Presenters

    Jamie Bennett
    Executive Director, ArtPlace America

    Jamie Bennett is the executive director of ArtPlace America, a partnership among 16 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions working to position art and culture as a core sector of community planning and development by investing in, researching, and supporting those who lead and execute creative placemaking projects. Previously, Jamie worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Columbia University, the Agnes Gund Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Philharmonic. www.artplaceamerica.org

    David Bright
    President, Iowa Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

    David Bright is an attorney with Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman where he practices in areas of law including business, corporate, real estate, estate planning, probate, nonprofit/tax-exempt organizations, franchise and distribution, anti-trust and trade regulation, and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. David has served on many community boards in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, and also as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. He is a frequent public speaker on issues related to business formation, estate planning, art and museum law, and nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. www.ivla.org

    David Fraher
    President & CEO, Arts Midwest

    For the past 38 years, David J. Fraher has directed his creative skill to building and leading arts organizations and programs throughout the United States. He has been at the helm of Arts Midwest since 1985, guiding the organization as it delivers a diverse portfolio of programs, overseeing financial systems and operations, spearheading fundraising and new program development, and leading strategic planning. www.artsmidwest.org

    Lori L. Jacobwith
    Chief Fundraising Culture Changer & Master Storyteller

    Lori L. Jacobwith is a nationally-recognized master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert. Lori has delivered coaching and training sessions that have helped nonprofit organizations raise $300 million dollars from individual donors. Her proven strategies & tools teach staff and board members to share their stories powerfully and effectively to cause donors to give more. Lori holds a BA in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota, has additional training from Indiana University’s Fund Raising School and is a longtime member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. www.ignitedfundraising.com

    Noah Keesecker
    Program Director of Artist Development, Springboard for the Arts

    Noah Keesecker is a composer and multimedia artist. He has been a McKnight Fellow and a recipient of awards from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Knight Foundation Fellow for Emerging Leaders, an Americans for the Arts Emerging Arts Leader liaison, and serves on the Board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. He holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Minnesota. www.springboardforthearts.org

    Brad Kik
    Board Member, Alliance on Artist Communities

    Brad Kik is the co-founder of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology in Michigan. Brad’s varied background—film study, activism, graphic design, community organizing, music, ecology and permaculture—plays a key role in directing Crosshatch's work in the community. Brad also serves on the board of the Alliance of Artist Communities, who support and advocate for artist residency programs. He co-chairs the ecological residencies cohort for the AAC, and presents at their Emerging Programs Institute each year. www.artistcommunities.org

    Sarah Pearce
    Managing Director, Sundance Institute

    Sarah Pearce, as Managing Director for Sundance Institute, oversees the implementation of the organization's strategic plan, administration and program operations, including the annual Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival: London, Sundance NEXT FEST, Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong and the Institute’s 24 artist development labs. Pearce has guided the organization through a time of incredible growth with the addition of a virtual reality lab, regional day labs, international artist labs including its newest venture in Cuba, touring shorts programs and a variety of other public programs. Pearce works closely with Sundance Institute’s Utah Advisory Board, community leaders, state and local officials, and government agencies at all levels to strengthen Sundance Institute’s role in the Utah community. www.sundance.org

    Andrew Steele
    Creative Director, Funny or Die

    Andrew Steele grew up in Iowa City and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.  After collecting an impressive resume of minimum wage jobs and too many hours spent composing fake poetry and silly letters he was asked to write on a cable television show for one month which lead to a 25 year career in Television and Film. Highlights include thirteen years writing for Saturday Night Live, during which he won multiple Writer’s Guild Awards and an Emmy. He has also written and produced three movies, The Ladies Man, Casa de mi Padre and Deadly Adoption along with several TV shows, the most recent being The Spoils of Babylon and The Spoils Before Dying for the IFC network. He currently serves as the creative director of Funny or Die, a comedy web site and production company started by his friends, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. www.funnyordie.com

    Ela Troyano
    Artist and Consultant, Creative Capital

    Ela Troyano is an interdisciplinary filmmaker, born in Cuba and based in NYC. She is a consultant for Creative Capital's Professional Development Program, where she also designed and leads a program of workshops for Spanish-speaking artists. Her films include the award winning “Carmelita Tropicana Your Kunst Is Your Waffen” (Your Art is Your Weapon), the cult feature “Latin Boys Go To Hell” and the PBS documentary “La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul”. Select honors include a writing lab at Sundance with Gabriel Garcia Marquez and funding from Creative Capital, Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Latino Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service, a Theo Westenberger Award and a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. www.creative-capital.org

    Kirstin Wiegmann
    Consultant and Program Director, Forecast Public Art

    Kirstin Wiegmann expands Forecast’s reach supporting communities and artists in realizing their public art dreams through grants, technical assistance, capacity-building trainings, and one-on-one support. Wiegmann leads Forecast’s Education initiative focusing on deepening educational opportunities for educators and teaching artists to increase public art learning in classroom settings. She provides guidance and resources with a focus on convening conversations, facilitating evaluative feedback, and developing interactive, educational approaches for learning about public art. www.forecastpublicart.org

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