Mark your calendars: on February 19–21, 2011, Kansas City is going to be swarming with some of today’s leading arts thinkers and practitioners, courtesy of Arts Enterprise (AE)—a budding organization that explores the intersections between the arts and business on university campuses across the country. Founded in 2006, the organization is unique both in its vision and its grassroots, student-driven program, which reflects the diverse membership of the organization. Both Andrew and I sit on the board and are AE alumns, so we’re especially excited for the groups second annual AE Summit, hosted this year by the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  The event includes a series of concurrent sessions and workshops, and is geared toward prospective students, faculty, and administrators interested in what AE does, as well as current and former members of various AE chapters. Invited speakers include Margo Drakos (Chief Operating Officer, Instant Encore) and Andrew Taylor (Director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin), and registration is still open.

So if you’re in or around the area, or are just curious about the future of the arts in American society, come to Kansas City and say hi! For more information, please see