P.a.v.e. update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here (I never thought a sabbatical would be so much work) so I thought it time to provide you with an update on the second bi-annual p.a.v.e. symposium on entrepreneurship and the arts: Creating Infrastructure for Creativity and Innovation to be held April 1-2 in Tempe AZ.

ETA’s own Lisa Canning will be leading a workshop on “Discovering your “WHY”” and John Cimino will lead another on building personal and creative infrastructure. Shelley Cohn, former executive director of the AZ Commission on the Arts will lead a workshop on turning your creative ideas into reality and our local chapter of Volunteer Legal Assistance for the Arts will lead one on legal issues for artists.

In additional to the workshops (pre-registration is required) there are several community forums. We’ve recently added Steve Peters, president of ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and tubist Sam Pilafian, developer of the “Breathing Gym” to our list of forum participants.

And, if all of this isn’t enough, the highlight may very well be the keynote address by Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. If you haven’t seen his recent TED talk, it should be required viewing for anyone interested in arts entrepreneurship.

It’s going to be a great event and if you can get yourself to Tempe AZ, the symposium itself is free, thanks to the generous support of the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. Our community partners include the Arts and Business Council of Greater Phoenix, the AZ Commission on the Arts, and the Phoenix Fringe Festival, which was launched with a p.a.v.e. seed grant three years ago.

What’s the catch? You have to register in advance. Workshop space is limited and filling up fast. To register, go to http://theatrefilm.asu.edu/initiatives/pave-symposium.php and select the “Register Now” link.

Hope to see you in April!

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