Difficult Conversations: Supply and Demand
Thursday, November 3, 6pm-8pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street: 5th Floor Garland
FREE! Light refreshments will be provided
Co-presented by Chicago Artist Resources and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Last spring, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman set off an avalanche in his blog post when he basically stated that there are too many not for profit arts organizations in this country. His position is that the supply of artists greatly exceeds the public demand, and that therefore, the "supply" needs to be reduced. In the subsequent months, many arts professionals, policy wonks, and arts makers have contributed their thoughts to this timely topic, and the responses are far and wide.
What do you think? Are there too many arts organizations? Would the Chicago dance community be stronger if there were fewer companies seeking the same dollars, or, do we need to collectively pursue more audiences? Should we take a Darwinist approach, or adopt a new paradigm? Come hear from leading experts in the field, writers, directors, and policy makers, on this topic that hits all of us squarely in the chest plate, and make your viewpoint heard. Moderated by Meida McNeal. Difficult Conversations = No whining allowed. Just seeking solutions...
- Joan Gray, President, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
- Peter Handler, Program Director, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
- Kelly Kleiman, Journalist and Non-Profit Consultant
- Ian David Moss, Research Director for Fractured Atlas, NYC and blogger, Createquity.com
This series is developed and presented in partnership with the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, Chicago Artists Resource, and Defibrillator.