Connecting Communities at Performing Arts Centers
Thursday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Community engagement and education are core mission elements of performing arts centers (PACs) and many festivals. At the same time, audiences are demanding more sophisticated programming that includes audience participation. This dynamic creates a challenging environment for performers, programmers and agents. With specific examples, this panel will explore the advantages and risks of community engagement programming, and methods to enhance performances and increase audience attendance.
Larry Kosson began his career in presenting as a student employee of the Student Activities Department, and as a director on the College Activities Board, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. ...Show the rest
Larry Kosson began his career in presenting as a student employee of the Student Activities Department, and as a director on the College Activities Board, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After receiving a BFA with high honors in professional photographic illustration, he worked as a legislative assistant to New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, a long-time advocate of the visual and performing arts. Larry went on to pursue a career in commercial advertising photography, creating images for major corporate clients throughout the U.S. His work has graced the pages of thousands of magazines, packages and billboards, and his artistic photos have had numerous public exhibits.
In 1994, Larry met, and later married, pianist, composer and recording artist Robin Spielberg. Combining their talents in art, marketing and entrepreneurial know-how, Larry and Robin began collaborating on album cover art, independent concert tours, and the day to day business of music licensing and publishing. By 2000, the couple had founded a small music label, which has released a dozen of Spielberg’s recordings to date. Before long other musicians were asking the couple to lend their expertise in the area of concert booking, and Kosson began his career as a talent booking agent under the banner of SMG Artists. After several years on their own, Robin and Larry became partners at The Roots Agency/SMG Artists. The partnership flourished for five years with offices at various times in Nashville, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ann Arbor. In 2015 Kosson Talent was created to help further the goals and aspirations of a select group of touring artists.
Larry was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters in 2008, and served as that organization’s membership chair. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Presenters, and serves on South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange Advisory Committee.
Dir of Programming
International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Chad Herzog has served as the director of the performing arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, since October 2006 and curator of the College’s performance series since 2002. Since t...Show the rest
Chad Herzog has served as the director of the performing arts at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, since October 2006 and curator of the College’s performance series since 2002. Since taking over the program, participation in the arts at Juniata has increased by over 600%. Chad serves on the board of Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania, Gotham Arts Exchange, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, and on the executive board of Penn State Public Broadcasting. He has served on the boards of Pennsylvania Presenters, Big Brother Big Sisters Huntingdon County, Huntingdon Arts Festival, and the Huntingdon County Arts Council. When not seeking out the latest technology trends, his mission is to investigate and implement audience development techniques through curation in the arts. Chad created and developed articulture, a community supported arts program; serves as an executive producer on the soon to be released feature film Spell; and is the producer of One Radio Host, Two Dancers: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass in concert. Chad has a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.Hide the rest