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Cultural Participation Policies
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Cultural Participation Policies

A Poverty of Ambition

by David Stevenson
8 October 2019
2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections
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2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections

in Denver, Colorado, USA

Monday 14 October and Wednesday 16 October 2019
Denver, Colorado, USA
The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

by Karen Malpede
30 July 2019
a painting of a girl in Mexican "day of the dead" skull makeup.
2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections
Video

2019 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference: Cultural Intersections

in Denver, Colorado, USA

Monday 14 October and Wednesday 16 October 2019
Denver, Colorado, USA

Grantmakers in the Arts presented the 2019 GIA Conference Cultural Intersections livestreaming from Denver, Colorado on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 14 October and Wednesday 16 October 2019.

an audience view of a concert
Cultural Participation Policies
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Cultural Participation Policies

A Poverty of Ambition

8 October 2019

Dr. David Stevenson talks about audience diversification, confronts the dominant hierarchy of cultural activities, and looks to create space for valuing everyone’s chosen cultural experiences the same way.

politicians giving a press conference
The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

30 July 2019

Karen Malpede argues that significant theatrical engagement with the climate crisis cannot occur in the United States without governmental intervention, and looks at the Federal Theatre Project as a model.

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Reimagining the Relationship Between Playwrights and Institutions
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Reimagining the Relationship Between Playwrights and Institutions

Announcing an Open Call for the Third Round of the National Playwright Residency Program

5 July 2019

Applications for the third round of the National Playwright Residency Program, an intervention into the traditional relationships between artists and institutions, are now live!

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A Look at Independent Theatres in Mexico
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A Look at Independent Theatres in Mexico

Un vistazo a las salas de teatro independiente en México

3 July 2019

Mariela López talks about her research on independent theatres across Mexico, including the challenges, the benefits, and recommendations for anyone wanting to create a company. / Mariela López nos habla de su investigación sobre los teatros independientes en México, incluyendo los desafíos, los beneficios y recomendaciones para cualquiera que quiera crear uno.

joe haj and rob melrose
“Who are you when scared?”
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“Who are you when scared?”

Confidence, Fearlessness, and Artistic Direction

23 June 2019

Artistic directors Joe Haj of Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater and Rob Melrose of Houston’s Alley Theatre talk about confidence and fearlessness, a company of actors, fighting for the classics, and more.

canadian money
Canadian Public Arts Funding and a New National Narrative
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Canadian Public Arts Funding and a New National Narrative

25 April 2019

Toronto-based American actor and playwright Jesse LaVercombe looks at how Canada’s public arts funding has had an impact on the theatre that gets made.

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Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?
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Can a Theatre Company Lead Change?

22 April 2019

Owais Lightwala talks about how Toronto’s Why Not Theatre grew from a scrappy startup to an institution in their own right—which came with a greater responsibility to tackle some of Toronto theatres’s biggest challenges: space, childcare, and diversity.

a group of people in costume at the Porthcawl Carnival
Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?
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Should Our Funds for the Arts Pay for Cultural Democracy?

17 March 2019

Nan van Houte expresses a desire for funding bodies to take their responsibility and support cultural democracy without compromising the existing subsidies for the arts.

The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color
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The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color

An online conference hosted by Advancing Arts Forward

Friday 1 March 2019
Video Conference

Advancing Arts Forward and HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the panel The Future of Crowdfunding for Theatre Artists of Color livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 1 March at 11:30 a.m. PST (San Francisco) / 1:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 2:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 7:30 p.m. UTC +0 (London).

David Howse, Judith Batty, and Reginald Browne
Beginning to Walk the Walk
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Beginning to Walk the Walk

David Howse in Conversation with Judith Batty and Reggie Browne

20 January 2019

David Howse, ArtsEmerson’s executive director, talks to two board chairs, Judith Batty of Arena Stage and Reggie Browne of McCarter Theatre, about diversifying audiences, philanthropy and fundraising, intern programs to cultivate new talent, and more.

We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity
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We Need Theatre to Exist, and Maybe Research Can Prove Its Necessity

26 June 2018

Theatre artist and educator Robert Ruffin explores the idea of theatre being necessary for human survival and the research that needs to be undertaken to prove it. 

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color
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The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color

9 May 2018

Founder and executive artistic director of Dallas’s Bishop Arts Theatre Center Teresa Coleman Wash looks at the realities of running a theatre company as a woman of color.

Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?
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Can We Really Tell Whose Butts Are In Our Seats?

1 September 2017

Producer, dramaturg, and grant writer Heather A. Beasley writes about the challenges and ethics of collecting audience demographic data, and offers a radical proposition.

Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution
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Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution

The state of funding for Latinx Theatre Companies in the City of Angels

7 June 2017

In this first installment of a three-part series, Armando Molina writes about funding for theatres in Los Angeles, California.

The Status of Creative Freedom in Romania
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The Status of Creative Freedom in Romania

27 March 2017

Ioana Tamas discusses the status of artists in Romania, in this installment of the series leading up to the IETM Plenary Meeting in Bucharest.

Conversation Advocating for the Arts
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Conversation Advocating for the Arts

Friday 15 April 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands

IETM’s Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam: Live Art in Digital Times presented the conversation Advocating for the Arts livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 15 April at 12:30-14:00 CEST (Amsterdam) / 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. BST (London) / 10:30-12:00 GMT / 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. EDT (New York) / 13:30-15:00 EEST (Bucharest) / 16:00-18:30 IST (New Delhi) / 18:30-20:00 SGT (Singapore) / 19:30-21:00 JST (Tokyo) / 20:30-22:00 AEST (Sydney). You can join the discussions in the session by sending your questions and remarks on twitter with the hashtag #IETMAmsterdam.

The IETM Satellite Meeting
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The IETM Satellite Meeting

Monday 7 March and Tuesday 8 March 2016

 

IETM presents the Satellite Meeting in Paris livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 7 March and Tuesday 8 March. 

Kill New Play Deniers
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Kill New Play Deniers

2 March 2016

Ira Gamerman reports on Australian playwright David Finnigan's new play Kill Climate Deniers that has been funded through an arts grant from the Australian government and called out as a waste of government arts spending although it hasn’t premeried yet.

The LIT Fund Wants Your Nickels
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The LIT Fund Wants Your Nickels

Radical Transparency and a Long Term Vision For Downtown Theatre

23 November 2015

Ben Gassman discusses the LIT Fund’s grant lottery system and the concept of radical transparency.

Don’t Depend on Ticket Sales
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Don’t Depend on Ticket Sales

18 October 2015

Seth Lepore discusses why artists and producers can’t depend purely on ticket sales for revenue, using one of his tours through the Midwest as an example. 

Promise Me You Won’t Start an Arts Nonprofit
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Promise Me You Won’t Start an Arts Nonprofit

28 August 2015

Seth Lepore lays out the pros and cons of fiscal sponsorship versus becoming a non-profit for small arts groups or individuals.

Eight Steps to Actual Actual Innovation in Arts Funding
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Eight Steps to Actual Actual Innovation in Arts Funding

15 August 2015

Artistic innovator Adrienne Mackey offers eight steps to actual actual innovation in arts funding.

Value Set at $200/hour
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Value Set at $200/hour

Money Lab and the Patronage Auction

28 June 2015

Edward Einhorn on the economics of Money Lab and what it taught him about the relationship of art and money.

Supporting the Intersection of Art and Activism
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Supporting the Intersection of Art and Activism

26 April 2015

Jennifer Sokolove talks about funding work around climate change, and how organizations can reimagine granting to support work at the intersection of art activism.