Bao Chaoyang, General Manager, Kunming Theatre Corporation, his son Bao Lisi, and John Geng, CEO of  A C Orange, enjoying tea during a visit to Chengdu in April. 

Nǐ Hǎo – Meet & Greet our Chinese Visitors - NEW

Say hello to our visitors from China! For the 2015 Conference, Western Arts Alliance is welcoming more than 15 delegates from China. Most of the Chinese attendees are from A C Orange, the Shenzhen-based promoter that works in 30 cities across China, but delegates will also include venue managers/programmers from Kungming (Yunnan), Liuzhou (Guangxi), and Shijiazhuang (Heibei). Please join us for an opportunity to meet the visitors and learn more about their programs. Translators will be on hand to facilitate conversation. Xiexie.

Hosted by Cindy Hwang, Director of Booking for Asia Pacific & the Middle East, Cadenza Artists, LLC

An Artown event in downtown Reno's Wingfield Park Amphitheater. Photo courtesy of Artown.

Festivals! A Roundtable  - NEW

If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West.

Hosted by Beth Macmillan, Executive Director, Artown

Introducing Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA

The demographics of the United States are quickly changing and Latinos are among the country’s largest and fastest growing populations. Are your programming, audience, patrons, board, and staff keeping pace? WAA is here to help! We’re creating a new and inclusive interest group focused on Latino arts and arts professionals exploring pluralistic approaches to engagement, participation and programming: Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA. Projects for the coming year include working with the WAA staff and board to create Parte Dos to last year’s smash hit, WAA Institute: The Emerging Latino Majority. To learn more about Conexiones and how you can be involved, please attend our mesa redonda.

Hosted by Heather Rigby, General Manager of Productions / Ford Theatre Foundation

Calling all Millennials!

Join this roundtable to learn about the WAA 35Below committee, how to connect with like-minded young professionals, and professional development opportunities in the performing arts fields. Join WAA 35Below Committee members Molly Clark (ArtPower at UC San Diego), Brian Reid (IMN), Amy Miller (Pentacle), and guest speaker and committee alumna TBD as they illuminate how the next generation of arts leaders can unite, celebrate, and support each other on our professional journeys. 

Hosted by

Molly Clark, Associate Director of Artistic Planning & Education, ArtPower! at UC San Diego
Brian Reid, West Coast & Canadian Tour Coordinator, International Music Network
Amy Miller, Artist Representative, Pentacle

World Music - Three Decades In

Three music industry veterans look at the state of world music touring in North America, thirty years into the emergence of the "brand". We will point out basic info on nuts and bolts (immigration, taxation, etc.) while also addressing trends such as World Music 2.0 and other audience development tactics.

Hosted by

Derek Andrews, Artistic Director / Mundial Montreal & Music Curator / Luminato Festival, Toronto, ON
Fiona Black, Director of Programming / BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts
Alycia Mack, Booking Agent / International Music Network - Gloucester MA

Cascadia: From Bioregion to Regional Touring

In 1970, Seattle University professor David McCloskey coined the term “Cascadia” to describe the regional identity of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Forty-four years later, Cascadia is number 8 on Time magazine’s list of Top 10 Aspiring Nations…we’re not making this up! Whatever your position on secession, the simple costs of presenting and touring over great distances suggest the need to re-think our geographic paradigm. Given the density of artists, producing companies, and presenters in the region, it’s time we built the relationships, networks, and resources to route tours north and south across the 48th Parallel. All presenters, artists, and managers are welcome to bring their ideas and issues, as this is going to be a dialogue, not a presentation.

Hosted by

Joyce Hinton, Co-Manager / The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Joanna Maratta, Executive Director / British Columbia Touring Council
Dyno Wahl, Executive Director / The Festival at Sandpoint & President of Arts Northwest

West Moves - A Forum for Dance Presenters

Catch up on the latest in dance with West Moves—the network of western presenters dedicated to building and expanding dance tours, lowering touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting. Share the exciting dance you’ve seen and what you are considering for 2016-17.  Also hear about the National Dance Project from Sara Nash, NDP Program Manager (New England Foundation for the Arts). Open to presenters only.

Hosted by

Cory Baker
Celesta Billeci, Executive Director / Arts & Lectures, University of California/Santa Barbara
Walter Jaffe and Paul King, Co-Founders / White Bird
Stephen Seifert, Executive Director / Newman Center for Performing Arts, Denver

ArtsReady, Dress Rehearsal for Crisis?

How are your crisis response chops? This session lets you find out – BEFORE you’re under pressure. You’ll walk into an arts emergency scenario – it could be related to an artist, a controversy, an accident, a theft, facility damage – that really could happen to you. With a small team and a guide, work through how to respond. You’ll leave with hands-on experience and planning steps you can use to better prepare your organization for an emergency, as well as information on the online readiness planning tool and resources.

Format:  Hands-on, group engagement. Crisis analysis and response. Professional development in emergency preparedness.

Moderator:     Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, ArtsReady Director

Year 5 of the Certification Program for Presenters and Managers /Agents (CPAE)

The fifth year of Certification for Performing Arts Executives / CPAE begins this fall, coursework specifically designed for agents and managers, company directors, artists, and presenters – both experienced presenters and those new to the field.  If you want to expand your knowledge of the industry, certification helps you better negotiate, build career success and achieve goals in an increasingly competitive field.  Seasoned industry professionals teach the online classes on the second Tuesday of the month, October through May. The full certification program consists of 8, 3-hour classes offered through The University of New Orleans’ Program in Arts Administration. Ten percent scholarships are available through NAPAMA and Arts Northwest if you register for all eight sessions at once.

Hosted by Susan Endrizzi Morris, Founding Director / California Artists Management