2009 WHAT'S ART? 2nd Annual Arts & Culture Convention & Street Fesival of Southern New Mexico

THANK YOU for the sponsorship of the New Mexico Community Foundation and thegenerosity of the Ford Foundation, we now can offer WHAT'S ART CONVENTION SCHOLARSHIPS until we exhaust funds for Scholarships are given at the following rate: 50% of the $30 community artists or art-buyers and collectors (i.e. $15); and 50% of the $20 for student artists (i.e. $10). There is also $300 in full scholarships. These are all on a first come first served basis, Offer ends this week! - TICKETS

David Boje, Pat Boneau-White, Virginia Maria Romero, & Irene Oliver-Lewis - Apr 6 2009 NMSU Leadership & Society Class event celebrating Leadership in Arts Education

2009 2nd Annual WHAT'S ART? Convention and Street Festival of Southern New Mexico. Exploring Our Creative & Green Economy Events will take place Friday October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd, 2009 at Alma d'arte (Court Youth Center), Las Cruces, NM. $30 includes Friday artful cuisine Receptiont 6:30 to 9:00 PM by Chef Maurice Zeck (& speaker John Villani, author of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America (We wanted to be listed in his next edition). Santa, plus choice of Saturday workshops 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, for Advocates, Consumers, and Producers/Creators of 'Creative Economy' of Southern New Mexico (some examples: Goal Setting for Small Artists/Arts Organizations - Steven Chavira - Comcast; Networking for Sales in arts Businesses - George Pintar of SCORE/SYNERGY; What's Art in the Schools? - Irene Oliver-Lewis; and dozen other workshops).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

FRIDAY INVITATIONAL PRE-CONVENTION October 2nd 1:30 PM

1:30-3:30 --- Invited audience exploring Future of Creative Economy of Southern New Mexico and its Arts & Culture Industry -- Speaker is Sabrina Pratt , Director of Santa Fe Arts Commission, author of Creative Tourism, A Global Conversation (book) by Rebecca Wurzburger (Editor), Tom Aageson (Editor), Alex Pattakos (Editor), Sabrina Pratt (Editor). Sabrina has also studied what makes for a great and prosperous Arts Scene in a Creative Economy.

David Boje will facilitate Talking Stick conversations to SHAPE THE FUTUE. The overall question (from the stage): What is an Art-full community? Who should be included/counted? How does it contribute to the overall sense of community – socially, economically, in relationship to the state?

Our specific ASKS of Policy Makers:

  1. What are the costs and benefits of Las Cruces achieving Arts & Cultural District Status with the State?
  2. How can a $15K study (based on New England States Method) be financed to assess Southern New Mexico women arts and culture workers?
  3. What are some of the ways our area can have its arts-economy voice heard in the State Capital – Santa Fe?

See Talking Points background.

Please Distribute Sabrina Pratt Flyer | 4 up invite cards

FRIDAY october 2nd at 6:30 PM - CONVENTION KICKS OFF WITH John VIllani

John Villani is the author of 100 Best Small Art Towns in America and other books. His 2005 edition mentions Mesilla & Las Cruces, and we want that coverage in his next book. Villani is a fantastic human being and incredibly knowledgeable about how communities position themselves as centers of arts, creativity and livability. Also, he will participate in the panel for Friday afternoon and bring tools and tips for local communities to achieve their creative community building goals. Read More on Creative & Green Economy | Go to John Villani's web site -- Press bio and Photo John Villani DISTRIBUTE VILLANI FLYER or use this ve 2 sided Vilani Flyer front page 1, back page

CALL TO ALL SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO ARTISTS - WHAT'S ART? GALLERY

CALL FOR ARTISTS The What’s Art? Convention is seeking artists who wish to sell their art October 2 & 3 at Alma d’arte Charter High School (402 Court St.) where the WHAT'S ART Convention will take place. Guidelines can be obtained at Alma H.S. or at talkingstick.info. E-mail iwhite@zianet.com or call 647-3546 for more information. All media are accepted. There is no fee to enter. The 15% commission will be used to defray convention expenses. Deadline is Sept. 18. we can extend the deadline until Sept 25 for the three pieces of art. Or say, Postmarked by Sept 23. Sometimes it takes 5 days to get a piece of mail across town! Artist Agreement Request pdf The art articles for sale will be exhibited indoors (not outdoors). SEE WHAT'S ART GALLERY entries (get your art entered today) .

Turtle Speaks ©2009 Virginia Maria Romero

WHO: Talking Stick Institute (TSI) is Faculty and Artists, who Bolster the Business of Arts & Cultures of Southern New Mexico facilitating The WHAT'S ART Convention,

What’s Art? Planning Committee Co-chairs:

Dr. David Boje, Virginia Maria Romero, Pat Boneau-White, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and John Padilla.

NMSU Student Co-chairs: Melissa Dominguez and Candle M. Turner

WHAT'S ART is co-supported by:

  • New Mexico State University (President, Provost, and departments including Hotel Restaurant & Tourism, Anthropology & Sociology, & Women's Study Program),
  • City of Las Cruces,
  • Town of Mesilla,
  • Downtown Partnership,
  • U.S. Senator Bingaman (NM),
  • U.S. Senator Tom Udall (NM),
  • State Senator Stephen Fishmann,
  • State Senator Jeff Steinborn,
  • Alma d'arte Charter School,
  • A Children's Theatre,
  • Mesilla Museum Foundation,
  • Women's Intercultural Center - Anthony (NM)
  • Mikey's Place Workshop for the Arts,
  • SYNERGY (small business SCORE office),
  • New Mexico Watercolor Society- Southern Chapter,
  • City of Artists Promotion Association,
  • ArtForms,
  • Storytellers of Las Cruces,
  • SumArt Fest, a local arts organization supporting WHAT'S ART Convention,
  • Deming Art & Wine Festival (Oct 3rd) (see logo)
  • Mesilla Valley Economic Development Association, &
  • Greater Chamber of Commerce of Las Cruces.

Thank you to all the WHAT'S ART support organizations:

The What’s Art Convention planning committee gathers around the talking stick – a symbol of good communication – outside of Alma d’arte Charter High School Tuesday, June 23. Read More in Bulletin Article on WHAT'S ART CONVENTION

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"WHAT'S ART?" 2nd annual Convention & Street Festival of Southern New Mexico: Exploring Our Creative & Green Economy FINAL VERSION OF WORKSHOP BROCHURE TSI incubates ideas at each annual Arts Convention that you the participants bring forth, form taskforces of artists and students to incubate them further, to care and nurture them, and then invite arts organizations in our community to adopt them as their very own, and to raise them into success. We facilitate workshops that help the business of art. Art in a Creative Economy, is part of the “Creative Ecosystem” of Southern New Mexico. The term refers to the set of dynamic interrelationships between creative artists, their “audiences” (i.e. customers, volunteers, students, gallery owners, advocates), and the infrastructure that supports artists and brings their work to the public.

WHEN: 2 Dates to Jot Down: MAIN EVENT October 2 & 3 2009 WHAT'S ART? CONVENTION & STREET FESTIVAL CONVENTION SCHEDULE/Workshops | STREET FSTIVAL Events & Schedule | STORYTELLING TO SHAPE FUTURE Schedule |

WHERE: Alma d'arte Charter School (Court Youth Center, 402 West Court Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005) in Las Cruces, New Mexico Map to Alma d'arte | FINAL VERSION OF WORKSHOP BROCHURE

WHY: WHAT'S ART? Convention of Southern New Mexico will explore the Creative Economy and its Green Aspects. Respect the Environment; Pay Fair Price for Artist Work; Build Southern New Mexico Economy; Create the Future of Economy Together; Another Reason Why we need Creative Economy is arts jobs Keep in mind arts and culture is an industry that generates $166.2 billion in arts organizations' spending and audience-spending, and pays almost $30 billion in revenues to all levels of government, plus local audiences pay $27.79 in other purchases, and travelers about $40 more than ticket price in hotel, meals, and retail purchases. WHAT'S ART Convention is co-supported by NMSU, Las Cruces, Mesilla, Downtown Partnership US Senator Bingaman, State Senator Fishmann, SYNERGY, Greater Chamber of Commerce, and arts organizations (Alma d'arte Charter School, A Children's Theatre, Mikey's Place, Mesilla Museum Foundation, Watercolor Society, ArtForms, & City of Artist Promotional Association). Read More on Creative & Green Economy. Talking Points for WHAT'S ART

WOW: There is a turning point, a chance to create a future, where Southern New Mexico is recognized nationally for its 'Creative Economy'. Helping Artists Make A Living Aggie Almanac Program #99 Aired 1/29/09 at 7pm 1/31/09 at 5pm 2/1/09 at 11am; See WHAT'S ART? GREEN SUSTAINABILITY initiatives; July 3rd 2009 Bulletin Article on WHAT'S ART CONVENTION; See 3 more WOW activities

Please support Deming Autumn Art & Wine Festival: Deming, NM - CALL FOR ARTISTS The Autumn Art Festival scheduled for October 3, 2009 held at the Country Club Estates club house and parking lot is looking for artists. This is a juried art and fine craft event. There will be a $25 booth fee for accepted artists. Call Ron Wolfe at 575 546 1184 or e-mail @ wolferdw@yahoo.com.

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