Convention Looks at the Future of Art; MICA Hosts Preconvention
Posted 06.04.10 by mica communications
The Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit, a 50th anniversary celebration gathering of art world leaders, will convene in Baltimore in late June, a testament to Charm City's growing prominence in the art scene. The Summit will celebrate the accomplishments and advances of the arts during the past 50 years and focus on what opportunities the next 50 bring, on June 25-27 with preconferences on arts education and public art, June 24-25, with many events hosted on the MICA campus. There will also be a free, public Artists' Market at Harbor East on June 26, noon-8 p.m., featuring more than 45 regional artisans.
- WATCH: Visit My Baltimore video showcasing the arts scene in the Charm City, featuring MICA illustration Chair Jose Villarrubia, invites AFTA to the city.
Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the nation's largest arts advocacy organization, the Board of which MICA President Fred Lazarus has long been a director of, hosts the Summit to combine the professional development opportunities found at its annual convention with celebratory events and high-level conversations about the future of the arts. It is intended for local, state, regional and national arts organizations as well as the broad spectrum of partners and constituents that make their work possible, including artists, elected officials, foundation and corporate representatives, volunteers, patrons, board members, activists, journalists, educators, economic developers and urban planners.
In choosing Baltimore for its 50th anniversary gathering, AFTA credits the city as "a hip and thriving hub of cultural activity boasting a creative arts community and world-class arts venues."
For more information, click here.
Redefining the Public Paradigm
Celebrating its decade of advocacy and education, the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) will hold a Public Art Preconference at MICA on Thursday, June 24 and at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel on Friday, June 25.
From the AFTA website: "Join us as we honor the founders of PAN--the arts leaders that established the nation's only professional network dedicated to advancing the field of public art. Connect with public art professionals in hands-on discussions to examine current key issues and envision the next 10 years."