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September 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Communicating Your Value

This workshop will focus on ways for artists to build meaningful relationships with presenters, collaborators, partners, and audiences (both online and off).



Greg BaisePromoter of Concerts and Other Culture

Diane Cheklich – Filmmaker and 2014 Kresge Fellow

Liz FisherWhirligig

Jim Grace – Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Barbara Twist – Filmmaker and Director of Art House Convergence


Deadline to RSVP is 12pm on Wednesday 9/28.

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Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC.  Jim has experience working with artists and arts organizations in the areas of publishing law, public art, copyright, trademark, nonprofit incorporation and mergers, negotiation training, and artist live/work and nonprofit board issues.  Jim was an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration.  In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney.  He is the co-author of best selling The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf. To date he has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim serves on the board of Associated Grant Makers, the Brookline Community Foundation and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is also a founding board member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding board member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition.

Barbara Twist is a filmmaker based in Detroit, Michigan. As a producer, her credits include an independent feature, Consideration (2013), and as a director, her credits include Shark Tank, a short film which screened at the 2011 Traverse City Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on two short films. In addition to her work as a filmmaker, she is the Managing Director of the Art House Convergence, an international organization for the art house and independent theater community. In her work with Art House Convergence, she hosts several annual educational events for the independent exhibition industry as well as manages the community of independent theaters through multiple engagement programs. She has created and led educational panels for partner organizations, including the Association of Moving Image Archivists, the League of Historic American Theaters, the National Association of Theater Owners, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the international organizations, Europa Cinemas and CICAE. She has been on several film festival juries, including the Austin Film Festival. She was featured in BoxOffice’s “Women in Film” issue in October 2015 and consults for movie theaters around the country. She is a board member of Cinema Detroit and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and a member of a Detroit-based women’s filmmaking collective, Final Girls.

Diane Cheklich is an independent film director and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow. Her award-winning feature film, Offshore, is an Indo-American movie that was shot in both the U.S. and India. Ms. Cheklich has also written and directed several short films, including the award-winning Doctor Reddy, which is in distribution through Ouat Media, and LATE, which has played at film festivals around the world and is in distribution through the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.


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