2016 Leadership Conference for Women in the Arts

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Registration for the conference is closed but we will be accepting day-of registrations at Moore.

Michelle Angela Ortiz ‘00
Sponsored by BLICK Art Materials

8:30 am 4:00 pm
Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Parkway

Only $10, free for Moore students
Breakfast and lunch are included. 

What are the skills needed for you to be a leader in the competitive world of art and design? At this interactive, day-long conference you will learn from speakers who have achieved success by taking risks, being flexible, developing a solid network and creating collaborative endeavors. You will also have the opportunity to have invigorating conversations with students from other colleges and universities as well as women from the community.

8:30 am

9:00 am 
Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Michelle Angela Ortiz

10:15 am-11:15 am
Morning Mentoring (alums only) – alumna experts
Envision Your Future – Sarah Kolker
How I Started Printfresh – Amy Voloshin
Design Thinking for Problem Solving – Caitlin Garozzo
The Value of an Artist’s Community – Luiza Cardenuto
Cultural Diversity & Awareness for the Modern Day Leader – Sristi Chanda

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Channel Confidence Through Movement – Elizabeth Reinkordt & Taryn Mudge
Organize Your Way to Balance – Darla DeMorrow
The Regional Center for Women in the Arts – Valetta
Leadership Beyond the Title – Kayla Jaeb
The Leadership Challenge – Colleen Moretz

12:45 pm-1:30 pm

1:45 pm-2:45 pm
Get in Touch with Your Inner Beauty – HanNa Jung
Financial Literacy & Philanthropy – Hala Al Shawaf
Collaborative Leadership: Two Views – Jess Massabrook & Maria Lindenfeldar
Leadership, Technology, & Authenticity – Heather Ujiie
Thrive Virtual – Sacha Sterling

3:00 pm
Closing remarks and reception

Michelle Angela Ortiz is a visual artist/ skilled muralist/ community arts educator who uses her art as a vehicle to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted. Through painting, printmaking, and community arts practices, she creates a safe space for dialogue around some of the most profound issues communities and individuals may face. Her work tells stories using richly crafted and emotive imagery to claim and transform spaces into a visual affirmation that reveals the strength and spirit of the community. For over fifteen years, Ortiz continues to be an active educator in using the arts as a tool for communication to bridge communities. As a highly skilled muralist, Ortiz has designed and created over 50 large-scale public works nationally (PA, NJ, MS, NY) and internationally.

Since 2008, Ortiz has led community building and art for social change public art projects through the United States Embassy as a Cultural Envoy in Suva, Fiji, Juarez and Chihuahua City, Mexico, Vitoria, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Caracas, Venezuela, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She also has led independent public art projects in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Puebla, Mexico. In addition to her community arts work, she maintains her commitment to her own studio practice. She has exhibited her paintings and prints in numerous galleries and museums such as: Delaware Art Museum, George Washington Carver Center, The African American Museum, The Painted Bride, Ice Box Gallery, Penn State HUB Gallery and the Goldey Paley Gallery.

She has work in permanent and private collections abroad such as the Rohm and Haas Company, Galeria Tonatzin (San Juan Bautista, CA) and Xicanoindio Gallery (Mesa, AZ). Ortiz continues to work with various nonprofit arts organizations in Philadelphia. In 2007, she joined the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation where she has developed programs and workshops to support the professional development of teaching artists. She is also an active member of "Las Gallas" a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary arts collective that gathers to share stories, inspire dialogue and debate about ideas of family, traditions, religion, education and gender roles. Ortiz is a fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the Arts (2011), recipient of the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award (2008) and Art & Change Grant (2012 & 2006). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art & Design and a Master's Degree in Science of Arts and Cultural Management from Rosemont College.