Beyond Presenting

Voices of the City, a program of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma, WA, photo by Jesse Michener.

Beyond Presenting

New strategies for powerful presenting & community engagement

Tuesday, September 2, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ROOM CHANGE: Issaquah Room, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

Members $75 / Non-Members $100

Presenting is so much more than the basics: load-in, residency activity, performance, meet-n-greet, strike and go. Social, cultural, demographic, and economic realities demand new approaches for programming, operations, marketing, and outreach. Beyond Presenting investigates new strategies and best practices to take your season or company beyond the traditional and into ground-breaking community partnership, participation, collaboration, and sustainability. This team-taught workshop offers three innovative practitioners each with their own approach to deepening connection, cultural equity, and impact. Take-aways include models, tactics, and tools for program design and structure, process, and evaluation. For the final hour, participants divide into breakouts and explore how to practice the principles of Beyond Presenting in their own communities.

Three Strategies

Jam Sessions

Heather Rigby
General Manager of Productions
The Ford Theatres, Los Angeles

The Ford Theatres, a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, launched public engagement programming in 2008 with JAM Sessions, informal and participatory events which invite the public to dance and make music onstage alongside professional local artists from the Ford’s diverse season of events. General Manager of Productions Heather Rigby will share strategies for engagement learned by Ford staff through the evolution of this program and the next generation of programming that it has inspired. She will focus on the role of place, the artist-community relationship, and the process and challenge of evaluation.

Cohort Development

David Fischer
Executive Director
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma

Ultimately, the arts are an ancient mechanism to unlock empathy. As our artists step into a pool of light, their unique expression touches us, bursts our isolation and reminds us that despite our differences we are connected. With a goal of building empathy outside of our theatres, Tacoma’s Broadway Center has developed the idea of “cohort development.” Through two structures – one for adults and one for youth – we convene small, diverse groups to use theatre, music and dance to tell their personal story. Professional teaching artists coach each participant toward confidently sharing their story and building deeper connections . . . one group at a time. Through this process, we have made great impact on campus bullying, sexual harassment and our community’s sense of civility. This segment of the workshop will give you key concepts for structure, evaluation, enrollment and culminating such projects.

Cultural Democracy

Kaisha Johnson
Founder of Women of Color in the Arts and Director of Touring Artists
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance, New York

Cultural democracy proposes that fair, equitable and proportional attention be given to each cultural community. What does this mean for the performing arts? It means that in order to strengthen our communities and create robust institutional programming that speaks to diverse communities, community members must be seated at the discussion and decision making table. Learn why the practice of engendering a culturally democratic environment is so critical to the success of our arts organizations. Also, hear about concrete practices that are working to promote organizational sustainability and create deeper community engagement.