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 Seattle News article talks about how ACT Theatre plans to willingly raise the minimum wage of their employees to $15 even if the new minimum wage proposal in Seattle isn’t passed. Read the article to find out how other companies in the city are reacting to the potential wage increase.
This Miami Herald article talkes about a proposed change in the federal tax code that would allow 100% of any investment in live theatre to be deducted up to $15 million per production, regardless of whther the show is a success or failure. Read the article here.
This Wall Street Journal article talks about how high school are now using product placement in their shows to generate funding. 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 dilemma that both actors and theatre companies face when actors drop out of shows for a better paycheck or part. 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.