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Arts Advocacy and Arts Policy

Questions and ideas around the relationship between the arts and government are explored in this section, including a guide to advocating for the arts at a national level in the United States, a vision for a new Green Federal Theatre Project, and many pieces about arts policy in cities and countries around the world.

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Practices from Euromaidan to Belarus / Art in Conflicted Areas
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Practices from Euromaidan to Belarus / Art in Conflicted Areas
Conversations questioning civil and artistic practices of resistance.
Friday 17 December 2021
Munich, Germany
What we risk for art
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What we risk for art
How censorship and persecution of individual artists reflect a global trend with the Safe Havens Conference 2021
Saturday 4 December 2021
United States
Climate Action in a Global Landscape
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Climate Action in a Global Landscape
A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit
Thursday 9 December 2021
United States
event poster for school of resistance: Art in conflicted areas.
Practices from Euromaidan to Belarus / Art in Conflicted Areas
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Practices from Euromaidan to Belarus / Art in Conflicted Areas

Conversations questioning civil and artistic practices of resistance.

Friday 17 December 2021
Munich, Germany

IIPM and NTGent in collaboration with the Münchner Kammerspiele presented School of Resistance: Practices from Euromaidan to Belarus / Art in conflicted areas livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 17 December 2021 at 8 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC-8) / 11 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 16:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 17:00 CET (Munich, UTC +1) / 18:00 EET (Kyiv, UTC +2).

event poster for Climate Action in a Global Landscape: A TCG Virtual Summit.
Climate Action in a Global Landscape
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Climate Action in a Global Landscape

A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit

Thursday 9 December 2021
United States

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) presented Climate Action in a Global Landscape: A TCG Virtual Summit as part of the 2021-2022 TCG Fall-Winter Convening Season: Crisis and Transformation, livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 9 December 2021 at 10 a.m. PST (Los Angeles, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 18:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 19:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).

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What we risk for art
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What we risk for art

How censorship and persecution of individual artists reflect a global trend with the Safe Havens Conference 2021

Saturday 4 December 2021
United States

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented the event: What we risk for art livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Saturday 4 December 2021 at 10 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 1 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 6 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 7 p.m. CET (Stockholm, UTC +1).

Imagining a New Federal Theatre Project with Corinna Schulenberg and Dr. Elizabeth A. Osborne
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Imagining a New Federal Theatre Project with Corinna Schulenberg and Dr. Elizabeth A. Osborne

24 November 2021

As a part of the New Deal, the Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s funded theatre in the United States at an unprecedented level, providing paid work for trained theatremakers and low-cost performances to audiences all around the country. Corinna Schulenberg and Dr. Elizabeth A. Osborne discuss the history of the Federal Theatre Project and its potential to act as a model for a New Federal Theatre Project formed in conjunction with racial justice, climate justice, and Land Back movements.

The Future Is Now: Conversations with Ambrose Idemudia Joshua and Rusanda Curcă
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The Future Is Now: Conversations with Ambrose Idemudia Joshua and Rusanda Curcă

12 November 2021
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Advocacy and Financial Resilience: A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit
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Advocacy and Financial Resilience: A Theatre Communications Group Virtual Summit

A fieldwide conversation to build on the momentum of US federal relief funding, and discuss financial modeling for unprecedented times.

Thursday 28 October 2021
United States

Theatre leaders and policy experts come together to discuss what we’ve learned in the last year about the significance of US federal advocacy and relief, and how to build on that momentum toward continued collective action. Livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network Thursday 28 October 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Four people on a Zoom call.
Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm
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Arts Advocacy for Newbies: How to Break All the Rules and Create a New Paradigm

12 October 2021

Brooke Ishibashi, performer and co-founder of Be An #ArtsHero, shares her experiences organizing with and advocating for arts workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Afghan Art and Activism Panel event poster.
Afghan Art and Activism: Panel Discussion
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Afghan Art and Activism: Panel Discussion

Friday 17 September 2021
Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle Rep presents a panel discussion on Afghan art and activism livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 17 September 2021 at 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Creating Boston 2021 poster art.
Creating Boston 2021: Celebrating Creative Joy and Community Engagement (ASL and Live Captions)
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Creating Boston 2021: Celebrating Creative Joy and Community Engagement (ASL and Live Captions)

Featuring performances by Boston artists, statements from Mayoral Candidates on their vision for arts and culture, and tips for how YOU can engage in the upcoming city elections

Thursday 9 September 2021
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Join creatives and cultural supporters across Boston for this virtual event powered by the Create the Vote Boston. Livestreaming on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Thursday 9 September 2021 at 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. EDT (Boston, UTC -4) / 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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The Price of Pay Activism
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The Price of Pay Activism

2 September 2021

Genevieve Beller and Elsa Hiltner discuss exploitation and abuse in the theatre field, pay equity, how there should always be space for people to learn and move forward in a better way, and more.

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The Design of Change
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The Design of Change

31 August 2021

Lindsay Jones and Clint Ramos discuss the intersection of art and activism, as well as the paths they take to create meaningful change for the next generation of theatremakers.

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Mu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to F### With
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Mu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to F### With

Asian American Playwrights on Craft

Monday 30 August 2021
United States

Theater Mu presented a conversation: Mu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to F### With livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 30 August 2021.

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Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry
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Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry

How we can embrace our shared responsibility to hold institutions accountable and advocate where we have agency

Thursday 22 July 2021
United States

Wingspace Theatrical Design presented a Virtual Salon on Pay Equity in the Theatre Industry livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 22 July 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

A Palestinian flag that says, "End Israeli Apartheid! Free Palestine. Boycott-Divest-Sanction. NorCalSocialism.org/SocialistWorker.org."
It is Long Past Time for American Theatres to Boycott Israel
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It is Long Past Time for American Theatres to Boycott Israel

12 July 2021

Fargo Tbakhi argues it is long past time for the American theatre to listen to Palestinian colleagues and to collectively and immediately commit to Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.

Left: Three actors in black with two of them sitting on the ground and looking down. The actor in the center looks up and sits on a higher level. Right: Three actors standing side-by-side.
When Arts Presenters and Creative Independent Producers Come Together
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When Arts Presenters and Creative Independent Producers Come Together

3 June 2021

The International Presenting Commons shares a statement on how and why arts presenters and creative independent producers have come together to sustain and evolve a commitment to international cultural exchange and engagement.

portraits of Lucien Zayan and Raja Feather Kelly.
SEGAL TALKS with Lucien Zayan and Raja Feather Kelly (NYC)
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SEGAL TALKS with Lucien Zayan and Raja Feather Kelly (NYC)

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Thursday 6 May 2021
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presented SEGAL TALKS with Lucien Zayan and Raja Feather Kelly (NYC) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

An illustration of multiple hands assembling a broken art piece.
Reimagining Public Theatres as Collectively Organized Cultural Institutions
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Reimagining Public Theatres as Collectively Organized Cultural Institutions

28 April 2021

Zenkő Bogdán believes public cultural institutions should be redefined from the perspective of the people around it: it’s artists, employees, and audiences. As an exercise, she has begun to reimagine a future public theatre’s rules of organizing and functioning—and wants each and every reader of the document to participate.

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Pay Equity
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Pay Equity

What’s In It For Theatre Companies?

6 January 2021

Elsa Hiltner examines the value of pay equity in the theatre through a fresh lens: how it benefits companies.

a group of actors onstage
The Ableist Effects of Creating “Post-Pandemic Theatre” During a Pandemic
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The Ableist Effects of Creating “Post-Pandemic Theatre” During a Pandemic

8 December 2020

Allie Marotta discusses how a new realm of accessibility opened up with remote performances but argues that the rush to return to in-person events is leaving disabled and high-risk populations behind.

The marquee for the San Diego Civic Center
Should I Stay or Should I Go
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Should I Stay or Should I Go

Job Loss for New Graduates and Young Professionals

7 December 2020

Concerned with how the lockdowns have affected recent theatre graduates and young professionals, Kristin Perkins spoke to eighteen such artists across the United States about what it’s been like for them and offers some suggestions for the months ahead.

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European Theatre Forum 2020
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European Theatre Forum 2020

European Performing Arts in Focus

Wednesday 11 November to Friday 13 November 2020
European Union

An international platform for vision, discourse, exchange, networking and policymaking to strategically strengthen the structurally highly fragmented European theatre and performing arts sector.

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(Re)Imagine Civic Theater (ASL interpreted and live captioned)
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(Re)Imagine Civic Theater (ASL interpreted and live captioned)

A series by Seattle Rep that brings artists and community leaders together

Thursday 29 October 2020
United States

Seattle Rep presented (Re)Imagine Civic Theater livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Activating the Cultural Power of a Movement
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Activating the Cultural Power of a Movement

Leaders from racial justice, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and economic justice groups share strategies for building movement power together

Friday 9 October 2020
United States

The US Department of Arts and Culture, Arts & Democracy, and Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY) presented the conversation Activating the Cultural Power of a Movement livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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ROOTS Week 2020: The Fierce Urgency of Now
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ROOTS Week 2020: The Fierce Urgency of Now

Annual meeting of Alternate ROOTS: a coalition committed to building a just world through arts, community, and activism

Friday 18 September to Sunday 4 October 2020
United States

Alternate ROOTS presented ROOTS Week Annual Meeting & Artists’ Retreat livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday 18 September to Sunday 4 October 2020.

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Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars
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Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars

A panel on recent arts and culture censorship

Friday 25 September 2020
Southeast Asia

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented the panel Arts and Culture in Southeast Asia: Proxy Wars in collaboration with ArtsEquator livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 8:30 p.m. SGT (Singapore, UTC +8) / 2:30 p.m. CEST (Stockholm, UTC +2) / 13:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 8:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4)