Wow.  Sometimes that is about the only word to really capture the sentiment when everything falls into place so beautifully that you can hardly believe your good fortune.  That's exactly the feeling I had as I sat at my desk on Friday with a goofy grin on my face, looking at the WyAA Fall Conference workshop line-up, which is now complete and confirmed.

In fact, it is SO good that I am a little worried about trying to set the schedule.  We have six workshops, and our attendees will be able to choose one out of two topics for each of three workshop spots during the conference.  It's the choosing that is going to be a challenge.  These topics and instructors are SO good, SO experienced, and SO much experts in their fields that I am afraid I am going to be barraged with frustrated complaints from all of you when you are forced to choose only three.

We have Jonathon Wood of BYU (whose workshop was the most highly rated at our 2011 Conference) teaching on artists' self-promotion.  Karen Hanan, director of Arts NW will be doing a workshop on cool fundraising and marketing ideas. Bruce Alan Richardson of the University of Wyoming and board member of the Wyoming Arts Council will be breaking down the anatomy and psychology of arts audiences to enable performers and presenters to really know their patrons.  WESTAF grants expert Jen Toews will be guiding attendees through the WESTAF granting process.  PALS director Amy Russian is going to shed light on school and community buy-in for arts programs and presentations.  And Dancers' Workshop director Babs Case (also our lauded keynote speaker) will give crucial tips on surviving and thriving in the current economy and arts climate.

See what I mean?  This is why it is a good thing that we have a fantastic group discount -- every additional member for an organization or performance group can register for just $75.  That way you can split the workshops up and share information!

And... if you register by Friday, September 14th, you get an extra discount for being an early bird-- how great is that?!

On behalf of the WyAA Board, we are so excited about this conference and what is being offered -- we can't wait for you to join us, for block booking, networking, and excellent professional development in addition to advocacy and arts information that will keep you in the loop on all fronts. 

Looking forward to seeing you all here!



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