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Strings Festival

June 19-23, 2023 

Modern times expect art leaders to fulfill various demanding roles – Artist. Motivator. Educator. Innovator. Community engager. Fundraiser. Influencer. Change-maker. Team builder.

To succeed, arts leaders and their teams must demonstrate excellent communication, collaboration, and strategic thinking while navigating their organizations' and communities' hierarchical systems and policies.

Through the Arts Leadership Summit, those in arts leadership positions and their team members can gain knowledge and new perspectives that provide a shared understanding of sophisticated management skills, strategic thinking, and inclusive, forward-thinking leadership that can elevate your team performance and broaden your organizational impact.

The Arts Leadership Summit provides two learning tracksfor arts leaders and their teams:

June 19-23, 2023
Who should attend: For current or aspiring arts leaders in higher education and non-profit and for-profit sectors (e.g. executive directors, deans, assistant/associate directors, board leadership, department chairs, chief executive officers, and organizational leaders) The Executive Track may include sessions on topics such as leadership frameworks, organizational identity, data-driven decision-making, program advocacy, cultivating community partnerships, negotiation tactics, inclusivity and equity, strategic planning, resource allocation/financial planning, and fundraising. 

Participants will enjoy:

  • Real-world case studies
  • Cohort-based learning and small-group discussions
  • Participant-led panel discussions 


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Early Bird: $2,200 until February 1
Registration: $2,500
Group Discount: -$200 for additional members
 


Registration closes May 1, 2023.

June 19-21, 2023
Who should attend: For team members and organizational or administrative staff (e.g. Advancement, Marketing, Communications, Operations, Finance, Recruitment/Enrollment, Audience Engagement, and administrative associates) 
The Team Leadership Track may include sessions on topics such as effective management of yourself and others, establishing team norms, creating accountability, giving and receiving feedback, delegation, effective communication skills, managing up and across, and wellness.

Participants will enjoy:

  • Real-world case studies
  • Cohort-based learning and small-group discussions
  • Participant-led panel discussions 


View sample schedule.

Early Bird: $800 until February 1
Registration: $1,000
Group Discount: -$100 for additional members
 


Registration closes May 1, 2023.

Program Objectives and Learning Goals

  • Gain knowledge of team dynamics and strategies for team development
  • Learn practical steps to create a more inclusive and equitable work culture
  • Establish methodologies for developing, executing, and evaluating a strategic plan
  • Be equipped with effective communication strategies
  • Navigate Fiscal decision-making within the context of resource allocation and strategic considerations
  • Explore the characteristics of positive and effective leadership models
  • Develop a collective framework for skills and techniques to manage yourself and others
  • Establish connections and develop a network of peers from across the various arts discipline

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Registration includes all instructional materials, refreshments, and most meals. Participants receive a certificate of participation at the close of the program.

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Early bird registration closes February 1, 2023
Registration closes May 1, 2023.


 

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Meet Your Program Directors

Dr. Pamela PylePamela Pyle
Artistic Director, New Mexico Chamber Music Festival
Former President, University of New Mexico Faculty Senate


Dr. Richard WhiteRichard White
Bestselling author, I’m Possible: A Story of Survival, a Tuba, and the Small Miracle of a Big Dream
Founder, RawTuba Foundation


Dr. Kevin SandersKevin Sanders
Director, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
University of Memphis


Questions about the event?  Email artsummitstaff@memphis.edu

Questions about registration/payment?  Email michelle.parrish@memphis.edu