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Reimagining the Creative Industry

In 2019, ASI created the Creative Professionals Exchange (CPX) to bring together individual artists and arts administrators to begin discussions about relevant issues and trends in the arts. This year, the COVID-19 health crisis has severely impacted our industry and has brought to the surface many of the systemic issues our community faces, including lack of access and inclusion within the arts sector. In order to remain relevant and viable, and to meet the changing priorities of funders and supporters, we must evolve and adapt our work and the way we approach our work.

Our 2020 conference theme of “Reimagining the Creative Industry” will explore how the arts can remain sustainable during this challenging time by helping support those communities that have been devastatingly impacted by COVID and left behind, and by ensuring all art is accessible to and representative of the entire community we live in.

We all understand the impact the arts have on our daily lives. The arts are more than 10,000+ full time equivalent Western New York jobs. They are more than the $352M economic impact on Western New York. The arts help us make sense of the world or help us escape from the world. They give us a channel to express ourselves and build our confidence as individuals. The arts build connections and networks, and develop our capacity for empathy. The arts are a source of healing. And now, more than ever, the arts are essential.

Through a series of conversations, presentations, and networking, we hope to inspire artists and arts administrators to evaluate their work and its impact on the community, consider which voices are missing, and find ways to include those missing voices in what they do. As leaders in our field, it’s our responsibility to support each other and lift each other up, and there is no better time to consider the impact of our work than during a global crisis.

We hope you’ll join us for this virtual conversation and be part of the movement to reimagine the creative industry. We can survive this and come out on the other side stronger – together.

Friday-Saturday, November 6-7, 2020

CPX2020 Info Poster

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Register Online


Full Conference – $75/person
Join us for the full CPX experience! Registration includes access to all presentations, discussions, and other opportunities available throughout the conference.

One Day – $40/person
Can’t commit to the full conference? Join us for only one day. Registration includes access to all presentations, discussions, and other opportunities available on the day you select.

One Session – $15/person per session
Only interested in one or two presentations? You can register for single presentations instead of the entire conference.

After you register, a staff member will be in touch with more details and allow you to select which presentations you would like to attend live.

Those who register for the full conference or one day will receive access to all the presentations that take place during the time they were registered for. This includes link to join the conversation live, as well as recordings to view the discussion after the fact. Anyone who registers for one session will receive a link to attend that session live and will receive the recording of that session following the conference.

If you want to join us for this year’s conference but can’t afford the registration fee, download this scholarship application form and return the completed application to Holly Grant at holly@asiwny.org. Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.

CPX2020 Presentations and Presenters

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Collaborative Community Mission graphic

Amy Mumbach and Jessica Sills

Adapting Programming for Individuals of All Abilities

with Amy Mumbach and Jessica Sills / Collaborative Community Mission

Celine Krzan Headshot

Celine Krzan Headshot

Bronwyn Keenan and Michael Mwenso

Building a Sustainable Arts Infrastructure

with Bronwyn Keenan / UB Arts Collaboratory and Michael Mwenso

Josh Rice Headshot

Josh Rice Headshot

Creative Placemaking for Rural and Prison Communities

with Josh Rice / Shake on the Lake

Logos for BCAT and Explore Buffalo

Creating Access in Arts Education Through Collaborations

with Brandi Cane / Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology and Brad Hahn / Explore Buffalo

Emerging Arts Professionals

Emerging Arts Professionals Panel

with various young artists and arts professionals

FAB Presenters

Headshots of FAB Presenters

Furthering Equitable Representation in the Arts

with members of Frontline Arts Buffalo

Kate LoConti Alcocer and Cassie Cameron Headshots

Kate LoConti Alcocer & Cassie Cameron

Inclusive Programming for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

with Kate LoConti Alcocer and Cassie Cameron / Irish Classical Theatre

Alexis Oltmer and Julie Klein Headshots

Alexis Oltmer and Julie Klein

Aitina Fareed-Cooke Headshot

Aitina Fareed-Cooke Headshot

Opening Speaker

with Aitina Fareed-Cooke

Logos for Artpark, Buffalo Phiharmonic Chorus, CEPA Gallery, GObike

Presenting Organization Logos

Panel Discussion: Reimagining Creativity in Response to Crisis

with Artpark, Buffalo Phiharmonic Chorus, CEPA Gallery, and GObike

Thembi Duncan, Craig Macy, and Steven J. Nichols Headshots

Thembi Duncan, Craig Macy, and Steven J. Nichols Headshots

Theatre-Based Body Language Training for Police Officers

with Thembi Duncan / Shea’s, Lt. Craig Macy, and Cpt. Steven J. Nichols

Michael Falk Headshot

Michael Falk Headshot

Using Animation to Support Veterans and Other Trauma Survivors

with Michael Falk / Rock or Something Animation

Monica Zucco Headshot

Monica Zucco Headshot

Yoga and Mindfulness

with Monica Zucco / Yoga for Every Body