The 2013 Arts Summit, held on Monday, October 28th, was a resounding success. With 225 attendees from across the state, participants engaged in a variety of organization-building workshops, exciting arts performances, and an inspiring keynote address by President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco. The response to the entire day was overwhelming. See photos from the event on our Flickr page.

We're also pleased to feature video clips (on YouTube) of performances and the keynote speaker. Videos include: 6ixwire Project, Fostina Dixon and Winds of Change (Selections, Full Performance), Richard Blanco (Keynote Address, "Looking for the Gulf' Motel," and "America.")

Richard Blanco, Keynote Speaker at the 2013 Arts Summit in Delaware

This year's Summit explored linkages between the arts, business, communities, economic development, and our rapidly changing world. It presented ways that can expand your work as an artist or enhance your role as an arts administrator.

We invited change agents, innovators, and forward-thinking leaders in their fields to present their ideas and share strategies for success. They discussed such topics as:

♦ The Future of the Arts

♦ Creative Placemaking

♦ Audience Diversity Through Innovation

♦ Successful Special Events

♦ Crowdfunding

♦ Communications Strategies

♦ Powerful Partnerships

Keynote Speaker

Richard Blanco
Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco was made in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the United States—meaning his mother, seven months pregnant, and the rest of the family arrived as exiles from Cuba to Madrid where he was born. Only forty-five days later, the family emigrated once more and settled in New York City, then eventually in Miami where he was raised and educated.

In January 2013, Blanco was selected by President Obama to be the inaugural poet, joining the ranks of Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. President Obama said in a statement, "It is an honor to have Richard Blanco in our second inauguration. His contributions to the fields of poetry and art have paved the way for future generations of writers. Richard's work is well-suited for an opening that will celebrate the strength and diversity of our great country."

Blanco has three acclaimed books of poetry, and his poems have appeared in top literary journals including, The Nation, the New Republic, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and TriQuarterly Review. He has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Blanco is recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, a Residency Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and is a John Ciardi Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

A builder of cities as well as poems, he holds a bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.