
Leadership Arts Class of 2017 Graduation
Performance by Enid High School Orchestra
1:15pm - 2:45pm And the Band Played On...
Room: 205
Presenters: Catherine Breyley - Panelist, Brandon Harvey - Panelist, Al Jensen - Panelist, Debbie Lambert - Panelist
Originally established as the Phillips Band Day in 1932, the annual Tri-State Music Festival now brings over 12,000 elementary, middle, and high school students to Enid to perform and compete across many musical disciplines, including jazz, pop, show choir, orchestra, and several others. Despite the current success and long-term sustainability of the festival, the organization was forced to make crucial changes within the last 10 years in order to survive. Hear how the organization approached board development, strategic planning, and the development of new community partnerships to ensure that the Tri-State Music Festival would remain a first-rate education experience for future generations.
1:15pm - 2:45pm Connecting Communities through Film
Room: Junior Ballroom East
Presenters: Tava Sofsky - Moderator, Maria Swindell Gus - Panelist, Marcy Jarrett - Panelist, Abby Kurin - Panelist, Alison Naifeh - Panelist, Tracy Zserdin - Panelist
Led by the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, this panel will share how Oklahoma communities can benefit economically by attracting filmmakers. Panelists will share best practice guidelines for working with representatives from the film industry. Filmmakers who wish to engage with Oklahoma communities are encouraged to attend. The panel will be followed by smaller breakout discussions in which participants can get specialized advice.
1:15pm - 2:45pm Funding the Arts through Thrift
Room: 401
Presenters: David Hume - Presenter, Paula Nightengale - Presenter
Over the course of 10 years, Park Avenue Thrift in Enid has donated over $2,350,000 to the arts, education, and broad community quality of life, including many community events and projects. A model for sustainability, the thrift store has helped citizens transform their surplus of stuff into financial support for the arts. The thrift store includes a gallery and events that feature Enid’s emerging artists. Founders of Park Avenue Thrift will share organizational strategies for those interested in establishing a similar business model. Participants will have the option to tour Park Avenue Thrift right after the session adjourns.
1:15pm - 2:45pm Making Our Case (Part 2)
Room: Junior Ballroom West
Presenters: Jerry Yoshitomi - Featured Presenter
(A continuation of the discussion from Making a Case Part 1) After an engaging, highly interactive session filled with creativity and joy, participants will create and leave with a work plan to gather evidence of the impacts of our work and communicate those impacts to increase participation and revenue.
1:15pm - 2:45pm NYFA Resources and Services for Artists
Room: 402 - 404
Presenters: Felicity Hogan - Featured Presenter
This presentation will include an overview of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)’s free and low-cost national programs and services. Whether you’re trying to raise money to finish a particular project, seeking feedback on your work, looking for an artist residency, or trying to find a job, NYFA has resources you can use to help you sustain and grow your artistic practice. The talk will also draw on NYFA's 30-year history of managing New York State Council on the Arts/NYFA Artist Fellowship, an unrestricted grant of $7,000, for artists residing in New York State. Felicity Hogan, Director of NYFA Learning will offer tips and advice for work samples and putting together strong applications for grant and residencies. An opportunity for Q & A will be provided.
3:00pm - 5:00pm Figure Drawing Lesson with Sara and Shane Scribner
Room: Scribner's Studio
Join artists Sara and Shane Scribner in their studio to participate in a two-hour figure drawing class. Using a live, clothed model, they will teach basic techniques for figure drawing. Boards, paper, and standard drawing media will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own personal drawing supplies such as paper, pencils, chalk, charcoal, and erasers. Cost per lesson is $15 per person, which can be paid at registration. Availability is limited to 12 people, and this opportunity is available first-come, first served.
3:15pm - 4:45pm Expect the Unexpected: Emergency and Disaster Planning 101
Room: Junior Ballroom East
Presenters: Anita G. Arnold - Presenter, Mary Margaret Schoenfeld - Presenter
In the last few months, we’ve watched as others have contended with hurricanes Harvey and Irma, fires in the northwest, and the civic unrest in Charlottesville. Less newsworthy are the countless upheavals that can leave an organization reeling – a technology crash, or the sudden death of a key staff person. Natural disasters and human-centered disturbances are a part of life. Yet even where emergencies have happened in the past, research shows that artists and arts organizations affected by disasters generally do not change their business practices to be better prepared for the future. In this session, we will review basics of emergency preparedness, feature commentary by participants who have lived and managed through disasters, and include small group exercises for you to begin or expand upon your own preparedness plan, no matter what size or focus of your organization.
3:15pm - 4:45pm Public Art Case Study: ‘Under Her Wing was the Universe’, An Artist-Led Initiative
Room: 402 - 404
Presenters: Ben Ezzell - Panelist, Angie Maidt - Panelist, Cub Olson - Panelist, romy owens - Panelist, - Panelist
romy owens' public art for Enid is an artist-led initiative, meaning she created her own opportunity to create public art instead of waiting for an opportunity to present itself through an RFP, RFQ, or Call for Artists. Using a crowdfunding platform and social media, she raised 75 percent of the funds needed to complete this public art. The remaining 25 percent was provided through existing grant programs available to individual artists. She also worked with local businesses to seek in-kind services and materials. This panel will discuss the significance of artist-led initiatives, the skills necessary to create work without the formal structure of a public art program, and the process through which they went in creating this public art for the city of Enid.
3:15pm - 4:45pm The Art of the Kite
Room: 205
Presenters: Catherine Gabrel - Presenter, Phillip Whitaker - Presenter
Join local members of the American Kitefliers Association to learn more about design techniques incorporated into making kites both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Combining science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), the creation of a kite can be an exciting educational activity for the classroom. Examples of art-kites will be included in this presentation as well as resources for those interested in the artistic craft of kite design.
3:15pm - 4:45pm The Life of the Party
Room: Junior Ballroom West
Presenters: Jennifer Meckling - Moderator, Catherine Breyley - Panelist, Erinn Gavaghan - Panelist, Brent Shoulders - Panelist, Bryon Test - Panelist, Kimberley Worrell - Panelist
When planned well, fundraising events can be the catalyst for attracting new support and leadership to your organization. Meticulous attention to detail, budgeting, marketing, and volunteer recruitment are keys in ensuring that your event is worth the time, energy, and funds that are invested in it. This interactive session will cover the main things to consider before launching a new fundraising event or evaluating an existing one. Panelists will meet in small groups to discuss specific details for their event, share lessons learned, and answer questions from participants.
7:00pm - 9:00pm Gaslight Theatre presents "The Crucible"
Room: Gaslight Theatre
Arthur Miller's exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. Directed by Catina Sundvall, the story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. Oklahoma Arts Council attendees will get a discounted ticket price of $10 for the show on Thursday, October 26th. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 580-234-2307.

*Intense situations may not be suitable for all ages.*

For more information contact our Assistant Director.