Historic Theaters Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Historic Theaters Conference

Community Hubs, Improving the Arts & Quality of Place

August 10, 2017 · 12:00 PM – Aug 11, 2017 · 12:00 PM

Historic Theaters are the hubs of smaller communities. Too often they are neglected or don't have enough programming to sustain them. The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in partnership with the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Arkansas Arts Council is working to change that. Join us for sessions on programming your historic theater, fundraising, marketing, historic building issues and more. Meet with your peers from across the state and learn what the other 22 historic theaters in the state are doing to keep arts, history and quality of place alive! 

Conference Agenda

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Day 1

11:00 AM - Registration

11:45 AM - Lunch- Show Barn Hall

12:00 PM - Welcome

• Dr. Marta Loyd, Executive Director, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

• Stacy Hurst, Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage

• Keynote Speaker Introduction

12:15 PM - Keynote: The Power of Historic Theaters

• Ken Stein, President and CEO, League of Historic American Theaters 

1:30 PM - Q&A

2:00 PM - Break

2:15 PM - Group Introductions & Updates 

3:30 PM - Break

3:45 PM - Local Arts & Live Music Programing – Arkansas panelists

• Austin Burrow, Executive Director, El Dorado Events/Murphy Arts District

• Mandi Curtwright, Executive Director, Melba Theater, Batesville

• David Lyttle, Executive Director, Mississippi County Arts Council/Ritz Civic Center, Blytheville

5:00 PM - Dismiss

5:30 PM - Reception – Studio

7:00 PM - Dinner – Show Barn Hall

7:00 PM - Dinner Keynote: Historic Theaters & Their Power to Revitalize Downtowns & the Local Arts Scene

• Kennedy Smith, Clue Group

8:00 PM - Evening Reception and Live Entertainment - TBD

10:00 PM - Close of Evening Activities


Friday, August 11, 2017 

Day 2

7:30 AM - Breakfast - Conference Dining Area

8:30 AM - Department of Arkansas Heritage Behind the Scenes: A panel discussion on available tools and resources with staff from Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and Arkansas Arts Council, facilitated by Marian Boyd, Director, AHPP and Patrick Ralston, Director, AAC   

• Tom Marr,  Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits

• Joia Burton, Historic Preservation Restoration Grants

• Brian Driscoll, Technical Assistance

• Ralph Wilcox, National Register of Historic Places

• Jess Anthony, Arts on Tour, Arts in Education Partnerships and General Operating Support Grants

• Janet Perkins, Accessibility

• Cheri Leffew, Small Works on Paper partnerships

9:30 AM - Break

9:45 AM - Behind the Scenes Continued

10:45 AM - Break – Travel to Morrilton Rialto

11:15 AM - On Site Session – Morrilton Rialto: Past, present future

• A presentation on the history of the Morrilton Rialto, building maintenance and resource gathering, and diverse programming

• Key takeaways from the conference for future efforts

12:00 PM - Lunch - Local Catering from the Rialto

12:30 PM - Closing Benediction

1:00 PM - Dismiss