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Dayton, OH - IABD Learning Magnet: Mind Your Business, Protect Your Art

Dayton, OH - January 23, 2019 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, IABD and NAS (National Arts Strategies) together, will be presenting the “IABD LEARNING MAGNET: MIND YOUR BUSINESS, PROTECT YOUR ART” made possible through the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s, Fund for National Projects. The focus of this learning magnet will be on individual artists and directors with emphasis in entrepreneurship, arts management, budgeting, operations/management - communications and fundraising. The IABD Learning Magnet will be led by Pi-Isis Ankhra and Michon Lartigue of P.S. 314.

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What is this?

This programming is specific to our Next Generation Leaders to support and offer continued strength and development for your organizations and artistry by investing in educational tools, cross-generational learning opportunities and leadership training. This year we will discuss artistic and executive leadership with focus on our dancers. In addition, a series of monthly webinars will take place where you will have year long access to online business classes through National Arts Strategies to assist you with the operations and management of your dance companies and individual businesses.

Who is it for?

Whether an established dance artist, mid-career or just beginning, this one-day workshop will examine the business and creative side of dance. All IABD members are welcome to join this session regardless of whether you are an independent artist and/or part of a company. Guess what? This program is FREE!

What will we be doing?

This inter-generational group of dance makers will come together and learn ways to deal with challenges such as financial management, fundraising, marketing and public relations, best hiring practices, strategic planning, and more. The workshop is structured with peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Lunch will be served.

Workshop Facilitators

The Learning Magnet facilitators are Pi-Isis Ankhra and Michon Lartigue of P.S. 314. Established in 2015, P.S. 314 is a matchmaking agency for social change that brings together a consortium of thought leaders in the fields of philanthropy, media and the nonprofit community to broaden and deepen the impact of their work. By design and with intention, P.S. 314 operate as a strategic partner with key clients having worked over the last several years to bring diverse voices to bringing them center-stage in a collaborative process to impact social good. We  proudly become a resource to provide these visionaries with the practical tools needed to unlock their potential and build solutions that strengthen and amplify their work. Learn more about this incredible agency through their Website: and YouTube: “We need storytelling.  Otherwise, life just goes on and on like the number Pi.” - Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Pi-Isis S. Ankhra, founder and president of P.S. 314, brings over 20 years of experience developing strategic initiatives targeted at leveraging private and public investments. She has secured over $150 million for a diverse range of community based and major institutions, specifically within the fields of arts, education, social justice and advocacy. Ankhra’s strengths are in developing creative strategies and building alliances among diverse individuals and organizations serving the nonprofit, philanthropic and commercial sectors. Ankhra has worked in partnership with a multitude of institutions including the Ford Foundation, Democratic National Committee, the NAACP among others on planning, fundraising and event production to highlight and promote core social justice issues. Ankhra's professional offerings include media development - working on both short and long form content projects. As an impact producer, Ankhra has focused her work on the design and delivery of strategic plans and initiatives to reach and engage targeted audiences around stories that surface social and cultural issues often underrepresented in mainstream media. Her success has been fueled by sound decisions and a clear sense of the larger vision coupled with careful attention to detail in her programming and team leadership. Her unique ability and value proposition comes from fusing the creative with the proven, the detail with the larger vision and her passion with a disciplined methodical approach that is immediately clear and manageable for each client.

Michon Lartigue is a writer, coach, and development and fundraising strategist. Her work revolves around a heart-felt desire to help individuals and organizations tap into their strengths, build strong relationships, and gain clarity in achieving goals. She has 20 years of experience working full-time for or with nonprofits, small companies, and individuals. She developed a wide range of exceptional skills that support her goal of providing strategic and effective services to her clients. Michon’s background as a writer provides a creative flair and approach, both to her fundraising, development, and communications work, but also in helping others with creative projects. This includes strategic positioning, securing resources for content, coaching through logistics of content development, and helping authors and filmmakers develop ancillary products or events for marketing. Michon is a certified life coach and also works on her own creative projects. She currently sits on the board of City Blossoms, an urban gardening organization that serves youth and children in Washington, DC.

About National Arts Strategies

NAS has a long history of working to make the arts and culture sector stronger and more dynamic.
Our initial focus (1983-2002) on financial capacity building was realized through a national network of stabilization programs. The legacy of this work includes a stronger focus on balance sheet strategy and asset building in arts and cultural organizations, the use of liquidity measurements as a metric for organizational health and the incorporation of capitalization initiatives as a priority in funder driven programs.
Our strategy expanded to help build overall leadership capacity beginning in 1996. Since then NAS has become the leader in education programs for the arts and culture field. We continue to grow and adapt to best meet the needs of the entire field—artists, grantmakers, cultural entrepreneurs, arts and culture professionals, board members, and executives.


The 2019 IABD Learning Magnet is FREE to all IABD members and registration is required. Those already registered for the full Annual International Conference and Festival are eligible to attend the Learning Magnet at no additional cost to your registration fee. If you are only attending the Learning Magnet, please have your IABD Membership Card available for entry. You will only be permitted to attend the IABD Learning Magnet activity on Wednesday at Marriott at University of Dayton.

All participants will receive a nominal participation/travel stipend for their involvement in the workshop.