The sixth annual Arts Festival Conference took place August 28-29, 2014, in Portland, Oregon. This professional development event, sponsored by ZAPP®, aggregated show administrators, artists, and other art fair industry professionals.

Listen to the audio from two widely-discussed and thought-provoking sessions last year:

Welcome and Keynote Presentation: A (Not so New) Role for the Arts

The pace of change continues to accelerate in our world — where global presentation platforms and free access technologies make art management and consumption more accessible than ever before. You, as artists and arts administrators, are curating the ways in which you find creative expression. Russell Willis Taylor’s opening presentation prompts the questions: how do we determine the scope and scale of our work and what is the value of we are creating?

Presenter: Russell Willis Taylor


ZAPP® Symposium

The annual ZAPP® Symposium is a well-regarded, and compelling discussion with creative and innovative speakers from around the country. The 2014 Symposium incorporated topics including community connection, cultivating new audiences, and the impact of generational change and audience interaction/communication in the art festival industry. This esteemed discussion presented enlightening insights on artist and festival administrator motivations, the relationship between storytelling and business, and the impact of social media on festival participation.

Presenters: Salvador Acevedo, Tonisha A. Toler, Namita Gupta Wiggers, Will Armstrong, and Dave Weich. Moderated by Stephen M. King