FAAE Summit 2014 Logo
June 18-20, 2014
Hilton Doubletree
Orlando, FL

This year's FAAE Leadership Summit promises to be exciting and inspiring!
Featuring dynamic speakers and talented artists, we'll ramp up the creative workforce and the creative economy.
Join us to find out HOW!

Summit Details

June 18-20, 2014

Hilton Doubletree - Downtown OrlandoDowntown Orlando

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60 S Ivanhoe Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32804

Phone: (407) 425-4455

Registration and Cost:

Online pre-registration is now closed.

On-site registration will be available on June 18th, 19th, and 20th (space permitting). For any questions regarding registration, contact Admin@FAAE.org.

  • $125 for FAAE members (full-schedule)
  • $150 for non-members (full-schedule)
  • $50 for one-dayOrlando Museum of Art


Hotel Reservations:

Rooms for the nights of the 18th and 19th at the host hotel for the summit (Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Orlando) have sold out.

The following hotels are the designated overflow hotels for Summit attendees who still need to secure hotel rooms:

Summit Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Steven Libman Bio Pic

Steven B. Libman
Co-creator and Co-host, The Voice of the Performing Arts
Founder, The Libman Group
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Arts and Health

Steven Libman is a successful and respected executive with 30 years of experience leading major arts organizations with extensive knowledge of producing dance and theatre, as well as presenting multi-disciplinary performing arts series. He is nationally recognized for developing an entrepreneurial and creative approach to strategic planning, programming, branding, marketing initiatives, institutional growth, and problem solving.

At the Center for the Performing Arts in Indiana, Steven launched the new $175 million, three venue performing arts center. He successfully branded the Center as a major community asset and developed programming for over 100 artists, built the staff from 2 to 80, the board from 3 to 30, and established a volunteer corps of over 500. In addition he instituted the business platform that resulted in a new web site, ticketing and accounting systems.

As the chief administrative officer for the Tony Award winning La Jolla Playhouse, Steven ran a four venue complex that produced over 300 performances per season, and produced 28 plays, including ten world premiers. He supervised a staff of over 100 and a part time staff of 125 and directed all strategic planning, financial management, fund raising and marketing.

During his 17 years with the Pittsburgh Ballet–first as director of development, then as managing director, Steven broke new ground in funder relations, raising more than $50 million. He was equally successful in revitalizing programming and reaching new audiences. When he left the ballet, he was the longest-serving arts executive in the city, and one of the two longest-serving managing directors of major ballet companies in North America.

Recently, Steven produced the Emmy nominated PBS special: “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project”. Steven is also the co-creator and co-host of “The Voice of the Performing Arts” a weekly radio show on public radio WICR in Indianapolis.

Randy Cohen Bio Pic

Randy Cohen
Vice President of Research and Policy, American for the Arts

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as one of the most noted experts in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues.

He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 750,000 arts establishments and their employees.

Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute.

In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth.

A sought after speaker, Randy has given speeches in 49 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. He was Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission for three years, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and a million dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space. 

Randy lives with his wife and two children in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Sandy Shaughnessy 

Sandy Shaughnessy
Director of Division of Cultural Affairs, State of Florida

Sandy Shaughnessy, is the Director of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, and the Cinema with a minor in Political Science from New York University and has been with the Department of State for sixteen years - administering various programs, special events, and initiatives.

Prior to her initial appointment with the Division of Cultural Affairs, Sandy served as Box Office Manager for Old School Square Cultural Arts Center in Delray Beach, and as Director/Treasurer of Box Office Operations for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa. She has over 18 years of experience working with performing arts venues, artists, producers and Broadway Road Show managers.

Growing up in New York City, Sandy has been hooked on the arts and culture since the age of three. She enjoys writing, designing and hanging art exhibitions, costume, scenery and make-up design, and international collaborations, competitive rowing, meeting people and serving the community.

Sandy is a board member of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, serving on the Planning and Budget Committee and the Nominating Committee.  She also serves on the board of South Arts, as Co-Chair of the Performing Arts Exchange and serving on the Governance and Strategic Planning Committees.



Summit Schedule

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

1 - 2:15 p.m.

FAAE Opening Session
Opening performance by Booker Middle School
The Transformational Power of Arts Education
Keynote Speaker: Steve Libman
Closing performance by North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session:
Exemplary Practices in Arts Education
Demonstrations of Best Practices by Arts Achieve! Model Schools Designees
Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Osceola County School for the Arts.
Moderator: Debbie Fahmie, Fine and Performing Arts Resource Teacher, Osceola District Schools

Concurrent Session:
iCPALMS and Best-Practice Arts Ed Resources - from the Inside Out!
Dr. Linda Lovins, Director, Linda Lovins and Associates

Concurrent Session:
Get Connected! Thru Drama (a workshop for all ages)

Betsy Pavlovich, LS Drama Director, Lake Highland Preparatory School
Sponsored by Florida Association for Theatre Education

4 - 5:15 p.m

Concurrent Session:
Exemplary Practices in Arts Education
Demonstrations of Best Practices by Arts Achieve! Model Schools Designees
Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School, Booker Middle School, South Miami Middle Community School Center for the Arts
Moderator: Scott Evans, Fine Arts Coordinator, Orange County Public Schools

Concurrent Session:
Handheld Devices in the Dance Studio:
Enhanced Learning Through Visual Assessment
Kathryn Austin, Director, Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts
Sponsored by the Florida Dance Education Organization

Concurrent Session:
Show Me the Money
Grant Sources and the Successful Proposal

Sandy Shaughnessy, Director, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Maureen Murphy, Grant Administrator,  Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at the Orlando Museum of Art
Sponsored by Orlando Museum of Art
Performance by Osceola County School for the Arts Jazz Combo and
Nationally Acclaimed Flutist Donna Wissinger

Thursday, June 19, 2014

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Registration Desk Open

8 - 9 a.m.

Sponsored by CFE Credit Union

9 - 9:45 a.m.

General Session

Opening Performance by A Gift for Music String Quartet

Building a Creative and Prosperous Florida through the Arts
Keynote Speaker: Randy Cohen

10 - 11 a.m.

Concurrent Session:
They're Only BEST PRACTICES if They Work...and THESE WORK!
Dr. Linda Lovins, Director, Linda Lovins and Associates

Concurrent Session:
Arts Integration: Pathway to Life Success
Dr. Mary Palmer, UCF Professor Emerita, and Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts Integration Consultant, Co-Authors of Teaching Through the ARTS:

Concurrent Session:
Accessibility in the Classroom
Maureen Murphy, Grant Administrator and Accessibility Coordinator, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Box Lunch

World Drumming performance by McNair Middle Magnet School

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

General Session:
Advocacy in Action
Randy Cohen -  Americans for the Arts, Representative Joe Saunders - Florida House of Representatives, Scott Evans - Fine Arts Coordinator of Orange County Public Schools, Douglas Santini - Principal of North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts (an Arts Achieve! Model School) Hal Kantor - Attorney and Community Leader

Moderated by Sherron Long, Executive Director, Florida Cultural Alliance
Presented by the Florida Cultural Alliance

1:15 - 2:15  p.m.
Concurrent Session:
Collaborative Schools Think Tank

Dr. Mary Palmer, UCF Professor Emerita and Alyson Robben, Drama Director, North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts

Concurrent Session:
Connecting Music Careers to Increase Student Engagement
Beth Cummings, Director of Fine Arts, Polk County Schools
Presented by Florida Music Educators Association

Concurrent Session:
But I'm Too Busy:  5 Habits to Move from "Crazy Busy" to "Crazy Creative"
Eric Smith, Director, A Gift for Music

 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  

Concurrent Session:
Infusing a Value Based Curriculum into the Performing Arts
Christopher DeLeon, Director, Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts

Concurrent Session:
Collaborative Leadership for the Visual Arts Workforce
Nicole Crane, President-elect, Florida Art Education Association
Presented by the Florida Art Education Association

Concurrent Session:

All I Learned About Leadership I Learned Dancing in the Chorus
Gene Columbus, Executive Director of Orlando Repertory Theatre

 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. 

General Session:
The Arts AS Careers - the Arts IN Careers: How the Arts Impact ALL
Panel Discussion with R.K. Kelly - Disney, Joe Rosa -  Ninjaneers Studio,  T.J. Mannarino- Universal Studios, Flora Maria Garcia - United Arts of Central Florida, Dan Beckmann - Journalist and Author of "How to Get Here" and "Why Am I Stealing M&M's from Air Force 1"
Moderated by Dr. Mary Palmer

Performance by Poinciana Academy of Fine Arts Dancers

Friday, June 20, 2014

8 - 9 a.m. 

Teaching Artists Showcase and Breakfast
Hosted by Donna Wissinger
Sponsored by: United Arts of Central Florida

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. 

Concurrent Session:
Art as Text
Dr. Enrique Puig, Director, UCF Morgridge International Reading Center, President FAAE

Concurrent Session:
Collaborative Arts Partner Schools Planning
Moderated by Dr.Mary Palmer, UCF Professor Emerita

Concurrent Session:
Global Possibilites
Donna Wissinger, Flutist and Teaching Artist

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session:
Introducing the Florida Arts Achievement Recognition Program
Dr. Mary Palmer and Margaret Griffin

Concurrent Session:

Access through the Arts: One Student's Journey to the Neurotypical World in the Public School Setting
Kate Cumiskey and Jacob Cumiskey

Concurrent Session:

ART or Augmented Reality Art
Incorporating Technology with Florida Core Standards

Karen Barmore, Art Teacher, Gorrie Elementary

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Arts Achieve! Model Schools Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by the Florida Theatrical Association

Seeding Success Through Arts Education
Keynote Speaker: Sandy Shaughnessy, Director, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Performance by Sam Hild, Pinellas County Center for the Arts accompanied by John Letellier, Fine Arts Content Specialist, Florida Department of Education, 

1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Convening of Professional Organizations and FAAE Board Meeting
(closed session)

Summit Sponsors

The engaging and educational programming provided for this year's FAAE Leadership Summit would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. We are infinitely grateful for their support.

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