CODA Leadership Conference
Connecting the Dots...collaborating...fundraising...telling your story…
June 8-11, 2011 (Wed.- Sat.)Winterlight
Portland, Maine
Host: Maine Crafts Association
Sponsors: Maine Arts Commission, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and
Office of Tourism, Maine Community Development Association, Handmade at New York International Gift Fair,
Saint Joseph's University, American Craft Council, and The Crafts Report
All Conference Sessions and Events will be in the Eastland Park Hotel www.eastlandpark
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
3:00-5:00pm Conference registration at the Eastland Park Hotel
4:00-5:00pm New attendee orientation and meet the CODA Board of Directors (all are welcome)
5:00-7:30pm  Welcome reception and Three Minutes of Fame Presentation
A special opportunity for conference attendees to benefit from one of the most important aspects of the CODA Conference, learning and sharing with your colleagues. Presentations should address my biggest mistake or my biggest success of the past year. People’s choice awards for best success and best mistake. The first 20 conference attendees to submit images between April 25 and no later than May 10 will be included in a PowerPoint presentation; to participate click here for details.

Thursday, June 9, 2011
CODA Networking Lounge will be open for networking during the conference.
The resource tables (for attendees information and promotional materials to share) coffee, water, and snack breaks will be located here throughout the conference.  This room (with round tables) will be available for networking and just relaxing.  Bring promotional and resource items on Thursday Morning, they can be left until the close of the conference at 5pm, Friday.
8:00-9:30am Registration in Networking Lounge
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions
     Carolyn Patterson and Nancy O’Meara, CODA Co-Chairs
     Linda Van Trump, CODA Managing Director
     Tracy Michaud Stutzman, Conference Host
Keynote Address - Andy Goodman-“The Power of Storytelling: The First Big Thing”
Ever since we began talking to each other, telling stories has been the most powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. Steadily advancing technology keeps handing us shiny new tools to communicate faster and farther - think iPhones and Twitter to name just two - but in our fervor to remain current (and appear professional) we often ignore our natural inclination to tell a good story.  In "Storytelling: The First Big Thing," Andy Goodman will explain why he believes storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.
Goodman is nationally recognized for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting, design and strategic communications. His publications include: “Storytelling as Best Practice”, “Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes” and “Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes”.
Workshop with Andy Goodman-Telling Your Story
Lunch- peer networking, open discussion
Crafts/Art and Funding - Turning Challenges into Opportunities
Carolyn Patterson Moderator
John Rohman, CEO of WBRC Architects, President of Maine Arts Commission, an overview of state arts organizations and the new national funding paradigm-collaboration
Felicia Knight- President of Knight Vision International - Everyone knows how to report to the grant makers -- but what about the donors? Keeping donors apprised of the good work their dollars do is crucial. Knight will discuss some of the best ways to communicate with funders.
Mike Baran Maine Dept. of Economic and Community Development
Carolyn Patterson, Director of the Illinois Artisan Program, Illinois State Museum, How to cultivate individual donors and why it is important.
Speed Networking with the professional of your dreams!
     Spend 3 minutes with each of 20 professionals for expert advice
5:30-8:30pm Lobster Bake Banquet and CODA Leadership Award Presentation:  
     The Craft Organization Development Association Award honors an organization or individual whose    
     leadership, creative thinking and outstanding service have had a significant impact on the crafts field.
Friday , June 10, 2011
9:00amOrganizational Self-Assessment: How to Do It Well”. 
Whether operating in smooth or turbulent waters, nonprofit organizations benefit from periodic self-assessment. This workshop is based upon the concepts and components of the Maine Nonprofit Viability Program which helps executive directors and board members assess the financial and programmatic viability of their organizations, examining opportunities for greater collaborations and to take action. The program is offered jointly by the Maine Association of Nonprofits, Common Good Ventures and the Institute for Civic Leadership. The Arts Viability Session will split attendees into three peer based groups, most likely Guilds, Schools and Public Agencies.  The session will give organizations the tools to assess mission, activities and finances of each organization. Participants will leave the conference with knowledge for coSchools/Univ. Peer Session 2009mpleting an assessment of each of their programs..  
Steps to Assessing Your Mission and Programs
Steps to Assessing Your Financial Assets and Flexibility
Steps to Assessing the Opportunities for Collaboration
Planning Your Next Steps
Building Board and Staff Readiness
Lunch, peer networking open discussion
Current Issues Discussion and Annual CODA Membership Meeting
          All conference attendees encouraged to attend.
THE REVEAL – The CODA Review 2011: Craft Artists, Income, and the U.S. Economy
4:00-5:00pm: Creativity and Obsession: Innovation through Art and Science,
Endnote Speaker: Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of EepyBird
EepyBird produced very successful viral marketing campaigns for Coca Cola and Office Max. EepyBird specializes in creative thinking that helps us see everyday objects and thoughts in a new light. In a series of clear steps, EepyBird shows how they take an idea from 1 to 10 to 100. Their process shows you how to take an idea from your first glimmer all the way to something extraordinary. Click here for more details
Fabulous door prize must be present to win!
5:00-7:00pm: “CODAchrome” Member Exhibition and Reception
CODA conference attendees send work for exhibition contact CODA for more information.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 8:00am-6:00pm optional post-conference tour an additional $95.00 per person
includes breakfast and Lobster lunch.
THERE’S MORE TO MAINE! Maine Coast and Craft Tour
From the woods and mountains to the ocean, Maine is home to a large number of accomplished craft artists and world renowned craft institutions. You don’t want to miss this exciting post-conference tour.
8:00am Depart from Eastland Hotel Motor Vessel Monhegan
Center for Maine Craft, Maine Native basketmakers demonstrations with continental breakfast and shopping
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship,gallery and tour
Rockland boat tour and lunch on the Motor Vessel Monhegan including lobster/clam bake outside and undercover places on boat, see lighthouses, sea mammals, birds, pretty coast, other boats, 1.5 hour on the 200 capacity boat.          *Lunch: lobster, clams, corn, slaw, roll, drink dessert and on board, cash bar
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts tour and afternoon tea you even get to keep your handmade cup to round out this fun-filled and educational day!            
6:00pm Return to Eastland Park Hotel
For more information or questions contact:
Craft Organization Development Association
Linda Van Trump, Managing Director
870-746-5159 •

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