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TACA Perforum

TACA Perforum | A Conversation to Advance Arts & Culture

About TACA Perforum

TACA Perforum is an annual, community-wide arts symposium designed to advance a collective vision for what a thriving arts and cultural community can look like for Dallas and North Texas. Through a conversation facilitated by expert panelists and roundtable discussions, we seek an infusion of ideas to consider debate, explore, and possibly adapt and develop for implementation locally.

Since 2009, TACA Perforum has served as a forum to both identify and address needs in the North Texas arts community. The New Works Fund (2012), the North Texas Cultural Co-op (2013), the Artist Residency Fund (2015) and the TACA Perforum: Amplifier Workshops (2015) are programs that have been launched by TACA to meet needs identified through Perforum.

2018 TACA Perforum: Meeting Community Needs

Zannie Voss
Zannie Voss, Moderator
Monday, October 29, 2018
Nasher Sculpture Center 

Moderated by Zannie Voss, Director of SMU DataArts

Across the country, arts organizations are actively seeking to broaden their relevance, appeal and reflection of America’s changing demographics. As the population continues to shift around us and we seek out ways to become and stay engaged in our community, it begs the question, “How are we meeting the needs of our community?”

This year’s TACA Perforum will explore this question and the idea that when we better understand and take into account the attitudes, behaviors and needs of those in our community, we do a better job with the content and delivery of our programs. In doing so, we create offerings that better meet people’s needs and interests and increase our relevance in the community.

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Thank you to our partners at KERA’s Art&Seek for livestreaming 2018 TACA Perforum.

Meet the Panelists

Carlos Contreras
Carlos Contreras
Director of Marketing and Innovation, City of Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

Carlos currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Innovation at the City of Albuquerque. Contreras is a Kellogg Community Leadership Network Fellow, and Masters Student in the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Currently, on hiatus from a post as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chicano/a Studies, Contreras is a community organizer, small business owner, artist, father, and human being. Contreras works daily to try and make the community he lives in, a better place for everyone who lives there too. He is a published author, and National Champion performance poet, working to create space for artists in Albuquerque, in ways that don’t exist. He believes that Art is Economic Development and Community is in Collaboration.

Read Carlos’ blog on Art&Seek!

Jon Hinojosa
Jon Hinojosa
Artistic & Executive Director, SAY Sí
San Antonio, TX

Jon is an artist masquerading as an arts administrator who serves as the Artistic | Executive Director of SAY Sí, a national award winning, creative youth development program for urban students. The tuition-free program encompasses 6 distinct multidisciplinary arts programs, including visual, performing, film, and game design. SAY Sí is situated in a 26,000 square foot facility in San Antonio’s Cultural Arts District. Jon has presented and facilitated learning at numerous conferences and symposia on the value, tangible evidence, and the transformative power the arts have on urban youth. Jon also serves as a trustee for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, helping lead their Creative Youth Development initiative. He hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educating the next generation of our nation’s creative leaders.

Elizabeth Merritt
Elizabeth Merritt
VP of Strategic Foresight, AAM & Founding DirectorCenter for the Future of Museums
Arlington, VA

Elizabeth is the Alliance of American Museum’s Vice President for Strategic Foresight, and founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums – a think-tank and research & development lab for the museum field. She is the author of the AAM’s annual TrendsWatch report, and writes and speaks prolifically on the trends shaping the future of nonprofit organizations. (M.A. Duke University, B.S. Yale University, Museum Management Institute.)

Read Elizabeth’s blog on Art&Seek!

Ken Tabachnik
Ken Tabachnik
Executive Director, Merce Cunningham Trust
New York, NY

Ken has a long diverse career in and around the arts. He is currently the Executive Director of the Merce Cunningham Trust, where he oversees all operations and strategic planning. Prior to that, Ken worked as a consultant on strategic planning and other organizational matters, independently and as a Senior Associate at AEA Consulting. From 2013-2016, he was Deputy Dean at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, after serving as the first Dean of the School of the Arts at Purchase College, Before joining academia, Ken was the General Manager at New York City Ballet (NYCB), which followed a long career as a lighting designer – Ken still lights for Stephen Petronio with whom he has worked for more than three decades – and as an intellectual property attorney. Ken lives in New York City with his wife and holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, which he teaches weekly.

Read Ken’s blog on Art&Seek!

2018 TACA Perforum Sponsors

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