Community Partnerships Between Arts & Non-Arts Organizations

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.
It addresses:
– 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.

New York Times: It May Be a Nonprofit Theater, but the Tickets Look For-Profit

This article from The New York Times talks about how nonprofit theatres in NYC are resorting to raising ticket prices and collaborating with commerical producers in order to recoup financial losses. The latest nonprofit theatre company raising ticket prices is Roundabout Theatre with their restaging of Cabaret, which originally ran from 1998-2004. Read the article here.

HowlRound: Antipermanence: An Argument for Increased Infrastructural Ephemerality in America’s Nonprofit Theaters

On HowlRound, theatre artist Annah Feinberg wrote an essay piece called Antipermanence: An Argument for Increased Infrastructural Ephemerality in America’s Nonprofit Theatres. In this essay, Feinberg states that the downfall of nonprofit theatre comes from an increased importance on job security and sustenance. In addition, she argues that the original idea that the nonprofit theatre movement was founded on is largely economically unfeasible in the long term. Read the entire essay here.