Connecticut Arts Day 2019

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College Street Music Hall & Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

238 College Street & 155 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06510

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8:00 am
Check-in & Light Breakfast
Location: College Street Music Hall, 238 College Street, New Haven

9:00 am
The morning program will feature two performances and a Keynote Discussion on Arts Relevancy. The program will open with Drew Dollaz, a street dancer and pioneer of flexing, and will close with the Asian Performing Arts bringing the vibrancy of Chinese culture to the stage.

Arts Relevancy
What are some diverse pathways of relevancy through the arts? What gaps exist in the current arts landscape related to creating support and opportunities to honor and include these pathways in our work? Panelists will discuss current practices in which the arts significantly impact the embrace of personal identity, belonging, and community connectivity through perspectives including LGBTQ; Capacity Building for Latinx; Equity and Inclusion for People of Color; Youth Development and Social Justice.

The Arts Relevancy discussion will feature:
Patrick Dunn, Director, New Haven Pride Center
Jose Feliciano, Creative Placemaker, Educator and Researcher
Kenneth McClary, Commission Member, Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity
Ivonne Chand O'Neal, Ph.D, Principal, Muse Research
Moderated by Brianna Regine, CEO, Brianna Visionary Consulting

Following the morning program, the event will proceed to the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, which is a short walk through a courtyard.

11 am - 12 noon

A. Connecticut's Young Creative Professionals
Featuring: #ThaTEAM, Jasmin Augusto, Keivon Jones, and DA Kidd P.G.
Listen and learn as four creative entrepreneurs share their projects that illustrate the practical intersection of art, social impact, and community relevance. The panelists will provide innovative, real-world examples of the ways young people are blazing trails in their communities by connecting their work to meaningful trends in contemporary society.

B. Education and the Arts
Panelists: Shanta Smith, Principal, Edgewood Creative Thinking through STEAM Magnet School, New Haven; Eric Dillner, Executive Director & CEO, Shoreline Arts Alliance; and John Prins, Executive Director, CT Alliance for Arts Education. Moderated by Chris Tanberg, Assistant Superintendent, Granby Public Schools.
Did you know that in our Federal Education Law: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) the arts are identified as a defined component of a well- rounded education? What is the state of the arts in Connecticut public schools? How can educators from schools and arts and cultural organizations work together to improve school climate and student achievement? Join us for an honest look and discussion at what is and could be happening, what some challenges are, and how - together - we can move from conversation to practice.

C. Arts Experiences for All Abilities
Arts organization peers share a variety of success stories about the development and implementation of programs and services that are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

12:15 - 1 PM

1 PM
Lynne Williamson of the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CCHAP) will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. Ms. Williamson served as director of CCHAP for 25+ years and is being honored for her work with immigrant and ethnic communities to ensure that their art, craft, music, and performance traditions remain vital for future generations. Performance by Victoria Christgau.

1:45 PM

A. Collaborative Artistic Practice, with a spoken word performance by Michael "Chief" Peterson
This panel will address how artists, non-profits and community organizations collaborate to forge new and successful partnerships. Artists and arts administrators will gain in-sight into successful collaborations that position artists as valuable professional leaders that develop into sustainable careers.

B. Creative Leaders Activating Their Communities, with a spoken word performance by Shanell Sharpe
Featuring: Aaron "Y-A" Rogers & Rashad "Snacks" Johnson, Founders, The Breed Academy & The Breed Entertainment; Calida Jones, Creative Director, PROJECT MUSIC, arts education consultant, and 2018 CT Arts Hero; Constanza Segovia, Owner/Creative Director of VEO VEO Design + Visual Notetaking; Jose Feliciano, Creative Placemaker, Educator and Researcher; and Splash, Author & Creative EnTRAPrenuer. Moderated by Kenneth McClary, Commission Member, Connecticut Commission on Equity and Opportunity.
This deep dive discussion will shine a light on the ways that creatives in our state are fostering civic action through the arts. This panel will address challenging community issues and offer creative solutions that use artists as the catalyst to stimulate conversation and activate social change.

C. Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline, with a spoken word performance by Puma Simone
Panelists: Ivonne Chand O'Neal, Ph.D., Principal, MUSE Research LLC; Faithlyn Johson, Executive Director, ActUp Theater; and Iran Nazario, President & CEO, Peace Center of Connecticut, Inc.
Moderated by Kennard Ray, Principal, Blue Ribbon Strategies.
What is the School to Prison Pipeline? What does Social Justice have to do with this? What are some effective arts-based practices and programs positively impacting youth in this pipeline? Why is this important? What evidence do we have that the arts make a difference? Local and national practitioners and researchers will address this important topic in this session.

D. Connecticut Office of Tourism's Marketing Programs, with a spoken word performance by Ashlie Cathryn
Presented by Rosemary Bove, Regional Outreach Manager, Connecticut Office of Tourism
Learn about the state's extensive public relations, social media and content marketing efforts and how you and/or your organization can participate (for free!) and reap the benefits! You will learn how to become a tourism partner, how to optimize the state's no-cost marketing programs, and how to utilize a free listing page on the State of Connecticut’s official tourism website CTvisit.com, used regularly by more than 5 million people each year, and much more.

3:15 PM
The afternoon program will feature closing remarks, a special performance by Connecticut State Troubadour Nekita Waller, and a Connecticut Arts Day Re-Cap FREE-STYLE performance by Jus cuz.

4:00 PM
Hosted by the Connecticut Arts Alliance

CLICK HERE to learn more about our speakers, presenters & performers!


May I bring my promotional materials to share with others?
Yes. Attendees are encouraged to bring promotional materials such as brochures, business cards, flyers, etc. to share with other attendees. There will be a table located in the lobby of the Omni Hotel for these items to be placed and available to others.

What are my parking options?
Attendees may park at the Omni Hotel's garage for $20. We are currently exploring additional parking options on Temple Street and other paid lots and garages in New Haven that are within close proximity to both venues. Updates regarding parking will be emailed to all registered attendees.

Where is College Street Music Hall and the Omni Hotel located?
Arts Day will begin at College Street Music Hall located at 238 College Street in New Haven. The event proceeds to Omni New Haven at Yale (a short walk through a courtyard) located at 155 Temple Street in New Haven.

What's for lunch?
Registered attendees will be offered a boxed lunch. Each box will include a sandwich/wrap (Roast Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich or Grilled Vegetable Wrap), pasta salad, potato chips, and a cookie. Water, lemonade and iced tea will be available. The cost of lunch is included in the registration fee. If you have a dietary restriction, please contact the event organizer at rhonda.olisky@ct.gov.

Are the venues (College Street Music Hall & the Omni Hotel) handicapped accessible?
Yes. Both venues are handicapped accessible. If you would to discuss arrangements regarding access to participation (hearing/seeing/etc.), or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact tamara.dimitri@ct.gov, Access Coordinator for the CT Office of the Arts.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may email Rhonda F. Olisky at rhonda.olisky@ct.gov with questions or special needs. She will do her best to get back to you in a timely manner! You may also email other COA staff members: Tamara.Dimitri@ct.gov; Adriane.Jefferson@ct.gov; Bonnie.Koba@ct.gov; Jane.Schneider@ct.gov, or Lu.Rivera@ct.gov

What's the refund policy?
There is a No Refund policy for Connecticut Arts Day, however, you may transfer a ticket to another individual. Please contact the event organizer to arrange for a transfer.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. You are not required to bring your printed ticket to the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Yes. You may transfer your ticket to another individual. Please contact the event organizer to arrange for a transfer.


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