About the Series
We’re back! Or are we? Join the researchers behind Return to the Stage for a briefing session on the final wave of the study. Meg Friedman, AMS Senior Consultant and Knowledge Manager, and David McGraw, head of Arts Administration at Elon University, will share key findings from the study and have a conversation with special guests. A Q&A will follow.
Come prepared to ask questions about the performing arts workforce, its priorities and sensitivities.
For more information about the study and to sign up for future reports, visit Return to the Stage.
In March of 2020, our nation’s students headed home “temporarily” while we fought to flatten the curve. Fast forward to one year later. Many students only just returning to school, educators still adapting to synchronous and asynchronous teaching, parents continuing the delicate balance of working, “homeschooling” and parenting. Layer on existing issues of access, diversity, equity and inclusion, only exacerbated and brought to the forefront by the pandemic, where does arts education land and what is the critical path for content providers and advocates moving forward?
In this installment of Reimagining Return we’ll discuss the art of arts-in-education as our youth navigate learning in the age of Covid-19 and how organizations can support them. Join AMS Project Manager, Amy Ben-Kiki in conversation with Tom DeCaigny, Executive Director at Create CA, California’s Statewide Arts Education Coalition, and Jamie Kasper, Executive Director of the Arts Education Partnership.
By June of 2020, live performances had nearly all been cancelled and venues closed. One year later, concert halls, performing arts centers and arenas are gearing up to reopen. For many organizations, reopening represents the first live performance in nearly 18 months. What does it take to reopen safely and securely, while also providing unparalleled customer experience and committing to certain health precautions? What have we learned during COVID-19 that will inform the customer journey moving forward? How do we communicate with our audiences and patrons to embolden them to return with confidence?
In this installment of Reimagining Return we’ll discuss the art of reopening with the professionals behind the organizations unlocking their doors first.
Join Director of AMS Analytics Jordan Gross-Richmond in conversation with Gretchen Scott, Director of Marketing at The Shed, Michelle Holmes, VP of Marketing at AT&T Performing Arts Center and Sara Villagio, Chief Marketing Officer at Carnegie Hall.
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.