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Oregon Arts Summit 2011

2011 Oregon Arts Summit logoOREGON ARTS SUMMIT 2011
The Currency of Connection

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)


Who’s it for?
This year’s Summit is designed for arts leaders whose success is tied to creating lasting relationships or connections. Perfect for Executive Directors; Development, Education, Marketing, or Public Relations staff; Board members; and other Oregon arts advocates who support and sustain Oregon’s cultural community.

Why should I attend?
The Oregon Arts Summit is Oregon’s single most important convening of the year for Oregon’s arts and cultural community.  Each year, the sold-out Arts Summit goes in-depth to explore one provocative question from many points of view.  This year’s theme and programming will explore “How can we more truly connect with those who benefit from our programs? Make our work whole?  Not serve.”

Ventures (and adventures!) succeed when we seek new connections and co-create commitments. “How” is our challenge. Traditional forms of “connecting” include donating, subscribing, advocating, critiquing, governing or volunteerism.  We know these structures by heart – but all are in flux.  Sometimes it even feels like traditional ways of connecting and relating are relevant to one generation, but not to the next.

Every authentic relationship we build for the arts becomes a legacy: An early spark of interest can fuel a current of connectivity, lead to a surge on energy, investment or support. Sustaining connections matters.

Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  The statewide arts community is a huge group of committed people:  What new sparks of collaboration, innovation and connection will be generated this year’s Arts Summit?

Secure Your Seat Today
Registration is limited and just $75 a person. NOTE: Our last two Summits sold out. Individuals traveling more than 160 miles one way to attend the Summit are eligible for a registration waiver. 10% discount for groups of two or more. A limited number of stipends are available on a first come, first served basis for K-12 classroom teachers to cover the cost of a substitute teacher on October 5, 2011. You will be given an opportunity to express your interest in this stipend if you meet the criteria during the registration process.

Early Bird 20% Off Special
For a very limited time, you can register today at the discounted price of $60 (a 20% savings). Offer good through September 2, 2011.

Registration Details – Click HERE

Event Highlights As in previous years, the Summit will provide access to the latest thinking, research and trends related to
The Currency of Connection. Features presentations by leading national experts and Oregon innovators – within and outside the Arts sector – and provides plenty of opportunity for networking with your peers.

 Richard Evans of EmcArts returns to Portland to bring cutting edge national examples that illuminate a model of participation-as-connection.
 Doug McLennan, founder of, will share key ideas about “The Community Formerly Known as the Audience.”
 Colleen Macklin from Parsons The New School for Design will connect us with game design – how simulations and play experiences stimulate connection, new learning and investigation.

And much more to come!

Suggested Lodging

Jupiter Hotel
800 East Burnside
Portland, OR 97214

Refreshingly minimalist hotel for creative business nomads; a mid-century, renovated motor-inn-turned-boutique hotel.  Rates $104-$119/double occupancy.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232

Newly renovated large corporate hotel.  Rates $135.96-$176/double occupancy.

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