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Tuesday, March 27

5:00pm EDT

VRAF Legacy Lecture: Keynote Speaker, Jane Golden, Executive Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia

Jane Golden is Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, overseeing its growth from a small city agency to the nation’s largest mural program and a model for community development around the globe. Under Golden’s direction, the Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,800 landmark works of public art through innovative collaborations with community-based organizations, city agencies, nonprofits, schools, the private sector, and philanthropies. Sought after as an expert on urban transformation through art, Golden has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 ACE (Mentor Program) Person of the Year Award, the 2016 Women of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, the 2016 Paul Philippe Cret Award from the American Institute of Architects, the 2016 Woman of Influence Award from Pearl S. Buck International, the Philadelphia Award, The Hepburn Medal from the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center at Bryn Mawr College, the Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design, the 2012 Governor’s Award for Innovation in the Arts, a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award from former Governor Edward G. Rendell, the Adela Dwyer / St. Thomas Peace Award from Villanova University, LaSalle University’s Alumni Association’s Signum Fidei Medal, and an Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship Award. Golden has co-authored three books about the murals in Philadelphia. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art & Design. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University, degrees in fine arts and political science from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from Drexel University, St. Joseph’s University, Swarthmore College, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Widener University, Haverford College, and Villanova University. In addition, Golden serves on the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Penn Museum Advisory Committee, and the board of directors of The Heliotrope Foundation.​

Jane’s work highlights the rewarding nature of collaborative work and creative thinking.  Mural Arts Philadelphia is more than an organization that creates works of public art; its complex projects defy concise definition.  They are about art, but they are also about collaboration, public history, civic engagement, restorative justice, and civic discourse. Just as many cities around the world have found inspiration in the work of Mural Arts Philadelphia, I think we will all find inspiration and motivation in Jane’s address at VRA 2018.

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Tuesday March 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B
Wednesday, March 28

12:00pm EDT

Workshopping the VRA
Join us for a free boxed lunch! Members of the Strategic Plan Task Force and others will help facilitate discussions about the implementation of the VRA Strategic Plan, 2018-2022, the Association's five-year “roadmap.” You will be introduced to some preliminary Suggested Action Items proposed by the Task Force, and invited to share your ideas for other action items that would make VRA more relevant, engaging, and impactful to you and the profession.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B

5:30pm EDT

Happy Hour: Posters, Sponsors, and Raffle
You are invited to attend one of the big social events of our VRA 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Start your evening by visiting with VRA sponsors as they showcase their products and services. Enjoy some cheese and a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) while you mingle with the poster presenters and learn more about their research and projects. Catch up with friends as you peruse the array of wonderful raffle prizes provided by sponsors, VRA Chapters, and other generous individuals. Buy your tickets, and then prepare for your number to potentially be called by our surprise guest MC! (One of Philadelphia’s most famous citizens.) Please plan to join your colleagues and attend this exciting event! 

Check out the website for more details.

Poster Presenters:

  • Barbara Brenny, North Carolina State University
    Legacies and Legends: The Founding of NCSU’s College of Design and Design Library Image Collection

  • Arden Kirkland, South Central Regional Library Council
    The Design for Learning Program: Helping to Take Your Visual Resources Instruction Online

  • Shelby Merritt, Vanderbilt University
    Teaching Students To Visualize Art Historical Data With Tableau Public

  • Maria Nuccilli, Scarab Club
    Hidden Art History: Digitizing Detroit's Scarab Club Archives

  • Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design
    Engagement Assessment: Streaming Video Analytics at Rhode Island School of Design

  • Zoe Waldron, The New York Public Library & Susan Jane Williams, Independent Cataloger and Consultant
    What's Working? Findings from the VRA Cataloging and Metadata Practices Survey

Wednesday March 28, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
Regency Foyer

7:30pm EDT

VRAF and VRA Donor Recognition Reception
By invitation only.

Wednesday March 28, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Loews Hotel - Room 2820
Thursday, March 29

12:00pm EDT

Membership and Awards Lunch

A highlight of the Conference, the Members & Awards Lunch brings colleagues together for an opportunity to relax and socialize over lunch in an elegant setting.  The festivities include recognition of the Association’s honors and awards recipients along with the generous donors who have made these awards available.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this event is included in your conference registration fee. However, prior registration for this event is required for purposes of room scheduling and catering arrangements.

Thursday March 29, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Regency Ballroom B