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July 16, 2019

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Music Hall's Corbett Tower


8:30-9:00 AM: Check-in / Breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM: Welcome

9:15-10:15 AM: Fund Development for All: What Every Arts Administrator Needs to Know about Raising Money & Building Relationships

Let’s put the FUN back in Fund Development! Seriously though, development is more than a department in your organization that helps keep you financially solvent. It’s a basic mindset that when properly understood and applied can permeate across departments and strengthen all of an arts organization’s operations. This session will help non-development professionals learn about how the work they are already doing contributes to development efforts, the ways in which development staff rely on them to do their jobs, and how a donor-centric culture makes for an overall stronger organization. Even current development professionals can learn something new as we consider the field from a variety of different angles. Led by Michael Brown, grants consultant and grants manager for the Playhouse in the Park.


10:25-11:25 AM: Cooperative Marketing Magic: Working as an Institution to Bring Audiences to Art 

If a curtain falls in the forest, will anyone know to applaud? Producing truly astounding and engaging arts experiences won’t put Cincinnati on anyone’s map unless people hear about it and show up. Without the dedicated (and often overworked) professionals in our marketing departments, every arts organization in the city would play to empty houses every night. Whether a large marketing team or a one-person shop, marketing and communications staff have to contend with a constantly shifting set of tools often on inadequate budget. This panel will solicit perspectives from arts marketing professionals on the state of the field, how they support, and how they can be better supported by the organizations in which they work.


  • Van Ackerman, Cincinnati Arts Association
  • Aly Michaud, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
  • Kaitlyn Sharo, Cincinnati Art Museum
  • Corinne Wiseman, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Lunch/Keynote 

Stacy Sims, Mindful Music Moments

Founder of Mindful Music Moments, Stacy Sims, will discuss her inspiration for creating the Mindful Music Moments program and how she is creating a sustainable program.


1:15-2:45 PM: Creating a Community Engagement Mindset

What is the role of arts organizations in the community? What should be the relationship between arts organizations and the communities they serve? To be sustainable, many arts organizations are asking these questions. Design for all staff members of arts organizations, this interactive presentation will highlight concepts of community engagement and strategies for evaluating programs, led by Anne Cushing-Reid, Director of Engagement, Special Programs & Partnerships for University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Kathleen Riemenschneider, Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Cincinnati Arts Association.


2:55-4:30 PM: Working Sessions

2:55-3:40: Session 1

3:45-4:30: Session 2


Open discussion based on a topic to ask questions and share resources. There will be two 45-minute working sessions so everyone can participate in two topic discussions.


  • Diversity/Inclusion specific to Race/Ethnicity
  • Leadership for New Leaders
  • Partnerships/collaboration
  • Technology and the Arts