Performing Arts: education, collaboration, outreach (0241) (0241)

Venue: Bailbrook House

Location: Bath, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: May 31, 2002 End Date/Time: Jun 05, 2002
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Performing arts organisations have a chequered history of involvement with the community beyond their traditional audiences. But increasing demands on arts organisations mean that this role cannot be ignored. In an area of work fraught with misunderstandings - the very term 'arts education' means many things to many people - this event will demonstrate the myriad ways in which arts institutions can engage productively with the wider community, including the formal education sector. To some extent this may mean a re-examination of the mission of each organisation, and we shall examine possible consequences for the institution itself.

The seminar coincides with the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, the national BBC Music Live 2002 events and the end of the prestigious annual Bath Festival. The Festival has a particular emphasis on music, which will colour our seminar to some extent, but we shall also cover theatre, dance and live art. As well as sharing good practice and examples of innovation, sessions will address:

From vision to practice - making good ideas work for all involved
Training performers for education/community work as part of their continuing professional development
Monitoring and evaluating work and ensuring that maximum attention is drawn to new initiatives
Attitudes to financing education/community work
Accommodating active education/community work within arts organisations - the proverbial cuckoo in the nest?
Relationships with formal educational curricula and individual community artists
Using education/community projects to address social issues

Participant profile
The seminar will be of interest to arts managers and directors of performing arts venues, institutions, companies and ensembles, or those with a senior responsibility for 'outreach'. Those managers with performing arts skills will be encouraged to take part in some practical work, but those without are no less welcome.

Event Director
Directed by Andrew Bennett. For the last fifteen years, Andrew has worked as an administrator in theatre, opera, classical music and event management. Most recently, as Chief Executive of Northern Sinfonia, the chamber orchestra based in Newcastle upon Tyne, he oversaw the completion of the 'Stabilisation' of the organisation and its eventual integration into a new management structure. He is now working as a freelance arts manager, with clients including Casa da Música in Porto, Portugal