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MACAA 2016 Professional Development Conference for Community Art Leaders Recap


MACAA 2016 Community Arts Leaders

Professional Development Conference Recap 





The MACAA 2016 Professional Development Conference "Beyond the Day to Day" was well attended this year!  Over 54 professionals attended from arts organizations all over the state.  We'd like to thank Sherry Hubbard, Sales Manager at the Tiger Hotel, for making our conference run so smoothly and the delicious menus she coordinated!

This year the conference was jammed packed with information and we had more sessions than any other conference.  We started with a advocacy letter writing session led by Marie Nau Hunter and Teresa Fankhauser.  Over 40 art cards, done by photographer, Steve Snyder - Mount Vernon and painter, Brenda Beck Fisher - Hannibal, were mailed to legislators in Jefferson City asking for their support of the arts.  We continued on to a presentation given by Cindy DuBois - St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre "Looking to the Future, No Turning Back".  Carol Silvey - Community Foundation of the Ozarks, West Plains, taught us where to find funding and the many different kinds available in her presentation "Raining Dollars into Your Bucket".  We then heard from Sarah Skaggs, School of the Art Institute of Chicago "The End is Not Near:  Evolving Organizations and Rethinking Failure".  The evening was rounded out by a lovely dinner and networking!  

Day 2 - Everyone was up early for breakfast and we immediately got started with Legal and Accounting Issues for Public Art given by Sue Greenberg -  St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and Danielle Merrick - Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.  This was followed by a 4 person panel, each of which talked about public art in their communities:  Teresa Fankhauser - Allied Arts Council, St. Joseph; Sarah Dresser - Office of Cultural Affairs, Columbia; Christian Cutler - Warrensburg Arts Commission and UCM Gallery Director, Warrensburg; and Brenda Conway, Peculiar.

The grand finale was an update from the Missouri Arts Council - Nola Ruth, Chair; Michael Donovan, Executive Director; Virginia Sanders, Arts Services Program Specialist and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator; and Courtney Schlueter, Community Arts Program Specialist.  Michelle Ochonicky, Executive Director - Missouri Citizens for the Arts gave us current legislative information.

If you would like this year's presentation by Sarah Skaggs "The End is Not Near:  Evolving Organizations and Rethinking Failure", Gary Grigsby's MACAA Member events presentation,  or any of the handouts included in the folder, please contact Kristi at kristi@macaa.net.



Save the date for 2017!

MACAA Professional Development Conference for Community Arts Leaders

April 3 - 4, 2017

The Tiger Hotel

Columbia, MO

Why Attend?

The Professional Development Conference benefits community arts leaders – arts administrators, board members and volunteers.  The retreat includes topic-specific professional development workshops and networking opportunities with arts leaders from all over the state.  Gain knowledge to expand the arts in your community and be an effective leader.



MACAA is a statewide service organization dedicated to strengthening community arts throughout Missouri. Founded in 1979 with the belief that arts make communities better places to live, MACAA programs are designed to enhance the ability of local leadership to address the distinct artistic and cultural needs of their community.


Membership benefits include:

Professional Development Conference, Free Agency Consultations and Site Visits, Resource Information, Grant review services, Periodic Newsletters of State and National Events and Opportunities