Section XII: The Transformative Power of Art

Imaginal Communities: The Power of Place in Art and Story

How do art and story transform the places in which we live and work? This conference track will begin with presentations and conversations about art, culture and story work all over the world, and will continue by investigating the conference itself as a place where transformative artistic and cultural practices can be put into play. Join this stellar group of conference presenters/artistic and cultural practitioners as they explore the conference and reflect on strategies to enliven the work of “seizing an alternative” through creative engagement.

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Lisa Mount
Director of Artistic Logistics

Lisa Mount refuses to specialize. As the Director of Artistic Logistics she works as a consultant with non profit arts organizations, and facilitates dynamic meetings for groups large and small. Past and current clients include Childsplay, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and Theatre Communications Group. As an independent artist she produces, directs, and appears in contemporary performance work, including the acclaimed community story plays, Headwaters :: Stories From A Goodly Portion Of Beautiful Northeast Georgia, Headwaters: Birth, Death and Places In-Between, and Headwaters: Didja Hear? at the Sautee Nacoochee Center from 2007 – 2013. She toured with the DeLuxe Vaudeville Orchestra as rhythm banjo player from 1994 to 2006. Before embarking on her consulting career in 1997, Lisa served as the Managing Director of 7 Stages theater in Atlanta. She has served as the Board Chair for Alternate ROOTS, the Atlanta Theatre Coalition, and Georgia Shares, a workplace giving campaign. Lisa received the 1996 “”Abby”” Award from the Atlanta Arts and Business Council for Outstanding Arts Professional, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2008. In 2009, she was given the first Paula Vaughn Community Arts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies.

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