This year is a conference year for StageSource, and we are excited about our June 17 convening. When we picked our topic last September, we decided to focus on "Arts Activism: Where Do You Fit In?", thinking it would be about the theater community taking on a larger role in advocacy regarding government funding, and around space issues. Given the changes in the past few months, including the potential abolishment of the NEA and the NEH, we are expanding the focus of the conference. Rather than focusing on what the arts community needs, we are going to focus on what our statement of purpose is. How do we intersect with the community? Education? Science? Housing and development? Other sectors? What do we offer? Where can we do better? How do the arts intersect with politics? What is the role of the artist as citizen?
The structure of the day will be interesting, opening with a keynote by Tory Bullock, a panel with arts activists, a conference wide session with Matt Wilson to talk about arts advocacy, with some community organizing lessons for the community. At lunch we will have sessions for specific areas (marketing for new work, playwrights pitching to directors, raising money in 2017, etc.) and roundtables focusing on the business of the arts.
After lunch we will be working on the statement of purpose. There will be two sessions for performative devised work to be created. There will also be several working groups who focus on writing a draft of statements of purpose for the arts community. We look forward to this full day of action, activism, and investment.
Register here. And stay tuned for more input on why this is important to the StageSource board and conference committee.