Introducing one of the many lectures that will be taking place in just a few weeks!!
Adam Kenney is the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pa. He earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Before transitioning to arts management, Kenney spent over a decade as a professional glassblower, and held positions in a wide range of studio settings. These professional experiences include managing high-volume production studios, participating in residencies at university fine arts programs, and assisting internationally renowned glass artists like Stephen Rolfe Powell and Curtiss Brock. Kenney has conducted professional development sessions for a variety of organizations and institutions that support makers such as the Tamarack Foundation, The Society of North American Goldsmiths, Creative Crafts Council, Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When his duties at Touchstone allow, he continues to produce mixed media sculpture and vessels for his line of glass hollowware, Aka Glass (www.akaglass.com).
In his presentation, Balancing Act: A Holistic Approach to Developing a Sustainable Creative Career Kenney will ask makers to reconsider their creative careers as a complex synthesis of personal, financial, professional, and artistic goals. He will highlight the usefulness of nonprofit administration concepts like Strategic Planning and S.W.O.T. Analysis to enable artists to make the most three-dimensional and “data driven” career decisions. These strategically sound career decisions should guide the emerging artist down a professional path where personal, financial, professional, and artistic goals are equalized as much as possible.