NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute
Portland, Oregon | October 11 - 13 , 2017
All state arts agency executive directors, deputies, chairs and council members are invited to the NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute in October.
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About Leadership Institutes
This semiannual gathering is tailored to the learning and networking needs of top state arts agency leaders, staff and board appointees. Leadership Institutes are retreat-style convenings involving about 150 agency representatives. The smaller scale lends Leadership Institutes to in-depth policy discussions and high quality connections with colleagues from across the nation.
Where and When?
This year’s gathering, hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, will take place in Portland, Oregon. The “City of Roses” is renowned for its natural splendor, a vibrant arts sector, a fun-filled nonconformist spirit … and a fiercely competitive artisan doughnut scene!
Leadership Institute events will kick off the evening of Wednesday, October 11, with an opening reception. The opening ceremonies and annual Roll Call of the States begin bright and early Thursday, October 12. Sessions addressing the top policy concerns and leadership challenges facing state arts agencies will take place all day Thursday and Friday, wrapping up at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13.
Consider coming early to explore Portland or sit in on the NASAA Board of Directors meeting Wednesday afternoon. Or stay over the weekend to immerse yourself in Powell’s City of Books (the nation’s largest independent bookseller), enjoy local attractions or do some tax-free holiday shopping.
Many Thanks to Our Sponsors
A team of generous supporters makes it possible for NASAA to provide world-class learning programs and cultural experiences at the 2017 Leadership Institute.
NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute: Agenda
The 2017 NASAA Leadership Institute is tailored to the learning and networking needs of state arts agency council members and staff leaders. This year’s sessions emphasize strategic communications, crisis leadership and building public will for the arts and culture. The agenda also features outstanding artistic talent and opportunities to experience firsthand Portland’s one-of-a-kind creative community.
Tuesday, October 10
Evening NASAA Executive Committee Meeting (board officers)
Wednesday, October 11
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. NASAA Board Meeting (members invited)
1:00–6:00 p.m. Leadership Institute Registration
5:45 p.m. Bus departures for opening reception
6:00–8:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Portland Art Museum
Reconnect with your colleagues and immerse yourself in exhibits at the Portland Art Museum, one of the oldest art museums in the nation. Its collection is renowned for works by the native peoples of North America as well as contemporary art, Asian art, graphic works and English silver. Jazz saxophone virtuoso Devin Phillips is the evening’s featured artist.
Thursday, October 12
All Day Leadership Institute Registration
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00–10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary Session & Roll Call
In addition to the ever-popular Roll Call of the States, the opening ceremonies include welcomes from Oregon leaders and an uplifting performance from PHAME, creating opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of artistic expression through lifelong arts education and performance.
11:00 a.m.–Noon Plenary Session: Creating Connection & Building Public Will
Research shows that most Americans value the arts and participate in them on a regular basis. Despite this broad engagement, the arts are too often portrayed as a nicety rather than a necessity. Can our field shift this perception and tap into more enduring support? Learn how Arts Midwest, The Metropolitan Group and a growing cohort of cultural leaders in Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Michigan are using proven research and communications methods to build public will and make the arts a more recognized and valued part of everyday life.
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Communications Clinics
Three clinics help participants to expand strategic communications skills that will help state arts agencies navigate the policy environment of today—and tomorrow.
Communicating About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Effective Case-Making in an Era of Political Polarization
What’s Wrong With This Picture? Communications That Do and Don’t Build Public Will
2:45 p.m. Bus departures for Learning Expeditions
3:00–5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions: Learning Expeditions
Learning expeditions explore new ways of thinking about the public value and transformational power of the arts. Sessions take place at unique cultural venues across the Portland community. Space is limited, so be sure to indicate the session of your choice when you register.
Community Media: Empowerment through Access
The media arts play an increasingly powerful role in shaping society, promoting inclusion and catalyzing change. Open Signal is a dynamic laboratory for this work, using the arts and technology to explore new ideas around civic engagement and social impact. This session shows how Open Signal evolved from a 30-year-old public access channel into a state-of-the-art community media center that amplifies diverse voices, fosters creativity, nurtures youth development and increases civic engagement. Participants receive a tour of the facility and participate in an interactive media arts activity.
Agency Transformation: Quasi-Governmental Entities
Government agencies hold a unique authority and imprimatur. They also have to cope with many procedural limitations and bureaucratic constraints! This session features three state agencies that became “quasi-governmental” entities to gain more agility. How were these changes made? What are the rewards and risks of having one foot inside and the other foot outside state government? Join this expedition to discuss ways of reconceiving what it means to be a state agency. Venue to be announced soon.
Incubating Innovation: A Creative Maker Space
Maker spaces are hotbeds of homegrown entrepreneurship—places where independent artists, tech mavens, designers and DIY-ers pool their resources to bring ideas into reality. This trend has economic importance; the “maker movement” is reinventing small business models, offering new economic opportunities and using creativity to challenge old manufacturing norms. Yet few state arts agencies support such commercial spaces. Get an in-depth (and hands-on) look at this movement by visiting ADX Portland, a nationally prominent maker space.
6:30–8:00 p.m. Donor Reception
Evening Dinner on your own in Portland
Friday, October 13
7:30–8:15 a.m. Daybreak Activities
Energize your day with one of these (optional) activities:
- Guided Meditation
- Power Walk
8:00–9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00–10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: National Endowment for the Arts
Leaders from the National Endowment for the Arts share current news and a national perspective on the arts and the federal-state partnership.
10:30 a.m.–Noon Peer Sessions, Part I
This time is reserved for open discussion of timely topics among job-alike groups. Agendas are developed by volunteer leaders for each group.
- Chairs and Council Members
- Executive Directors
- Deputy Directors
Noon–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–3:00 p.m. Peer Sessions, Part II: Crisis Leadership
Peer groups reconvene for facilitated sessions focusing on crisis leadership skills. Case studies of leadership successes (and failures!) provide a springboard for defining the attributes and actions important for state arts agency leaders to exhibit during times of acute uncertainty, threat or loss.
- Chairs and Council Members
- Executive Directors
- Deputy Directors
3:15 p.m. Bus departures for closing session
3:30–5:00 p.m. Closing Plenary Session: Winningstad Theatre
After some brief business, enjoy a sizzling performance by the internationally acclaimed, definition-defying Pink Martini. Not to be missed! The venue is the courtyard-style Winningstad Theatre, locally known as “The Winnie.” It’s part of the Portland 5 complex, which brings more than 1,000 music, theater, dance and lecture performances to Portland each year.
All times and sessions are tentative as of June 28, 2017. Unless otherwise noted, sessions take place at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Make Your Hotel Reservations
The Benson Hotel is the headquarters for the 2017 NASAA Leadership Institute. Situated in the heart of Portland, this property is a historic landmark within walking distance of the Pearl District, Pioneer Square and downtown. The Benson Hotel features:
- TripAdvisor 4+ rated service
- 24-hour business center (additional fees may apply)
- complimentary wireless high-speed Internet in the guest rooms, lobby and restaurant
- complementary fresh coffee and newspapers in the lobby
- 24-hour executive exercise room
- Les Clefs d’Or certified concierge
- Award-winning cuisine at El Gaucho, The Palm Court or in-room dining
- Valet parking (with a special reduced rate for the NASAA Leadership Institute: $35 USD for overnight)
NASAA has negotiated a discounted lodging rate of $179 per night, plus applicable taxes (currently 15.3%). Make your reservations by visiting the Benson’s NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute group reservation page.
If you are booking outside the dates of October 9-15, 2017, or prefer to book by phone, please call the hotel at 503-228-2000 or the toll-free reservation line at 800-716-6199 and request rooms in the NASAA 2017 Leadership Institute block.
The cutoff date for making reservations at this rate is Friday, August 18, 2017. If you do not make your reservation by this date, higher rates will apply.
The Benson Hotel is located at 309 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205. Transit options between the Portland International Airport (PDX) and the hotel include:
- Taxi (approximately $35 USD)
- Blue Star Airport Shuttle ($14 USD)
- MAX Light Rail – Red Line: The light rail system runs from PDX to Pioneer Square, located approximately 3 blocks (a 4-minute walk) from The Benson. Passes cost $2.50 per person for 2.5 hours or $5.00 for a full day.