Next Meeting

Jun 25

NCPC 2018 Annual Meeting

Open to all NCPC members, the Annual Meeting focuses on networking and professional development.

Professional Development

Corey MaddenBuilding Creative Community

Corey Madden will share her vision for how a self-engaged and robust Creative Community can have a transformational impact on today's society. Using the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts as an example, Madden will highlight the ways the Institute:

  • has helped foster the University's commitment to propelling innovation and entrepreneurship in creative industries through its curricula, industry partnerships and campus-community interactions,

  • capitalizes on the strengths of staff and community members as thinkers, connectors, catalysts, and conveners to foster new knowledge, develop capacity and forge strategic alliances,

  • is working to strengthen the creative ecosystem and increase the contributions that artists make to the development of social and economic capital,

  • develops and supports initiatives designed to catalyze university and community partnerships to collectively address complex challenges such as community and economic development and racial equity.


Corey Madden, the Executive Director of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, brings 30 years of creative leadership in the performing and visual arts to her position. Madden served as Associate Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum from 1993-2007. During her tenure she led a wide array of artistic programs and initiatives to serve diverse artists and communities, as well as developed and produced more than 300 world premieres. In addition, she is an award-winning writer and director in theatre and film and the founder of L’Atelier Arts, which creates multi-disciplinary and site-specific projects around the world. Madden is a former student of UNCSA’s Drama Program. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has a master’s in dramatic and cinematic writing from University of Southern California.



Dr. Brett Ashley CrawfordAudience Development (vs) Audience Engagement – Buzz Words or Fundamental Changes in the Landscape?

This session offers attendees a perspective on what their audiences want and expect from organizations and their arts programming.  Data increasingly reveals that the arts audiences are on the decrease for traditional arts programming while, at the same time, the USA public values creativity and the arts at near unprecedented levels.  Managers and artists can’t ignore the chasm between these two data points.  This workshop will present frameworks for organizations and artists to understand how they can structure their offerings to increase attendance and audience satisfaction – leading to higher levels of audience acquisition and retention.

Brett Ashley Crawford teaches in the graduate arts management program and the Executive Director of the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.  She has an MFA in arts administration and a PhD in theatre history and criticism. She has 25 years of professional experience as an AEA stage manager, director, writer, and theatre manager in New York, Georgia, Tennessee, and Maryland/DC. She served as managing director for 3 institutions, the last being Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD (2006-2012). She has presented invited lectures and workshops on arts administration to international, national and DC audiences including, groups visiting from various international countries for the Department of State, the University of Helsinki, the Association of Arts Presenters, the DC Coalition on Heritage and Tourism, Performing Arts Exchange, Theatre Communications Group and the Center for Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Her research includes work on women and minorities in arts management, organization ecologies, the use of technology in arts and management, marketing and arts audiences.


Ethics and Daily Dilemmas

In our daily professional lives, we face many sticky situations--and every day there are new challenges. Participants will team up to discuss some real-life scenarios that present a variety of ethical challenges. Then our visiting attorney, Andrew McVey, will weigh in from a legal perspective to see how our responses line up. Adapted from IAVM's Performing Arts Managers Conference BootCamp.

A member of Wilmington-based Murchison, Taylor, & Gibson, PLLC's litigation section, Andrew K. McVey regularly represents large companies, small businesses, medical practices, financial institutions, developers, homeowners’ associations, and individuals in trial and appellate matters and alternative dispute resolution.  Andy has considerable experience defending employers in claims for employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge, and administrative investigations by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and other agencies.  In addition, he has represented numerous employers spanning a variety of industries in the enforcement of covenants not to compete and other restrictive covenants.  His commercial litigation practice includes the pursuit, and defense of, claims for unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty. Andy has also been selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the Litigation category and in and North Carolina Super Lawyers® magazine.


Town Hall Meeting: The Arts & Politics

This is your chance to discuss all things politics and arts in North Carolina! Get the latest scoop from the experts at Arts North Carolina, ask questions, and share experiences regarding HB2, state and federal funding, and whatever else is on your mind. What is the perception of our state from touring artists and agents? How is the political landscape affecting our venues? Our donors? What is the arts' role in all of this?

Karen Wells has served as Executive Director of ARTS North Carolina since 2000 and will retire in July 2017. She began work with Arts NC having come to that position from the North Carolina Arts Council where she served as Performing Arts Director for five years.  In 1985, she moved to North Carolina from Mississippi to take the position of Executive Director of the Arts Council of Wilson.  She began her work life as a theatre teacher and has a MFA in Theatre.  Karen has worked in professional, community, and academic theatre settings before transitioning to arts administration and advocacy in 1985..  Karen’s work is grounded in the transformative power of the arts to affect positive change in our economies, our educational systems, our civic life, and our lives.