The Partnership for Arts and Culture (PAC) hosted its inaugural symposium on September 23, 2019 at the Delaware Arts Museum in Wilmington.
The program began with presentations from 2018-2019 PAC mini grant recipients on their current projects. The projects covered a wide range of disciplines and topics including, art as a tool for activism; cultural mapping; the collaboration of art, science, and education disciplines to create storybooks for children; and environmental restoration. The grantee presentations were followed by a networking workshop where attendees could learn more about the grant application process and how to create a successful grant proposal.
A highlight of the program was the presentation by keynote speaker Elaine Grogan Luttrull, author Art & Numbers. Luttrull discussed the importance of financial literacy for professionals in the Arts as it impacts their financial health and overall wellbeing. Attendees were led through the exercise of determining what their "cost to exist" was and how that should be used to prioritize their expenses as well as determine the price of the good and services they provide.
Nanci Hersh, Executive Director, Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE), remarked on her experience: "The Partnership for Arts & Culture (PAC) symposium was a testament to the power of arts-integration through strategic partnerships. It was exciting and inspiring to learn about the other projects and programs made possible through the PAC grants on diverse topics that all address social and cultural issues. I loved seeing how different partners and communities were engaged locally, nationally, and internationally and how through these programs keep circling back to educate and bring the conversation back home. I also appreciated the opportunities throughout the day to collaborate and connect with potential new partners. The keynote speaker was interesting, informative and relevant, both personally and professionally as a visual artist and arts administrator. The day was well planned, executed and extremely worthwhile, thank you!"