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MACAA Conference 2017

MACAA 2017 Community Arts Leaders Professional Development Conference Recap

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

The MACAA 2017 Professional Development Conference - "Keeping Your Head Above Water" had the highest attendance in the history of MACAA!  Thank you to all of you, our speakers and the Tiger Hotel for making it such a success!

This year the conference was again packed with information and even more sessions that last year!  We also added the Ambassador's Program, which paired attendees with veteran arts administrators.  The Ambassadors provided guidance, answered questions and made introductions for each of the attendees with others who could assist them with programs and issues in their communities.  A big thank you to the Ambassadors and a big thank you to Brenda Conway who spearheaded the program!  

We started the conference by meeting the new Chair of the Missouri Arts Council - Sharon Beshore.  Thank you, Sharon, for not only allowing us to meet you but attending our entire conference!!  We then met MAC - Michael Donovan, Executive Director; Jason Vasser, Program Specialist; and Virginia Sanders, Executive Assistant & Program Specialist.  Each of the Program Specialists had select MACAA members give live testimonials about the success they have had with their MAC program.  These testimonials included programs such as Poetry Out Loud, Missouri Arts Awards, and The Passport Program.  We then proceeded to meet our state partner agencies.  These included Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, Missouri Folk Arts Program and VSA Missouri.  All had incredible programs that our members can use in their own communities.

Next up, Wendy Brumbaugh, Family Financial Education Specialist at University Missouri Extension, gave us a high energy presentation "Your Time and Resources" about time management and organization!  Utilizing Your Board, Committees and Volunteers was next on deck presented by Tracy Lane, Executive Director Rag Tag Cinema and True/False Film Fest.  We completed the day with a delicious dinner and networking.  During dinner, there was a group discussion about Arts Education in our communities led by Julie Hale, Arts Education Specialist - MAC; Ben Martin, Executive Director - MAAE;  and Tom Tobias, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  After dinner, there was networking and various off-site activities available.

Day 2 - After a full hot breakfast, we immediately got started with an informative (and always entertaining) Legal and Accounting Issues 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 a marketing presentation by Dan Lennon, who is not only the Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism but also a member of the singing Lennon Family!!  He also provided us with a copy of his PowerPoint presentation.  For a copy of Dan's presentation, email kristi@macaa.net.

Michael Gaines, Executive Director of MACAA and Hannibal Arts Council, led a wrap-up discussion and final thoughts before we had lunch but there was even more!  Lisa Higgins, Director of Missouri Folk Arts Program offered us a chance to be the first to see a one of a kind exhibit:  Rooted, Revived, Reinvented - Basketry in America at the Museum of Art and Archeology.  This was the first stop on a national tour of this exhibit.  The tour was led by Professor Jo Stealy.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Michael Gaines, Executive Director of MACAA and Hannibal Arts Council for being the Master of Ceremonies and facilitating the entire conference!

If you attended, we hope you enjoyed this year's conference and took a lot of great information, ideas and energy back to your community!  If you didn't attend, please consider joining our conference next year!

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.