About the conference

3 Million Stories will once again bring together arts school deans, artists, administrators, faculty, community leaders, and students (among others) to examine the world of work among artists and designers. The conference builds on the insights from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a survey of over 100,000 arts graduates from more than 300 institutions. The title comes from the roughly three million people with arts degrees from American educational institutions.

Building on the first 3 Million Stories conference, held in 2013, participants will gather at Arizona State University to examine the preparation and careers of North America’s arts graduates. Over three days, the conference will feature keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions and guest artists.

A sense of urgency fueled the first conference. One attendee observed that they valued the “chance to interact with artists and arts administrators from across disciplines to discuss the important issues no one else seems to be talking about at my institution.”

The arts education economy is rapidly transforming, accountability standards for institutions of higher learning are escalating, and deficiencies in access and equity are still plaguing the field. Within this context, participants will probe issues ranging from curricular reform to institutional transformation—along the way covering such themes as the future of work, the entrepreneurial artist, the potential impact of arts in communities, and how to interpret and use SNAAP data.

Schedule

  • Day One
    March 3, 2016
  • Day Two
    March 4, 2016
    8:00 am - 8:30 am
    Breakfast & Welcome
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    8:30 am - 9:45 am
    Big Think Plenary 1: Disruption and Innovation in Higher Education–The Future of Arts and Design
    Higher education is facing dramatic change from massive demographic shifts to new forms of delivery to globalization and a new critical role in serving community. Some predict that the core assumptions about where, how and who we educate will be totally upended. The vast majority of current college students are not having a four-year residential experience. How are universities responding to these changes? How will design and arts institutions respond? Will we be laggards or can we lead and drive innovation in higher education?

    Moderator: Steven Tepper, Arizona State University
    Speaker: Michael Crow, Arizona State University
    Speaker: Aaron Dworkin, University of Michigan

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Keynote: Is Any Job Truly Safe? The Future of Work and the Role of Creativity
    Our very notions about what it means to work, have a career and be productive are being transformed by globalization, the rise of new work arrangements, automation and technology. In such a world, what are good jobs? What is the future of creativity? Derek Thompson will examine these larger trends and help us understand whether a new role is emerging for artists.

    Moderator: Edmundo Hidalgo, Arizona State University Morrison Institute and Chicanos Por La Causa
    Speaker: Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Reflect and Advance: Roundtable Discussions
    How do design and arts schools respond to and help lead the tectonic changes taking place in work and education? What must we do differently given the changes in demographics, the economy and higher education? Importantly, what are specific ways in which our institutions are already responding? What are additional steps that could be taken over the next five years? What additional research do we need? What are the biggest challenges?

    Moderator: Prasad Boradkar, Arizona State University

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
    Lunch/Interview
    Join us for a conversation with actress, comedian, disability advocate and writer Maysoon Zayid.

    Interviewer: Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Arizona State University Gammage

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Issues and Insights 1: The Artist and the City (Concurrent Sessions)
    Artists have always been important to the identity and flourishing of cities. In the 21st century, how can cities support artists? How can artists support cities? And how can universities and colleges support and connect both?

    Moderator: Ann Markusen, University of Minnesota
    Speaker: Daniel Cornfield, Vanderbilt University
    Speaker: Roberto Bedoya, Tucson Arts Council
    Speaker: Samuel Hoi, Maryland Institute College of Art
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    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Issues and Insights 2: Arts Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age - New Advances (Concurrent Sessions)
    Speaker: Ajay Kapur, Kadenze
    Speaker: David Tinapple, CritViz
    Speaker: Mike King, Berklee College of Music
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    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    SNAAP Workshop 1: All About SNAAP (Concurrent Sessions)
    This session will serve both as a general introduction to SNAAP as well as an opportunity for current/future SNAAP institutions to learn how to approach your school’s SNAAP dataset. SNAAP staff will guide attendees through SNAAP 2.0, including the updated questionnaire, new topical modules, and describe ways to interpret and share your data on campus and beyond.

    Woven into the presentation will be insights from two SNAAP schools on how they have parlayed their SNAAP results into meaningful changes in curriculum and career services, recruitment, alumni engagement and more.

    Moderator: Rebecca Houghton, SNAAP
    Speaker: Amber Dumford, SNAAP
    Speaker: Angie Miller, SNAAP
    Speaker: John Crawford-Spinelli, Kent State University
    Speaker: Kate Dey, California College of the Arts
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    2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    SNAAP Workshop 2: Using SNAAP Data for Positive Change–Stories from the Field (Concurrent Sessions)
    Senior staff from four arts schools will describe how they are using their SNAAP data for institutional improvement. Case studies will include examples of how SNAAP helped change the thinking of faculty and staff in diverse ways, resulting in: an overhaul of career development services; the pairing of SNAAP results with state employment data to enhance understanding of student success; a focus on strengthening academic advising; how current students became engaged with SNAAP data as a way of focusing on their personal career development; how the teaching of arts management and entrepreneurship became a part of the curriculum; and how programs were developed for local artists.

    Moderator: Sally Gaskill, SNAAP
    Speaker: Liz Leckie, University of Utah
    Speaker: Dee Boyle-Clapp, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Speaker: Tracie Costantino, Rhode Island School of Design
    Speaker: Mara Hermano, Rhode Island School of Design
    Speaker: Jeannene Przyblyski, California Institute of the Arts
    Speaker: Rita Soultanian, California Institute of the Arts
    Speaker: Brian Harlan, California Institute of the Arts
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    3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Big Think Plenary 2: The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
    William Deresiewicz traced the changing image of the artist over the centuries – from artisan to solitary genius to creative professional – in his essay “The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur.” Expanding on these ideas, the panel will answer the following questions: What do these changes in the nature of artistic work and the many roles artists play mean? To what extent do the existent curricula and cultures of institutions align with the artist’s new reality?

    Moderator: Doug Dempster, University of Texas at Austin
    Speaker: William Deresiewicz
    Speaker: Kate Oakley, University of Leeds

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Why We Need Spike Lee and All Visionary Artists
    3 Million Stories Conference participants will receive free admission and VIP seating to hear Spike Lee LIVE - IN PERSON at WHY WE NEED SPIKE LEE AND ALL VISIONARY ARTISTS, presented by ASU Film Spark with support from ASU Gammage and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

    In a culture saturated with remakes, sequels and franchised superheroes, visionary filmmakers are needed now more than ever. As one of the world's most important artists, Spike Lee speaks candidly, and with authority, on art, culture, race and society.

    You already know the Academy Award-nominated classic Do the Right Thing and the Cannes’ favorite Jungle Fever. You cheered at Malcolm X, screamed during Summer of Sam, and felt enraged and empathetic watching When the Levees Broke, Lee's Peabody-winning HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina. You may have seen his latest film, Chi-Raq, the modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Now is your chance to experience Lee LIVE - IN PERSON, discussing the importance of iconoclastic filmmakers and artists, the urgency of higher education attainment, and gun control in the 21st century.

    Location: ASU Gammage
  • Day Three
    March 5, 2016
    8:00 am - 9:00 am
    Breakfast
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    9:00 am - 10:15 am
    Big Think Plenary 3: The Artist as Social Entrepreneur and Imagination Partner
    Artists have long worked outside of traditional arts settings. But there is a growing consensus that the next big cultural policy paradigm will focus on creating and supporting opportunities for artists to work with non-arts partners to help advance creativity and imagination in public life. Today, more artists are working with city governments, health organizations, community and economic development efforts. They are also more likely to be “artists in residence” in science labs and in technology firms. Meanwhile more organizations are seeking design thinking and strategy to help solve complex problems and challenges. Are artists prepared to work in these new ways? Are universities and colleges preparing graduates for this new and growing paradigm?

    Moderator: Ruby Lerner
    Speaker: Rick Lowe
    Speaker: Liz Lerman

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)
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    10:30 am - 11:45 am
    Issues and Insights 1: Gaps and Inequality in Expressive Life (Concurrent Sessions)
    Minorities are under-represented in almost every area of arts and design. They are less likely to study the arts, both in K-12 as well as in college. They are less likely to lead cultural organizations. They are less likely to be on our stages, exhibited in our museums, in our film and television productions, or in our concert halls. The gap between the nation’s storytellers (our artists and designers) and our nation’s demographics is growing, which many would argue is a cultural collision course. What must universities and cultural leaders do to address this imbalance?

    Speaker: Maribel Alvarez, University of Arizona
    Speaker: Alexandre Frenette, Arizona State University
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    10:30 am - 11:45 am
    Issues and Insights 2: Inside the Blackbox: The Education and Culture of Arts and Design Schools (Concurrent Sessions)
    Graduates of arts and design colleges report high levels of satisfaction with their education. What is special and unique about going to an arts school? What is distinctive about how such education helps students develop their creative capacities and their identities as artists? What is missing? What is needed?

    Speaker: Ruby Lerner
    Speaker: Keith Sawyer
    Speaker: Gary Alan Fine
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    10:30 am - 11:45 am
    SNAAP Workshop 1: All About SNAAP (Concurrent Sessions)
    This session will serve both as a general introduction to SNAAP as well as an opportunity for current/future SNAAP institutions to learn how to approach your school’s SNAAP dataset. SNAAP staff will guide attendees through SNAAP 2.0, including the updated questionnaire, new topical modules, and describe ways to interpret and share your data on campus and beyond.

    Woven into the presentation will be insights from two SNAAP schools on how they have parlayed their SNAAP results into meaningful changes in curriculum and career services, recruitment, alumni engagement and more.

    Moderator: Rebecca Houghton, SNAAP
    Speaker: Amber Dumford, SNAAP
    Speaker: Angie Miller, SNAAP
    Speaker: John Crawford-Spinelli, Kent State University
    Speaker: Kate Dey, California College of the Arts
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    10:30 am - 11:45 am
    SNAAP Workshop 2: Using SNAAP Data for Positive Change–Stories from the Field (Concurrent Sessions)
    Senior staff from four arts schools will describe how they are using their SNAAP data for institutional improvement. Case studies will include examples of how SNAAP helped change the thinking of faculty and staff in diverse ways, resulting in: an overhaul of career development services; the pairing of SNAAP results with state employment data to enhance understanding of student success; a focus on strengthening academic advising; how current students became engaged with SNAAP data as a way of focusing on their personal career development; how the teaching of arts management and entrepreneurship became a part of the curriculum; and how programs were developed for local artists.

    Moderator: Sally Gaskill, SNAAP
    Speaker: Liz Leckie, University of Utah
    Speaker: Dee Boyle-Clapp, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Speaker: Tracie Costantino, Rhode Island School of Design
    Speaker: Mara Hermano, Rhode Island School of Design
    Speaker: Jeannene Przyblyski, California Institute of the Arts
    Speaker: Rita Soultanian, California Institute of the Arts
    Speaker: Brian Harlan, California Institute of the Arts
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    12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Concluding Remarks
    Speaker: Steven Tepper, Arizona State University

    Location: Ventana Ballroom (Memorial Union, room 241)

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Registration

  • Advance
    335 USD

    SNAAP/General

     

     

     

     

    Price valid through February 12, 2016

    General tickets available February 13, 2016 – March 1, 2016: $375
    SNAAP/GENERAL
  • Advance
    185 USD

    SNAAP+ Only

    This special rate applies to schools with a three-year SNAAP membership. For a list of SNAAP+ schools, click here.
    SNAAP+ school contacts: see your email for the discount code.

     

    Price valid through February 12, 2016

    General tickets available February 13, 2016 – March 1, 2016: $225
    SNAAP+
  • Advance
    75 USD
    AZ Arts/ASU

    This special rate applies to ASU faculty/staff/students and other members of the Arizona arts community.

    AZ Arts/ASU spots are limited and may sell out prior to the February 12 deadline.

     

    Price valid through February 12, 2016

    AZ Arts/ASU

Accommodations

Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.3 Million Stories conference guests were encouraged to book a room at the Tempe Mission Palms by 1/26/2016, but this room block is now full. We are pleased to offer the same special rate of $199 per night (plus tax) at the Graduate Tempe. The Graduate Tempe is also within walking distance of the conference site, and will honor the special rate between March 1 and March 6 for anyone wishing to extend their stay. Please book by February 15, 2016 (11:59 pm) using the link below and entering the promo code below.

Click here to book a room at the Graduate Tempe
Promo Code: 3MSC

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