Interested in hosting a Regional FATE Event?
Become a REGIONAL COORDINATOR!
Any FATE member can become a Regional Coordinator by planning an event. This event may be modest (a brown bag luncheon with ten colleagues from surrounding schools, for example) or as expansive as a full conference with a hundreds of people. The goal is to get a group of people together to discuss foundations related topics. These topics may be directly related to what you are doing at your school or more broad as to address a wider range of issues. You choose the scale and what you want to discuss. Virtual participation may even be possible should your institution support the event through use of their virtual meeting platform (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoogleMeet, etc.)
Participating in FATE is a great way to meet people who combine a sincere interest in teaching with strong dedication to their own studio work or research.
Putting together a regional event is a great networking tool for making contacts in your area and find out what surrounding schools are doing. This could be highly beneficial for the part time instructor or graduate candidates.
As a Regional Coordinator, your participation can be as expansive as your time permits—you have great freedom in developing and implementing projects.
Learning what other colleges are doing in your area may give you a better sense of how you match up. Therefore, giving you a better idea of what changes you may want to make to better your department.
Based on number of participants you wish to invite to your event, various event structures can be considered to foster quality presentations and/or productive discussion. The events listed in our FATE Regional Event Achieve are examples of event types you can consider organizing.
Start small but think big. Holding a call for papers or trying to reserve a block of rooms at a hotel may be more challenging to take on for your first event. The number of guests could be limited or completely open. Registration fees could apply to guests if you intend on feeding them or have workshop materials available.
FATE regional event types vary. Choose which works best for your region and organizing team.
Pick topic you want to discuss in some depth and invite 3-6 experts to present hands-on or panel sessions. The Roundtable could be people from your own institution from various departments with perhaps a few guest speakers from other institutions to springboard a conversation. Choose a topic that you feel would benefit your department or discuss a topic that you feel would benefit the college as a whole. This could also be open to the public and perhaps housed in an auditorium with spectators.
Contact 10-30 colleagues from surrounding institutions, possibly including high schools with AP programs. Consider focusing your discussion on a specific topic, such as critique strategies, creativity, or ways to create connections between studio and lecture courses. Provide a simple lunch for everyone. Talk. Write a concise description to be shared on the FATE website.
Pick topic you want to discuss in some depth. Invite 3-6 experts to present hands-on or panel sessions. Work up an agenda and distribute it to regional institutions. Provide donuts and coffee to start and a nice lunch. Let participants arrange their own lodging, based on a list of recommendations you provide. Write up results to be shared with FATE membership.
Pick an engaging theme. Get an assistant and a team of collaborators to help you. Many hotels and universities have professional conference planners—they can be invaluable. Pick 8-12 presenters or distribute a call for proposals. (A call for proposals is much more work, but it expands your network of participants.) Depending on the scale of the project, arrange overnight lodging. Run the event, record, and allow us to share with the FATE community.