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NCPC 2018 Annual Meeting

June 25, 2018 12:00 PM to June 27, 2018 12:00 PM
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Diana Wortham Theatre
18 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801


$135.00 Current NCPC Member
$160.00 after 05:00 pm June 15

$50.00 Spouses and Guests attending any sessions or meals

Registration Deadline: June 21, 2018
5:00 PM

Presenters, agents, artists, vendors, and service providers: join us in the picturesque setting of Asheville for three days of networking and professional development!

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SCHEDULE (subject to change)
All activities take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 except Monday dinner and Tuesday lunch.

1:00-4:00pm Board Meeting (NCPC board members only)
4:00-5:30pm Registration / Check In
5:30-7:15pm Reception & Dinner - Pack's Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St.
7:30pm -  Welcome, Keynote, and Local Storytellers
  Breakfast on your own
8:30-9:00am Registration Open / Coffee Service
9:00-10:30am Intentional Program Design: What is Your Programming Saying About Your Organization? 
Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director, LEAF Community Arts; Kristen Brogdon, Director, UNC-Wilmington Office of the Arts; Shana Tucker, cellist/singer-songwriter; Mimi O'Brien, Executive Director, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
10:45-11:45am Annual Business Meeting
12:00-1:30pm Lunch, Coronation, & Brief Agent/Artist Pitches - Strada Italiano, 27 Broadway St.
2:00-5:00pm Tell Your Story With Greater Impact
5:00pm -  Dine-Arounds / Dinner on your own
8:45-9:45am Breakfast (provided) and Roundtable Discussions
10:00am-10:45am Pecha Kucha: Stories From the Field
10:45-11:45am How are You Telling Your Story Digitally?
11:45am -  Wrap Up / Adjourn


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featured guests

Laurie Smithwick
The Secret to Successful Communication

Laurie Smithwick
Here’s what we need to know about speaking to the stakeholders of an arts organization: For them to be willing to help with what is important to us, they first need to feel that we care about what is important to them.
But shouldn’t they be inherently interested in what is important to us -- the arts organization they are a stakeholder in? And how can we possibly know what might be important to each of them? Why does it have to be so complicated?
It doesn’t.
There is a secret superpower that lies at the heart of all successful communication, and I believe that mastering it drastically improves and simplifies our lives. That superpower is empathy. It may not sound much like a superpower, but trust me -- it is. If we are eager to listen and pay careful attention, we’ll discover that they actually will tell us exactly what they want — what is important to them. And once they’ve told us this, we hold the key to their wallets, or their hearts, or their social media accounts -- whatever we want from them.
Interested? Keep listening and this superpower can be yours.

Laurie Smithwick is a Grammy-nominated graphic designer and artist, TEDx speaker, founder of LEAP Design, and a partner in the Alt Summit design conference. She is also the co-creator of Make Club; salon-like gatherings that work like a Book Club, except participants share their creations with one another. Galleries, festivals, community organizations, and conferences have engaged Laurie to create collaborative and participatory art projects for their attendees. She regularly appears on television, demonstrating fun, easy ways to introduce creativity into your life, and she has spoken at conferences around the country. A native of Charlotte, Laurie holds degrees from Duke University and Parsons School of Design. She’s also the mother of identical twins, the wife of a thoughtful programmer, an ENFP, and an unrepentant cilantro hater. French fries, however, are a different story. Learn more at

Barrie Barton
Tell Your Story With Greater Impact

Barrie Barton

Looking to transform your audience into champions and supporters of your business and vision? Tell them your brand story. Emotional and visceral, captivating and scientifically proven as an effective approach, stories anchor, inspire and motivate our audience into greater engagement and action.

Having a good story is one thing. Being able to deliver it is another.
Clarifying our message and presenting it with confidence is crucial for success.

In this workshop, participants will be guided through experiential and engaging activities on storytelling, delivery skills and performance tips. Working in small groups and individually, you’ll have an opportunity to practice, hone and perform your 3-minute presentation. You'll walk away with applicable tools for a winning presentation.

Whether it is through delivering your signature speech, pitching an idea to potential clients or performing your authentic stories, Barrie Barton is dedicated to the art of personal and professional engagement, communication and expression. Through the empowering tools of presentation skills, stories and messages that matter, Barrie guides clients to discover and transform their true confidence, amplify their personal presence, powerfully deliver their message so they may flourish though positive engagement in the world. Barrie is the founder and lead facilitator of Stand and Deliver Asheville, a presence-based public speaking and communication skills coaching program for business professionals, organizations and entrepreneurs. She also serves as Artistic Director of Story Choreography Projects where participant’s authentic stories are artistically and collaboratively sewn together into performance. Story Choreography Projects is an eye-opening, transformative and entertaining process and experience for participant and audiences alike.

Elly Wells & Mary Ellen Dendy
How Are You Telling Your Story Digitally?

Elly Wells   Mary Ellen Dendy

Storytelling extends far into the digital realm and can be the most important tool you have to make a good impression. But how do you take your ideas, mission, and vision and translate those into compelling visual imagery, especially if you are working with limited resources? View examples and collect tips and ideas about how to create good digital material that will help you reach your goals.

Elly Wells is the president of Elly Wells Inc., a marketing and project management firm based in Asheville whose clients are small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations including several arts and environmental groups. Since 1998 she and her team have been the marketing and storytelling partner of the Diana Wortham Theatre. She is a graduate of Guilford College where she was a Frank Fellows Entrepreneurial Scholar.

A graduate of UNC Asheville, Mary Ellen Dendy joined Elly in 2012 as a project manager. In addition to growing the company’s environmental nonprofit niche, she is the marketing account manager for the Asheville Symphony.


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partner hotel
Renaissance Asheville Hotel
Renaissance Asheville Hotel

31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801
$149/night + tax
Deadline: May 24



NCPC's meetings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council.