In Pursuit of the Creative Life: Agenda

8:30 am

Welcome: The Arts and Creative Life in America
Deborah F. Rutter
Jane Chu

8:45 am

Opening Keynote: Creativity Makes the World Go ‘Round
How do some of our most dynamic and multidisciplined artists live their creative lives? What are some of their most relevant challenges, and how do they take advantage of the opportunities presented to them and help make those opportunities more available to others? Special guests share their ideas and experiences of both living creatively and supporting creativity in others.
Keynote: Questlove
Moderator: Eric Deggans, NPR’s TV critic

9:30 am

Performance: Afro Blue
Howard University’s premier vocal jazz ensemble performing Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Oh, Lady Be Good!” to honor the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Myesha Henderson, Irene Jalenti, Taylar Lee, Ayodele Owolabi, Peter Roberts, Devin Robinson, Matthew Robinson, Jillian Willis, and Marissa Zechinato
Director: Connaitre Miller

9:45 am

Meet Your Creative Collaborators
Get to know the creative individuals in the room.
Facilitator: Michael Rohd

10:00 am

Framing Panel: The Here and Now of Arts and Creativity
How are artists, organizations, and leaders addressing some of the most challenging issues within the creative ecosystem and within the community? The panel will explore what creatives need to thrive in terms of training, technology, financial resources, and interdisciplinary work.
Panelists: Shirlette Ammons, Agnes Chavez, Suzy Delvalle
Moderator: Sammy Hoi

10:55 am

Poetry Out Loud Champion: Anita Norman

11:00 am

Facilitated Working Groups: Your Experience
Small groups will start the conversation by focusing on a specific issue related to their work — technology, interdisciplinary work, the economics of being a creative, training/student debt — to share their experiences and best practices, as well as to discuss the barriers to and opportunities for living creatively.
Facilitator: Michael Rohd

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Performance: "Getting It Sweet" by Jake Berglove, Songwriting Challenge finalist
This year, the NEA and Playbill, Inc. piloted the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for high school students. Jake’s song, “Getting It Sweet,” won him a national finalist slot and an opportunity to participate in a workshop weekend and National Finals in New York City.
Songwriter: Jake Berglove
Arrangement: Carmel Dean
Vocalists: Jason Gotay, Emma Hunton, Katie Ladner
Musicians: Shannon Ford, Andrew Graham, Max Murray
Musical Supervisor: Andrew Graham

1:45 pm

Framing Presentation: The Future of Arts & Creativity
How can we think differently about our work, our community, and how we accomplish our goals? What are the values we have instilled in our work that can make it more accessible to others? In a unique presentation, we explore the intersections of our work and the potential for new ways to support the arts and creativity in our communities.
Presenter: Caroline Woolard
Moderator: Kemi Ilensanmi

2:30 pm

Facilitated Working Groups: Creating a Vision
Small groups connect ideas and theories, and begin designing solutions to imagine and construct a world where creativity flourishes.
Facilitator: Michael Rohd

3:55 pm

Poetry Out Loud Champion: Maeva Ordaz

4:00 pm

Respondents Panel: Making It Happen: Next Steps for the Future of Arts and Creativity in America
Creative leaders in different fields reflect on the day’s conversations and offer their own visions for the future. Panelists: Rob Giampietro, Diane Ragsdale, Kiran Singh Sirah, Risë Wilson
Moderator: Eric Liu

5:00 pm

Special Performance: Chuck Campbell & The Campbell Brothers Band
African-American gospel music with electric steel guitar and vocals. Chuck Campbell has been recognized with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for artistic excellence and his continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
Chuck Campbell, pedal steel guitar
Phillip Campbell, electric guitar, bass
Darick Campbell, lap steel
Carlton Campbell, drums

5:15 pm

Closing Remarks
Jane Chu