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Response/Ability: GPAC Annual Convening 2018

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
Event organized by Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

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As the national landscape continues to rapidly change, what does this mean for the arts? With funding trends, equity issues, new laws, and uncertainty, how might the arts in Pittsburgh thrive, not just survive? Join us on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 for Response/ABILITY, a day-long convening to connect colleagues and offer expertise from national speakers and panelists. Participants will walk away with new information on funding trends, equity in the arts, earned income, community development, activism, and marketing.

Speakers include Jerry Wise from Newfields (Indianapolis) talking about earned income, as well as Karl Blischke, the new Executive Director of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts talking about arts and community development. Breakout sessions include experts breaking down the new tax laws and charitable giving, an overview of the forthcoming report on equity in arts funding, and disruptive techniques in arts marketing. City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will give the luncheon address and announce this year's Mayor's Award for Public Art.

Speaker bios and breakout session descriptions will be available on this page the week of April 9, 2018. Breakfast and lunch are included.


8:45 Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:15 Seating Begins

9:30 - 9:45 Welcoming Remarks

9:45 - 10:15 Exciting Announcements!

10:15 - 10:45 Kick Off Speakers

11 - 12:15 Breakout Session I, Topics: Earned Income, Arts Activism, Racial Equity and Arts Funding, Equitable Community Development

12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch, Mayor's Award for Public Art, Remarks by Karl Blischke, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

1:30 - 2:45 Breakout Session II, Topics: Individual Giving, Marketing, Changes in Grantmaking

3:00 - 4:00 Coming Together - Report Out from Breakout Sessions, dessert
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How can we help you fully participate?

GPAC is committed to making its programs accessible to everyone. If the registration cost is a barrier to you, please contact us - scholarships are available.

If you require an accommodation or service (i.e. ASL; Open Captioning; Audio Description; digital, large-print or Braille materials, etc.) to fully participate, please contact Juan ( jfernandez@pittsburghartscouncil.org or 412-391-2060 x230) at least 2 weeks prior to the event. If an accommodation would be helpful and the lead time is less than two weeks, please let us know so we can make every effort to help you fully participate. To learn more, check out our Accessibility at GPAC page: http://www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/about/accessibility-at-gpac

Response/ABILITY begins with opening remarks in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom on the 3rd Floor, East Wing of the David Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC). We will have captioning services and assistive listening devices during the Welcoming Remarks, and Luncheon Address and Closing Remarks. GPAC will also have captioning available at one morning breakout session and one afternoon breakout session. Assistive listening devices will be available at two morning breakout sessions and two afternoon breakout sessions.

If you have a mobility limitation the easiest way to reach the ballroom is by using the elevators closest to the entrance to the DLCC garage. These elevators are located near the payment station and next to the accessible parking spaces on the first floor of the garage and may also be reached on the garage mezzanine and the walkway from the hotel. Take the elevators to the third floor/ballroom. The elevators will open directly into the lobby next to the ballroom and close to the registration table. For additional information on accessibility at the DLCC please visit: http://www.pittsburghcc.com/about-us/