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3 Million Stories Takes Place on March 3-5, 2016 at ASU

  • December 17, 2015
  • By a2ru      
Registration for 3 Million Stories at ASU is now open.


3 Million Stories will once again bring together arts school deans, artists, administrators, faculty, community leaders, and students (among others) to examine the world of work among artists and designers. The conference builds on the insights from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a survey of over 100,000 arts graduates from more than 300 institutions. The title comes from the roughly three million people with arts degrees from American educational institutions.

Building on the first 3 Million Stories conference, held in 2013, participants will gather at Arizona State University to examine the preparation and careers of North America’s arts graduates. Over three days, the conference will feature keynote speakers, panels, breakout sessions and guest artists. The conference takes place March 3-5, 2016. Speakers include:

  • Roberto Bedoya, Writer and Cultural Activist
  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • William Deresiewicz, Writer
  • Aaron Dworkin, Dean of Music, Theatre & Dance, University of Michigan
  • Sally Gaskill, Director, SNAAP
  • Samuel Hoi, President, Maryland Institute and College of Art
  • Liz Lerman, Choreographer, Author, Educator
  • Ruby Lerner, President and Executive Director, Creative Capital
  • Rick Lowe, Artist
  • Kate Oakley, Professor, University of Leeds
  • Steven J. Tepper, Dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University
  • Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

A sense of urgency fueled the first conference. One attendee observed that they valued the “chance to interact with artists and arts administrators from across disciplines to discuss the important issues no one else seems to be talking about at my institution.”

The arts education economy is rapidly transforming, accountability standards for institutions of higher learning are escalating, and deficiencies in access and equity are still plaguing the field. Within this context, participants will probe issues ranging from curricular reform to institutional transformation—along the way covering such themes as the future of work, the entrepreneurial artist, the potential impact of arts in communities, and how to interpret and use SNAAP data.

For more information about the conference, including early bird registration, click here. Early bird registration closes on January 8, 2016. Standard rates will apply thereafter.