Schedule Overview for Smith Leadership Symposium

Tuesday, September 5

5:30PM – 7:30PM | Pre-Smith Leadership Symposium Happy Hour with Speakers

Wednesday, September 6

8:30AM | Doors Open

9:00AM | Program Begins

12:00PM – 1:00PM | Break

1:00PM – 3:00PM | Workshop One: A New Code for Civic Engagement, Continued facilitated by Milenko Matanovic

3:30PM – 5:30PM | Workshop Two: Make It Happen: Community Ownership & Social Action facilitated by Michael Murawski



9:00AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks from Dr. Steven Snyder, CEO, Fleet Science Center and Board President, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

9:15AMRadical Social Change through Street Dance Activism | Shamell Bell, Community Organizer and Arts & Culture liaison with the Black Lives Matter network

Shamell Bell will discuss her own dedication to dance activism as a model to demonstrate the possibility for performance to disrupt social, economic, and historical paradigms and present street dance as an alternative strategy for radical social change. She will explore the use of dances struggles for liberation that traces them to African diasporic traditions and war dances. This presentation provides foundational tools for the use of street dance in demonstrations as a form of self-care, resistance, and team building.

9:45AM | Changing the Things We Cannot Accept | Mike Murawski, Director of Education & Public Programs, Portland Art Museum

How can we radically expand the work of science, art, and culture organizations to serve as agents of change in our communities? How can our organizations work toward building communities able to engage with and respond to pivotal issues such as police violence, houselessness, or climate change?  These are important questions for those of us working for non-profit organizations—as well as all citizens—to be thinking about more deeply.  In this talk, Murawski addresses the work we need to do—as professionals, civic leaders, and the broader public—so that our institutions are working to take action toward positive social change and bringing people together into a more just, equitable, compassionate, and connected society.

10:15AM | Break

10:30AM | A New Code for Civic Engagement | Milenko Matanovic, Founder and Former Executive Director, Pomegranate Center

In his presentation, Milenko Matanovic will explore foundational ideas that will help create a more collaborative, engaged, and sustainable world. His talk is based on lessons learned from running a nonprofit with the mission to combine art with community engagement that built sixty gathering places and created hundreds of plans for the future of regions, towns, cities, neighborhoods, streets, schools, and parks. The key lesson Milenko has drawn from his experiences and will share with attendees: engagement is collaborative and collaboration requires participants committed to listening, changing their minds, and focusing on what ought to happen rather than what we want to happen. This calls for a new code for participation that increases creativity and learning while decreasing anger, fear, and the blaming that often dominate community processes.

11:00AMRadical Resilience | Monica O. Montgomery, Graduate Professor, Museums & Social Change and Founding Director & Curator, Museum of Impact

Explore methods to cultivate empathy, advocate social responsive practice, and understand the intersectionality among culture and changemaking. Liberated space is right beneath our feet as we discover our role in championing change and seeking justice.

11:30AM | Closing Panel with Q&A

12:00PM | Break

1:00PM | Workshop One: A New Code for Civic Engagement, Continued facilitated by Milenko Matanovic

In this workshop, Milenko will continue the conversation from his presentation to engage with participants and dive deeper into topics most relevant to their work. The workshop will also be an opportunity to examine specific techniques for community engagement as taught through The Pomegranate Center.

3:00PM | Break

3:30PM | Workshop Two: Make It Happen: Community Ownership & Social Action facilitated by Michael Murawski

How can arts, culture, and science institutions make a bigger difference in our communities? This active thinking workshop is designed to examine—and productively question—our assumptions about community, social impact, ownership, and engagement through art, science, and cultural institutions and the exhibitions, programs, and partnerships we develop. Key questions to explore include:

What does a social-justice-driven, human-centered model look like for our organizations?

How can we work together to advocate for the inclusion of marginalized voices, stories, knowledge, and expertise?

What strategies can help our institutions create new spaces for community dialogues within—and outside of—our walls?

Questions like these are increasingly vital for museums and cultural institutions, regardless of their size, location, or collection. This workshop is an opportunity for participants to reflect on our personal core values—as well as our organization’s mission and core values—as they relate to civic engagement, social justice, and community action.  We’ll also share changemaking skills, develop strategies to become agents of change within our own organizations, and focus on converting talk into action.