2008 Knowledge Exchanges
Districts & Culture
December 5–6, 2008
REGISTRATION EXTENDED: November 21, 2008
Columbus Ohio calls itself the City of Districts. The districts encompass and promote artists, major arts and arts education institutions, smaller arts organizations, creative industries and arts and culture-related retail businesses. Districts & Culture will examine a variety of districts as a means to discuss leadership, programs, incentives, management, marketing and branding, collaboration and competition, as well as how to measure the impact and effectiveness of districts in supporting and promoting arts and culture.
What You'll Get and Why You Should Attend
- A background paper tracing the evolution of cultural districts, literature review, and six Columbus district case studies will be sent to participants in advance.
- Over the course of two days, participants will share knowledge, grapple with key questions, and actively synthesize information for applicability to participant communities anywhere in the nation.
- Participants will experience Columbus districts as a laboratory, through site visits, panel presentations, and facilitated discussion.
- Presenters are district professionals and those who have a stake in district success themselves.
Participants will leave Columbus with a new network of peers, information immediately relevant for planning and programming, and a deeper sense of perspective on how their local efforts compare to those in other cities.
Thanks to our local partner, the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Hampton Inn Hotel Lobby
On your own at the hotel (included in room rate)
|8:45 a.m.||Board buses|
Depart for Urban Arts Space (Ohio Universtiy)
|9:15 a.m.||Greetings from VIPs|
Overview of meeting and Columbus Districts
|10:15 a.m.||Session 1:|
Districts with revitalization and major institution focus: Leaders from downtown and neighborhood districts, as well as those with major cultural institutions discuss district vision, leadership, incentives, finances, and change over time.
|1:00 p.m.||30-second Introductions: Name, City, District Affiliation or Interest|
|2:00 p.m.||Session 2:|
Facilitated open source discussion to identify common issues, identify breakout groups for Saturday. Possible topics might include marketing strategies, state and local incentives, revitalization and gentrification, roles of higher education institutions, etc.
|3:00 p.m.||Session 3:|
Districts with creative industry focus: Districts largely focused on commercial industry and retail businesses require different approaches to management and leadership.
|4:30 p.m.||Board buses|
Depart for guided tour through Columbus districts
|7:30 p.m.||Dine Arounds|
Saturday, December 6, 2008
On your own (included in room rate)
|8:45 a.m.||Board buses|
Depart for Wexner Center for the Arts (Ohio State University)
|9:15 a.m.||Greetings from VIPs|
|9:30 a.m.||Session 4: |
Measuring impact and effectiveness of districts: How do you define district goals? How do you justify investments and incentives? How do you describe and demonstrate success? This session will focus on the most effective ways to track progress, communicate value, and build support.
|1:00 p.m.||Session 5:|
Breakouts as identified in an open source discussion
Report on breakout sessions. Facilitated discussion of research and advocacy needs, policy innovations and gaps, future needs.
|4:45 p.m.||Return to hotel|
|5:00 p.m.||Holiday Hop in Short North|
|Dinner on your own|
|9:00 p.m.||Optional meet up, Short North Restaurant|
Three Easy Ways to Register
- Register Online
- Register by Mail
Download our printable PDF registration form and mail it to:
Americans for the Arts
Attn: Knowledge Exchange OH
1000 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
- Register by Fax
Download our printable PDF registration form and fax it to:
Hampton Inn & Suites/Downtown Columbus
501 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Americans for the Arts encourages you to confirm your hotel accommodations by Friday, November 14, 2008 to guarantee the discounted rate. You must call the reservations number listed above and mention the code ART to qualify for the group rate.
All rooms are subject to a 16.75 percent tax.
Hampton Inn reservation policy: guests will be responsible for one night's room and tax if individual reservation is not canceled at least 24 hours prior to arrival date.
We have made it easier for you to come to the 2008 Knowledge Exchange: District-Wide Change in Arts Education by partnering with Diplomat Travel Services:
- Call Diplomat Travel Services, our preferred travel agency, at 1.800.476.2333 or 703.318.9400
- Be sure to identify yourself as Americans for the Arts 2008 Knowledge Exchange, and have your preferred arrival, departure, and payment information ready.
- You can e-mail the same information to email@example.com
- Please be advised that Diplomat Travel charges a $32 booking fee for all airline reservations and a $10 booking fee for car or hotel booking if air is not booked with them. Diplomat Travel is also unable to help with air reservations made online if problems should arise.
The closest airport is the Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)
- The airport is approximately 7 miles (15 minutes driving) from the Hampton Inn & Suites
- Taxis offer a $17.00 flat rate from the airport to the hotel. You must request the flat rate at the beginning of the trip to guarantee the rate
- Taxis offer a $15.00 flat rate from the hotel back to the airport
- Car rental: to take advantage of special rates, call Diplomat Travel Services at 1.200.476.2333 or 703.318.9400
- Valet parking is $21.00 per day and no self park is available