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BBCF and ASCA to present workshop to aid community festival planners

BBCF and ASCA to present workshop to aid community festival planners

On Saturday, January 30, 8:30am – 3:30 pm at Wallace Community College in the Hank Sanders Technology Building in Selma, Alabama, the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) with the support of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) will present the Stronger Festivals in Alabama’s Black Belt Workshop to aid community festival planners across the Alabama Black Belt region.

Panel discussions will address the wide array of essential issues that professionals and volunteers who plan and execute community arts and cultural festivals of any type can benefit from. Panel topics will include:

• The Do’s and Don’ts of Starting a Festival

• Conducting Needs Assessments

• Budgets and Fundraising for Your Event

• Finding and Approaching Sponsors

• Using Social Media to Promote Your Event

Festival Planning Experts from across Alabama and outside it will participate as well as The Alabama Department of Tourism. Such festivals and events as the Okra Festival, Black Belt Roots Festival, the Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival, Rock N’ Ribs Benefit, The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival, and Alabama’s currently top-rated festival the Boom Days Heritage Celebration have been confirmed so far and will be represented.

AGENDA

8:30 am to 9:30 am Conference/Workshop Check-In
Continental Breakfast

9:30 am to 9:35 am Welcome

9:35 am to 11:00 am Panel Discussion: Do’s and Don’ts When Starting a Festival

Debra Eatman
Festival Coordinator
Black Belt Folk Roots Festival

Dr. Tina Jones
Executive Director
Division of Economic Development and Outreach
The University of West Alabama

Collins Kirby
Designer and Coordinator
Boom Days Heritage Celebration
Designer and Producer
New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival

11:00 am to 12:00 pm Conducting Needs Assessment: How to Gather Information On Assets and Deficits When Starting a Festival.

Linda Vice
Director
Southwest Alabama Tourism & Film Office

Kristin Law
Art Programs and Marketing Director
Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center

Barbara Evans
Festival Coordinator
Okra Festival

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch
Using Social Media to Promote Your Event

Jo Jo Terry
Digital Market Director
South Alabama/Gulf Coast Regional Director
Alabama Department Tourism

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Budgets and Funding for Your Event – Types of Festivals

Deb Boykin
Community Arts Program Director
Alabama State Council on the Arts

Martha Lockett
Executive Director
ArtsRevive
Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival

Dr. Carol Zippert
Festival Coordinator
Black Belt Roots Festival

2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Fundraising and sponsors:
When Making the Ask, What Do You Do

Jay Lamar
Executive Director
Bicentennial Commission

Gena Robbins
Public Relations Specialist
Division of Economic Development and Outreach
University of West Alabama
Mayor of York

Collins Kirby
Designer and Coordinator
Boom Days Heritage Celebration
Designer and Producer
New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Daron Harris
Publicity Director and Co-Producer
Boom Days Heritage Festival

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm Closing Remarks and Wrap Up

For more information, contact the Black Belt Community Foundation