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Event aims to unite arts, business, creativity

March 10, 2011

Creating Infrastructure for Creativity and Innovation: Second bi-annual p.a.v.e. symposium on entrepreneurship and the arts

The second bi-annual p.a.v.e. (performing arts venture experience) symposium on entrepreneurship and the arts will take place April 1-2, on the ASU Tempe campus.

p.a.v.e., an ASU School of Theatre and Film initiative, invests in student innovation and creativity, and supports arts entrepreneurship education and the undertaking of entrepreneurial activities.

Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in Manhattan, is the keynote speaker for this year’s two-day symposium, which includes public discussions, workshops and networking opportunities.

A renowned speaker, Cameron supervises a grants program that focuses on organizations and artists in the theatre, contemporary dance, jazz and presenting fields. Cameron’s keynote address, New Pathways in Times of Uncertainty, is slated for April 1, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Lyceum Theatre.

Additional workshops include:

• Discovering your 'WHY?' Artist Empowerment and Self-management led by Lisa Canning of the Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship.

• Self-knowledge and Directions of Growth: Building Your Personal and Creative Infrastructure led by John Cimino, president of Creative Leaps International.

• Legal Issues for Artists led by Volunteer Legal Assistance for the Arts.

• Ideas to Reality: Vision, Structure, Audience, and Funding led by Shelley Cohn, former executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The second bi-annual p.a.v.e. symposium is part of Entrepreneurship at ASU, and made possible in part by a grant to ASU by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. This year’s symposium community partners include the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Fringe Festival.

Lyceum Theatre is located at 901. S. Forest Mall, and the Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., studios 131.

All activities are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. For more information about the symposium, contact Linda Essig, ASU School of Theatre and Film professor and p.a.v.e. director, or click here.