Beaverton, OR
Thursday, October 07, 2010


8-9:00 a.m. | Sessions, Coffee & Connections

  • 8-8:45 a.m. | Oregon Arts Commission Leadership Exchange Fellows Breakfast
  • 8:10-8:30 a.m. | Summit Table Hosts
  • Open to all networking
Summit Launch
9 a.m.

  • Welcome:  Oregon Arts Commission Chair Jean Boyer Cowling
  • Introductions: MC & Oregon Arts Commissioner Julie Vigeland
Morning Plenary
9:20-10 a.m.
| Adaptation Means Harnessing Industry Disruption: 
Leveraging Changes in Tempo, Movement, Materials or Medium
Disruptive innovations upset tried and true work methods and assumptions.  Effective adaptation is expressed in how we pick up the pieces and put them back together in new ways.  Michael Horn will keynote the Summit, starting the day with new models that connect other industries and other systems to the arts. Michael co-authored “Disrupting Class:  How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” with Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Business Professor and founder of the Innosight Institute.

Arts organizations are not the only ones experiencing dramatic changes in the environments in which they work: companies, public agencies, and entire industries are also facing similar tectonic shifts.  Disruptive innovations – groundbreaking shifts in products, services, and operating environments that create new value and opportunities – face all industries, including ours. New technologies have changed the way the arts are created and experienced, our audience members are no longer content to be mere observers, and there is an increasingly blurry line between for-profit and nonprofit artistic endeavors.

What can we learn from how some companies and other industries transform a challenge into a new opportunity?  What can we learn from others that fail to evolve?

10-10:45 a.m. | Innovation = Survival:  Lessons from the Field of Journalism

A journalists’ salon, convened by Barry Johnson, and including Anne Focke, writer, editor and freelance art consultant from Seattle and Abraham Hyatt, Portland-based writer, editor and journalism evangelist.
The field of journalism faces its own disruptive innovations, and arts organizations can learn from how the press and media have responded to those challenges and opportunities – by re-examining core ethics and values, engaging their readers more directly, adjusting formats, and changing the ways revenue is generated and spent.
Four Tracks for the Morning: Moving Forward
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Track One: Teams
Howard Gardner & Michael Horn in Conversation:
It Takes A Team To Innovate

An unrehearsed, on stage interchange between Professor Howard Gardner and Michael Horn:  What is the combination of cognitive skills and abilities a team needs to effectively feed and guide innovation and adaptation? Howard Gardner, of Harvard University’s Project Zero, will appear at the Oregon Arts Summit as part of the two-day Creating Minds Symposium, sponsored by MetroArts.
Track Two: The Value Proposition
The Art of the Arts Turnaround: A frank conversation from the field -- balancing mission, customers and product during significant institutional change

Led by Martha Richards of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, a discussion between Elaine Calder, Executive Director of the Oregon Symphony, and Carrie Hoops, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (recently known as TACS).
Track Three: The Value Proposition
Broaden the Concept: Changing the Value Proposition at the Oregon Bach Festival.

At the 2010 Oregon Bach Festival, gate receipts soared 18%, an organizational record fueled by extensive audience research, strong leadership, and a little bit of luck. The Festival emerged from a transitional period in its 40 year history through four key strategies, realigning its purpose to deliver more value to the community.

Session moderator Michael Kosmala of The Canoe Group and George Evano, OBF Director of Communications, explore these strategies and their significance when an organization embraces change.

Track Four
All-Day Lobby Lounge Net Working:  @rts @daptations online.
New tricks and tools of interaction, social media & the Internet.

Graduate students from the University of Oregon’s arts administration program informally demo, debate & discuss new media tactics and strategies. Drop by, ask questions, inform the exploring.

12:15-1 p.m. | Lunch & Synthesis Sessions
Summit Trends from Tweets. What questions have been raised?  What answers have you found? What matters?
Synthesis leads to ideas!  In Bayhill Wollaston you’ll gather in five topic groups for informally moderated lunch discussions.  Pick, choose and picnic.  

Afternoon Plenary

1-1:45 p.m. | The Real Work of Innovating: Lessons from the EmcArts Innovation Lab

Applying the morning’s lessons learned, we turn our exploration of innovation to specific, concrete examples from arts organizations across the country.  Lessons learned and best practices will be presented by Richard Evans, President of EmcArts, including pilot projects in community engagement, uses of technology, collaborative programming, and strategic alliances, among others.

EmcArts’ Innovation Lab, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, works with performing arts organizations to help them design and prototype innovative strategies that address major opportunities and challenges.  

Four Tracks for the Afternoon:  Open Space….And Options
1:45-2 p.m.
Reading by Paulann Petersen, Oregon's new Poet Laureate
Which Way Do I Go? How to choose between Open Space and the Afternoon Track of Sessions and Options
One key to effective adaptation is in the choosing.  By this point in the Summit, either something’s caught your curiosity…or….you still need Open Space, a blue sky approach to large group learning.  You always have options – we’ll tell you about the 5 Tracks for the Afternoon:  Open Space or four more focused sessions.  Then you choose.
2-3:30 p.m.
Track One:  Oregon’s Arts Organizations in Open Space:  
The Law of Two Feet Reigns!

The Open Space Law of Two Feet says, “If at any time you find yourself in a situation where you are neither learning nor contributing:  use your two feet and go someplace else.”  During lunch - and throughout the day - we’ll collect your broad range of topics and questions about “What needs changing at our arts organizations…and why?” A bit like Googling in real life, Open Space convening technology is used to generate ideas and solve problems in meetings of 5 to 2,000 people.  Learn more about Open Spaces here.

Track Two:  Teams
The Highly Effective Arts Nonprofit Board & Staff Leadership Team
Bruce Lesley of BoardSource

At last fall’s OAC conference, BoardSource “wowed” everyone with a workshop on board/staff responsibilities, roles and effectiveness.  Going one step further, we take a closer look at the critical partnership between the organization’s board of directors and its chief executive, when the goal is to build capacity for ongoing innovation and adaptation.

Track Three:  The Value Proposition
Meet & Go Deeper:  More Lessons Learned from EmcArts and the Innovation Lab

Join two national arts leaders for their interactive dialogue.  Janet Brown, Grantmakers in the Arts’ (GIA) Executive Director, will probe Richard Evans to further explore EmcArts’ lessons learned in this informal one-on-one plus Q & A session.

The national Grantmakers in the Arts is the national association of private and public funders that share a common belief that America is a better place to live and our communities are stronger when the creativity of artists is prevalent in all aspects of society.

Track Four
“One Adaptation Worth Spreading”: Promising approaches, briefly described.
Convened and moderated by George Thorn

Arts TED talk for Oregon. Linda Magee, Scott Palmer, Andrew Proctor, Joanie Thomson, and Eric Vines each will describe one adaptation from their organization that they believe is worth sharing.

3:30- 3:45 p.m.

3:45-4:15 p.m. | Next Steps  
A fast-track, facilitated next steps session.  Identify key take-aways for yourself or your organization based on the day’s learning. Facilitated by TCC Group consultants Paul Connolly and Susan Misra.

4:15-4:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Christine D’Arcy, Executive Director, Oregon Arts Commission


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    Email: oregon.artscomm@state.or.us

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