Friday, May 20, 2011

The GPAC Annual Meeting. Connect and Learn. June 8 2011

The GPAC Annual Meeting. Connect and Learn.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 8 am - 12 noon

August Wilson Center for African American Culture 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh's Cultural District Map

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spaces often available in the Grant Street Transportation Center

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FREE for members and students

Join! Non-members $25

Or call to register 412.394.3353

Followed by Dine Arounds and an afternoon marketing workshop


The Annual Meeting is your opportunity to be a part of the big picture of issues facing the arts and culture community, both regionally and nationally. MEET local artists and arts managers who are using Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council resources to grow their careers and their organizational capacity, CONNECT with your colleagues all at once, and LEARN about GPAC's initiatives that communicate the value of the arts, loud and clear.

Alan BrownAs part of this important day, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the August Wilson Center are pleased to host leading non-profit researcher and management consultant Alan Brown in a keynote address to the Pittsburgh arts community titled Beyond Excellence: Fulfilling the Promise of Civic Creative Vitality. Attendance rates are declining nationally, yet the number of nonprofit arts organizations continues to grow rapidly. As funders begin to think seriously about "supply reduction" strategies, creative expression is flourishing: increasing numbers of young musicians, dancers, actors and artists graduate from our colleges and conservatories, and more and more Americans are following their creative urges on a recreational level. How can artists and arts organizations not just survive but grow even more essential in this time of momentous change? In his keynote address, Alan Brown will tackle the sensitive topics of artistic vibrancy and community relevance, debunk the myth that audience development is marketing problem, and challenge the Pittsburgh arts community to fulfill its collective promise of "civic creative vitality." You don't want to miss this!

Alan is a principal of WolfBrown, where his work focuses on understanding consumer demand for cultural experiences and assisting cultural institutions, foundations and agencies and in gaining the insight and perspectives they need to fulfill their promise.

With over 200 individual artists and arts organizations composed of over 2,700 individuals, GPAC membership represents the diversity of the region's arts and culture sector. Make sure that you and/or your organization are represented on June 8. Email or call ProArtsTickets at 412.394.3353 for more information.

Interested in volunteering for the Annual Meeting? Sign up here. Volunteers will receive free admission to the afternoon workshop with Alan Brown.

Click here to learn more about Alan's companion workshop, also on June 8.

Click here to learn about the Mayor's Award for Public Art, which will be announced at the annual meeting.


The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20,2007. pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site

the blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.