Community and Arts Symposium


How do artists achieve success, exposure, grants, and maintain sustainable projects? It seems we cannot do this alone. We live in a rhizomatic age, an age of creativity and connectivity. This panel is an informational session explaining how to start and maintain a successful arts organization and collaborate with other artists in various disciplines.

The Community and Arts Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium is a chance to receive perspective on how to go out into the world confidently and expand on your artistic endeavors by example of people who have achieved success are still actively engaged with their projects.

Kate Lesta was raised in the theater by a creative entrepreneur from Manchester, England who relocated to Boulder, Colorado. Lesta has been producing electronic music and new media events since the age of 16, facilitating hundreds events in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, New York City, Montreal, and Belgrade. Lesta is driven by a passion for participatory systems, education reform, and creative environments as a vehicle for personal growth and community building. Lesta is also the Creative Director and Co-Founder at Communikey, a Boulder-based interdisciplinary organization dedicated to social, cultural and ecological innovation through creative process.

Sarah Slater is a Denver- based independent cultural organizer and DJ. She has been creating community around film, art and music related events since 1998. This includes booking punk + experimental acts at various DIY locations, working as a member of the Breakdown Book Collective (RIP), and has hosting a monthly event called the “Bring Your Own Records Party” for over 5 years. In 2008 she co-founded TITWRENCH, an all ages music and art festival, showcasing female-identified artists pushing the boundaries of genre and form, now in in its 5th year.

David Ortolano is a founding member of Band of Toughs, an award winning nonprofit theater ensemble based in Boulder, Colorado. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, a 501c3 organization that provides space and resources for artists of all disciplines to independently produce creative work for the community. Over the past 10 years he has taught theatrical production, design and ensemble practice at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to an eclectic repertoire of performance and research experience, David has extensive professional experience nationally and internationally in nonprofit business development, events management, devised ensemble work, film/video production and theatrical design. He has collaborated with a variety of groundbreaking contemporary artists including, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, members of the SITI Company (NYC), Leigh Fondakowski, Steve Wangh, Barbara Dilley, Bessie Schoenberg, Steven Segal and Jean Claude Van Itallie.

What: The Community and Arts Symposium: An Informational Panel Featuring Kate Lesta, Sarah Slater, and David Ortolano.
Where: Naropa Performing Arts Center
When: October 31, 2012, 12-1:20 PM
Price: Free and open to the public