As the arts sector continues to navigate the pandemic and the road ahead, how can organizations respond to what their communities need most? We will explore that question and more in the return of The Wallace Foundation's series of virtual conversations, "Reimagining the Future of the Arts," on Wednesday, February 17 at 1:00pm ET.
Slover Linett Project Director Madeline Smith will share key findings from "Centering the Picture: The role of race & ethnicity in cultural engagement," which explores how and why Americans of all racial backgrounds connect to arts, culture, and creativity. With a focus on the perspectives of communities of color, the study examines what communities need from the sector during challenging times; how they’ve engaged digitally during the prolonged closures; and insights on ways in which cultural organizations can adapt to be more responsive to diverse audiences' needs. The report both confirms and challenges longstanding ideas about inclusion, relevance, and service.
Following the presentation will be a moderated conversation about how organizations across the country are engaging with audiences during the prolonged closures, how they are responding to the needs of their artists and audiences, and the ways in which they are re-evaluating their engagement practices for the months and years ahead. Joining the discussion: Anna Glass, executive director of Dance Theatre in Harlem, Josephine Ramirez, executive vice president of The Music Center Arts in LA, and Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of the Museum of Chinese in America.