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Email update of the Oregon Arts Summit – extended earlybird registration deadline!

2011 Oregon Arts Summit logoLate last week, 122 of your peers secured their seats for the 2011 Arts Summit just in time before the early bird discount expired on Friday night. That brought our total registration to 286, with over half coming as part of a group learning team.


Today, I’m writing to let you know that we’ve decided to extend the deadline until tonight, September 7 at 11:59 PM.


Why? To give everyone who was away from work late last week (or simply missed the deadline) one last chance to take advantage of our 20% off early bird discount of $60.


If you haven’t registered, go to to secure your spot now.  After today, registration will be $75. (Note: For those of us in Southern Oregon, a travel waiver makes registration free! )


If you have, please consider forwarding this e-mail to a colleague OR adding another member of your team at the discounted rate before midnight.


I’ve also included the update we shared last week on speakers and workshops in case you missed it.





The Oregon Arts Summit has become known for provocative leadership interchanges and terrific storytelling.


Last week, we announced that we’ll be joined by national speakers including Richard Evans, President of EmcArts and creator of their Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts; Douglas McLennan, founder of; and Colleen Macklin, interactive game designer and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.


Today, we’re adding:


Practical Tools for Deeper Connections

Eight open workshops. You can travel between them if you want, or divide and conquer. We’ll take the Summit’s ideas and drill down to specifics.


The fine print: This is this year’s new format.  Workshops begin with a rapid-fire 15 minutes to share the details (handouts or downloads required) of one tool for deeper connection. These Open Workshops connect statewide leaders and Summit cohorts around new practices showing promise, and will be followed by a half hour of facilitated open mike Q&A and idea-exchange.


Here’s a sample of what you can expect.


Social Media:  New Tactics, Ancient Strategy

(For the novice and seasoned veteran alike)

Aric Wood of Dachis Group, the world’s largest social business consultancy, shares practical, cutting edge tactics from today’s social media revolution that are viable for the resource-strapped nonprofit.


Aric Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Dachis Group & NWBCA Board member


Dedicated Board Recruitment: The Committed Hunt

(For those in search of new leadership)

10 new and engaged board members in just the past year! Oregon Ballet Theatre leaders reveal the new board recruitment strategies that made it happen.


Diane Syrcle, Executive Director, Oregon Ballet Theatre

Virginia Sewell, Board Governance Chair, Oregon Ballet Theatre


Grassroots Connections, Statewide Results

(For all who think grants from the Oregon Arts Commission or the Oregon Cultural Trust should continue)

Oregon’s critical 2012-2013 arts advocacy funding goals and strategies. Grassroots tactics that will connect local leaders to your organization and relate arts impact to your community issues.


Selected Oregon Legislators and the Cultural Advocacy Coalition


My Volunteers “Have My Back”

(For the organization that wants to enlist an army of support)

Why all volunteers are prospects.  A critical resource that is commonly misunderstood.  Connect with this leader whose organization made over 17,000 volunteer connections with 250 partner organizations last year alone.


Andy Nelson, Executive Director, Hands On Greater Portland


…and 4 more to come!



Here’s the link to register:


The Oregon Arts Summit is convened by the Oregon Arts Commission. The Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. The Commission is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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