Get ready to GROW!


The Audience Building Summit is designed to equip you with real-world tactics to cultivate stronger relationship with your audience, in the immediate future and the long-term. Combining the best of classroom-style with peer-to-peer learning, you will have the opportunity to select breakout sessions with action steps tailored to your specific role (executive, marketing, fundraiser, and box office), network with their peers, and hear from industry-leading experts.

Here’s what to expect:

  • A special keynote address from Penelope McPhee, President of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

  • Breakout sessions designed and facilitated by TRG Arts. Each breakout track is specifically tailored toward the unique role of Executives, Marketers, Fundraisers, and Box Office staff to focus on tangible action steps to build audiences from that role and align with other team members.

  • Networking opportunities with your arts administration peers from across the Southeastern US.


Penelope McPhee

President & Director
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Brief Schedule Overview

Oct. 17, 4pm-7pm

Check In

Stop by the Grand Lobby of the Springer Opera House to pick up your conference swag, itinerary, local Visitor's Bureau guide and discount information.

Oct. 17, 7pm

Keynote Address

Join us in the beautiful Emily Woodruff Hall of the Springer Opera House for a very special Keynote Address by Penelope McPhee from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Then join us in the Grand Lobby and Saloon for an Opening Night Reception.

Oct. 18, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Workshop Day

8:30a - Light breakfast

9:00a - TRG Arts Session 1

12:00p - Lunch on your own

1:30p - TRG Arts Session 2

5:30p - End of Day

Oct. 19, 9:15am

"How We Did It" Success Stories & Call to Action

Join Terri Theisen from Theisen Consulting LLC and Paul Pierce, the Producing Artistic Director from the Springer Opera House for a look into how organizations are implementing these practices and a call to action.


Plan Your Day

Begin the Ascent

For general inquiries about Audience Building Summit or more information about speakers, sponsors, and tickets, please get in touch today with Tate LeClair, Conference Manager.

103 E 10th St
Columbus, Muscogee County 31901


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