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MACAA Conference 2017

MACAA 2017 Community Arts Leaders Professional Development Conference

April 3-4, 2017
The Tiger Hotel
23 South 8th Street
Columbia, MO  65201

Keeping Your Head Above Water
Treading the headwaters between schedules, finances, grants, boards, volunteers, events and 
so much more!

Monday, April 3

10:30-11:00  Registration & Networking

11:00-12:00  Welcome & Introductions

12:00-1:00  Lunch

1:00-2:00 Get To Know The Missouri Arts Council and Missouri Citizens for the Arts
Nola Ruth, Missouri Arts Council Board 
Michael Donovan, Executive Director, Missouri Arts Council
Virginia Sanders, Arts Services Specialist, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, Missouri Arts Council
Jason Vasser, Community Arts Program Specialist, Missouri Arts Council
2:00-3:00 Get to Know Your Statewide Partners
Ben Martin, Executive Director, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education
Lisa Higgins, Director, Missouri Folk Arts Program
Gina Alvarez, Executive Director, VSA Missouri/Living Arts Studio

3:00-4:00 Managing Your Time and Resources
Wendy Brumbaugh, Family Financial Education Specialist, University Missouri Extension

4:00-5:00 Our Swim Team:  Utilizing Your Board, and Volunteers
Tracy Lane, Executive Director, Ragtag Cinema and True/False Film Fest

5:00-5:30 Hotel Check-In/Break

5:30-6:00 Delightfully Social Half Hour

6:00-7:00 Dinner

        Various off-premises activities available and/or networking at Glenn's Cafe in the Tiger Hotel

Tuesday, April 4

8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 Legal and Accounting Issues
Sue Greenberg, Executive Director, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Danielle Merrick, Executive Director, Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

11:00-12:00 Missouri Division of Tourism - Marketing
Dan Lennon, Director, Missouri Division of Tourism

12:00-1:00 What's On Our Minds - An Open Conversation facilitated by
Michael Gaines, Executive Director, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies & Hannibal Arts Council 

1:00-2:00 Lunch

General Information

MACAA Members $100 both days
$80 for one day
Non-Members $120 both days
$90 for one day
*If you are not already a member, be sure to check out MACAA memberships which start as low as $25 per year and will also qualify you immediately for the rate.

Register online at http://www.macaa.net

Location: The Tiger Hotel, 23 South 8th St., Columbia, MO  65201
Reservations:  573-875-8888
Room Rates:  $121 per night - Don't forget to mention you are with MACAA to get this special rate.
Valet parking is an additional $10.
Deadline for this special rate is MARCH 10, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible!

The registration fee includes all meals.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know asap.


Kristi Kittleson, MACAA Project Coordinator

Michael Gaines, MACAA Executive Director

Why Attend?
The Professional Development Conference benefits community arts leaders - arts administrators, and volunteers.  The conference includes topic-specific professional development workshops and networking opportunities with arts leaders from all over the state. It also is an opportunity to gain knowledge to expand the arts in your community and be a more 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 Opportunities, Advice/Guidance, Networking, Idea and Program Sharing, MACAA.net, Site Visits, Planning Sessions, and Learning.