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Instituent Practices: on founding and succeeding an arts organization

Shey Rivera
Providence, US
Taller Puertorriqueño
Philadelphia, PA
Elsewhere
Greensboro, NC

Presenters: Jackie Clay, Shey Rivera, Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, moderated by George Scheer

Our spaces begin with vision, values, and sometimes place. Our missions offer models for aesthetic and social practice. Over time, our organizations evolve, build culture, serve needs, develop programming and leadership. Because our ecosystems are fragile, we are also building strategies to thrive.

At the Convening last year we spoke about organizations sun-setting. This year we’ll consider ways of emerging and maturing. This moderated conversation is shared between our audience and four directors who have founded and succeeded leadership at organizations ranging in size, region, and age.

We welcome artists and arts-organizers to discuss institutional imaginaries and the politics of organizational practice. We’d like to hear from veteran administrators and artists who administer their art jobs and art practice. We want to know what it’s like to transition roles or have your role transitioned. We especially welcome members of ALAANA organizations who can address specific challenges for sustainability and growth.