Annual Conference

 

The 58th Annual Conference of International Council of Fine Arts Deans 
The 49th Annual Conference of National Council of Arts Administrators
Thursday and Friday, October 6 - 7, 2022
with arts and cultural immersion opportunities on Wednesday and Saturday

Addressing issues of place, migration and cultural identity
in the binational region of San Diego, California and Tijuana,
Baja California - Mexico
with San Diego Mesa College, San Diego State University,
University of San Diego and The University of California San Diego


San Diego has an energetic art scene with a diverse range of influences — from Spanish and Mexican roots, to a long tradition of seafaring, through current strengths in science and technology.

Our Conference hotel will be the Manchester Grand Hyatt, with a nightly room rate of $224. Here is the link to make your hotel reservations online. Here is a list of nearby restaurants.

Download a printable flyer.

Please click here to register. If your institution prefers to pay by check, please enclose this PDF Registration Form with your check. 

San Diego Museum Council welcomes all conference registrants to enjoy the museums of Balboa Park and beyond with its San Diego Museum passport, which will be provided upon arrival at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. Museums that are members.

Kids Free San Diego offers more than 100 deals on activities, attractions, meals and more for unforgettable family memories in San Diego in October. Bring the family!

Wednesday, October 5 and again Saturday, October 8, 2022
Optional pre- and post-conference arts and cultural immersion experiences: 

  • Exploring Liberty Station Arts District (offered at 9 a.m. both mornings; $30 includes transportation and a short program at three arts venues)
  • Conversations with Arts Administrators and Time in the Museums of Balboa Park (offered at 12:30 both afternoons; $45 includes transportation, short programs at several museums, museums’ entrance)
Wednesday Afternoon

  • Ignite Sessions (1:00 – 2:30 p.m., a regular feature of NCAA Conferences, with ICFAD members invited)
  • Case Studies (2:45 – 4:00 p.m., a regular feature of NCAA Conferences, with ICFAD members invited) 

Wednesday Evening

Enjoy sunset (6:28 p.m.) and dramatic panoramic Pacific Ocean and downtown city views while re-connecting with colleagues on your own and perhaps at Top of the Hyatt on the conference hotel’s 40th floor. Afterward, join us at the 4th floor’s outdoor cinema for a 7:00 p.m. showing of Fandango at the Wall. Popcorn will be available alongside a cash bar.

Fandango at the Wall, Bringing the United States and Mexico Together
Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero on the 4th floor Sport Terrace, Harbor Tower
Manchester Grand San Diego Hyatt
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Thursday, October 6, 2022

6:30 – 7:15 a.m.
Walk along San Diego’s Waterfront
Meet friends and colleagues at a side entrance of the Seaport Tower on the lobby level, near Brew 30 and the Market

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Early Bird Session: Your Successes with Adaptive Leadership
Facilitated by Peg Faimon, Founding Dean, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, Indiana University and Eileen Strempel, Inaugural Dean, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
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Reflective space and sharing opportunities for what arts deans and administrators have learned during the previous two years of navigating changes and opportunities in the arts and higher education. What have we learned? What new strategies and programs are we going to keep? How do we manage the many shifts on campus and in expectations? How do we mitigate and push through burnout?

International guests and first-time conference attendees will have an opportunity to introduce themselves.

8:45 a.m.
Welcome to the binational region of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California - Mexico

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Keynote speaker TBD
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9:45 – 10:55 a.m.
Session TBA

10:55 – 11:05 a.m.
Morning Break
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11:05 – 11:50 a.m.
Becoming Us: Creating a Mission Driven Identity
The Museum of Us, known for decades as the San Diego Museum of Man, is an institution with deep colonial roots. It is housed in a monumental structure that quite literally pays homage to the colonial past of California. Over ten years ago, the Museum began a journey of decolonizing and antiracism work, but its outward identity didn’t match this change. This session will examine the journey of the Museum as it built an outward identity to match its mission-driven work.

James Haddan, Senior Director of Development & External Communications, Museum of Us, San Diego, California.

Noon – 12:50 p.m.
Lunch Presentation: Award for Arts Achievement and Excellence

Josephine S. Talamantez, Chair and Founding Member Chicano Park Steering Committee
Mario Chacon, Board Member, Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center and previously a Dean at Grossmont College
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Historically, the Chicano community in Logan Heights had thrived as a small, self-reliant neighborhood. Mexicanos had always been part of the community and between 1910-20 many more moved, escaping the Mexican revolution. 

After World War II, the city, with complete disregard for the residents of Logan Heights, rezoned the neighborhood to allow the influx of industry, junkyards, metal shops and other toxic businesses incompatible with a residential community. By the mid-1960s, under the law of eminent domain, Logan Heights was bisected by the construction of Interstate 5 and the Coronado Bridge. Homes were destroyed and people were displaced-a population of 20,000 dwindled to nearly 5,000. The residents and business leaders, wanting to maintain a sense of community, began asking city officials to build a park in the barrio. 

On April 22, 1970 (launching of national Earth Day), the community stood up against the City of San Diego and the State of California to stop the building of a California Highway Patrol station and began to build their own Park as an act of Self Determination.  That evening they formed the Chicano Park Steering Committee to direct the community effort to build a park. Activists demanded that the property under the bridge become a community park where Chicano culture could be expressed through art. The occupation/Park Takeover of Chicano Park lasted twelve days. People of all ages worked together to clear the land and plant it. Finally, an agreement was reached between the Chicano community and the city to build the park.

Since then, Chicano Park has received international recognition as a major public art site for its commanding monumental mural paintings of Mexican and Chicano history. The Park was recognized as a San Diego Cultural Resource by the San Diego Historical Society in 1980; and was listed on the California Register of Historical Resources in 1997 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. In December 2016, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

There is no end to the story of Chicano Park. It is a living history. As long as the community takes responsibility to preserve and defend the park, it will survive and thrive.

12:50 – 1:10 p.m.
Break

1:10 p.m.
Please meet at a side entrance of the Seaport Tower on the lobby level, near Brew 30 and the Market
Board buses for a 1:15 departure to Chicano Park.

1:45 – 2:25 p.m.
Reflective Space and Time at Chicano Park
Mural artists will tell their stories.

Turning Wheel Mobile Classroom was designed as both a classroom and creative space where history and culture come alive through the telling and presentation of community story and history. Housed at the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of San Diego, and with us this afternoon, Turning Wheel is part of USD’s Strategic Initiative, drawing from the arts, literature, poetry, music, oral history and sciences to make knowledge relevant to the lives of the community it serves.

2:30 p.m.
Depart Chicano Park for Balboa Park

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Reflective Space and Time at Museum of Us

Formerly known as the San Diego Museum of Man, the Museum of Us has been operating under its new name since August 2, 2020. This new name is a commitment to equity, access, and our decolonizing/anti-racism work. The Museum was founded in 1915, and for decades was the epitome of a 20th century anthropology museum, a place defined by the encyclopedic display of its ethnographic collections. Today, the Museum is a place for the diverse stories that define us all, especially those stories that have long been overlooked or silenced by dominant cultural narratives. 

Featured exhibits include:
Hostile Terrain 94 – The exhibit is a participatory installation featuring a wall map organized by the Undocumented Migration Project. The map is comprised of over 3,200 handwritten toe tags with identifying information about the migrants who died crossing the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, between the mid-1990s and 2019. The narratives around these statistics are further expanded using cultural materials, performance art, and through an examination of the policies that have created this humanitarian crisis.

Race: Are We So Different? -  First created by the American Anthropology Association and the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2007, this exhibit helps visitors better understand systemic racism through three lenses: biology, social history, and personal identity. The exhibit’s goals are to raise awareness, build community, and positively impact the ways in which we treat each other.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Self-guided Exploration of the Museums of Balboa Park

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Arts Reception
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7:00 p.m.
Buses return to Manchester Grand San Diego Hyatt 

Friday, October 7, 2022

6:30 – 7:15 a.m.
Walk along San Diego’s Waterfront
Meet friends and colleagues at a side entrance of the Seaport Tower on the lobby level, near Brew 30 and the Market

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.
Committee Meetings
ICFAD’s Committees and their leaders welcome the participation of new members. Please feel welcome to attend any of these meetings that may be of interest to you. Coffee will be available in the meeting space.

  • Creative Collaborations / chaired by Carmenita Higginbotham / board liaison Sarah Bay-Cheng
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion / chaired by Rubén Graciani / board liaison Eileen Strempel
  • Global Connections / co-chaired by Amir Berbic and Royce Smith / board liaison Royce Smith
  • Leadership Development / chaired by Peg Faimon / board liaison John Scheib 

8:30 – 9:20 a.m.
Breakfast
Tables will be reserved for people who wish to continue discussion relevant to the conference theme or engage in discussion with architecture, dance, theatre, and visual arts affinity groups about institutional identity and who have worked through the change process at their respective institutions.
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9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Leveraging the Power of Arts in Higher Education to Catalyze Change, Growth and Transformation in the binational region of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California - Mexico

Most communities face complex challenges that require interdisciplinary solutions and arts leadership. The San Diego / Tijuana region is no different.

Partnerships across sectors deeply engage the San Diego community and involve artists and designers in advancing local economic, physical, and social change -- ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change. Indeed, creative placemaking draws on all artistic disciplines and has been successfully deployed as a strategy addressing a wide range of community issues -- from public health and safety to the high cost of housing to immigration demands.

Hear more about regional initiatives showcasing how social innovators and artists are transforming society -- affording everyone respect and giving people agency over their sense of identity; portraying the socioeconomic effects of globalization on marginalized communities; celebrating the strength of the human spirit. They are uniquely addressing civic challenges and community issues through the arts in higher education, thus increasing the impact of our work and demonstrating the role that the arts play in building vibrant and resilient communities.

The role of arts in higher education in community life has expanded and offers new ways of looking at and addressing persistent challenges. Our arts leaders are engaged and innovative partners in the social sphere.

  • Gail F. Baker, Vice President and Provost, University of San Diego
  • Heather Canary, Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, San Diego State University
  • Cristina Della Coletta, Dean, Division of Arts and Humanities, University of California San Diego
  • Alessandra Moctezuma, Gallery Director and Professor of Fine Arts, Museum Studies, San Diego Mesa College 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Break
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11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Roundtable Presentations
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“The richness of being a dean can’t be overstated.”  
- Nancy Uscher, ICFAD President-Elect

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and separate Annual Meetings of International Council of Fine Arts Deans and National Council of Arts Administrators
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1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Moments to return things to your room, freshen up and put on comfortable walking shoes

1:50 p.m.
Please meet at a side entrance of the Seaport Tower on the lobby level, near Brew 30 and the MarketBoard buses for a 2:00 departure for LaJolla

2:00 – 2:40 p.m.
Transfer to Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
Tours of Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Colleagues from University of California San Diego are preparing a presentation for this time slot.
University of California San Diego's Department of Theatre and Dance is among the best, with The Hollywood Reporter recently listing the MFA program #4 in the world. The Theatre and Dance MFA program is renowned for highly accomplished faculty and alumni, including Tony Award and Academy Award recipients. Part of this acclaim is due to the unique partnership with the world-renowned La Jolla Playhouse. This panel discussion will focus on creating new works for the stage, innovation, and the partnership with La Jolla Playhouse. 

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Please enjoy the .04 mile walk through LaJolla to the Museum of San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art
Bus transportation will also be available

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)
LaJolla 

Saturday, October 8, 2022

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
ICFAD Board of Directors Meeting with Committee Chairpersons in attendance through 10 a.m.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
NCAA Board of Directors Meeting