Bolz Collequim

Controversy Connection: The Arts Manager's Life in Both

2012 Bolz Center Collegium

October 18 & 19, 2012 | Grainger Hall | Madison, WI

It's a common claim that art and arts experiences make connections, build bridges, bring people together. Yet, there's equal evidence to suggest that art can be a catalyst for controversy -- igniting passionate opinions and even protest about what's right and what's wrong, what's public and what's private, or what's true or imagined in our civic life. The arts organization and the arts manager often find themselves at the center of both controversy and connection.

Join your colleagues to explore the ways that art unites and divides communities, and the tools and approaches that help arts leaders navigate the way. Two extraordinary guest speakers will frame the discussion. Come bring your voice, your experience, and your ideas to the conversation!

At the same time, Collegium 2012 will welcome a new Director to the Bolz Center for Arts Administration in Sherry Wagner-Henry, and celebrate the contributions of previous Director Andrew Taylor.

Big ideas. Great people. A combination that makes Collegium 2012 an event not to be missed. Register now!

Controversy Connection: The Arts Manager's Life in Both

2012 Bolz Center Collegium

October 18 & 19, 2012 | Grainger Hall | Madison, WI

Collegium Agenda

Thursday, October 18

8:30 a.m.

Registration and Beverages
East Atrium, Grainger Hall

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Plenary Room, Grainger Hall

9:15 a.m.

Protest over Art and Culture in America
Steven J. Tepper
Associate Professor, Sociology
Assoc. Director,  Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Steven is a respected researcher, policy advisor, and speaker on arts, culture, and creativity. His recent book, Not Here, Not Now, Not That! - Protest over art and culture in America   explores a wide range of community controversies over arts and culture, and untangles the roots and dynamics behind them. His book is both a sociological study of what sparks and fuels protests around the arts, as well as an essential resource for cultural leaders who seek to understand and engage the many communities they serve.

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Making Place and Making Peace
Theaster Gates, artist, cultural planner
Director, Arts and Public Life Initiative
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Through his art and his work, Theaster Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. His pottery, sculpture, and installation art is in growing demand by museums around the world. His place-based cultural projects – blending architecture, sculpture, food, story, and song – are bringing new energy and new connections to abandoned buildings and neglected communities. His recent Soul Food Pavilion, for example, connected African American culture and history with food and music and social connection. Theaster will describe his process and define the connections he's building and finding between place-making, people-connecting, and art-making.

11:30 a.m.

Speaker to Speaker, a conversation with and between our keynoters.

12:30 p.m.

Lunch in Grainger Hall (provided for paid participants)

2:00 p.m.

Practitioners Panel
Controversy/Connection: What is my role in my community?

3:30 p.m.

Final reflections with Steven J. Tepper

4:00 p.m.


6:00 p.m.

Evening Reception (location TBD)
6:00 p.m. Hosted bar service
7:00 p.m. Evening reception and program (hors d'oeuvres)

Friday, October 19

8:30 a.m.

Morning Beverages

9:00  a.m.

Bolz Center Director's Update: Preview of the Arts Business Initiative

9:30 a.m.

Truth, Goodness, Beauty, and Business School
A conversation with Dean François Ortalo-Magné

Wisconsin School of Business Dean François Ortalo-Magné is bringing bold vision to the work of the school, and its reach and impact in Wisconsin and around the world. Come hear his thoughts on what's next for the Wisconsin School of Business, and his passion for creativity, innovation, and beauty as core values for business education.

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

What's Next?
An open discussion with the Bolz Center Advisory Board & Director on the Collegium experience, and the next steps for the Bolz Center program and professional network.

10:30 a.m.


Controversy Connection: The Arts Manager's Life in Both

2012 Bolz Center Collegium

October 18 & 19, 2012 | Grainger Hall | Madison, WI


Register Online

Full Collegium: $100
Evening Guest: $50
Support a Student: $50

NOTE: Thursday morning sessions are free and open to the public (registration required), through support from the Arts Business Initiative. Full participation in all Collegium sessions and events requires paid registration.

Controversy Connection: The Arts Manager's Life in Both

2012 Bolz Center Collegium

October 18 & 19, 2012 | Grainger Hall | Madison, WI

Location and Lodging

Conference location

Wisconsin School of Business
Grainger Hall
975 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706

Hotel accommodations

We have arranged for conference rates at the following facilities. Please make your reservation early, as special-rate rooms are limited. And please provide the conference information when making your registration. Special room rates expire soon, so register now!

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The Dahlmann Campus Inn
(lodging block expires September 16)
601 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-4391
(800) 589-6285
Rooms available at $125/night or $225/night
Complimentary amenities include hot breakfast, evening appetizers, underground parking, fitness center, airport transport
Group Name and Number: Bolz Center, 124741

Doubletree Hotel Madison
(lodging block expires September 16)
525 W. Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 251-5511
Rooms available at $70/night for October 16-18, and $269/night for October 19 & 20 (two night occupancy required)
They may exempt tax if you work for a company that is tax exempt; must show proof at check-in. Must let the DoubleTree know if an extra guest will join you in the room and/or if you will need parking
Group Name and Number: Bolz Center Conference, BOL 307050

Fluno Center for Executive Education
(lodging block expires September 1)
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 441-7117
(877) 773-5866
Rooms available at $132/night (single) or $152 (double or more)
Parking is charged at a rate of $6 for half day; $12 for full day
Group Name: Bolz Center Sleeping Room

The Madison Concourse Hotel
(lodging block expires September 18)
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
(800) 356-8293
Rooms available for $70/night (single) or $110/night (double) on October 16-18, limited rooms available for $209/night (single) or $219/night (double) for October 19-20 (two night occupancy required)
Block Name: Bolz Center Conference

Travel and directions

For information on getting to Grainger Hall by plane, car, or bus, please click here.


Parking may be available in the lot below Grainger Hall for $12 per day. Parking is available on a first come, first served policy. If you know you will need parking in advance, please contact the Center at 608-263-4161 for assistance. There are also several public lots nearby.

Controversy Connection: The Arts Manager's Life in Both

2012 Bolz Center Collegium

October 18 & 19, 2012 | Grainger Hall | Madison, WI

Special Activities

UW Badgers Football vs. Minnesota
Saturday, October 20 (game time TBA)
Find tickets online

Fermentation Fest & Farm/Art DTour
October 12 - 21
Read all about it!

The Farm/Art DTour is an extraordinary 50-mile self-guided backroads tour by car, bike or buggy through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County. The DTour is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built mobile Roadside Culture Stands selling fresh, locally grown produce. You’ll also find Field Notes (rural culture education sites), Farm Forms (creations made by farmers, area businesses and community groups), Pasture Performances and more!