NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art hosted the Arts and Economic Impact conference Wednesday afternoon to brainstorm ideas that would promote growth in the Connecticut arts.
The conference was led by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and participants included artists, economic development specialists and data professionals interested in the arts and economy conversation.
The event was a discovery session that encouraged collaborative planning to help shape the future of the Connecticut Office of the Arts professional development offerings. The office of the arts is part of the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
The conference involved engaging activities, and attendees participated in working groups that led conversations in the topics of artists and mobile talent, for-profit creative businesses, small non-profits with big impact, when art doesn’t fit into the data collection mold, and thinking beyond traditional non-profit data studies.
The Sea Tea Comedy Theater assisted with the facilitation of the conversation, including ice breaking activities, allowing participants to be as creative as possible.
“Part of today’s conversation is also moving into the creative topics, which is an initiative of the Americans for the Arts,” Tamara Dimitri, public art program specialist and accessibility coordinator at the DECD, said. “What we hope to do is really highlight this particular work, this conversation into a bigger, broader national conversation.”
Arts and Economic Impact is one of five strategic initiatives that the Connecticut Office of the Arts will be focusing as part of their Fiscal Year 2019 Professional Development Series. The other four strategic initiatives are Accessibility, Arts Workforce, Arts Learning and READI, which stands for Relevance, Equity, Access, Diversity and Inclusion.
“These are five different focus areas that we feel as an office are very important to our constituents and we opened this particular session up for all you to help contribute and formulate,” Dimitri told attendees. “Help us develop our professional development over the next few months and let’s keep the conversation going.”
Balam Soto, an independent new media artist took part in the conference to hear about his topic of interest, the economic development of non-profits.
“My expectation is to learn and obtain new resources, perhaps new ideas,” Soto said.
The Connecticut Office of the Arts primarily serves art organizations and artists but it also impacts a number of municipalities as its mission is to animate a culture of creativity across Connecticut.
To learn more about the state’s Office of the Arts visit www.ct.gov .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.