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Momentum: Creative Cities Summit

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

Join artists, makers, leaders, board members, educators and sector partners to explore creative and arts-centered approaches to building healthy, vibrant and diverse sustainable communities. The MOMENTUM: CREATIVE CITIES SUMMIT is your opportunity to learn, connect, and grow your individual capacity as an artist, leader and arts professional in your community.

From building sustainable private sector arts partnerships, to innovative art and healthcare integrations, and creative capacity building in education, the summit aims to build vital momentum towards new arts and cultural development and infrastructure in our region. We achieve this through the collaborative efforts of people, places, resources and passion for our community.


The pass includes…
• Sampling style culinary experience with local chefs
• Creative Networking Opportunities
• Artist and Creative professional development sessions
• Free Headshots and Artist Photos
• Multidisciplinary Arts experiences including music and public art displays
• Education and learning sessions

Full Time Student Price $20

JW Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3800 W Starr Pass Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745

Attendees of the day-long gathering are considered community and business leaders, artists, makers and creatives, who are passionate about building a stronger creative city, as well as learning more about how they can connect and collaborate with the creative city that surrounds them.

​Attendees will be provided with an all-access pass to all the networking, culinary experiences, education, panel discussion and sessions at the summit.

Featured artist presentations from Monsoon Collective, Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra Quartet, Unscrewed Theater, Muralist and Live Paintings, music and more.


Tucson has been recognized with the distinguished designation of UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for our unique food heritage, innovative food-related organizations, and creative food cultures. Creative Cities may be designated by UNESCO within one of the creative fields of Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, Music. The designation is meant to recognize and encourage creativity within those fields toward the goals of sustainable urban development and preservation of intangible cultural heritage. Southern Arizona is honored by this designation, and aim to support all efforts towards creative city development.

Free Professional & Artist Head shots, Artwork Shots & Band Shots for artists, chefs, makers, musicians and professionals from local professional photographers. Bring a prop or an item to help tell the story through your photos.

Arts Showcase: Featuring artist demos, performances, music, and educational learning about resources in local creatives, artists and resources in Southern Arizona.

Storytelling: An Artists Bio Writing Session
An artist, chef or musicians’ statement is never finished for long. Like your resume, it will be revised frequently, as your work changes and as you find new ways of expressing what you are doing. So get good at writing them! In this session you will be taught how to constantly be updating your artist, band or personal bio so that you can convey relevant, in readable content online and for different applications and placements. Featured speakers and presenters include: Author / Writer: Carl Hanni (Mod Media); Kris Kerry (Rialto Theater); Nicky Freegard (Compound Management / PBS); Dana Haynes (SAACA Artistic Programs Manager)

Creating your Artistic Brand
(Making and Marketing Art)
This session inspires attendees to discover what happens when creativity meets technology, and the endless opportunities for artists and professionals to grow their audiences and create the unexpected through utilizing various forms of marketing technologies (Website, Social Platforms, Artist Groups, Online Listings, YouTube, Etsy, and other online technologies). Insight on creating a brand/branding. Applies to: musicians, festivals artists, visual artists, and culinary arts. Take home the ‘Branding Report Card’ to find ways to grow your business. Featured speakers and presenters coming soon! (Website, Social Platforms, Artist Groups, Online Listings, YouTube, Etsy, and other online technologies).

What is an ARTrepreneur: A resourceful person who merges his or her artistic skills and business expertise to establish a sustainable career in artistic development.
ARTrepreneurs are leaders in the creative economy, and their innovation helps power the engine of community vitality and growth. ARTrepreneurs produce, make and distribute goods and services that generate new jobs, revenue, and quality of life from within the community. From pottery making to architecture, and cupcakes to music, many of us want to create something we love and something we think others will love too. What happens when you merge that creativity with a strong business plan? You can become an ARTrepreneur. In this session, creatives, makers and artists will learn the 101 basics of building a sustainable business and to ensure creatives have the knowledge and practical skills to have growing careers in our changing economic times. In this session, learn some of the core principles in building a small business, including, but not limited to: financial management and planning, legal issues, community outreach, collaboration core principles, marketing checklists, and community networking. Featured presenters and speakers include: Mike Peel (Southern Arizona Director, Local First Arizona), and Theresa Delaney (Founder & Director, Creative Tribe), more speakers announced soon.

Arts and Social Media
A single post says a thousand words! In an age where you can gain a new customer, and new follower or “Like” online, the photos and video content we post about our art and creations goes a long way. In this session, learn some tips and techniques on how you can begin to start taking better pictures and live video content that you can post yourself, which will help you engage new audiences and followers on multiple platforms. Featured speakers and presenters include:Adam Lehrman (Founder, Tucson Foodie), Nadia Aidi (FoodMyMuse), more presenters coming soon.


Building a sense of community through Arts & Culture
From rural main streets to urban cultural districts, local artists can enrich and expand an authentic identity and brand of a “place” while helping to engage customers and members of the community. Local artists can bring new energy around challenges such as vacant storefronts and changing demographics, plus they can create projects that attract people. In this session, you will learn how to structure and launch an artist-driven creative placemaking project. The session will introduce you to a foundational activity, highlight local case studies from business districts, touch on finding artists, and brainstorming new funding options. Featured speakers and presenters include: Dr. Satish Hiremath, DDS (Former Mayor of Oro Valley & President of the GOVAC/SAACA), more presenters announced soon

Equity & the Arts
Learn more about how the arts are shaping defining conversations and action towards building more diverse, equitable and inclusive communities. Featured presenters and speakers include: Marcia Berger (Founder and Director, Arts for All), more presenters coming soon.

Tucson, AZ a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy
In this session, attendees will learn more about the UNESCO program, how Tucson came to receive this International honor, and how businesses, chefs, purveyors and artists can begin to collaborate to highlight, uplift and tell our communities unique gastronomy story to the rest of the world. Featured speakers and presenters include: Jonathan Mabry Ph.D. (Community Engagement for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and City liaison for the City of Gastronomy), Dan Gibson (Director of Communications, Visit Tucson), more chefs and featured speakers announced soon. ​

The Maker Movement in Southern Arizona
​In this session, you will learn more about how the Maker Movement is touching on the future of education and helping to guild the future creative class. What is the Maker Movement? How do I get involved in the movement? Featured presenters and speakers include: David Lesser (David Lesser, Astrophysicist, Xerocraft), Spencer Edgerton (Sculpture, Metalphysic Sculpture Studio), Joe O’Connell (Artist and President, Creative Machines) ​

Arts in the Workplace
How the arts are inspiring, strengthening and cultivating innovation in the workplace.

Arts & Healthcare
​How Tucson based Watermark Communities, is leveraging the arts to begin and transformative movement in Creative Aging. Learn about how Watermark Communities are using artists, performers, community artistic resources and opportunities, to provide a genuine and dynamic experience to both Independent and Assisted Living. Featured speakers and presenters: Hacienda at the Canyons Director Shannon D. Ruedlinger, and certified Arts Therapist

Arts & Military
Arts & Community Partnerships Across the Military Continuum. In this session, hear from Veterans, Teachers and Active Duty Military Leaders, on how the arts are making a large impact in the lives of military service members in Southern Arizona. Learn about innovative writing programs, performance opportunities, and engagement sessions, and have an opportunity to engage with those who are working each day in this field.

Arts & Business Integration: Teambuilding through the Arts
In this interactive session, participants will be broken up into small groups and participate in an interactive arts-based teambuilding session. Participants will learn firsthand ways in which the facilitation of creative projects, can help build innovative teams, with creative problem-solving tools to gain, and more diverse conversations to be had in the workplace. Featured presenters include: Michelle Powell (Founder, Lucky Cat Social), Chris Seidman (Founder, Unscrewed Theatre), Karen Falkenstrom, (Director, Odaiko Sonora)

Education – Exploring a new connected eco-system within our Education communities
With a holistic approach to community education, the Tucson based organization, CommunityShare is rewriting the rules on how each and every one of us can contribute and participate in the education of our youth, simply using our personal gifts and professional talents. In this session, learn more about CommunityShare, and how you can get engaged in the online platform, and start making an impact in the education of youth in your community today. Participate in a visioning session with presenters and collaborators Sonoran Glass Academy and CommuityShare. Featured presenters and speakers include: Josh Schachter (Founder & Director of CommuityShare, Artist) and Lynn Davis (Executive Director, Sonoran Glass Academy)

All attendees will have access to a special culinary arts showcase featuring menu samplings from local chefs and restaurants. Live painting, organization showcases, and performing arts will compliment each session and bring to life the vibrancy and diversity of arts and creativity in Southern Arizona. In addition, a special City of Gastronomy Learning Session will be a highlight of the Momentum Summit.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
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Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA)
(520) 797-3959


JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass
3800 W Starr Pass Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85745 United States
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