September 27-28, 2018
Workshops and talks as part of this annual two-day summit. More information here.
2018 Oklahoma Arts Conference
Panchromatic: Spectrum of Possibilities
October 24-25, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
Workshops and keynote as part of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s annual conference. More information here.
Jewish Artists Retreat
3-7 December 2017
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This retreat led by Arlene Goldbard is limited to 20 artists of all disciplines—visual, performing, literary, multimedia, or your own definition—who identify as Jewish. The artists who’ve signed up already—writers, musicians, visual artists, and others—are inspiring. Featuring discussions; lively, interactive group study; hands-on workshops using many art forms; opportunities to collaborate; studio/solo time; and sessions focusing on participants’ own concerns and aspirations. The approach is pleasure and purpose aligned: fun, stimulating, mind-opening, and meaningful at once. Information/registration: sfai.org/jar or write to Arlene.
The ART of Changing the World
3-5 November 2017
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Several sessions for this ASC! project convening by the International Centre of Art for Social Change. More information here.
Art, Politics, Spirit: Braided Activism for Culture Shift
21 October 2017
Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock have shown the world that in order to create authentic social change, conventional categories separating art from spirituality and politics have to be dissolved. Their braided activism offers us a model of how we can make the shift to a world in which we can all show up whole, moving our hearts and minds with creativity to work for social and environmental justice. Hosted by cultural activist and writer Arlene Goldbard. With: T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian), President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; Cynthia Tom, visual artist, cultural curator, founder of A PLACE OF HER OWN, Board President, Asian American Women Artists Association; Rosa Gonzalez, Director of Applied Practice, Movement Strategy Center. Information here.
Opera.CA Colloquium on Designing Civic Impact
7-10 September 2017
Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Talk and workshops on community listening and engagement for this national opera association.
Community-Based Arts Work: Co-Creating Beauty and Meaning
1-5 pm on 24 January, 2015
Nickle Galleries, Gallery Hall, Taylor Family Library
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
What can public art do? Around the world, artists collaborating with community members are answering that question. The images and experiences that emerge from their collaborations become sites of public memory, calling our attention to places in the social fabric that need mending or moments that merit celebration. Public art can express cultural citizenship, helping everyone to feel at home in their own communities by seeing their heritages and contributions valued and reflected. It can invite contemplation or inspire action. It can delight, educate, beautify, engage. Your answers are shaped by the way you see your work as an artist and how you understand your roles and relationships in community. Arlene’s talk and workshops aim to enlarge that understanding, engaging your largest, deepest vision. For more information, see the City of Calgary Public Art Program website.
Performing Cultural Shift: An Evening with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
6:30 pm on 17 November, 2014
308 Bowery (near E. 1st Street)
New York, NY 10012
The U.S. doesn’t have a Department of Arts and Culture. Or rather, it didn’t until now. In the summer of 2014, thousands came together to bring the new people-powered department to life in communities across the country. Curious to learn more? Join Chief Policy Wonk Arlene Goldbard, Deputy Secretary Norman Beckett, and other special guests at the Bowery Poetry Club for a participatory evening of exploration around the themes of art, creativity, cultural democracy, and movement-building. More information at the Bowery website.
Imagination, Empathy, Creativity: Planning for A Culture of Possibility
4 pm on 8 October, 2014
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Katz Hall Room 101, 5005 Rockhill Road,
Kansas City, MO 64110
A free talk for the Department of Architecture, Planning, and Urban Design at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. More information at their website.
Radical Amazement: Art and Spirituality
7 pm on 7 October, 2014
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City,
5801 W 115 Street, Overland Park, KS 66211
Free talk exploring art as a form of spiritual practice and discovering the personal and communal benefits of seeing, hearing and understanding like an artist. More information at the JCC’s website.
Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing The World
15-16 August, 2014
Women’s International Study Center, Santa Fe, NM
Talks and panels at WISC’s inaugural symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing The World. More information at WISC’s website.
Annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts & Humanities
5 March, 2014; 5 pm reception; 6 pm program
RISD Museum of Art, Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center,
I’m honored to be giving this annual lecture for the City of Providence, imagining the possibilities in 20 years if its citizens understand how art and culture are essential to a sustainable future, and if they have the foresight to weave art’s transformative power into every aspect of public and private life. More information at the City’s website. Free, but you must reserve seats here.
Providence Youth Arts Collaborative
6 March, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm
Everett Stage, Providence
Workshop for Providence Youth Arts Collaborative teaching artists and community members on how youth arts work is framed now; what Providence would look like in the future if the importance of youth arts work were universally acknowledged and fully realized across the community; and how the work should be framed in order to open a pathway to realize this vision. RSVP to email@example.com to reserve a space.
Harvard Graduate School of Education
6 March, 2014, 7:30 to 9 pm
Everett Stage, Providence
A talk on “The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future” cosponsored by the El Sistema Fellows program at the New England Conservatory. Free and open to the public. In Larsen Hall G-08 (one of the three main buildings in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education at 14 Appian Way in Cambridge, MA). For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-495-9068.
8 February, 2014, 2-4 pm
on board the Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco
Presentation at “Heritage of Hope: Immigrant Voices Then and Now,” A Unique Celebration of the Lunar New Year of The Horse by Chinese Whispers in partnership with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. More information at the Chinese Whispers site. Limited seating. Call 415-648-1302 for details.
Staging Sustainability 2014
2-4 February, 2014
York University, Toronto, Ontario
Staging Sustainability 2014: People. Planet. Profit. Performance will be an international conference hosted at three exciting downtown Toronto venues—the MaRS Discovery District, 99 Sudbury, The Theatre Centre—and streamed to satellite locations across Canada. I’ll keynote the first day and offer a workshop. More information at the conference website.
Creating A Culture of Possibility
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10-11:30 am
A webinar designed to give women artists new ways to think and talk about their work that will help to forge partnerships with other activists. Participants will learn how to help your potential project partners see the world through a cultural lens, crafting stories powerful enough to support your mutual goals, and making full use of everyone’s creative capacities. This highly interactive video webinar will include experiential exercises, frameworks for thinking about culture and change, techniques for seeing work as an artist in a new light, and ways to refresh participants’ vision, aims, and strategies. More information at the WomenArts website.
The Ethics and Values of Community Arts Practice
Monday, November 4, 2013, 4-6 pm
Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832
Artists working in communities encounter the unique ethical challenges of participatory arts practice. How is it possible to balance the commitment to a funder or sponsoring organization with commitments to community participants? Is the community artist’s role to channel others’ creativity without intruding, or should the artist’s own aesthetics, values, and priorities be part of the mix? How do you handle censorship, conflict, disruption? This hands-on workshop will help participants identify their own values and ethical commitments, equipping themselves to anticipate and head off conflicts, and find mutual, respectful solutions when they do arise. Presented in by the Stockton Bartol Rush Foundation, Leeway Foundation, and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Register here.
Zero Waste Conference
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 2:15 pm
Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre
A panel on “‘The Art and Science of Zero Waste’: From imagination through to invention and innovation, artists and academics often work at the frontier of change. A cross-disciplinary panel of experts will discuss and debate how to create opportunities that catalyze the transition to a world without waste. With Laurel Miller, Creative Director and Joint Owner of a.m. associates, and Co-author, Why Shrink Wrap a Cucumber?; Professor Alan Kingstone, Department Head, Psychology; Director, Brain and Attention Research Lab, University of British Columbia;
Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois, Certified Biomimicry Professional; and Arlene Goldbard.” More information at the Metro Vancouver website.
Cultural Strategies Initiative
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Demos, 220 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor (26th/27th)
New York, NY 10001
“As a warm up to CSI’s series Facilitating Strategic Disruption at the Bowery Poetry Club in November, CSI proudly presents: Creating a Culture of Possibility with renowned cultural theorist Arlene Goldbard. Arlene’s two latest books—The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and The Wave—offer an encompassing view of this extraordinary moment and our own future choices about allowing art to guide us to a sustainable and peaceful world.
“Arlene will apply her new model for paradigm-shift thinking to the question at hand for our first FSD discussion: how to create a culture of possibility around energy issues, where so many people feel daunted by the scope of the problem, the power of the opposition and the fear that is being generated.” Buy advance tickets at Eventbrite.
A Culture of Possibility Workshop
Monday, October 7, 2013, 3 to 6 p.m.
308 Bowery (between Houston and Bleecker)
New York, NY 100012
Registration fee: $35
This three-hour workshop is for anyone working with any type of organization or business who knows that the people around you (and you yourself) are capable of much more creativity and enjoyment in work and its results. You may be an acknowledged leader, an absolute beginner, or someone in between who sees possibility and feels frustration. In this workshop, participants learn about the old habits and models that block individual and organizational energy. I’ll lead them in trying out fresh approaches that connect purpose and pleasure. I’ll offer them concrete, specific ways to apply the skills that enliven artists’ practiceresourcefulness, patience, improvisation and innovationto challenges and opportunities that may at first seem to have nothing to do with art. They’ll leave inspired, excited, and eager to take what they’ve learned to their colleagues. For more information, including a link to register, check the Bowery Arts web site.
Imagining America 2013 National Conference
Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6, 2013
I’ll be pioneering a new role at the conference, leading a team of reporters and engaging the assembled in the issues and action opportunities that arise from their workshops, presentations, and dialogues. You’ll also be able to buy my two new books. For more information, see the Imagining America website.
Bay Area Launch for Two New Books
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 2 to 4 p.m.
Center for Digital Storytelling
1250 Addison Street #104
Berkeley CA 94702
Talk on The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future, followed by book sales/signing and reception.
New York Launch for Two New Books by Arlene Goldbard
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Talk on The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future, followed by book sales/signing and reception. For more information, see the Hemispheric Institute website. Free and open to the public. ID is required to enter all NYU buildings.
Bloomsburg University and Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble
5 pm, March 8-9, 2013
Public talk entitled “Tell It! How Shaping Our Stories Shapes Our Lives and Communities” as part of the “Bloomsburg Explores Community, Arts, and the 2011 Flood,” and panel for opening of Flood Stories Too.
New Village Press Book Circus
February 23, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch Meeting Room
5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
Public presentation on community arts at 3 p.m. as part of a day-long event. For more information, see the New Village Press website.
November 22 – 23, 2012
Keynote and workshops for ArtWorks Scotland Conference 2012: “Art, Society, and Participation: Constructing The Larger Narrative.” For more information, see the ArtWorks website.
October 23-24, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah
Keynote and workshops for Arts & Community Symposium, a conversation on the promise and potential of the new Westminster Center for the Arts. For more information, see the Center for the Arts website.
October 18-19, 2012, 4 p.m.
Lyric Theater, Blacksburg, VA
Public lecture on “Hiding in Plain Sight: Unmasking The Public Interest in Art.” For more information, see the Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology website.
Center for Integrated Arts Education
June 12 – 14, 2012
University of Northern Colorado
Keynote and workshop for 6th Annual Arts Education Leadership Institute. For more information, see the CIAE website.
Western States Arts Foundation
5 pm, June 11, 2012
The Dikeou Collection
1615 California St., Suite 515
“Getting Our Hopes Up: Envisioning Art at the Center,” for WESTAF/Arts for Colorado cultural policy speaker series. Talk, discussion, reception. To RSVP, contact Andy.Thomas@WESTAF.org or call 303/629-1166.
Theatre Bay Area Annual Conference
May 14, 2012
Berkelely Repertory Theater
Keynote address. For more information, see the TBA website.
See Arlene Speaks! on this site for additional information about readings, talks and workshops by Arlene Goldbard. To contact Arlene about booking an appearance, email her here:
2012 Cultural Congress
April 22-24, 2012
Talk at annual congress of the Washington State Arts Alliance. For more information, see the Alliance website.
Rustbelt to Artist Belt: At the Crossroads
April 12-14, 2012
Chase Hotel and Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Talk and workshop at community arts convening by St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and Community Partnership for Arts & Culture. For more information, see the conference website.
Music & Civil Society
November 18-19, 2011
Leading interactive session and creating post-conference publication for symposium co-sponsored by Community MusicWorks and the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. For more information, see the Community MusicWorks Website.
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
October 26-29, 2011
Keynote on “Art’s Public Purpose: Preparing A Paradigm Shift.” For more information, see the IFCAD Website.
Beyond Dynamic Adaptability Conference
October 24, 2011
Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Chairing a roundtable on arts in civic dialogue. For more information see the conference Website.
2011 Bioneers Conference
October 14-16, 2011
Marin Center, San Rafael, CA
Leading two sessions with activists artists. For more information, see the brochure at the Bioneers Website.
May 20, 2011, talk and workshop 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
The Five Angels Theater at 52nd Street Project, 789 10th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Between W. 52nd/53rd, New York, NY 10019
Public talk and Reframing The Arts Workshop for the Alliance of Resident Theatres, New York. For more information, see the A.R.T./New York Website or contact Taylor Gramps at 212-244-6667 x222 or email@example.com.
STEP UP for Arts Education
May 14, 2011, 9 a.m. to noon
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
“Reframing The Arts,” a talk and workshop hosted by STEP UP for Arts Education at McNay Art Museum, Chiego Lecture Hall, 6000 N. New Braunfels Street, San Antonio, TX. Register online by 11 May. For more information, contact Mary Cantu at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-212-8666 x103.
Performing Arts and Social Justice 10th Anniversary, University of San Francisco
April 30, 2011, panel discussion 4-6 pm, dinner and keynote 6-8:30 pm.
USF Studio Theater, San Francisco, CA
Keynote address 10th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium for Performing Arts and Social Justice at USF and Beyond For more information, see the Events Calendar or contact the Program at 415/422-5979.
Emerging Arts Professionals
April 16, 2011, 1-4 p.m.
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
“Reframing The Arts” workshop hosted by Emerging Arts Professionals/San Francisco Bay Area at The Oakland Museum, James Moore Theatre. Register online. For more information, contact Ebony McKinney, EAP/SFBA Director at email@example.com.
The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations
March 8, 2011, 2 p.m.
Keynote address at APASO’s annual conference, hosted by the Greater Austin Creative Alliance at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: “The Wellspring: How Your Work is Transforming The World (Whether You Know It Or Not).” For more information, see the APASO Website or contact the Alliance at 512/247-2531.
University of Utah
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: “Why America Needs Artists (It’s Not What You Think).” Room 158, University of Utah Department of Art and Art History, 375 South 1530 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112.
Monday, September 27, 2010
New York, NY
Keynote speech for the launch of the Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists’ new book, We Are No Longer Strangers: A Celebration of Cultural Entrepreneurship. RSVP at The Field’s site.
Alliance for Arts and Culture
Thursday and Friday, June 24-25, 2010
Keynote speech and workshop for the Alliance’s Annual General Meeting. More information coming soon at the Alliance’s site.
City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m.
Lincoln Financial Mural Arts Center at the Thomas Eakins House, 1727-29 Mt. Vernon Street | Philadelphia, PA 19130
“Cultural Citizenship and Social Healing: Art as The Key to Sustainable Community,” An Evening With Arlene Goldbard. More information at Mural Arts site, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 215.685.0750.
School of Theatre and Film, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 4-5:30 p.m.
Lyceum Theater, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus
“Achieving Creative Potential Through Cultural Development,” sponsored by the P.A.V.E. program. More information at the Herberger site.
Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute
March 25-27, 2010
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Cultural Center, 6128 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
At the Crossroads: A Community Arts and Development Convening. More information at the RAC site.
Program in Arts Administration and Student Advocates for The Arts
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 7-9 p.m.
Horace Mann 150, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY
“Why Culture is The Secret of Survival (and Why We Keep Missing the Point).” Please RSVP by 10 March to email@example.com. More information from Student Advocates for the Arts.
WomenArts, NewShoe, Cherry Lane Theatre, League of Professional Theatre Women
Monday, March 22, 2010, 7 p.m.
Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY, 10014
New York Premiere of Mixed Relief & Panel Discussion on a new WPA. Please RSVP online or call 415-751-2202. More information from WomenArts.
California Arts Advocates
January 13, 2010, Noon
Elks Tower Ballroom, 921 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Keynote for Visioning Retreat on “Reframing the Role of the Arts in California. Please go to the CAA site for more information.
Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago
October 27, 2009, 4-5:30 pm
Harris School, Lecture room 142, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
“A New WPA: Why a Sustainable Future Demands Cultural Recovery.” More information at the Cultural Policy Center site.
International Centre of Art for Social Change
October 18, 2009, 2-5 pm
Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
“Creative Renewal: How Art Can Save Us Now – A Dialogue with Arlene Goldbard.” Please go to the ICASC Arts site for more information.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
October 7, 2009
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
“Artists at Work: Public Service Employment for Artists from the New Deal to the Obama Administration.” Please go to the OLLI site for information and reservations.
Expo Symposium for Independent Arts
September 25, 2009
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
“Art Works When Artists Work.” Please go to the Indy Arts site for more information.
LaborFest presents: Jobs for Artists!
July 7, 2009
San Francisco, CA
A panel discussion on the legacy of the WPA and other federal job-creation programs and the building momentum for a “New Deal” for the arts in the 21st century. Join historian Gray Brechin, journalist Jeff Chang, community arts activist Arlene Goldbard, and local poets in a tribute to the idea of federally-funded arts jobs programs past and future. Tues July 7th, 6:30 pm, Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco. $5-10 donation requested. Wheelchair accessible. Please go to LaborFest or call 415-710-0187 for more details.
National Summit of Ensemble Theaters
June 19, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Presentation on cultural recovery. Please go to the Network of Ensemble Theaters site for more information.
Mural Arts Program
May 20, 2009
Public talk on “Cultural Recovery” at 7 pm at WHYY. Read about it at the MAP Web site.
Sorry for the Miscommunication
April 25, 2009
Kansas City, Missouri
Presentation and panel discussion at 1 pm at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
Lawrence Arts Center
April 21, 2009
Public talk on “Cultural Recovery at 7 pm.
International Centre of Art for Social Change
November 3, 2008
Vancouver, British Columbia
Public talk at 2 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre for the International Centre of Art for Social Change. Read about it at the ICASC Web site.
October 29, 2008
Keynote talk at institute preceding the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts’ annual conference. Read about it at the National Guild’s Web site.
October 4, 2008
Los Angeles, CA
Presentation on Higher Education for Community-Based Arts: The Curriculum Project Research Findings at Imagining America’s annual conference. Download the report at the project’s Web site
Teaching Artists Institute, The Conference for Community Arts Education
The Conference for Community Arts Education
November 8, 2007
Wilshire Grand Hotel
Los Angeles, California
Workshop on “Leading with Your Best Self” at the national conference of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Read about the conference at the National Guild’s Web site.
Building Peaceful Communities through the Arts
October 18-19, 2007
Opening talk and panel discussion. Read about the conference at the Shanti Foundation’s Web site.
The Ethics of Community Arts Practice
October 3, 2007, 9 a.m. to Noon
Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage
For information, contact the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation at 215-545-4037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workhop on Ethics of Community Arts Practice
2-5 pm, July 18, 2007
Creative Exchange, Development House, Old Street, London
Telephone 020 7065 0980 for information and to reserve a place
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Public Art and Public Space Conference
July 13-14, 2007
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March 21, The Ethics of Community Arts Workshop
Moore College of Art
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
March 21, Refreshing Your Vision Workshop
Fleisher Art Memorial
University of Wisconsin, Madison
April 9-11, 2007
Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Arts in Education Partnership
Conference for Resident Artists
May 16-17, 2007
The Riverside Inn
University of Oregon, Eugene
February 21-23, 2007
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, February 22: Creative Conversations, Community event and booksigning at Lord Leebrick Theater
March 20-22, 2007
March 20, Public Address on “Converging Worlds: Art, Politics and Community” at Temple University
4:30 to 6 p.m., Anderson Hall, Lecture Hall 14
Berks Mall & 12th St., Main Campus
Berkeley-Richmond Jewish Community Center
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm
1414 Walnut Street
Reading and book-signing to benefit the Aquarian Minyan
Books for sale; light refreshments
Sliding scale: $10-20
For more information call 510-465-3935
Center for Arts Policy
November 8-9, 2006
Talks and workshops at the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College. Visit the Center’s Web site.
Major public address: Democratic Vistas Forum, Thursday, November 9th at 6 p.m. at the University Center, 525 S. State St., in the Lake Room.
The Conference for Community Arts Education
November 2-4, 2006
Keynote address at the national conference of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts. Read about it at the National Guild’s Web site.