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Performing Arts Centres as Common Spaces

There are many evolving conversations about how performing arts spaces can better serve society as a whole, not just those who have traditionally attended their shows.

Here are a few articles to provoke further thought, both written by Lyn Gardner for The Guardian:

Theatres must look beyond their regular audiences and to society itself

Theatres should be the new town squares, not monastaries

The National Endowment for the Arts also has a useful resource on this topic:

Beyond the Building: Performing Arts & Transforming Place

Finally, the Project for Public Space has shared their ideas on What Makes a Successful Place?

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Community Engagement Resources from Doug Borwick

Doug Borwick is a US-based artist, arts administrator, and leading advocate for community engagement in the arts.
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Nurturing Local Culture: Stories from Creative People and Places

The following is a summary of key learnings and resources from a virtual con
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Turning Engagement Patterns Upside Down

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Power Up

"This think-piece by Chrissie Tiller unearths and explores some of the complexities and challenges of sharing power, drawing on thinking

Why?

Megan English - Community Engagement with dance

Why?

Kala Seraphin - Kingston, Ontario

Why?

Hazel England - Community & Education Director. Engaging our local community in creative ways
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