Matt Rolland

Muralist, Mandolinist, and a Puppeteer – Collaborations through the Artists’ Eyes -
11:00 am 10/15/2019
Gila, Tucson Convention Center

Matt Rolland, Director of Programs for SAACA and fiddler for Run Boy Run, hosts a conversation on artistic collaboration with three artists from distinct traditions that blur the lines of creative boundaries. Kevin Larkin, a recent transplant to Tucson from Colorado, has produced musical collaborations with contemporary dance companies, Wonderbound, the Colorado Symphony, and served as director of Music for Zabiti: Immersive Cirque Adventure. Lisa Sturz, also a recent arrival to Tucson, is a master puppeteer with years of experience collaborating with schools, symphonies, and theme parks. Ignacio Garcia is a renowned muralist that works with shopping centers, city planners, restaurants and other private developers to turn walls into canvases of art. These artists discuss how they approach collaborations and key strategies to success for creative endeavors with multiple parties involved.

Guided Masterclass: Storytelling, An Artists Bio Writing Session -
10:00 am 10/15/2019
Maricopa, Tucson Convention Center

An artist, chef or musician’s biography is never finished for long. Like your resume, it should be revised regularly as your work changes and you find new ways of expressing what you are doing. So get good at writing them! In this session, we will discuss best practices for writing and updating your artist, band or personal bio for different publications and audiences; hear experts live workshop pre-submitted bios; and finish with a small group workshop time to hone your storytelling. If you already have your bio written, bring it along to share during this time. ​

Creative Placemaking -
15:00 pm 10/15/2019
Graham, Tucson Convention Center

Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place. Artistic and cultural activities strengthen a community, particularly when they reveal and celebrate its character and identity. These sessions are designed to inspire and educate attendees about the power of coming together to make social, physical and economic changes in their neighborhoods through the arts and culture. This is known as creative placemaking, a vital spark that brings a neighborhood to life, making it a place where things are happening, and people want to be. From rural main streets to urban cultural districts, local artists can enrich and expand an authentic identity and brand of a “place” while helping to engage customers and members of the community. Local artists can bring new energy around challenges such as vacant storefronts and changing demographics, plus they can create projects that attract people. In this session, you will learn how to structure and launch an artist-driven creative placemaking project. The session will introduce you to a foundational activity, highlight local case studies from business districts, touch on finding artists, and brainstorming new funding options.

Matt Rolland from Tucson, Arizona has had a fiddle in his hand since the age of four. Well known as the bandleader and fiddle player for the Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run, Matt has performed at festivals and concert halls across the country, released six studio albums and was twice featured on American Public Media’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” In addition to being a touring musician and recording artist, he is the Director of Programs at SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance) and serves on the Board of the Tucson Folk Festival. Matt is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico.