Subject: CT ARTS DAY: Sign Up and Celebrate

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The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County expects to be arranging a bus to take [up to 50] people from our region, for a nominal cost [$15?], depending on how many sign up. The bus would leave Norwalk at 6:30am for an 8am arrival at the Capitol on Weds. March 2. Bus would depart Hartford at 4pm. If you are interested in joining our bus, let us know here - and we will confirm arrangements.
CONNECTICUT ARTS DAY
MOVING THE ARTS NEEDLE FROM NICE TO NECESSARY!

REGISTRATION: 9 am - 9:30 am
Rotunda, State Capitol

Pre-registration to Connecticut Arts Day is required. Reserve your ticket now by clicking the green "Get Tickets" located in the upper right corner of the sign-up page.


OPENING SESSION: 9:30 - 10:15 am
North Lobby, State Capitol

Performance by Eileen Dulen Jennings

Remarks by:
Amy Wynn, Connecticut Arts Alliance
Kristina Newman-Scott, Director of Culture, Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Robert Santy, President/CEO, CT Economic Resource Center
Joe Brennan, President/CEO, CT Business & Industry Association

Poetry Reading by State Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin



GUEST SPEAKERS: 10:15 - 10:45 am
North Lobby, State Capitol

State Representative Matt Ritter
Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader
Jay Dick, Senior Director of State & Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts
Titus Kaphar, Connecticut artist



PARALLEL PANEL DISCUSSIONS: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
organized by the State's nine Designated Regional Service Organizations

Panel 1: Advocacy - Changing the Arts Conversation from Nice to Necessary
11 am - 12 pm

Room 310, State Capitol
  • What gets a legislator's attention regarding arts and culture funding?
  • How important is a unified message from those who are advocating?
  • What is the role of today's attendees in advocacy? How important is it? What can they do to have a positive impact?

Panel 2: Arts Impact
11 am - 12 pm

Old Judiciary Room, 3rd Floor, State Capitol
Hear panelists share their experience of the arts effecting changes in the community and/or the economy. The panel will field questions from the audience.

ATTENDEES SHOULD CHOOSE ONE (1) PANEL ONLY. THE PANEL DISCUSSIONS RUN CONCURRENTLY IN DIFFERENT ROOMS AND SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED IN BOTH ROOMS.


SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: 12:00 - 12:15 pm
Outside Room 310 and Old Judiciary Room, 3rd floor, State Capitol

Concurrent performances by The Judy Dworin Performance Project.


LUNCH: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Boxed lunches can be purchased during on-line registration. Boxed lunches cannot be purchased at event. If you prefer lunch on your own, there are several options to choose from. See FAQs section for suggestions.

Boxed lunches provided by The Kitchen at Billings Forge. Cost: $14.71. Selection includes:
1. Turkey sandwich (turkey, Swiss cheese, chef's special sauce, mixed greens), whole piece of fruit, dessert, bottled water
2. Ham sandwich (Black Forest ham, Swiss cheese, whole grain mustard), whole piece of fruit, dessert, bottled water.
3. Beet Salad (mixed greens, pickled beets, toasted almonds, citrus vinaigrette), slice of freshly-baked bread, dessert, bottled water.


6x6 PRESENTATIONS: 1:30 - 2:15 pm
Concurrent in Room 310 and Old Judiciary Room, 3rd floor, State Capitol

Fast-paced and concise presentations highlighting innovative work in Connecticut's arts sector.

Six presenters will share 15 slides/20 seconds per slide, followed by Q & A, in Room 310 and another six concurrently in Old Judiciary Room

Please note: Due to limited space, not all Arts Day attendees will be able to reserve a seat for the 6x6 Presentations. Therefore, we are planning activities and/or performances to be held from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. We will post more information soon!


POETRY READING: 2:30 pm
North Lobby, State Capitol

Poetry reading by Poetry Out Loud Connecticut State Champion Owen Elphick, Edwin W. Smith High School, Storrs, CT


KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THEO EDMUNDS: 2:40 - 3:10 pm

North Lobby, State Capitol

About Theo Edmunds
Theo Edmonds is Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab -- a catalytic organization run by artists and art professionals working at the nexus of cultural production, social investigation and marketplace.

IDEAS xLab helps corporations, communities and NGOs make the leap into the future by accessing artists as a strategic human resource for building creative capacity at the frontiers of knowledge in healthcare, workforce development and vocational education. IDEAS xLab's partnership with GE was named one of the 10 Best Business-Arts Partnerships in America in 2015.

Mr. Edmonds holds a BA in Theatre from Transylvania University, a JD and Master’s in Health Administration from Tulane University and a Master’s in Fine Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. His past includes credits as professional clog dancer on the Grand Ole Opry as well as administrator of one of America’s most prestigious cardiovascular centers. Edmunds was chosen by Southern Living Magazine as one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South in 2015".

A very special thanks to Cigna for sponsoring the keynote speaker.

CLOSING REMARKS: 3:10 pm
North Lobby, State Capitol

LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: 3:15 pm
celebrating 50 years of National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Office of the Arts' support for the arts in Connecticut.
Capitol East Side (near Nathan Hale statue)

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