Arts Business Research Symposium: Schedule

Wednesday, March 12 (Madison Public Library, Central branch)

6-9pm: Welcome, Conference Overview, and Reception

Keynote: Erica Halverson, UW-Madison Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Discussion of the Maker Movement in Education: Teaching and Learning Spaces at the Intersection of Architecture, Engineering, and Creativity

Erica Halverson will kick off our conference with a discussion on the Maker Movement and its emerging role in the arts, education, and business landscapes. Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Halverson has been studying what and how people learn in makerspaces - communities of practice that live at the intersection of art-making, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Her talk will include a chance for attendees to co-participate in a maker experience at Madison Public Library's new makerspace, the Bubbler.

Thursday, March 13 (Grainger Hall Plenary Room, Wisconsin School of Business)

9-10am: Welcome & Preview of the Conference

Intro: Sherry Wagner-Henry, Director of the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration
Keynote: Linda Essig, Not About The Benjamins: Arts Entrepreneurship in Research, Education, and Practice

Linda Essig, Professor and Director of Arizona State University's Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, will kick off the symposium with remarks on the framework of the emerging field of arts entrepreneurship. Where is this field of inquiry? What do we know about the relationship between arts and business? How can we move a field forward that takes seriously what both disciplines can contribute to our understanding of the arts, entrepreneurship, and research?

10-11:30am: Session #1

Creative Campus Environments
Sonia BasSheva Manjon, Ohio State University
Linda Essig, Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Long Lingo, formerly Curb Center, Creative Campus Initiative at Vanderbilt University
John Surdyk, INSITE and Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, UW-Madison

Many institutions of higher education are talking about the importance of bringing creativity meaningfully to their campuses. With the popularization of alternative models for higher ed, campuses are highlighting their value-added through a focus on campus resources and the development of the creative campus. What do we mean by "the creative campus"? What are some emerging models for creative campuses and what are the implications for students, faculty, and staff? Four leaders in the development of creative campuses across the US will lead our inquiry into the role of the creative campus in the 21st Century higher education landscape.

11:30am-12:30pm: Student Presentations and/or Responses

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch in Grainger Hall (provided)

1:30-3pm: Session #2

Collaborative Work Organizations
Sam Dyson, Director Hive Chicago Learning Network
David Flatley, Executive Director of Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships
Noah Keesecker, Director of Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts, Saint Paul, MN
Thaddeus Squire, Executive Director at CultureWorks, Philadelphia

Whether non-profit or for profit, arts organizations are finding ways to collaborate in order to develop work practices that make their organizations more sustainable. What do we know about these various models for collaboration? How do they work? What can we learn that might scale to other arts organizations? What can other businesses learn from the way arts organizations collaborate around practice? We will hear from the Directors of four arts-business initiatives that take different approaches to collaborative work in and through the arts.

3-4pm: Student Presentations and/or Responses

4-4:30pm: Wrap Up & Preview of Coming Activities

6:00pm: Dinner on your own

List of restaurants and arts/cultural activities provided

Friday, March 14 (Grainger Hall Plenary Room, Wisconsin School of Business)

9am: Welcome and Preview of the Day

9-10:30am: Session #3

New Funding Models
Anurag Gupta, Research Scholar in Law & Social Entrepreneurship, Jacobson Leadership Program in Law & Business at NYU
Tom Linfield, Madison Community Foundation
Heather Pontonio, Program Officer for Art, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, New Haven, CT
Thaddeus Squire, Executive Director at CultureWorks, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The fiscal landscape of the past decade has forced artists, arts organizations, and arts businesses to become much more creative in the way work is funded. New funding models from crowd-sourced funding to the development of community foundations have begun to transform how organizations budget, fundraise, and frame their work. This session will focus on current research and practice around new funding models for arts work.

10:30-11:30am: Student Presentations & Responses

11:30am-1pm: Wrap Up Conversation