SCHED and Social Media

You’ve registered at the Early Bird rate (good through Dec. 30th!); you’ve booked your hotel room and flight; you’re thinking about the great restaurants, neighborhoods, and landmarks to visit in New Orleans. What’s next?

With only seven weeks to go til #ARLIS2017, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the conference program, scheduling tools, and ARLIS/NA social media channels. Read on to learn more about SCHED, our conference planning tool, and how to keep up with real-time conference happenings across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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The gift of time: Early Bird Rate extended!

Your NOLA 2017 co-chairs have decided to extend the early bird rate deadline until Friday, Dec 30th. But don’t delay; register today!

Happy Holidays!
Laissez les bons temps rouler, and we’ll see you in the new year ….
Program Chairs: Kim Collins, & Kasia Leousis,
Local Arrangements: Marty Miller, & Nancy Hampton,

Conference Tours: Joan Mitchell Center

Lovers of New Orleans history, art, and architecture will not want to miss the tour of the Joan Mitchell Center, an artists’ residency program established by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Tucked away on beautiful Bayou Road in the culturally diverse 7th Ward, the Joan Mitchell Center boasts an impressive campus that contains both a 1790s-mansion converted into offices and guest rooms as well as a state of the art and eco-friendly 8,000 square-foot studio space. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts. As an alluring retreat destination for artists and a premier resource for arts programming, the Joan Mitchell Center reflects the importance of art and artists in rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans.

See this video produced by the Times-Picayune on the occasion of the Center’s grand opening in August 2015:

There are only 4 more days to register at the Early Bird Registration rate, so register today!

Adam Beebe, Tours Coordinator

Thinking about NOLA: Food!

Happy Friday ARLISians!

photo credit: kimncris our world famous bananas foster via photopin (license)

As much as music is a significant part of New Orleans, the food is an equally important part. Some dishes, which are typically found elsewhere in Louisiana, are also considered New Orleans delicacies. It makes your mouth water just thinking about those one-dish wonders like Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and Crawfish Etouffee, doesn’t it? And what about those delicious stuffed sandwiches? Po-Boys and Muffulettas….oh, yes! You will definitely want to go out to have Beignets, and maybe later have some Bananas Foster for dessert! Learn more about each of these traditional dishes (and some restaurants).

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Special Events at ARLIS/NA 2017, Arts du Monde!

Bienvenue à Louisiane! We want to welcome everyone to participate in the special events taking place throughout the conference. Here are just a few of the unique opportunities to enjoy with your colleagues.


Welcome Reception
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA),
Monday, February 6 // 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Come and experience the Museum’s collections while enjoying light refreshments and the music of Michael White’s Quartet.

The Society Circle Reception
Historic New Orleans Collection (HNCO),
Tuesday, February 7 // 6:00pm – 7:30pm
(invitation only – see website for details)
The Williams Research Center (WRC) is located at 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Tour the reading room and enjoy the Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985) exhibit.

Convocation with Keynote Speaker, Terrance Osborne
Wednesday, February 8 // 6:00pm – 7:00pm
New Orleans native artist and educator Osborne will speak about his rich and varied career. The event will take place in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s Jefferson Ballroom.

Convocation Reception
Ogden Museum of Southern Art,
Wednesday, February 8 // 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Don’t miss this chance to experience the largest and most comprehensive collection of art related to the American South. Attendees will be able to view the rotating permanent collections and the upcoming exhibition, “Profligate Beauty.”

Conference Tours: The Music Box Village

New Orleans Airlift is the leading creator and exhibitor of out-in-the-streets public art in New Orleans. They have been creating connections, performances and opportunities via large-scale spectacles since 2007. Founders Delaney Martin, Jay Pennington, and Taylor Shepherd established the Airlift to highlight the city’s underground art, and under-the-radar artists. They work with New Orleans’s dynamic street culture, folk masters and a growing contemporary arts scene to create exhibitions, workshops, festivals, and performances both locally and beyond. New Orleans is the last great bastion of living folk culture in the United States. The Airlift’s projects honor these traditions alongside innovation, leading their artists, culture and communities in meaningful new directions. Join us on this tour of their flagship project: The Music Box Village.


The project pushes artistic boundaries, but more importantly it brings together people of all stripes for a heartwarming, creative experience that has equal appeal for a musical giant such as Thurston Moore or a gaggle of 5 year olds.

After building and tearing down two previous temporary versions, the Music Box was finally installed in its permanent home in the summer of 2016. Tour attendees will hear a presentation by Airlift founders and participating artists and then have time to explore and interact with this uniquely New Orleans artists’ project.

Watch this video from their 2015 incarnation at City Park for a taste of what the Music Box Village has to offer.

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Coordinator

Spotlight on: Professional Development Workshops

Today, I would like to take a closer look at two workshop offerings that will give you tools and tips for your career and professional development.

First, the ArLiSNAP Career Development Workshop will offer a multi-part experience aimed at providing students and newer professionals with resources needed for breaking into the art librarianship field. These will include (1) a session on crafting a vision statement that also connects to career mapping exercises (very appropriate for visual arts librarians!), (2) an open forum with seasoned professionals from a variety of types of institutions and with experience as hiring managers, and (3) a resume review session with one’s peers and with the workshop panelists. This is a FREE workshop, so don’t wait to register!

Your second professional development workshop opportunity is offered in the form of ARLIS/NA’s Yearlong Mentoring Program. The conference workshop is just one facet of the Mentoring Subcommittee’s sponsored year-long program. The conference workshop will pair mentors and mentees interested in leadership roles. This will be ideal for those newer professionals looking for long-term support from someone outside one’s current work or educational environment. And for those with more professional leadership experience, don’t hesitate to sign up as a mentor. The conference workshop and the year-long Mentoring Program are also FREE! Take a closer look and sign up for these right away!

There are only 18 more days to register at the Early Bird Registration rate, so register today!

Kristina Keogh, Workshops Coordinator

2017 Silent Auction and Etsy Shop

We are pleased to announce the annual ARLIS/NA Conference Silent Auction and the continuation of the online Etsy shop! This year’s conference theme is “Arts du Monde,” one that embraces New Orleans and its diverse heritage. We are looking forward to an outstanding array of items for you to bid on in remembrance of your time in NOLA.

As in years past, the onsite silent auction will feature donated items from our generous chapters and sponsors. All conference attendees will get a chance to bid over the course of two days in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Exhibit Hall.

Building upon last year’s efforts, the shop will showcase handmade crafts, artworks, and other wares from our talented membership. The Etsy Shop will allow those not able to attend the conference to support ARLIS/NA, as well as give everyone another opportunity to shop for unique items.

The proceeds from any sales will be returned to ARLIS/NA to support travel awards, membership, professional development, and other organizational initiatives.

Individuals and organizations, local or international, are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Read on for more information on how to donate and participate in the Silent Auction and Etsy Shop!

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Conference Program Highlights (Part I)

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) 45th Annual Conference Arts du Monde will be held February 5-9, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Seattle’s post-conference survey results asked for programming centered on digital art history, collection development, user experience, instruction, and scholarly communications, and we are happy to report that this conference has innovative and inspiring sessions, individual papers, and workshops that cover these areas and more.

Check out the entire program here:

These highlighted sessions below will provide attendees with practical approaches for implementing new ideas and technologies.

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