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2023 Oklahoma Arts Conference

"Promise in the Road Ahead"

Carolyn SargentsonCarolyn Sargentson
With a focus on empowering individuals and teams to realize their visions, Carolyn Sargentson has served as a consultant, coach, and mentor for institutions in the fields of art, culture, museums, and academia. Her work has taken her to the United Kingdom (U.K.), United States, Canada, and Australia. Since 2022, her work has involved Oklahoma-based institutions, which she credits with stirring enthusiasm for supporting the work and welfare of arts organizations in the state. In her work, Sargentson helps individuals and teams gain an understanding of themselves at systemic and personal levels. She teaches them how to enter into creative relationships, moving forward with shared and sustainable visions. Sargentson began her career as an art historian before becoming Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London—the U.K.'s national museum of art and design. There, she led teams to perform groundbreaking research, delivered through books, exhibitions, conferences, and public programs. In addition to having advised the government’s Arts and Humanities Research Council on strategy, impact, and knowledge transfer, Sargentson has served on an advisory body for the Getty Foundation’s Collaborative Research Grants.

Carolyn Sargentson's Schedule
Executive Directors Roundtable
Date: Tuesday – October, 17 2023 Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Room: Leslie Powell Gallery Track: Arts Managers
Executive directors from Oklahoma’s arts organizations will convene in an informal roundtable forum. This session will provide a space for executive directors to discuss the unique challenges that organizational leaders must navigate while sharing innovative approaches for success.

Rapid Encounters: Speed Networking for Curious People
Date: Wednesday – October, 18 2023 Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Room: Great Plains Ballroom A&B
This session will feature fast and focused networking! Come ready to make new connections, be prepared to generate positive energy, and anticipate opening some promising doors toward success in your work! Bring at least 10 business cards (or make your own).

Entering the Leadership Space: Earth, Fire, Air and Water!
Date: Wednesday – October, 18 2023 Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Room: Bison Room B&C Track: Arts Managers
This session for new leaders will explore how we embody, model, and nurture our leadership abilities. Please note that this will involve some improvisation and physical movement.

Arts Leaders Meeting with Carolyn Sargentson (by Invitation)
Date: Wednesday – October, 18 2023 Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Room: Elk Room A&B
This session is reserved for executive directors of the state’s largest arts organizations, by invitation, who often confront a unique set of challenges and needs common to executive leadership guiding large-scale, multifacted institutions. Conference featured presenter Carolyn Sargentson will facilitate.

Working Through Organizational Grief and Trauma (Part One):An Oklahoman Experience
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room: Bison Room B&C Track: Arts Managers
Featured presenter Carolyn Sargentson and Thomas Smith, Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, will present on their experience working together in 2022-23 to rebuild the museum's team and the organization’s health after a challenging pandemic experience.

Working Through Organizational Grief and Trauma (Part 2)
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Room: Bison Room B&C Track: Arts Managers
What aspects of your organization, your team, or yourself, has not been fully acknowledged and released? Join featured presenter Carolyn Sargentson and Amanda Boehm-Garcia, Director of Learning + Engagement at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (FJJMA), to reflect on what you can take away from the FJJMA experience (as presented in Part 1).

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