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Wednesday, April 24
8:30 am
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS 66044

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission invites Kansas-area Arts Councils and Arts Centers to a conference featuring speakers from national arts and policy organizations including:

The Alliance for Artist Communities
The Center for Performance and Civic Practice
Rural Policy Research Institute

Moderated by
Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Topics include creative placemaking, artist residencies, rural arts policy, cultural planning and civic practice. The event will also provide an opportunity to network with arts councils and centers from across the state. Note: While PDIs are programmed with a targeted audience in mind, they are open to anyone interested in the topics.

Registration is $20* 
to help cover food and refreshment costs

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*Please contact if this presents a barrier to participation


About ArtPlace
ARTPLACE AMERICA (ARTPLACE) is a ten-year collaboration among several foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions. We began our work as an organization in 2011 and will finish in 2020. Our mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. We envision a future of equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities in which everyone has a voice and agency in creating contextual, adaptive, and responsive solutions. To this end, we’ve invested $104 million to grow the field of creative placemaking through demonstration projects, in-depth investments in organizational change, and research. We believe that traditional community planning and development has not always led to communities being as equitable, healthy and sustainable as they could be.  We believe that the arts and culture sector has necessary tools, knowledge, and skills that can be deployed in partnership with the community planning and development sectors to improve community outcomes. We refer to this intersection as creative placemaking.

About The Alliance of Artist Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is an international association of artist residencies — a diverse field of more than 1,500 programs worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artist communities, to advance the endeavors of artists. The Alliance serves on behalf of its members, small and large, leveraging support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists.

About The Center for Performance and Civic Practice
The Center for Performance and Civic Practice believes that with the right approach, the same tools and capacities that artists use to make meaningful art can be utilized to transform systems and improve the impacts of government and community-driven efforts and programs. 'Civic Practice' refers to projects that bring artists into collaboration and co-design with community partners and local residents around a community-defined aspiration, challenge or vision.

About the Rural Policy Research Institute
The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialog and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs. RUPRI was created in 1990 by a bipartisan group of US Senators, seeking to develop an external, nonpartisan policy research institution to address the rural differential impact of public policies and programs. RUPRI provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs and opportunities facing rural America. Currently housed in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa, RUPRI’s research credibility and policy relevance derive from a collaborative research and policy analysis approach, which connects a select cadre of our nation’s leading scholars and practitioners, wherever located, to build teams with a common commitment to research excellence and policy and practice relevance. RUPRI seeks to assist policy makers to understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs and facilitates public dialogue regarding more innovative rural policy. RUPRI’s reach is both national and international, as one of the world’s preeminent sources of non-partisan expertise regarding the rural differential in public policies.

About Jonathan Katz
Jonathan Katz, Ph.D. draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. From 1985 through 2014, he served as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), helping to establish the Arts Education Partnership, the Cultural Advocacy Group, and the Poetry Out Loud initiative that now engages 365,000 high school students annually in a recitation competition. He is also proud to have advised the board of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA) on its strategic planning for more than a decade, including leadership development sessions at World Summits in England, Singapore, South Africa and Australia. In the course of a career that includes teaching literature and creative writing at every level of education, he directed the Kansas Arts Commission under Democrat Governor Docking and Republican Governor Bennett, the graduate program in arts administration at the University of Illinois-Springfield, and The Children’s Museum of Denver. Jonathan currently writes and consults for Americans for the Arts as a Senior Fellow and serves as Strategic Advisor to the recently established Innovation Collaborative: Networking Arts, Sciences and Humanities Education.

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Peter Jasso Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Email (785) 296-2178 LinkedIn

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