8th Annual Creative Sector Summit

Asheville Area Arts Council & Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority present

8th Annual Creative Sector Summit

Fri, April 20, 2018

9:00 am (event ends at 4:00 pm)


This event is all ages

8th Annual Creative Sector Summit
8th Annual Creative Sector Summit
The Asheville Area Arts Council is excited to announce the 8th annual Creative Sector Summit, “Rhyme or Reason: Measuring Patterns of Growth.” Presented by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, this year’s Summit will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at The Grey Eagle and features keynote speaker Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert. Boilen will bring his stories and viewpoint as a journalist and artist on the music industry and the opportunities and challenges Asheville might expect as its music scene explodes. The Summit will also feature panels made up of locals who will discuss the economic impact case study of the Asheville music industry along with new collaborative initiatives to expand data on arts and culture to better understand and advocate for the creative sector of Buncombe County.

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Bob Boilen, Creator & Host of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert

In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.

Before coming to NPR, Boilen found many ways to share his passion for music. From 1982 to 1986 he worked for Baltimore's Impossible Theater, where he held many posts, including composer, technician, and recording engineer. Boilen became part of music history in 1983 with the Impossible Theater production Whiz Bang, a History of Sound. In it, Boilen became one of the first composers to use audio sampling — in this case, sounds from nature and the industrial revolution. He was interviewed about Whiz Bang by Susan Stamberg on All Things Considered.

In 1985, the Washington City Paper voted Boilen 'Performance Artist of the Year.' An electronic musician, he received a grant from the Washington D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to work on electronic music and performance.

After Impossible Theater, Boilen worked as a producer for a television station in Washington, D.C. He produced several projects, including a music video show. In 1997, he started producing an online show called Science Live for the Discovery Channel. He also put out two albums with his psychedelic band, Tiny Desk Unit, during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Boilen still composes and performs music and posts it for free on his website BobBoilen.info. He performs contradance music and has a podcast of contradance music that he produces with his son Julian.

Boilen's first book, Your Song Changed My Life, was published in April 2016 by HarperCollins.

Optional Tour: Explore the Hidden Assets of the River Arts District
3:00 pm OR 4:00 pm
$5 for members, and $10 for non-members

The River Arts District is home to over 200 artists in working studios throughout 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along one mile of the French Broad River. The birth of the River Arts District began in 1985 and has continually grown ever since, including the current re-development in the District by the City of Asheville, which is scheduled for completion in 2020. Join this optional tour to hear its history, learn about some of its hidden assets, and why the City is focusing on re-developing this essential part of our community.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801