WALA at Artomatic 2017 -“Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series

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Artomatic returns to Crystal City for its signature art event!  This year features over 600 artists, performers, musicians, and creatives of all stripes showcasing their talents on 7 floors.

WALA is proud to once again join forces with Artomatic to present the “Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series.  This 6-part series explores relevant historical legal issues for artists in the reframed context of the present.

Thursday, April 6

7:00 to 8:30 pm

Workshop 3 (3rd Floor)

Roundtable Discussion: Incubators as a Driver for the Creative Economy

This program highlights research from the WALA white paper series “Perspectives on the Creative Economy”.

Presented by Laura Possessky

Laura Possessky is a Senior Business Affairs Attorney with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to her current position, Laura was a partner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, where she represented creative entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on a range of legal matters relating to content development and project management. During her two terms as Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts she developed and implemented programs on legal aspects of the creative economy and continues to be actively engaged in advocacy for creative entrepreneurship with the Center for the Creative Economy. At present, she is Board Chair of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit supporting documentary filmmakers and a member of the Women in Film & Video Advisory Board. She is currently producing a digital documentary project about the Women’s Bar Association, reflecting on a century of women in the legal profession. She may be reached at laura@dcbarista.com or @DCBarista.

 

Saturday, April 8

12:30 pm2:00 pm

Workshop 1 (6th Floor)

WALA Walk-in Legal Clinic

Have a legal question? Talk to a lawyer during a 20-minute question and answer session with one of WALA’s volunteer Attorneys. Arrive early to sign up for a time slot!

 

Saturday, April 15

12:30 pm2:00 pm

Workshop 1 (6th Floor)

Artomatic@YourCommunity

Learn about what is involved in licensing to organize an Artomatic festival in your local community.

Presented by Laura Possessky

 Laura Possessky is a Senior Business Affairs Attorney with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to her current position, Laura was a partner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, where she represented creative entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on a range of legal matters relating to content development and project management. During her two terms as Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts she developed and implemented programs on legal aspects of the creative economy and continues to be actively engaged in advocacy for creative entrepreneurship with the Center for the Creative Economy. At present, she is Board Chair of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit supporting documentary filmmakers and a member of the Women in Film & Video Advisory Board. She is currently producing a digital documentary project about the Women’s Bar Association, reflecting on a century of women in the legal profession. She may be reached at laura@dcbarista.com or @DCBarista.

 

Saturday, April 22

12:30 pm2:00 pm

Workshop 1 (6th Floor)

Latest in Copyright & Visual Arts

Hot topics in copyright law, to include the Visual Artists Rights Act and what it aims to do, fair use, and recent trends and cases as applied to different media.

Presenters:

Alyssa Reiner – AOL

Clinton J. H. Leite – Smithsonian

George Koch – Chair Emeritus for Artomatic, Inc.

Alyssa Reiner is an Assistant General Counsel with AOL Inc., specializing in technology and content development, licensing, and distribution.  Alyssa supports AOL’s media properties such as The Huffington Post TechCrunch, Moviefone, aol.com, and various mobile applications.  Prior to joining AOL, Alyssa was a Senior Attorney at the Smithsonian Institution, where her practice focused on copyright transactional work related to the creation, acquisition, and distribution of creative content.  She worked with museum clients on matters such as the commissioning of artworks, the development of virtual exhibits, and the production of musical recordings.  Alyssa received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. from Cornell University.

Clinton J. H. Leite, Esq. is Attorney/Advisor at Smithsonian Institution. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his BFA in Art History and Museology. He earned his Master of Arts in History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University and received his Juris Doctorate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law

George Koch currently serves as Chair Emeritus for Artomatic, Inc. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015, Artomatic energized Washington artists and performers and demonstrated the city’s creative energy, captured media attention, and drew residents from the tri-state area. He is currently the President and CEO of the Center for the Creative Economy in the District of Columbia. George is a painter and founder of A. Salon, Ltd., an artist’s service organization in the District of Columbia. Koch is a founding member of the Cultural Development Corporation, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and the Fringe Festival. He is one of four lead co-organizers for Creative World – DC.  Mr. Koch served as a member of the District of Columbia Arts and Humanities Council for five terms and served as commissioner convener for the Visual Art, Design, and Media panels. He was the convener for the Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Panel for four years. Mr. Koch chaired the Arts and Culture Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO for ten years, including several additional years as Co-Chair. The Committee successfully championed the creation of the D.C. Film Office. Mr. Koch served five terms as an officer of National Artists Equity Association and the Artists Equity Fund.

 

Thursday, April 27

7:00 to 8:30 pm

Workshop 3 (3rd Floor)

Shared Spaces & Entity Formation

This panel will discuss legal issues for artists in shared spaces, relevant contracts, how to join one, rights ownership, and business entity formation for how to form a shared space.

Presented by Hardeep Grover and Laura Possessky

Hardeep Grover is an attorney with Tresquire, a solo practice where he focuses on helping start-ups and small businesses navigate legal hurdles.  Hardeep began his practice immersed in the start-up culture of San Francisco, and developed his expertise as counsel to restaurants, theater, and film production companies in New York.  Having returned to his hometown of Washington, DC, Hardeep now works with creative entrepreneurs in the technology, entertainment, and food & beverage industries.  Barred in CA, NY and DC, he works with clients in all three jurisdictions, striving to help people bring their visions to fruition. In addition to his role on the education committee of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Hardeep is also President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC. Hardeep received his BA in Economics from George Mason University, and his JD from The George Washington University Law School.  In his spare time he enjoys playing with wild yeast fermentation, and he dreams of one day owning a Rotovap and a cheese cave.

Laura Possessky is a Senior Business Affairs Attorney with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to her current position, Laura was a partner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, where she represented creative entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on a range of legal matters relating to content development and project management. During her two terms as Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts she developed and implemented programs on legal aspects of the creative economy and continues to be actively engaged in advocacy for creative entrepreneurship with the Center for the Creative Economy. At present, she is Board Chair of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit supporting documentary filmmakers and a member of the Women in Film & Video Advisory Board. She is currently producing a digital documentary project about the Women’s Bar Association, reflecting on a century of women in the legal profession. She may be reached at laura@dcbarista.com or @DCBarista.

 

Saturday, April 29

12:30 pm2:00 pm

Workshop 1 (6th Floor)

State of the Arts

An interactive lecture and discussion about strategies for increasing the public perception of the value of the arts and what kinds of persuasion have the best chance of working with decision makers. Historical efforts will provide context for challenges in today’s environment. Attendees will learn from national experts how to use information and how to create an action agenda for effective advocacy.

Presented by Jonathan Katz and Jay Dick

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D.draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

His distinguished career includes service as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) from 1985 through 2014, guiding that network of 56 government agencies through three major recessions, shifting state and federal political philosophies, cultural controversies and the digital revolution as they grew to manage more than $400 million annually and as Congress doubled their percentage of the program budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 20% to 40%.  Domestically, he is particularly proud of the roles he played in co-founding the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the NEA as the nation’s forum for the advancement of learning in the arts; co-founding the Cultural Advocacy Group, the coalition of national associations that each year decides upon and communicates to Congress and the executive branch a united legislative agenda for the federal cultural agencies; and partnering the state arts agencies with the Poetry Foundation and the NEA to establish Poetry Out Loud, the project that now engages 365,000 high school students annually in a national poetry recitation competition. He recently received the inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award, the recognition for career accomplishment from the primary arts advocacy organization in the United States, Americans for the Arts, for whom he writes and consults as Senior Professional Fellow. This small portion of his bio hints at his active career in the arts.

Jay Dick is the Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Americans for the Arts where he works to educate and inform elected officials about the value of the arts and culture.  As an twenty-year veteran of K Street, Capitol Hill, the private sector, and federal, state, and local campaigns, Jay possesses a tremendous body of knowledge in the field of arts policy, government, the legislative process, and grassroots advocacy.  He is a nationally recognized speaker on these topics having designed and overseen many initiatives.  Jay is regularly interviewed by the media and testifies in front of legislative bodies as an expert on these topics and on Americans for the Arts’ legislative positions.

With the mandate to positively affect the policies that promote State and Local funding and expansion of the arts, Jay works closely with the Americans for the Arts’ fifty State Arts Advocacy Captains, Local Arts Groups, and the State Arts Action Network and Council to accomplish this goal.  Further, he oversees Americans for the Arts’ Public Partnerships and works closely with the members and staffs of the National Governors Association, National Lt. Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of Counties, The United State Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities.

All workshops are FREE to the public!

Vornado/Charles E. Smith
1800 S. Bell Street
Crystal City, VA 22202