We’ve been researching a metric ton of literature on community/arts partnerships for the last few weeks, and we think we’ve finally found some good material.
Here are two reports.
The first one is called Arts & Non-Arts Partnerships: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies.
– Mutual Benefits of Community Partnerships
– The Connections of Non-arts Organizations to the Arts
– Partnership Assets Can Also Be Liabilities
– Understanding the Risks
– Types of Partnership Risks
The second item is Partnership as an Art Form: What Works and What Doesn’t in Nonprofit Arts Partnerships. We recommend in particular the section called “Part I: How to Think About Partnerships,” and can be found on numbered pages 9-12 (pages 10-13 of the pdf file).
These readings provide some background to the how and why of arts & community partnerships, and can lend guidance on how theatres might think about possible collaborations for individual plays, or season initiatives.
This article by Scott Palmer, artistic director of Bag&Baggage in Hillsboro, OR, talks about how their recent grant from Met Life/TCG’s A-Ha Program: Think It, Do It, enabled them to connect with communities unaccustomed to theatre. They discovered how the language they use to talk about their company is hitting their rural neighbors to the west in addition to other discoveries they’ve made in their research. Read the article here.
This article talks about a letter that Makoto Hirano, a self-described “dance theater artist, actual Japanese person, [and] actual Samurai descendant,” wrote to the Lantern Theatre Company Artistic Director, Charles McMahon, after watching the theatre company’s production of Julius Caesar. McMahon also wrote a letter in response to Hirano. Read the article here.
This series on HowlRound talks about Mixed Blood Theatre’s Radical Hospitality program, which was started in September 2011 to give audiences more accessibility to theatre. This discussion is curated by Aditi Kapil (Love Person), who is also Mixed Blood Theatre’s playwright-in-residence. Read the discussion here.
This article talks about the 3rd annual TEDxBroadway 2014 conference, where middle schoolers had the chance to ask industry professionals how they “make the magic of theatre.” Read those ten lessons here.
This article from The Guardian talks about how children behave during performances and if their behavior actually needs to be changed. Read the article here.
In his post, playwright Mike Lew argues that a lack of education is not the reason that young people do not pay to see theatre and instead offers an alternative reason as to why young people would rather spend their money on other activities. Read the post here.