Creativity, Identity and Social Justice
The 52nd Annual Conference of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans
Loews Atlanta
Atlanta's Midtown District


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting followed by Dinner at Kennesaw State University
Please meet in the lobby to board a shuttle at 3:15 p.m.
We anticipate that the shuttle will return to the hotel by 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Fellows Program
Dunwoody in the morning and Mercer Ballroom’s Salon G in the afternoon

The Fellows Program is a professional development program to promote a healthy and continuous pipeline of talented arts administrators who are prepared to move into leadership positions in our institutions. 

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. 
Mercer Ballroom Foyer 

5:30 p.m.
Buses depart for National Center for Civil and Human Rights
100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd / Atlanta, GA 30313
While on the buses, we will drive by and be introduced to some of Atlanta’s Public Art.
Conference attendees are encouraged to download an app to their mobile devices:
City of Atlanta Public Art Tour

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Buses will return to the hotel before 7:30 p.m., allowing you to make dinner plans accordingly. Or, you may wish to remain downtown, near Centennial Olympic Park, for dinner, and find transportation home, on your own.
You choose.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

6:00 a.m. 
A Walk through Piedmont Park
Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s “Common Ground,” has a rich history that spans over the course of nearly two centuries. Since 1822, Piedmont Park has continuously evolved, changing hands in the process, and going through several phases, first from a forest to a farm, then to a fairground and suburban park, and finally to the urban park that it is today. Walkers are invited to meet in the hotel lobby at 6 a.m. for sharing the Piedmont Park experience with colleagues and friends. Groups will be welcomed and led by Dean George Sparks and Associate Dean Sonya Baker, both of James Madison University.

7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
Mercer Ballroom Foyer

8:00- 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and A Word from our Sponsors
Mercer Ballroom’s Salon H and I
Click here to read more about Camille Russell Love

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
Ferguson and Baltimore / Power and Protest: Arts and Media on Campus and in the Community
Gail Baker, Dean, Communication, Fine Arts and Media, University of Nebraska at Omaha
How have current events in 2014-15 impacted our campuses in terms of leadership, identity and brand, enrollment and retention, hiring, communication, and morale? How have students, visual artists and designers, musicians, dancers, and actors responded to events on campus and in the community? As arts professionals, what have we learned?
Jean MK Miller, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University and former Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication at University of Missouri-St. Louis
Gwynne Keathley, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

 9:20 – 10:10 a.m.
Institutionalizing Advocacy in the Curriculum: Tactics and Strategies for inclusion
Advocacy is a necessary skill for emerging educators in order to survive budget cuts and the constant need to legitimize the arts in education. However, more curricula is not economical for institutions or students. This panel will discuss an integrative approach where advocacy complements existing programs and provides an opportunity for evaluation and preparedness for the realities of the field. 

Stephanie Milling, University of South Carolina
Jeff M. Poulin, Americans for the Arts

10:10 a.m.

10:20 – 11:10 a.m.
Building an Arts Curriculum that Supports Institutional Mission and Develops Individual Artistic Identity
What if our arts degrees were not confined by traditional boundaries of course structure, grading, and location? What if project-based learning, interdisciplinary teaching, and entrepreneurial exploration were infused into a new curricular frame? Through curriculum design it is possible to tie institutional identity to individual artistic identity through discipline and project based instruction. Foundational, discipline-specific core skills can be integrated with inter-disciplinary explorations to foster unique opportunities for the creative realization of an artist's pursuit. Each artist must find his/her own role in society and a curriculum should not only develop proficiencies but must also promote individual responsibility. This session will offer ideas for re-designing an arts curriculum which incorporates freely-structured opportunities which allow for crossing discipline boundaries and for exploring the connectivity of their art to society.
Joseph Hopkins, Dean of the School of Arts, Samford University
Kathryn Fouse, Associate Dean for the Division of Music, Samford University
Don Sandley, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Samford University
Larry Thompson, Associate Dean for the Division of Visual ArtsSamford University

11:10 – Noon
Shifting the Lens and Re-shuffling the Deck: The Art Administrators Role in Promoting Creativity
Research shows that creativity is as much about cultures and environment as it is about an individual’s idiosyncratic traits. But what does research teach us about the role of the institution in promoting creativity? What are the social, administrative, and policy contexts that affect creative output, and how can these contexts be enhanced?
This presentation will provide an overview of creativity research as it relates to students, teaching, and institutions. The ways that we assume social identities in particular contexts, and how these contexts influence, promote or inhibit creative behavior will be discussed. Further, different paradigms of creativity (such as the Mastery, Problem-Solving, Economic, and Cultural Critique models of creativity) will be described and discussed in terms of their influence on pedagogy, decision making and policy. Issues of assessment in relationship to creativity will also be discussed, including valid and reliable instrument that gauge open-ended, inquiry-based problem finding and creative problem solving.

Raymond Veon, Assistant Dean for Arts Education Founding Director, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Access Program Professor of Professional Practice/Department of Art and Design
Utah State University

Noon – 12:10 p.m.

12:10 - 12:55 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
Overlook East

12:55 – 1:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Daniel Beaty
Overlook East
Daniel Beaty is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer. Beaty is known for his blend of music, movement, and words in such original works as Emergency and Through the Night.

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Deans Breakout

Creating your Advisory Board and Making it Hum
Mercer Ballroom’s Salon G

Advisory boards for arts units in higher education can make the difference in providing additional financial support, expert knowledge and resources in the field. Working with volunteers also takes guidance and planning. With this panel, we will learn how some of our institutions' most successful advisory boards have been formed; types of structures; board expectations; integration with the unit and staff management; and how responsibilities come together for an effective and satisfied board.
Ron Catalbiano, Dean, Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University. Please click here to see his handout material.
John Crawford, Dean, College of the Arts, Kent State University
Jeffrey Elwell, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Daniel Guyette, Dean, College of Fine Arts, Western Michigan University

Arts Executives Breakout
“A More Perfect Union”
A discussion of shaping the culture of the school/department: How do colleagues cultivate a climate conducive to new ideas, when there is a long history of operating in a specific way? How do you maintain a spirit of collegiality in the face of the inappropriate behavior of a few individuals? This session will provide an opportunity for colleagues to share anecdotes and best practices.

Darryl Harper
Department of Music
Virginia Commonwealth University 

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Roundtable Sessions: Timely Topics in the Arts
Overlook West
You will have the opportunity to attend three, 20-minute sessions (with five-minute breaks for transition, between). Please see for a complete list of sessions.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Arts Cocktail Reception
The Terrace
Inclement Weather Back-up: Overlook East

Dinner on your own

Friday, October 23, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
[Please walk to] Breakfast at the Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, through each of its arts partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff organization focused exclusively on education. Through their combined efforts, The Woodruff Arts Center serves more than 300,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Relationships between Colleges & Universities and the Performing Arts Centers on their Campuses and in their Communities

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters has been an organizing partner for The Creative Campus initiative, which began following the 104th American Assembly at Columbus University, held in March 2004. The outcome of this assembly was to examine the factors that characterize effective partnerships in education and the arts. This panel will share information on the development of partnerships between the colleges and universities and the performing arts centers on campus and the communities.
Raymond Tymas-Jones, Associate Vice President for the Arts and Dean, The University of Utah College of Fine Arts

Brooke Horejsi, Assistant Dean for Art & Creative Engagement / Executive Director, Kingsbury Hall, University of Utah
Martin Wollesen, Executive Director, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland at College Park
Douglas Dempster, Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas Austin. Please click here to see a copy of his presentation. 
Barbara Korner, Dean, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University. Click here to see her presentation.

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Join us for docent-led tours of the High Museum of Art, The Alliance Theatre and Symphony Hall

Please enjoy the Woodruff Arts Center this evening, using the sticker you were given this morning for admission. The High Museum of Art is open until 9 p.m.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Please walk back to the Loews Atlanta

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Annual Meeting for the International Council of Fine Arts Deans
ICFAD President John Crawford, Dean, Kent State University
Mercer Ballroom’s Salons H and I

11:45 – Noon

Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Networking
Overlook West
What Fine Arts Faculty Want in a Leader
Learn the strikingly common qualities fine arts faculty across disciplines want from their leaders. Based on over 300 interviews and more than 90 work sessions and meetings with fine arts faculty and administrators across the United States in more than 15 colleges, schools or departments in the fine arts. Presented by Marie Miyashiro, President and Facilitator/Consultant with the Elucity Network team that has facilitated conversations in arts education since 2004. Elucity is part of the IC Globally team working on four continents to bring applied empathy solutions to organizations.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Presentation of ICFAD’S Award for Arts Achievement and Excellence
and presentation by Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta based writer whose work has won commercial acceptance and critical praise in several genres. An award winning playwright whose Flyin' West was the most produced new play in the country in 1994, Pearl is also a best selling author whose first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
The Dean’s Toolkit
Mercer Ballroom’s Salons H and I
Negotiating salaries; writing tenure and promotion letters; dealing with failed searches; conducting internal searches; working through personnel issues; maintaining motivation for long-serving faculty; managing college faculty committees; internal college communications. These are samples of issues with which Deans deal daily. Participants in this session will discuss strategies for these and other responsibilities for the arts administrator.
Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO, Alberta College of Art and Design. Click here to see a copy of his speaking notes. 
Timothy Schorr, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, Viterbo University


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Stories Without End
Mercer Ballroom’s Salons H and I
This performance by The KSU Tellers illustrates how storytelling can act as embodied scholarship. The KSU Tellers are an undergraduate storytelling troupe, directed by Dr. Charles Parrott, and housed in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. They utilize storytelling—from personal narratives to folklore and devised theatre—to create a variety of projects including art as entertainment, community service projects, and undergraduate research. With each of their projects, The Tellers explore the ways that storytelling can simultaneously communicate meaning and act as a lens for cultural analysis. Their performance, “Stories Without End,” illustrates this approach by combining storytelling theory and practice to articulate and demonstrate their potential in the classroom and beyond. A brief question and answer session with the student-performers will follow.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Closing Reception
Overlook West
Featuring the sounds of a the Kennesaw State University Faculty Jazz Parliament

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Arts in Atlanta: Creativity, Identity and Social Justice

In 1990, Mayor Maynard Jackson had a vision for the arts in Atlanta. He initiated an arts summit that brought together more than 500 leaders in Atlanta’s art community. This summit created the “Atlanta Blueprint for the Arts” that became the guiding force for the arts in this city and has been largely implemented in conjunction with established and emerging arts organizations. This Blueprint was a catalyst for change as Atlanta strived to be recognized as a premier city for the arts. More than a decade later, Atlanta has emerged as a regional cultural center. Through the strategic use of resources and creative ingenuity the Office of Cultural Affairs continues to provide programs that enrich the citizens of Atlanta and the region.

We’ll visit:

Hammonds House Museum . 503 Peeples Street S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310 . (404) 612-0482

Myrna Anderson-Fuller, Executive Director . [email protected]

The Hammonds House Museum is a museum for African American fine art. It’s located in the 1872 Victorian house, former residence of Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and patron of the arts. Hammonds House Museum specializes in collecting and exhibiting the work of fine artists of African descent. The permanent collection consists of more than 350 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean. About 250 of those works were collected by Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds (1929 - 1985), who was a highly respected patron and involved member of Atlanta's arts community. Highlights of the museum's collection include 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden, and the oldest known painting by acclaimed Hudson Valley School artist Robert S. Duncanson. Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, P.H. Polk, Hale Woodruff, and James Van Der Zee are among the scores of important regional, national, and international artists represented in the collection.

Fox Theatre . 660 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta, GA 30308 . (404) 881-2100

Allan C. Vella, President and Chief Executive Officer

The Fox Theatre (often marketed as the Fabulous Fox), a former movie palace, is a performing arts venue in Midtown, and is the centerpiece of the Fox Theatre Historic District.

The theater was originally planned as part of a large Shrine Temple as evidenced by its Moorish design. The 4,678 seat auditorium was ultimately developed as a lavish movie theater in the Fox Theatres chain and opened in 1929. It hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events including the Atlanta Ballet, a summer film series, and performances by national touring companies of Broadway shows. The venue also hosts occasional concerts by popular artists.

When the Fox Theatre first opened, the local newspaper described it as having, “a picturesque and almost disturbing grandeur beyond imagination.” It remains a showplace that impresses theatre-goers to this day. The principal architect of the project was Olivier Vinour of the firm Marye, Alger and Vinour.

The original architecture and décor of the Fox can be roughly divided into two architectural styles: Islamic architecture (building exterior, auditorium, Grand Salon, mezzanine Gentlemen’s Lounge and lower Ladies Lounge) and Egyptian architecture (Egyptian Ballroom, mezzanine Ladies Lounge and lower Gentlemen’s Lounge).

The 4,678-seat auditorium, which was designed for movies and live performances, replicates an Arabian courtyard complete with a night sky of 96 embedded crystal "stars" (a third of which flicker) and a projection of clouds that slowly drift across the "sky." A longstanding rumor that one of the stars was a piece of a Coca-Cola bottle was confirmed in June 2010 when two members of the theater's restoration staff conducted a search from within the attic above the auditorium ceiling.

The Egyptian Ballroom is designed after a temple for Ramses II at Karnak while the mezzanine Ladies Lounge features a replica of the throne chair of King Tut and makeup tables that feature tiny Sphinxes. The Islamic sections feature a number of ablution fountains, which are currently kept dry.

Throughout the Fox there is extensive use of trompe l'oeil; "wooden" beams are actually plaster, paint that appears gold leaf is not, areas are painted and lit to appear to receive outside lighting, ornate fireplaces were never designed to have working chimneys, and what appears to be a giant Bedouin canopy in the auditorium is plaster and steel rods designed to help funnel sound to the farthest balcony.

The Center for Puppetry Arts . 1404 Spring Street N.W. at 18th . Atlanta, GA 30309-2820 . (404) 873-3089

Vincent Anthony, Executive Director . [email protected]

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural treasure - a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops and the hands-on Museum, as well as Distance Learning and Outreach Programs.

Our vision is to be the premier puppetry center in the world.

Our values:

1) We believe puppetry is awe-inspiring and magical.
If we didn’t think that, then we wouldn’t exist. Puppetry is a wonderful, creative, expansive art form. It engages and entertains, bringing a sense of wonder and theatricality to a story.

2) We believe in providing awesome artistic experiences.
We continually strive for artistic excellence in everything we do - because the artistic experience is key to who we are and what we do. Puppetry is an art form that requires human interaction. It is the exchange between the artist, your fellow audience members, and you that makes each experience unique and special. Big or small, we hope a visit with us brings a great experience, and opens your mind to new possibilities.

3) We believe in unlocking imagination.
From audiences experiencing the performances, education and museum experiences we offer, to the artists creating the work - we nurture the imagination. Every day is an exploration – bringing new innovations to advance the art form, and introducing new people to our passion. We educate and provide creative experiences through our programming - Doing things like using puppetry in innovative ways to help people explore other topics - such as butterflies, the rainforest, and even nanotechnology. What will we think of next?

4) We believe in inspiring every generation.
The Center is committed to providing something for everyone. Whether you’re a college student, parent, toddler, or senior citizen, we strive to provide you with access to and understanding of the art form. That’s why we offer so many different activities. Once you’ve visited us, we hope you’ll understand that puppetry is not just for kids. It's for everyone.

5) We believe in the people behind the puppets.
Our staff, our supporters, our community. Success is not obtained without passion and commitment. Our work continues to flourish and grow - presenting the past, and exploring the future of the art form with their support and expertise.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia . 75 Bennett St N.W. Atlanta, GA 30309 . (404) 367-8700 [email protected]

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) was founded in 2000 to fill a void felt in the Georgia art community -- it lacked a museum solely dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary Georgia artists. Since its founding, MOCA GA has succeeded in raising awareness and opportunities for the artists working in Georgia while creating connections between these artists and the community. It is the goal to strengthen Georgia as a place where artists can live, work, and thrive and to serve as a platform to launch local artists and their works into the global artistic conversation.

MOCA GA’s mission is to collect and archive significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. To place our artists in a global context, the Museum's exhibitions include Georgia artists and artists from around the world. Programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. The Museum fulfills this mission through an extensive program calendar of exhibitions, artist and curator talks, educational programming, and events.

4:00 p.m. 
Buses return to hotel