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Friday, May 14 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
12 PM ET: Panic, Pivot, Plan; Reframe, Revise, Review - Reimagining an Annual Conference through Crisis Management

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The annual May conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is a multi-faceted event, allowing its members to reconnect with one another, reflect on issues in the field, learn about the latest research and classroom techniques. It also provides an opportunity for members to enhance their promotion, retention, and tenure credentials through scholarly presentations and participation on panels. The conference planned for May 2020 carried another purpose. Building on the financial success of the 2019 event and inspired by the likelihood that members would be attracted to a gathering in New York City, the organization’s Board of Directors for the first time approved a budget that anticipated substantial net income ($23,000) from the Conference. When the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge in February and early March of 2020, conference registration had not yet begun. However, many conference plans had already been made public. More than fifty sessions involving nearly one hundred presenters had been confirmed. Recommendations regarding hotel accommodations had been communicated to members. The NYC host committee was in the process of confirming facility schedules. As the evolving public health crisis spawned serious discussion of limiting public gatherings, particularly in hotspots such as New York City, of closing University campuses and restricting travel, those plans were clearly jeopardized. Although conventional wisdom held that such restrictions might only last for a few weeks, the Board of Directors convened an emergency session on March 16 to adopt a staff recommendation to move the annual conference entirely online. The initial proposal was to offer the virtual sessions without cost to the membership.

However, as online plans solidified, the budgetary implications became more apparent. A finance committee meeting was held on April 8 to discuss a revised registration fee plan. On April 14, the Board met, again in emergency session, and developed a fee structure with member and non-member prices for per-session or unlimited access, while still allowing registrants to opt either for free admission or to donate a higher amount in support of the organization. Join AAAE Staff and Finance Committee members to learn how thoughtful crisis management and reimagining on the fly not only succeeded in terms of member service and net income, but yielded a durable virtual conference model for the organization itself and other organizations in the field.

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Speakers
avatar for Julie Goodman, Drexel University, Associate Professor

Julie Goodman, Drexel University, Associate Professor

Julie Goodman joined Drexel University in the fall of 2011, and served as the graduate arts administration program’s director from 2012-2017. She was previously Executive Vice President for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where for twelve years she led advocacy, field... Read More →
avatar for Jim O'Connell, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Associate Professor / Arts Management Coordinator

Jim O'Connell, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Associate Professor / Arts Management Coordinator

After 22 years as executive director of Wausau, Wisconsin’s Performing Arts Foundation, Inc., managing the historic Grand Theater and Wisconsin’s most comprehensive local arts agency, Jim O’Connell began a new career in the Fall of 2014 teaching Arts Management at the University... Read More →
avatar for Haley Carlson, Association of Arts Administration Educators

Haley Carlson, Association of Arts Administration Educators

Haley Carlson is a dedicated arts manager, advocate, and enthusiast, with a passion to advance opportunities for creatives in all sectors. She has worked at large and small arts organizations alike, such as Dia: Beacon, Southern Highland Craft Guild, and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s... Read More →
avatar for Lee Ann Scotto Adams, Association of Arts Administration Educators, Executive Director

Lee Ann Scotto Adams, Association of Arts Administration Educators, Executive Director

Lee Ann Scotto Adams has over fifteen years of experience working in nonprofit management and higher education in the arts, and she joins AAAE after serving as Assistant Director of Programs and Operations at the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) - a nonprofit... Read More →


Friday May 14, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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