Inspiration and Implementation
2021 MP Virtual Conference Sessions
Tuesday, June 1 Schedule
12:00-12:15: Introduction & Conference Kickoff
12:15-1:00: Keynote: Planning for a Strategic Recovery, A Q&A with Michael M. Kaiser
Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland and former President of the Kennedy Center, Mr. Kaiser is known as the “Turnaround King,” having led such efforts at the Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London.
1:00-1:30: MPN Membership Meeting
1:30-2:45: Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) in Artistic Programming
Malakhi Eason, Director of Programming and Community Impact for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and
Shelley Quiala, Executive Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
3:00-4:00 Arts Advocacy
Deborah Mikula, President of the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan and MCACA Board Member
Melissa McKinley, Partner with Kelley Cawthorne
Michigan Senator Erika Geiss, Michigan Legislative Cultural Caucus Co-Chair
Michigan Representative Julie Rogers, Michigan Legislative Cultural Caucus Co-Chair
Scott Hammontree, MIVPA President and NIVA State Captain
Wednesday, June 2 Schedule
12:00-12:30: Pre-Conference Social
12:30-2:00: Reopening, Front of House Operations
Segments Include: Ticketing, Lobby Experience, and In-Theater Experience
12:30-1:00: Ticketing - Invite your Ticket Office team!
Moderated by Xavier Verna, Executive Director, The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts
1:00-1:30: Lobby Experience - Invite your House Management team!
Moderated by Heather Hansen, Event Manager, The Frauenthal Center
1:30-2:00: In-Theater Experience - Invite your House Management team!
Moderated by Jill O’Neill, Executive Director, The Great Lakes Center for the Arts
2:00-2:45: Reopening, Back of House Operations - Invite your Production team!
Covid Contract Addendums and Staff & Crew Best Practices
Anne Grove, Artist Services Manager, The University Musical Society
Katie Trzaska-Miller, Community Engagement Manager, The Midland Center for the Arts
3:00-4:00: Reopening, Breakout Sessions
Breakout Rooms Include: Vaccines & Testing, Outdoor Operations, and Hybrid Events & Blended Offices
Grace Kelmer, Mainstage Director, The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
Maribeth Van Hecke, Performance & Engagement Manager, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Cate Foltin, Business Manager, The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
June 1 & 2, 2021
Tuesday: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 - 4:00 pm