FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 21, 2011                 
Contact: Linda Van Trump, Managing Director
T. 870-746-5159 E.  
Photos available upon request
CODA Leadership Conference
in Portland, Maine
June 8-11, 2011
“Connecting the dots...collaborating...fundraising...telling your story…” offers craft organization professionals training to better market their organizations, grow membership, expand services, attract customers and connect to funders. The 2011 CODA conference, held at the Eastland Park Hotel, is located in the heart of downtown Portland’s acclaimed arts and shopping district. Executive Directors, Education Coordinators, Public Relations Directors, Development Officers, Arts Administrators, Board of Directors and Craft Professionals alike, will benefit from this specialized, intensive craft-oriented conference in a beautiful coastal Maine setting.
Keynote Speaker Andy Goodman, a communications consultant and trainer based in Los Angeles, specializes in helping nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions communicate more effectively through print, broadcast media, and the Internet. Presenting Storytelling: The First Big Thing, Andy explains why storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess. Immediately following the keynote, Goodman will lead a hands on workshop with specific ways of using stories to advance your mission.
2011 CODA sessions include Organizational Self-Assessment: How to Do It Well - break into groups with your peers for hands on workshop (Guilds, Craft Schools, Exhibitions, Retail Galleries, Fairs, and Service groups), Speed Networking: Expert Advice for Free, and Fundraising: Turning Challenges in to Opportunities, a moderated discussion among funding professionals. THE REVEAL session, covers the results from the recent CODA scoping study - The CODA Review 2011: Craft Artists, Income, and the U.S. Economy. This study examines what has happened in the craft field since the 2001 publication of The CODA Survey: The Impact of Crafts on the National Economy.

Closing session given by Fritz Grobe & Stephen Voltz of EepyBird. In their laboratory deep in the woods of Buckfield, Maine, Fritz and Stephen and their creative team experiment with Coke & Mentos, post-its and more. EepyBird has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Ellen, The Today Show, and Mythbusters. They’ve set three Guinness World Records and have won four Webby Awards, an OMMA Best in Show award, and a nomination for two Emmys for their viral videos. Learn how to take a idea from your first glimmer to something extraordinary, in their session Creativity and Obsession: Innovation through Art and Science


Reserve before May 2, 2011, and receive a discounted rate of $109 per night at the Eastland Park Hotel and $350 for conference fees. Limited scholarships are available. This fee includes two lunches, two evening receptions and a lobster bake! 

This year’s conference host, the Maine Crafts Association, is a 25 year old non-profit serving craft artists in Maine. The post-conference tour on Saturday, June 11th includes a visit to the Center for Maine Craft, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, lobster to eat and breath-taking views. Register at or call 870-746-5159.
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 The Craft Organization Development Association is a non-profit organization that serves organizations with education and professional development to foster public appreciation and understanding of craft. In 2000, CODA conducted the first-ever national economic impact study on the craft industry indicating that crafts contribute $14 billion annually to the nation’s economy. 
Sponsors of the CODA 2011 Conference include: Maine Arts Commission; Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and Office of Tourism; Handmade ® at the New York International Gift Fair ®; Maine Community Development Association; American Craft Council; The Crafts Report; and Saint Joseph's University.


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