WAA's roundtables are informal, 60-minute peer-learning sessions with attendees generally seated around a table. Roundtable sessions typically include 10-15 minutes of introduction or presentation, followed by 40-50 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtable hosts often bring targeted questions to pose to the participants in order to learn from and with those attending. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. This year we have nine fantastic topics to choose from.
All roundtables take place 9:30 - 10:30 am, Wednesday, September 6 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
Hot tip: In recent years, attendance at the roundtable sessions has nearly doubled, so plan to arrive a bit early to ensure the proverbial seat at the table.
ABC's of Family Programming
The Family Programming Round Table will be a forum for Presenters, Agents and Artists to share ideas about working with young audiences and creating meaningful community engagement programs. Co-facilitated by Sarah McCarthy and Christine Cox, as well as two experienced Presenters (TBA) the format would include brief introductions, questions to spark ideas and then a guided round table discussion (ideally 60-90 minutes). Similar to the Family Programming full-day seminar that took place at APAP 2017, our goal is to foster a network of those working with youth and family audiences and encourage collaboration.
WAA is committed to advancing Indigenous artists and performance through building capacity in the field and connections through member network and communities. This panel, led by Native performing arts professionals, will give an overview of the Indigenous performing arts field. The panel will discuss cultural competencies to utilize when engaging with Indigenous people and learn ways in which you might be able to successfully reach out to Native communities through curated content, community outreach and relationship building. If you are an Indigenous artist, work with Indigenous artists, or want to learn what you can do to support equitable practices in presenting touring performance by members of the Indigenous Nations of Turtle Island (North America), plan to attend this session.
All About Jazz
Jazz, "America's great contribution to world culture,” can seem like a universe that is expanding in all directions, at all times. That's both the good news and the bad news. Jazz won’t sit still. Our roundtable pins down trends in today’s jazz creation, presenting, and funding, with topics ranging from commissioning and touring in the western states, to ideas for working creatively with your own local jazz community.
Presented by Western Jazz Presenters Network
Current political atmosphere/rhetoric and scapegoating of Latino communities has created cultural divides and challenging environments for doing equity work. But this situation is also an opportunity for those of us in the presenting field to put our values of diversity, equity, and service to communities into practice. How are artists, presenters, and agents changing their work to bridge cultural divides, respond to the current political environment, and serve Latino communities in a real and authentic way? Join this interactive roundtable of presenters, artists, and agents to discuss these vital issues and to hear about the latest Conexiones initiatives.
Presented by Conexiones: Latino Arts @ WAA
Attracting new audiences, retaining existing audiences, and staying connected with communities are some of the most difficult efforts undertaken by artists and arts organizations. Join Arts Midwest for a conversation about new insights, tools, and real-time examples that can help you craft new messages and experiences to increase participation and engagement in your organization. You’ll walk away with new messaging ideas to put into action and the inspiration to get started right away.
Focus on Festivals
If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West.If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West. If you are involved in managing, programming, or marketing a festival, this is the roundtable for you. Bring your burning questions, big ideas, and new initiatives for this opportunity to compare notes and share information with colleagues at festivals around the West.
Join your colleagues for a lively and informative exchange of information on the most exciting dance events coming to the west. West Moves is a network of western US & Canadian presenters dedicated to building and expanding dance tours, lowering touring costs, and sharing knowledge about the field of dance presenting. Share the exciting dance you’ve seen and what you are considering for 2017-18. Also hear about the National Dance Project from Sara Nash, NDP Program Manager (New England Foundation for the Arts). Open to presenters only.
Working with Arts Consultants
Rachel Cohen, founder of Cadence Arts Network, Inc., will guide an open discussion and networking session about consulting in the field of the performing arts. Recommended for consultants, artists, agents, managers, presenters, promoters, board members, and anyone in career transition, managing or seeking to create their own business in the performing arts. Rachel has been actively consulting in the field since 1987.