I’m very pleased to announce that in addition to our opening keynote address by Nikky Finney, we have added another internationally known speaker to our Sept. 18 Statewide Arts Conference: Richard Evans, president of EmcArts, a leading not-for-profit provider of innovation services to the arts and culture sector across the United States and abroad. Throughout the day, Richard will contribute his experience of helping arts organizations innovate, with an emphasis on adaptive organizational change and effective ways to respond to the demands of a new era.
Trust me on this — you will want to bring at least two people to the conference — one person to participate in Richard’s session, and one person to take part in the other sessions offered at the same time. We’ve worked hard to keep registration costs low so that organizations can afford to send two folks. The $78 early-bird rate is good only through July 31, so register today!
The two 90-minute portions of Richard’s interactive workshop will be connected — one occurs in the morning, and the second takes place after lunch. You will work in groups to explore complex challenges South Carolina’s arts community is facing and dig in to some of the fundamental approaches that are helping organizations address our complex and rapidly changing world. Space for this workshop is limited to 60 participants, so pre-registration will be required. Once you register for the conference, you’ll receive instructions for registering for Richard’s workshop.
Everyone will have a chance to learn from Richard during lunch, when he will give a talk based on what he and his colleagues have learned from nearly a decade of leading adaptive work with 200 arts and cultural organizations of all types and sizes.
More information about Richard’s workshop and the conference is available on our website at www.southcarolinaarts.com/statewide.
Richard’s presence helps to elevate our conference into a “must attend” for the South Carolina arts community. We are grateful to the South Carolina Arts Alliance for generously sponsoring Richard’s participation.Remember, registration is $78 through July 31. I look forward to seeing you Sept. 18.