January 16, 2014

Announcement: Upcoming conference talks & conversations

As we re-launch our blog this month, we’re divvying up the content into new categories, such as colloquies like Peter’s post last week and reflections like Sharisse’s this week. We’ll also be keeping you in the loop as our practice grows, via newsy announcements like this post.

This winter and spring we’re giving talks at some new conferences (new to us, that is) and some intriguing one-off gatherings. We hope to see many of you at these events, which span the arts and sciences.

  •  This Friday, Sarah Lee will be part of an invitational roundtable on social impact assessment in the arts at UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center.  The gathering is co-sponsored by the Triangle Lab and will involve people from several progressive Bay Area cultural organizations.  Sarah’s participation is connected to our ongoing work with the James Irvine Foundation on its New California Arts Fund.
  • On February 12, Peter will be helping open the International Public Science Events Conference (IPSEC) in Chicago, sharing some of the big ideas from his MIT/Culture Kettle conference from last September, the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement. The IPSEC gathering is a pre-conference of the much larger AAAS annual meeting, for science festival organizers and other event producers.  Not coincidentally, AAAS was a co-convener of the September conversation in Cambridge.
  • On the same day, over in Boston, Sarah has been asked to join a symposium on “The Value of Presenting: Arts Data & Research in North America” to help launch Northeastern University’s new arts research center, CREATE.  Sarah will speak on a panel about “Asking the Right Questions: Serving Our Changing Audiences.”
  • The following week, Peter will be participating in a charrette at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to help brainstorm the museum’s upcoming Deep Time initiative.
  • Then, on March 23, Peter will speak at the annual conference of the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) near Baltimore. He’s been asked to be part of a session on “the changing cultural and social landscape” (his favorite topic anyway) and to keep it TED-like.  We’ll let you know if video of the session is posted.
  • And as always, several of us will be at the American Alliance of Museums annual meeting in May and the League of American Orchestras conference in early June, both to be held in Seattle.

If you’ll be at any of these gatherings, be sure to say hello. Plus…stay tuned for pending news about a gathering of arts researchers we’ll be participating in to discuss Sarah and Peter’s new whitepaper for the Cultural Data Project, probably in Chicago.



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