2018 – Austin, TX

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A huge thank you to Austin Creative Alliance in Austin, TX for hosting the Association of Performing Arts Service Organization national conference May 1-4, 2018.  

The conference included four days of networking, professional development, dine arounds, art sharing and administrative workshops with innovative arts service organizations from across the nation from across the nation. 

APASO began almost 35 years ago when a group of organizations providing services to their performing arts communities got together to share their experiences as a way of learning from each other. Today, APASO is a national association that includes cross-disciplinary nonprofit arts service organizations, performing arts service organizations, and cultural alliances from all across the country. This year, we leaned into the question of “How do Arts Service Organizations Remain Relevant and Responsive to our Constituents?” 

View the 2018 Conference Schedule here.

Meet the planning committee.

As host organization, Austin Creative Alliance welcomed APASO 2018 to the beautiful, vibrant and progressive community of Austin. Breakfast, lunch and transportation were provided throughout the conference. 

2018 venues included:

The Continental Club

Rock, country, jazz & blues acts, national & local, are found at this legendary South Congress club, Austin’s oldest continually operating music venue, since 1955.  The Continental Club is a cornerstone of the vibrant stretch of hip boutiques, trendy lodging options and Austin-original eateries along South Congress Avenue. The area also offers a picture-postcard vista of the Texas State Capitol.

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

The Center designs and tests innovative programs that integrate air, water, food, energy, and material systems to build healthy and sustainable communities. The CMPBS site includes multiple architecturally experimental spaces.

Ground Floor Theatre

Ground Floor Theatre began as play! Theatre Group, a jewel box theatre on Cedar Avenue and 12th Street.  In 2014 they changed their name to Ground Floor Theatre and updated our mission to concentrate on works by and for under represented communities.  They are an incubator to foster and grow new and groundbreaking works that shine a light on groups that seldom bask in light.

The Vortex Theatre

Established in 1988, The VORTEX was the first theatre to create a home on Austin’s historically under-served Eastside, laying the foundations for a blossoming arts and entertainment district along Manor Road.  After 30 years of creating and presenting innovative theatrical works, The VORTEX continues to anchor a cultural hub.

The Hideout Theatre

The Hideout is in the business of improvisational theatre. They make up all their comedy, plays, and sketches on the spot (unless otherwise noted). Short form, long form, Chicago-Style, NY-Style, CA-Style, Austin-Style – they do it all (especially Austin-Style, it’s their specialty).

Holiday Inn Town Lake 

Set on Lady Bird Lake, in the heart of Austin, just a few blocks from the Austin Creative Alliance offices and adjacent to the Rainey Street District, with abundant dining, entertainment and cocktail options.