Many thanks to all who contriubuted to a successful “Crossroads for Community Arts: Strategies for Success on the Road Ahead” conference on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in downtown Lewiston. Co-sponsored by Maine Arts Commission and Five Rivers Arts Alliance, it was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to Five Rivers Arts Alliance. Conference hosts are L/A Arts, Franco American Heritage Center and Lewiston Public Library.
Anne Katz, Founder and Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin gave the keynote.
One hundred and ten Community arts leaders attended the conference and learned from 30 professionals from across Maine and the nation. From Fort Kent to Eastport to South Berwick, individuals came to the Franco-American Heritage Center and the Lewiston Puiblic Library for an engaging, thought-provoking day.
Anne Katz, Founder and Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin gave the Keynote: : “A Voice for Change: The Power of Arts on the Statewide Level.”
Here are links from Anne Katz at Arts Wisconsin:
- Arts Wisconsin’s website: www.artswisconsin.org
- “The arts…so good in Wisconsin” radio and TV ads (an example of one of our partnership projects, with the Dept. of Tourism) http://agency.travelwisconsin.com/Strategic/lifessogood_toolbox.shtm and scroll down to *”Arts in Wisconsin Education Kit Logos”
- Data that we use as we make our case-would be helpful in Maine’s future too!
-Arts and Economic Prosperity III: the economic impact of the nonprofit arts sector from Americans for the Arts (this was mentioned at the conference) – <http://artsusa.org/information_resources/research_information/services/economic_impact/default.asp>
- -Creative industries – the number of nonprofit and for-profit arts businesses and jobs in the US, compiled by AFTA from Dun and Bradstreet information
- Additional content from Crossroads Conference:
For Powerpoint or PDF version or Reed Berkowitz’s presentation ” Five Essentials of Successful Community Arts Websites,” go to the “Opportunities” page of this site. Look to this page of Five Rivers Arts Alliance website to report developments-next steps outgrowths of the Crossroads Conference.
- Conference wrap-up session at day’s end included input from more than participants. Notes from wrap up will be posted soon on this website.