UMKC To Host the National Arts Enterprise Summit 2011


The Conservatory of Music and Dance is pleased to announce that UMKC is hosting the national Arts Enterprise Summit, February 19–21, 2011 on the UMKC campus and at Kansas City's Kauffman Conference Center. This is the second annual conference of Arts Enterprise. Titled Bringing YOU & AE Into The World, the conference features keynote speakers Margo Drakos, co-founder of Instant Encore, a classical music web platform, and Andrew Taylor, Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other speakers include Adam Siemiginowski, Amy Bogard, David Cutler, and Kristie Aiuto.

Arts Enterprise began in 2006 as a student organization on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus as a collaboration between students at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and the Ross School of Business. These students sought to find a way for entrepreneurial, multi-talented students to collaborate on issues such as nurturing the creativity of business majors and developing the entrepreneurial skills of arts majors. Current chapters include University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Iowa, University of South Carolina, and Middle Tennessee State University.

Arts Enterprise is spearheaded at UMKC by Conservatory student Erika Kinser with the support of Conservatory Dean Peter Witte, who notes, "UMKC is honored to host the national summit of Arts Enterprise. AE’s focus aligns with two of UMKC’s historic strengths: entrepreneurship and the arts. As the Kauffman Foundation and our own Bloch School of Management exemplify, Kansas City is nationally recognized as a center for entrepreneurs and innovators. Now, with the 2011 opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City's arts community will receive international attention. What better time and place for rising entrepreneurs and artists to come together to discuss a future they will create? The Conservatory is thrilled to bring this energy to our campus and community."

UMKC's Henry W. Bloch School of Management and its Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are also invested in Arts Enterprise. Professor Michael Song, ranked #1 in the world for innovation management studies, states, "Entrepreneurship and innovation are essential skills in any discipline, whether it’s the arts, health sciences, law or engineering. The Bloch School offers courses and programs that can benefit anyone who wants to learn to think innovatively and identify entrepreneurial opportunities."

For more information, to see a schedule of sessions, click register.  Summit sponsors include the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, UMKC Trustee David Oliver, Google, and Proctor & Gamble.

Edna Landau, in her MusicalAmerica article Getting Noticed in the 21st Century mentions Arts Enterprise, Margo Drakos, Peter Witte and other presenters.

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is nationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation, and engagement with our community of about 2 million in more than 300 concerts, recitals, programs, and events throughout the year. 

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949