Registration opened this week for the National Arts Marketing Project Conference, happening virtually Dec. 7 and 8, 2020. We’ll miss being in Chicago with our arts marketing friends, but can’t wait to connect with everyone online to discuss the pressing issues of 2020 and the years ahead. If your organization has a tighter than usual budget, check out several scholarship opportunities available for the conference. Also this week, get to know fellow Americans for the Arts member Kya Conner, who teaches West African drumming and Mental Health Law & Policy, and catch up on our suite of webinars exploring challenges and solutions for arts organizations facing the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Member Profile: Kyaien Conner by Linda Lombardi
Our Member Profile series features the many Americans for the Arts members doing transformative work for arts education, public art, advocacy, arts marketing, and more. Kyaien (Kya) Conner, PhD, LSW, MPH, began studying West African Dance at the age of six and became a professional West African Dancer at 14. She also is a professor of Mental Health Law and Policy specializing in health disparities and the benefits and effects of culturally relevant psychiatric treatments and community-based intervention in older African Americans.
Registration Open for the National Arts Marketing Project Conference—Now Virtual!
Join Americans for the Arts and peers in the arts marketing field for the 2020 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, going virtual Dec. 7 and 8. 2020 has asked a lot of arts and culture organizations: We have quickly changed the ways we deliver content, invited our communities and audiences to participate through different platforms, and reimagined our business models. And there’s still more change ahead. NAMPC will provide the ideas and tactics, strategies and inspiration to set the groundwork for surviving and thriving in the next 18-24 months.
Request a Scholarship to the National Arts Marketing Project Conference
Emerging leaders, leaders of color, LGBTQIA+ leaders, and/or individuals whose rural-based organizations directly serve the needs of communities where access to the arts is limited are encouraged to request a scholarship. Additionally, there are general scholarships and opportunities for Pennsylvania-based arts and culture organizations available for request. The deadline to request a scholarship is Monday, Nov. 16 at 9 am ET.
COVID-19 Focused Webinars
Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans for the Arts has been committed to presenting information relevant to the arts and culture sector, including discussions of challenges and solutions for arts organizations struggling to weather the pandemic. You can find a number of on-demand webinars—many of which are free for anyone to view—as well as upcoming virtual events on the ArtsU COVID-19 topic page.
Pictured: a still image from a video of Kuumba West African Dancers of Tampa featuring #AFTAmember Kyaien Conner.