About the Series
April is Arts, Culture & Creativity Month in California and is also a time of concentrated arts advocacy activity in Washington D.C. and across the country. How will this April’s advocacy differ from ‘normal’ and even last year’s work? What will our sector’s new normal be with respect to public support? How should we set our expectations? What are the strategies, tactics, and messages that have been most effective and that we can build upon?
In this installment of Reimagining Return we will explore the art and craft of arts & culture advocacy and how efforts have adapted and shifted in the age of COVID-19.
Join AMS Director Bill Blake in conversation with Julie Baker, Executive Director of Californians for the Arts, Ralph Remington, Executive Director of the San Francisco Arts Commission and Dayna Frank, President of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).
Join the principal researchers behind RETURN TO THE STAGE (featured in our December 9th webinar) for an update and conversation about the latest results from this 18-month study.
The program will include a look at expectations about the future of the field and how employer interactions, employment opportunities, and the impact of coping strategies could reduce future attrition from the field. For more information about the study and to sign up for future reports, visit returntothestage.com.
The long intermission that we have been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic has all but eliminated our ability to connect with our communities in a traditional way. This program will focus on innovation in performance space and business models that have enabled performing arts centers to remain connected to their communities, audiences and artists a like–at scale.
AMS Principal Steven Wolff will speak with CEOs Kathy Ramsberger of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts in Orlando and Mike Fresher of the Tobin Center in San Antonio on topics related to their experiences with creative program delivery over the past months as well as how those experiences might impact the business going forward.
Even as we are experiencing a major surge in COVID cases, we are also beginning to see positive indicators of the vaccines and tools that will be essential to re-opening our performing arts venues. Steven Wolff will be joined by Rachel Moore, CEO of the Music Center of Los Angeles County and Joan Squires, CEO of Omaha Performing Arts to discuss steps they have already taken and innovations they are considering as they look ahead.
In this conversation, Steven will draw on literally thousands of contacts and tens of thousands of audience surveys to frame a series of observations and questions around addressing conditions that preceded the pandemic and the reality of being the “first to close and last to reopen.”
The Performing Arts sector is grappling with extraordinary change, and the workforce faces urgent and complex stresses in economic, social, and professional terms. Return to the Stage is an independent study launched in July 2020 which documents the Performing Arts workforce’s coping strategies, potential attrition from the field, and more.
The program will include a brief overview, a deeper dive into key findings, and a 10-minute Q&A with the researchers, Meg Friedman, Senior Consultant for AMS Planning & Research and David McGraw, Program Coordinator for Arts Administration at Elon University.