Monday, November 6

Registration | 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks | 4:00–4:10 p.m.

Keynote Address | 4:10–4:30 p.m.

Responses | 4:30–4:50 p.m.

Conversation and Q&A | 4:50–5:00 p.m.

Break | 5:00–5:10 p.m.

Panel One: Cultivating a New Arts Community | 5:10–6:30 p.m.

As nations have begun to recognize the unique connections between economic development and cultural production, many cities in Asia are establishing their own arts organizations and biennials to promote local talents and attract the international art market. The presence of a nascent contemporary arts scene helps host cities grow in a symbiotic relationship that demands improved municipal infrastructure and business. This growth revitalizes the region and provides young people with increased educational and economic opportunities. In this panel, we will hear from three innovators and learn how they succeeded in establishing a strong presence in the midst of an already packed global arts calendar.

Cocktail Reception | 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Dinner | 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7

Registration | 8:30–9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks | 9:00–9:05 a.m.

Panel Two: Nurturing a Multi-Generational Audience | 9:10–10:30 a.m.

At their core, cultural organizations have a mandate to educate the public. One of the biggest challenges arts institutions face today is audience engagement, for all age groups. In 2010, the American Alliance of Museums reported that the National Endowment for the Arts records for the past 25 years reveal the core group of art-museum-goers to be adults aged 45–54. However, between 2002 and 2008, the percentage of this age group declined from 32.9% to 23.3%. The report concluded that museums should “heed the Millennials’ call for participatory and social activities,” and recognize the importance of that age group for the future of cultural institutions. Concurrently, communities with aging populations aspire to attract younger generations to return and revitalize their hometowns. In this panel, we will learn how cultural institutions connect with different generations of audiences.

Break | 10:30–10:45 a.m.

Panel Three: Diversity in Audience and Programming | 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

With changing global communities, today’s cultural institutions serve a wider and more diverse audience. Arts organizations must offer programming that resonates with their audiences. The panelists represent institutions that develop programs and exhibitions to serve a multicultural community. Panelists will give examples to illustrate how exhibitions that serve a diverse community are designed, how visitors respond to various curatorial and programming decisions, and the impact of such programming on the larger community.

Lunch | 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Conversation One: Historical Narratives and Peacemaking in Museums | 1:00–2:15 p.m.

Museums and performing arts centers are places where visitors can learn about cultures and histories, reflect on the present and the future, find comfort in artists’ presentations and interpretations, and perhaps emerge with more compassion and empathy from these encounters. In our time, where information is shared at an unprecedented speed, the treatment of controversial issues and paradoxical historical narratives in public spaces requires intelligence and well-rounded political sensitivity. In this panel, leaders of cultural institutions whose work carries significant historical and political gravitas, will share their experience and wisdom.

Break | 2:15–2:30 p.m.

Conversation Two: Local Identity in a Global Context | 2:30–3:45 p.m.

Many artists and curators are uncomfortable with centralized, government-sponsored cultural organizations. They prefer autonomy in the art and the stories presented to the public. This trend has led to the development of artist-run spaces, which allow independent curators to work more closely with artists. These institutions tend to be smaller in scale, and therefore more agile with their programming. Their work is vital to maintain the democratic discourse of artists and curators. In this panel, we invite artists and curators who represent such art institutions to share their experiences in presenting ambitious programming in the domestic and international arts scene.

Break | 3:45–4:00 p.m.

Conversation Three: Museum Education for the Future | 4:00–5:15 p.m.

As new models for learning, engagement, and understanding continue to develop and transform the way we interact with each other, institutions have to adapt to meet these new norms. What are the current trends and thinking in museum education? How will this change in the next few years? In this panel, we invite leaders from different types of arts organizations to share the challenges and the lessons learned from their experiences working with audience engagement.

Closing Keynote Address | 5:15–5:30 p.m.
Melati Suryodarmo, artist and artistic director, Jakarta Biennale 2017

Speaker| Melati, artist, Yogyakarta

Closing Remarks | 5:30–5:40 p.m.

Farewell Reception | 6:00–8:00 p.m.