January 28, 2013

UNO Hosts International Arts Management Conference

The University of New Orleans graduate program in arts administration, now celebrating its 30th year of success, proudly announces that it will host this spring an annual conference of arts administration leaders from around the world. Participation is open to arts professionals and the general public.

"The conference includes workshop sessions, lectures and peer exchange on latest trends and future vision for the preparation of managers of cultural institutions and their relationship to societies around the world," said Tony Micocci, assistant director of the UNO graduate program in arts administration. "While much discussion will be nationally and globally focused, New Orleans will be well represented."

Founded in 1975, the Association of Arts Administration Educators represents 200 members from nearly 100 academic institutions offering degrees in arts management in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, according to organization leaders. More than 100 members representing approximately 70 arts management degree programs will exchange best practices and new ideas at the three-day conference, Micocci said. One Step Ahead: Advancing New Paradigms  will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, 2013 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel located in downtown New Orleans at 717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116. 

Conference participants "will hear from leaders in the field ranging from Mario Garcia Durham, the executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Association of Performing Arts Presenters, to New Orleans' own MK Wegman, director of the influential National Performance Network," Micocci said.

The three-day event begins with a formal welcome in the historic Patrick F. Taylor Library at the University's Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Speakers will include Scott Hutcheson, the city's advisor to the mayor on cultural economy; William Andrews, director of the Ogden Museum; Susan E. Krantz, the dean of the UNO College of Liberal Arts; and Harmon Greenblatt, director of the University's graduate program in arts administration, Micocci said.

The intensive three-day conference will wrap up with a feature presentation of "New Orleans Stories" by leaders of esteemed New Orleans cultural institutions from the well-established New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to the more recently formed New Orleans Fringe Festival.

To see a conference schedule or to register in advance, visit the conference website.

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