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New professional adventure

May 8, 2012

I am excited to announce that as of July 1, 2012, I will be the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), representing 42 specialized colleges of art and design across the US and Canada.  I will overlap with retiring Executive Director Bill Barrett for one month beginning June 1, and then AICAD will relocate to Providence, RI at the beginning of July.  This is an exciting new chapter in my career, and I look forward to continuing to work to promote the value of artists, designers, and art and design education.

I am currently in the midst of winding down my consulting business and will be officially closing Obalil & Associates to take on this new challenge.  I will fulfill any previously scheduled speaking engagements through the end of 2012 including the AFTA Convention, National Arts Marketing Project Conference and Midwest Arts Conference.  While I will consider future speaking engagements, they will have to be balanced with the robust travel and convening schedule that comes with this new appointment.

Thanks for all of the support you’ve provided over the years.  I have truly loved my time as a consultant and all those who have worked with Obalil & Associates.  It is somewhat bittersweet to transition my clients to other solutions, but I know they will all succeed.

All the best,

AFTA Convention 2012

February 20, 2012

Thanks to the warm reception it received at NAMP 2011, Deborah Obalil has been asked to repeat her session on Customer Loyalty and Membership in the Arts at the Americans for the Arts Convention in Austin, TX, June 8-10, 2012.  Springboard for the Arts will be again presenting their CSA – community supported art – membership program, and we’ll have a few new additions as well.  If you missed NAMP, this is a great opportunity to learn of some new membership models for the new normal, as well as connect with colleagues from all over the country.

NAMP 2011

June 10, 2011

Deborah Obalil will once again be a featured presenter at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference 2011. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with the top arts marketing experts in the country. Registration is open now.

RI Community Forum

April 6, 2011

Deborah Obalil was a featured participant in the RI Community Forum: Arts supported by the RI Foundation and the Knight Foundation, hosted and aired on WRNI, Rhode Island’s public radio station.  Listen to the interview.

Reaching consumers today

November 1, 2010

Deborah Obalil moderated a fantastic discussion between Mark Addicks, CMO at General Mills and Fred Haberman, CEO of Haberman on the nature of reaching consumers today.  Check out some of the discussion.

NAMP 2010

June 1, 2010

Registration for the 2010 National Arts Marketing Project Conference, November 12-15 in San Jose, CA is open!  Don’t miss Deborah Obalil as part of the stellar line-up of presenters.

Marketing for Independent Artists

February 2, 2010

Deborah Obalil presents a Webinar version of the popular Marketing for Independent Artists workshop on February 18 at 2 p.m. EST through Americans for the Arts.  Registration open now.