TEDxMichiganAve: How to Strengthen the Arts Industry

As states across the nation grapple with budget shortfalls, a growing number of state arts agencies are facing steep cuts, while several are in danger of being eliminated altogether. The future of live theater, community art outreach and school art and music programs seems to become more precarious each day. At this independently organized Chicago TED event, host David Zoltan welcomes arts industry insiders to tackle the issues facing the industry today.

Where: Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604)

When: Sat May 7th

Tickets: $30.00

Website: http://www.tedxmichiganave.com/

8:00am – Registration and Welcome

9:00am-10:30am – First Group
David Zoltan, Organizer – Welcome
Seth Boustead – Executive Director, Access Contemporary Music
Gwydion Suilebhan – Playwright Drew McManus – Orchestra consultant

10:30am-11:00am – 30 minute break

11:00am-12:30pm – Second Group
David Dombrosky – Executive Director, Center for Arts Management and Technology
Scott Walters – Director, Center for Rural Arts Development and Leadership Education
Lisa Canning – Founder, The Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship

12:30pm-1:30pm – 60 minute lunch break

1:30pm-3:00pm – Third Group
Ian David Moss – Arts Policy Wonk at Createquity.com
Crystal Hall, Adam Marks, Melissa Snoza – Fifth House Ensemble
Adam Thurman – Director of Marketing, Court Theatre

3:00pm-3:30pm – 30 minute break

3:30pm-5:00pm – Fourth Group
David J. Loehr – Playwright and co-founder of 2amtheatre.com
Julie Ritchey – Artistic Director, Filiment Theatre Company
Eric Ziegenhagen – Artist and funding consultant


About the Host:
David Zoltan has lived a dozen lives between his departure from and return to the nonprofit arts world. Whether working as a secretary or running a business, selling cars or owning a game store, the arts have always been his passion, especially theatre, and he’s excited to be back with his first love. Yet David still thinks of himself as an entrepreneur at heart, and has the scars from innumerable battles over strategy and policy to prove it.

While David specializes in individual giving, events and social media, he tends to take a holistic approach to all of his endeavors. His most prominent work has been as a fundraiser for the Steppenwolf Theatre and BackStage Theatre companies. He is currently a thought leader in arts management for his new social media venture, ArtsAppeal.org, has a seat on the Governors Circle of the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council and was instrumental in developing the Victory Gardens Theatre’s young professionals group, Pulp.

A native of Detroit, David received his B.A. at Michigan State in East Lansing and his Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but calls Chicago the best home he’s ever known.

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  • Will

    This seems to me to be a great program, and I hope you get a fine turnout.

    While policy and funding remain critical issues, the other critical issue is getting children interested and trained in arts. So part of the policy and funding relates to education. At the same time we can’t wait, or we will lose a whole generation of children.

    As schools are cutting back on the arts, who is picking up this education? I know of several churches, such as Lakewood Presbyterian Church in Lakewood Ohio, which provide outstanding musical and arts education as part of their music curriculum – at no cost. Institutions such as these need to be not only encouraged but advertised.

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