Conferences & Events


SNAAP+ Leadership Forum – Fall 2016

The next SNAAP+ Leadership forum will take place on October 5, from 2 to 4pm, and will be hosted by Leslie Bellavance and Kendall College of Art & Design in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The date coincides with the annual International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) conference which takes place during ArtPrize.

Access to the SNAAP+ Leadership forum is an exclusive premium benefit for SNAAP+ member institutions. For more information about how to become a SNAAP+ school, please reach out to SNAAP staff at or call 812-856-5824.

3 Million Stories Conference: Arts Graduates in a Changing Economy

The second 3 Million Stories took place at Arizona State University from March 3-5, 2016. Check out the official 3 Million Stories conference website for conference materials, presentations, and videos.

SNAAP+ Leadership Forum – Spring 2016

More than 50 SNAAP+ institutional leaders gathered prior to the 3 Million Stories Conference in March 2016 at Arizona State University for the first in-person forum. Linda Essig of the Herberger Institute for Design presented on the subject of arts entrepreneurship and facilitated discussion.


SNAAP+ Leaderhip Forum – Fall 2015

The inaugural SNAAP+ Leadership Forum took place in December 2015 and featured recent research by SNAAP staff in a one-hour webinar.


3 Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduate

In March 2013, over 250 people--arts deans, faculty, researchers, artists, policy makers, funders, political advocates, and others--gathered at Vanderbilt University for the conference, "Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America's Arts Graduate." The symposium drew stakeholders and field leaders across many arts disciplines and functions--united by their sustained engagement with issues surrounding the training and career paths of artists. The Surdna Foundation provided leadership funding for the convening, as a component of its overall support of SNAAP.

Building upon cutting-edge research--much of it emerging from SNAAP as well as other sources--participants investigated such questions as:

  • Where do artists work and how do they make a living?
  • Is their training relevant?
  • What do arts graduates, and those who train them, need to know about future trends in the artistic and creative labor market?
  • What do we need to know to better serve students from less privileged backgrounds?
  • What are the critical issues policy-makers and educational leaders must address to ensure the relevance and vitality of arts degrees, programs and schools in the future?

The meeting was fueled by a sense of urgency regarding:

  • the creative marketplace is undergoing rapid transformation,
  • institutions of higher learner are facing escalating accountability standards
  • issues of equity and access continue to plague the field.

Within this context, meeting participants probed issues ranging from curricular reform to institutional transformation--along the way covering such themes as the social life of the artist, mission and marketplace, the artist's "tool-kit" for a changing world, and the equity and access imperative. As one participant took note, "We are in the middle of a Renaissance. Arts programs that jump on the bandwagon today and help shape this new Renaissance will be the ones that thrive...."

Please click on the following links to view the conference summary, agenda, speakers, presentations, attendee list, and keynote address.

Conference Summary

Brief Video



Attendee List

Mary Schmidt Campbell's Keynote Speech, "Life after Art School, or Why Attend a School of the Arts"