Who Are the Three Million Arts Graduates in America? National Conference Looks to Explore the Lives, Careers, and Experiences of America's Creative Workforce

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Vanderbilt University to Host "Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America's Arts Graduates" on March 7-9, 2013

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Three Million Stories is vital and unique opportunity for anyone involved in arts training and supporting artistic careers.

Who are the 3 million arts graduates in America? What do we know about them? What is the state of arts training in higher education today?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)—a project of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University in collaboration with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research—is organizing a unique three-day national conference on arts training and the creative workforce.

The event, “3 Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America's Arts Graduates” is scheduled for March 7th-9th, 2013 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of the event’s exciting speakers will include:

  • Lewis Black (MFA 1977, Yale School of Drama), Grammy award-winning comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor who will be interviewed by Academy Award-winning playwright and lyricist Willie Reale
  • Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of the exciting book The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City (Princeton University Press, 2007), which has received attention in publications such as the Economist, TIME, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, National Public Radio, and The New York Times
  • Douglas Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and advocate of accountability in higher education
  • James Heartfield, British journalist and author of numerous acclaimed publications, including The Creativity Gap
  • Samuel Hoi, President of Otis College of Art and Design and chair of the board of United States Artists
  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Ann Markusen, author of numerous publications on the arts and Director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, authors of the pathbreaking book Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People
  • R. Keith Sawyer, author of 12 books, including Group Genius and Explaining Creativity, and over 80 scientific articles

According to conference organizer, Steven J. Tepper, Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Public Policy, and Enterprise at Vanderbilt, “Three Million Stories is vital and unique opportunity for anyone involved in arts training and supporting artistic careers. The conference will also have much to offer artists, researchers and others who share a broad interest in the 21st century creative workforce.”

Registration is now open at http://www.3millionstories.com. The deadline for discounted hotel registration is February 1st, 2013.

Support for this event comes from the Surdna Foundation through its leadership grant for SNAAP.

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About SNAAP
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) investigates the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally via an annual survey, and provides findings to educators, policymakers and the general public. More info is at: http://www.snaap.indiana.edu

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