Conference Events

Sunday, October 18


Get complete details on the preconferences here.

Sunday Opening Plenary Dinner

The conference will begin on Sunday evening with a plenary dinner session designed to anchor participants in Brooklyn and set the course for the three days. Plan your travel to allow you to participate in this important first session. Plenary presenters include:

Chief Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation. (invited)

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and The Urban Bush Women, a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.

John Zogby, pollster and author of The Way We’ll Be will provide a unique look at “where we are” in the midst of the 2009 recession and what’s coming next. Zogby’s analysis of years of data yields an astonishing perspective on Americans’ thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, now and in the coming years.

Monday, October 19

Monday Morning: Roll up your sleeves and get to work!

First thing Monday morning, we’ll meet in a plenary session to get our marching orders from facilitator and session leader Diane Mataraza, then breakout into work groups by funder type and size for the The Future and Our Role in Shaping It session. These working sessions are designed to address the question “How are we uniquely positioned to make positive change for the future?” Results from these discussions will be published are reported back to the full conference on Wednesday.

Monday Luncheon Plenary

Wynton Marsalis, Pulitzer Prize-winning Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will reprise his performance of The Ballad of American Arts, originally presented as the 2009 Nancy Hanks Lecture in Washington, D.C.

Monday Afternoon Off-site Sessions

Off-site sessions on Monday afternoon will take place at a variety of arts venues in Brooklyn and the other boroughs.

Space is limited for these Monday off-site sessions, so tickets are required and we recommend that you sign up in advance at the conference online registration application. Remaining tickets will be available at the registration desk on Monday morning. When the tickets for a session are all gone, you will know that session is full, and can make another choice.

Note: Transportation to all off-site events and sessions will be on foot or by subway. Local guides will accompany all trips. Your ticket will indicate when and where to meet your session group. (Alternate transportation will be available for those with limited mobility.)

Monday Evening Legacy Dinners

Get complete details on the Legacy Dinner events here.
We are pleased to offer a limited number of no-host dinners with New York Legacy Artists who have offered to participate in dinner salons and discuss their careers in the arts with conference participants.

These Legacy Dinners are limited to eight participants, and require advance registration. The cost of the fixe price dinners is $50, not including alcoholic beverages, which may be ordered on your own tab.

Monday Evening Dine-arounds

Get complete details on the Dine-around events here.
In addition, we will also be offering a number of informal dinner options on Monday evening at Brooklyn restaurants, artists spaces, and locations in other Boroughs. The list will be posted here in August, and we will send information to registrants at that time.

Monday Late-Night Grantmakers Cabaret

Back by popular demand is the Grantmaker’s Cabaret hosted by Moy Eng of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This is your chance to dust off your act and perform for your colleagues. We will feature a number of our talented grantmaker performers. If you are interested in performing, you can so indicate on your registration form, and we’ll contact you with details.

Tuesday, October 20

Tuesday Luncheon Plenary

Tuesday’s plenary speaker is Kakuna Kerina, president and CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts, a comprehensive nonprofit arts institution that serves over 3,000 students annually in four core artistic disciplines: dance, music, theater and the visual arts.

Kerina’s presentation will include a performance by students from Harlem School of the Arts.

Tuesday “Experience the Arts in New York” Night

Tuesday evening is not programmed so participants can take advantage of the wealth of arts opportunities in the five boroughs of New York. A listing of helpful links is available here.

Wednesday, October 21

Wednesday Closing Plenary: A report/performance from Monday’s The Future and Our Role in Shaping It session

Summaries from the Future and Our Role in Shaping It work groups will provide insights to the “Way We’ll Be” based on how we are able to navigate the art of change today.

Closing Plenary by Rocco Landesman, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts