School of Film, Dance and Theatre


The Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship

Public Programming

The Pave Program sponsors a series of public talks every two years with a biennial symposium held on the alternate year. All events are open to the public and most events are free. See the events page for the most up-to-date scheduling information. The 2013-14 Speakers Series focuses on the theme "Thriving as an Artist." The Third Biennial Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts was held April 12–14, 2013 in Tempe, AZ.

2013–2014 Pave Speakers Series

Thriving as an Artist in Arizona
Tania Katan, performer and author of My One-Night Stand With Cancer
Oct. 11, 2013 at 4 p.m., Lyceum Theatre

Tania Katan is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and solo-performer. Her memoir My One-Night Stand With Cancer received the Stonewall Book Award and Publishing Triangle Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Katan has appeared on NPRs Snap Judgment, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, ACT Seattle, Painted Bride Art Center, Comedy Central Stage, TEDx, and more. Her performances and published work have been cited in the New York Times, Huffington Post, GLAMOUR, and other publications. Currently, she is Producer at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Lounge (SMoCA Lounge) For more info about museum programs, visit: For more info about her writing, speaking and performance work visit:

Thriving as an Artist
Aaron Landsman
Oct. 28, 2013 at 4 p.m., Lyceum Theatre


Survival and Sustainbility in the Nonprofit Arts
Roland Kushner
Nov. 8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m., University Center (411 N. Central, Phoenix) room 822A
Co-sponsored by the School of Community Resources and Development


Title TBD
Claudia Larocco
Feb. 21, 2014 at 4 p.m., Lyceum Theatre


Making a Living and a Life
Laura Zabel
March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m., Lyceum Theatre

Biennial Symposium on Entrepreneurship in the Arts

2013 Pave Biennial Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts: Entrepreneurship, the Arts, and Creative Placemaking. The Pave Program, in collaboration with the ASU Art Museum Desert One Initiative and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, presents two days of workshops, speakers, and networking opportunities on the ASU Tempe campus, culminating in a performative event on Roosevelt Row in Downtown Phoenix.

Registration for the 2013 Pave Symposium is now open.

All events are to be held in the Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus,

Friday, April 12

1:00-2:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Roberto Bedoya, Tuscon Pima Arts Council


2:15-5:00 Creative Placemaking Workshop: Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts


5:00 Reception


6:30-8:00 Keynote address: Entrepreneurship, the Arts, and Creative Placemaking. Ann Markusen, Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economies, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Saturday, April 13

8:30 coffee and networking

9:00-10:00 Pave Student Arts Entrepreneur Pitch Showcase


10:00-12:00 Civic Practice Workshop: Michael Rohd, Sojourn Theatre


12:15 Box lunch (provided)

1:30-3:00 Arizona Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop: Emerging Arts Leaders, Phoenix Chapter


3:00-4:00 Summary, Discussion and Q&A: Linda Essig, Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship


4:00 Attendees head to the light rail for "Feast on the Street," hosted by the Roosevelt Row Arts District as part of the Desert One Initiative


The second biennial Pave symposium in entrepreneurship and the arts was held
April 1–2, 2011, in Tempe, Ariz. The symposium included public discussions, workshops, showings, and networking opportunities. More than 125 students, artists, community members, and entrepreneurs participated in the two–day event.

The keynote address, New Pathways in Times of Uncertainty, was delivered by Ben Cameron, program director for the arts for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Opening remarks were delivered by Bob Booker, director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Video.

Panel discussions included:

Interactive workshops included:



For more information, contact the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at 480.965.5337 or Professor Linda Essig at