• Donna Ibale

Registration Open for the 2nd Annual Maryland Arts Summit


Hosted by the Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Education in Maryland Schools, and the Maryland State Department of Education - the Maryland Arts Summit returns for its 2nd year. With stay-at-home restrictions still in place, the Arts Summit will be completely virtual and free to all attendees. This year's virtual convening is titled "Creative Resurgence: A Vision For the Future of the Arts in Maryland" and will take place Tuesday, May 26th - Friday, May 29th. Register @ https://mdarts.org/summit.


The MD Arts Summit began last year, presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to: Arts Advocates, Arts Educators & Teaching Artists, Independent Artists, Arts Organizations, Youth, Community Stakeholders, Arts and Entertainment Districts, County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Public Artists, Boards of Directors, and Folklife artists.


My recommendations on sessions are featured below, and you can view the entire schedule of convenings at https://mdarts.org/summit.

Tuesday, May 26

Audience Engagement Strategy We Didn’t Plan For (but here we are so let’s make the best of it)

Presenters: Jenny Hamilton, Emma Wesoloski

Tuesday, May 26            2:30-3:30 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, A&E Districts, CAAM

In late March, after weeks of unprecedented speed, the marketing and engagement staff at the National Aquarium took a breath. “Is the content we’re delivering valuable, or is it just fast?”, we asked. “What are our audiences’ new needs? How can the work we do now shape the relationship audiences have with us in a post-pandemic future?” The marketing department couldn’t navigate this new world alone; now, more than ever, all staff needed to transition their content expertise outside of a physical building, and they needed to do it in a way that is audience-centric and delivers true community value. In the middle of a breaking crisis, we needed to create strategy out of chaos. Learn how the National Aquarium is navigating audience engagement and join fellow cultural organization professionals in a candid discussion in how to stay relevant and accessible during – and beyond – the Age of Quarantine.

Best Practices for Accessible Virtual EVirtual Accessibility: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Programs and Eventsvents

Presenters: Robin Marquis

Tuesday, May 26            2:30-3:30 PM

Track:   Arts Education

Arts and cultural organizations have quickly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by making their programming and content available to audiences around the world via online platforms. However, people with disabilities can be shut out of this content if it is not accessible. This session will provide examples of ways to provide access through captions, sign language interpretation, audio description, and visual description. It will also provide tips and resources for how to communicate your accessibility to the public, plan for accessibility, and connect with the disability community.

Legal Issues for Creative Businesses

Presenters:        Adam Holofcener

Tuesday, May 26            2:30-4:00 PM

Track:   Advocacy

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a presentation on Legal Issues for Creative Businesses.  During this presentation, you will learn about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website.  Every artist is also a small business, so we invite you to come learn about the very important, and potentially lucrative, flipside to your creative practice.  This session will be relevant to artists in all creative disciplines (yes, every single one!).

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Presenters:        Joel Snyder, PhD

Tuesday, May 26            3:45-4:45 PM

Track:   Arts Education

Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, audio description makes the arts accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

The Business of Art

Presenters:        Jill J Galloway

Tuesday, May 26            3:45-4:45 PM

Track:   Independent Artists

No matter how amazing your art is, if no one sees it or can buy it, it will gather dust. The business of art and conversations about making money from your creativity often sparks anxiety in a lot of us. Can you make money with your art? Absolutely. Determination and getting your work in front of buyers will result in sales, not luck and not even level of talent. As a full time artist myself, I’ll tell you how to get started, the most critical first steps in selling your art, and the absolute minimum you need to have in place to sell your work.

EVERYONE is not your audience

Presenters:        Scott Burkholder

Tuesday, May 26            3:45-4:45 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Boards of Directors

To shift the world, you have to first identify your audience. We will use marketing tools to identify audience and build revenue generating relationships.

Strengthening Black Youth through Traditional Folk Art

Presenters:        Bunjo Butler, Deborah Pierce-Fakunle, dr. David Fakunle, PhD, Janice Curtis Greene

Tuesday, May 26            3:45-4:45 PM

Track:   Folklife, Arts Education

A panel discussion with mentors from the Growing Griots Literacy Learning Program, the Youth Component of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland with Storytelling.

Communities Of Care: Engaging Older Adults And Caregivers In Creative Aging Online

Presenters:        Amanda Newman, Judith Bauer

Tuesday, May 26            5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Arts Education, Boards of Directors, CAAM

In this hands-on session, Dance Exchange will invite participants to experience and unpack some of the creative tools and practices the organization is using to engage older adults and caregivers online during the COVID crisis and beyond. We’ll explore how—even virtually—we can build communities of care and address social isolation through intergenerational dancemaking and collaboration.


Maximizing the Persuasive Power of Arts Advocacy

Presenters:        Jonathan Katz, Nicholas Cohen

Tuesday, May 26            5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Boards of Directors, CAAM

What principles of marketing, persuasion, presentation, building relationships, policy development and creating public value result in decision makers investing as much as they can in the public benefits that the arts provide?  Jonathan Katz, Professor of Practice in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at George Mason University, will present concepts, examples and useful “habits of mind” to stimulate discussion.  Participants will be encouraged to share experiences, lessons learned and advice. MCA Executive Director Nicholas Cohen will be on hand to provide special expertise and insider Maryland perspective.

MSAC Arts in Education Updates! Teaching Artist Roster and Arts in Education Grant

Presenters:        Precious Blake

Tuesday, May 26            5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Arts Education

The Arts in Education program has revamped and expanded our Visiting Performer and Artist-in-Residence Rosters to now be one MSAC Teaching Artist Roster! Learn about the benefits of becoming an MSAC Teaching Artist, how to apply to join the roster, and requirements to stay an active MSAC Teaching Artist. MSAC’s Arts in Education program supports schools, non-profits, and other units of government (libraries, recreation centers, etc.) to collaborate with teaching artists who lead a myriad of arts education activities. Learn how to apply for an Arts in Education grant to fund arts learning opportunities that meets your school or organization’s mission and goals.

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Wednesday, May 27


Live Q&A with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Presenters:        Adam Holofcener

Wednesday, May 27      2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Advocacy

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a LIVE Q&A Session. During this time, you can ask him about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website. Now is your chance to ask his advice! Q&A sessions will occur Thursday and Friday at the same time.

Self Care Advocacy – Meet the Artist Navigator

Presenters:        Nicoletta de la Brown

Wednesday, May 27      2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Advocacy

During this session independent artists are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with Artist Navigator, Nicoletta. She will ask questions and listen. Come prepared to share your practice and discuss what types of support will help you thrive as an artist. You will be invited to sign up for a one-on-one with Nicoletta for a deeper conversation about your practice and how support can help you reach your goals.


How Can I Be an Ally? What Butterflies Can Teach Us about Being Changemakers

Presenters:        Helen Yuen

Wednesday, May 27      2:30-3:30 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM

In conversations about racial inclusivity, do you ask yourself, ”How can I be an ally?” Inequality may feel so large and entrenched an issue, that you wonder where to make a dent, and if it’s possible. If you have any doubt that you can make a difference, think of a butterfly and its ability to create entire gardens by first pollinating one flower, then another, and another, until through slow and steady patience, there is a colorful bed of blooms. So, here are concrete, achievable moves you can take to be a part of positive change towards a more inclusive organization, gathered from experiences at the American Visionary Art Museum. These pathways include crossing the digital divide during the stay at home order. Let’s also share with each other your success stories in this interactive session.


Applying Indigenous African Principles in the Classroom Part 1: Decolonizing the Classroom

Presenters:        Olu Butterfly Woods

Wednesday, May 27      3:15-4:15PM PM

Track:   Arts Education, Folklife

Africa has many continuous cultures that are creative, mature and rich with gifts to offer our classrooms. What is the value of including such ideas as communal living, harmony with nature, and fluidity between the physical and the spiritual? Using traditional song, and visual symbols we will explore relationship building, rhythm and patterns, and other activities that can be used for elementary and middle school educators in particular but principles that can be applied to leadership and policy. We will explore how to implement these African characteristics in teaching strategies.


Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process; a mind-expanding way to get and give feedback

Presenters:        Nicole Fall, Sheila Gaskins

Wednesday, May 27      5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists, Arts Education

Join Nicole Fall and Sheila Gaskins in trying out Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. It is a “multi-step, group system for giving and receiving useful feedback on creative processes” involved in anything “from dance to dessert”. Participants will look at an artwork or performance piece and follow the four step process. This process can be used in any teaching or critique situation.

Walls Down: Were We Really All That Equitable?

Presenters:        Camille Delaney-McNeil, Calida Jones, Khandeya Sheppard, Jared Perry

Wednesday, May 27      5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, CAAM

We will explore what the current pandemic has shown us about the state of arts education using three critical perspectives: a community-based, music program, music teacher in the public school system and leader for community engagement at a higher education institution. Strategies that have been used pre-COVID for equity/access will be discussed and examined authentically for dreams of future changes.


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Thursday, May 28

Funding Your Creative Endeavors Workshop

Presenters:        Rachelle Etienne-Robinson, Stan Robinson

Thursday, May 28           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists, Boards of Directors, CAAM, Folklife

Substantial Art & Music facilitates a workshop catered to creatives who would like to learn more about grant opportunities and crowdfunding.

Live Q&A with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Presenters:        Adam Holofcener

Thursday, May 28           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Advocacy

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a LIVE Q&A Session. During this time, you can ask him about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website. Now is your chance to ask his advice! Q&A session will occur Friday at the same time.

The Creative Process in the Time of Corona

Presenters:        Tara S. Holl

Thursday, May 28           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists

We will explore creative techniques that all people can try as a means to cope during isolation and uncertainty brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Redefining What a Theatre Company Can Be – Diversifying Programming and Theatrical Form

Presenters:        Jason Schlafstein, Navid Azeez, Jonathan Rubin

Thursday, May 28           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations

There is often a stigma within the Theater Industry and Community about what constitutes a Theatrical Performance, and from the outside about what going to the Theatre will be like. As Event and Experience based programming becomes more and more popular to audiences, and traditional ideas about the Theatrical Experience become a bigger and bigger barrier to entry for new audiences, how can a diversification of programming break those barriers, help create new audiences, and stay on mission? In the past year Flying V has expanded programming to include Podcast Audio Dramas, Professional Wrestling, Interactive Gaming Events, with more planned in 2020. We’d love to discuss these decisions, their successes and challenges, and engage in a discussion about programming and artistic innovation and diversification with other companies and thought leaders.

How Historically White Organizations Support Leadership of Color: Examining different Leadership Models

Presenters:        Leon Seemann

Thursday, May 28           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations

This session will explore different leadership structures and their impact on next generation of arts leaders


Art As Microphone; Empowering Student Voices Through Transformative Art Education

Presenters:        Matthew Adelberg

Thursday, May 28           3:15-4:15PM PM

Track:   Arts Education

A Baltimore City educator discusses using Radical Inclusion to build equitable communities committed to Social Justice and culturally-relevant, Transformative Education. This process features students and communities working as partners in their education, empowers student voices, and fosters student confidence in their agency as change-makers and barrier-breakers.

Creating and Career: Strategies to Support Artistic Practice in the Changing World of Work

Presenters:        Rachel Valsing

Thursday, May 28           3:45-4:45 PM

Track:   Independent Artists

Maintaining a creative practice and career can be daunting. This session will introduce new ways to incorporate artistic thinking and making in daily work routines.

artlook® Maryland: Driving Connections and Mapping Arts Education Access

Presenters:        Rachel McGrain, Kate Lynch

Thursday, May 28           4:30-5:00 PM

Track:                  Arts Education

Access to arts education is inequitable in the state of Maryland, which is a violation of our children’s civil rights. Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) invites you to preview the newly-launched pilot of artlook® Maryland, an innovative tool working to increase equitable access to the arts. artlook® Maryland is an interactive web platform that visually maps data about arts access and resources, providing unprecedented transparency about arts education in Maryland’s public schools and driving connections between educators, arts partners, advocates, and funders. Join us to learn more about how this powerful advocacy tool can strengthen the arts education ecosystem and help ensure equitable access to the arts for all students in our state!

Cultural Competency in the Arts and Societal Inclusivity

Presenters:        Nil Navaie

Thursday, May 28           4:30-5:00 PM

Track:   Boards of Directors, CAAM, Folklife

This session aims to remind attendees about the importance of cultural competency within the arts field and highlight the human-centric approach in program development and communication. It’ll introduce a multi-disciplinary evaluation framework along with an exercise that intends to help participants challenge and shape their own culturally-competent mindsets.

Side Hustle: How to get Seen, Heard, & Paid

Presenters:        Ti Coleman, S. Rasheem, Krystal Lee

Thursday, May 28           5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists

Independent Artists and Creators have long, grappled with the question of how to maintain their independence, do what they love, and consistently generate an income. This interactive workshop is facilitated by creators who regularly do what they love and are able to also generate income. This is an interactive creative experience that will inspire participants to up-level and provide them with actionable next steps.

Leading a Strategic Planning Process

Presenters:        Jonathan Katz

Thursday, May 28           5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM

What principles of marketing, persuasion, presentation, building relationships, policy development and creating public value result in decision makers investing as much as they can in the public benefits that the arts provide?  Jonathan Katz, Professor of Practice in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at George Mason University, will present concepts, examples and useful “habits of mind” to stimulate discussion.  Participants will be encouraged to share experiences, lessons learned and advice. MCA Executive Director Nicholas Cohen will be on hand to provide special expertise and insider Maryland perspective.

Policy, Placemaking and Public Infrastructure

Presenters:        Ryan Patterson

Thursday, May 28           5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Public Art

parks & playgrounds, bike rack, benches, traffic boxes & DIY/Pop-Up Urbanism (ref: Hyattsville traffic boxes, artistic bike racks.

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Friday, May 29

Live Q&A with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Presenters:        Adam Holofcener

Friday, May 29           2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Advocacy

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts for a LIVE Q&A Session. During this time, you can ask him about how to choose a business entity, licenses, permits, and other business regulations, intellectual property, dealing with employees and independent contractors, as well as legal issues related to your website. Now is your chance to ask his advice!


Using Historic Arts to Examine Local, Regional, and National History

Presenters:        Lauren Muney

Friday, May 29               2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, Folklife

We think of museums offering facts, and arts offering justice and equality. But what about the middle ground of craftsmanship, historic arts, skills, and trades? Can arts provide a direct connection for our communities to experience and understand their own history and humanities? For years we have left history to museums or historical societies. However in recent years, historical societies and museums have been looking for more ways to “artify” their offerings – make their offerings more interactive, visual, and feel ‘alive’.

Be stimulated by examples of historical societies, museums, and independent events which bring together traditional arts and skills from the past – in this case, ‘traditional’ means not folklore, but of history – to their events and exhibitions. These people are changing the ignorant phrase “old-timey” to truly embrace and appreciate arts of the past, and to help visitors connect to their local, regional, state, or national histories.

Finding Believers Using Instagram w/ Alanah Nichole

Presenters:        Alanah Nichole

Friday, May 29               2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists

Alanah will lead virtual attendees through preliminary thoughts in finding their Instagram Voice. the importance of moving past followers to find believers.

Farming as an Art and Community Engagement Practice

Presenters:        Rosa Chang

Friday, May 29               2:00-3:00 PM

Track:   Public Art

The Baltimore Natural Dye project is to expand and deepen existing curriculum around natural dyes and to support the development of local knowledge and practices around the cultivation, processing and use of natural dyes, explore the cultural and economic potential of growing and using natural dyes.

Healthy Families/ Healthy Communities

Presenters:        Denise Jones, Busy Graham

Friday, May 29               3:15-4:15 PM

Track:   Folklife

As communities look to strengthen connections, especial cross cultural, race and language barriers, the arts community can partner to add value & impact.


How to build a brand

Presenters:        Kellyn Mahan

Friday, May 29               3:15-4:15 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, A&E Districts,

The How to Build a Brand workshop focuses on the fundamentals of building a brand through visioning and why it provides value to you and/or an organization.

Strathmore’s Bloom Initiative: Delivering Programs Based on Community Wishes

Presenters:        Monica Jeffries-Hazangeles, Oyin Ogungbemile

Friday, May 29               3:15-4:15 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Boards of Directors,CAAM

Strathmore’s Bloom initiative expands access to the arts in Montgomery County by bringing free arts opportunities into our community, directly engaging with people where they live, work, and attend school. Bloom programs are structured to eliminate barriers of cost, transportation, and parents’ work schedules. Through conversations, surveys, and a close network of community partners, Strathmore has developed programs in response to what the community has expressed they want and need most. Strathmore also frequently adds an artistic resource to existing programs such as community festivals. This session will give an overview of these programs and then do a deep dive into three of them: 1) Good Hope Community Recreation Center, where Strathmore partnered with the county to design and build an arts-integrated center from the earliest planning stages, and now provides regular classes and concerts there. 2) Step Up East County, where Strathmore partners with Step Afrika! to provide a 16-week step residency in three community sites. 3) Latin Strings and Percussion, where Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore provides a 5-week after-school Latin-American music program led by professional coaches to middle and high school students.

The Role of Community Artists in Community Healing: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices

Presenters:        Cinder Hypki

Friday, May 29               4:30-5:00 PM

Track:   Independent Artists, A&E Districts, Boards of Directors

What have communities taught you about the power of creative expression to help them move toward healing or overcoming trauma? What lessons would you share with a group engaged in this practice? How do we ensure that we first and foremost do no harm; tread lightly; listen deeply; acknowledge differences and inequities; respect both individual and group voices calling for change?

This campfire conversation will encourage sharing among community artists about their role in using creative expression as a means of coping, communicating, sharing, healing, dealing with, and uniting over difficulty and trauma within self-defined communities. Together the group will construct a framework for thinking about the values underpinning this work, and the spirit of collaboration needed to carry it out.

Building Audiences for Distinctive International Programming by Harnessing Education and Grassroots movements

Presenters:        Shruthi Mukund, Lauren Campbell, Joi Brown

Friday, May 29               5:00-6:00 PM

Track:                  Arts Organizations

Strathmore’s Windows series combines distinctive, with grassroots marketing and education to build audiences and craft a unique patron experience.

Everyone is An Artist: Supporting Older Artists and Healthy Aging

Presenters:        Barbara Johnson, Rachel Cross

Friday, May 29               5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   Arts Organizations, Boards of Directors, CAAM

Gather the tools to deliver quality sequential arts learning to older adults in your community including curriculum design, funding strategies, and advocacy.

Flash! A DIY Approach to Lighting the Public Realm

Presenters:        Merrell Hambleton, Glenn Shrum

Friday, May 29               5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Public Art

In the fall of 2019, as part of the NEA-supported Signal Station North project, the Neighborhood Design Center and Flux Studio hosted Flash!, a guerrilla lighting event. Armed with flashlights and accompanied by a local brass band, 40 volunteers walked the streets of the Station North Arts District, illuminating sites along the way, to demonstrate the transformative power of light in the public realm.

The Rebuilding Power of the Arts

Presenters:        Randy Cohen

Friday, May 29               5:00-6:00 PM

Track:   A&E Districts, Boards of Directors, CAAM

The coronavirus has devastated America’s arts sector. Hear how arts and culture will be what rebuilds the nation socially and economically.


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