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In the Spotlight: On the Boards

Usually
when a performance’s final curtain drops on a tour’s last stop, the
show only remains in the memories and experiences of its live audience.
Seattle-based On the Boards,
however, has come up with a solution to this “one-time-only” mentality.
Through OntheBoards.tv, the organization extends not only the lifespan
but also the reach of its presentations.

As explained by Managing Director Sarah Wilke, bringing artists to
the broadest possible audience is a core part of the organization’s
mission. So it was only natural that On the Boards would turn to
technology to eliminate the geographic and economic circumstances that
may keep art lovers from accessing international and non-traditional
arts experiences. “We were founded by a group of Seattle artists in 1978
to offer audiences the opportunity to see the work of international
artists in contemporary dance, theater, and music while also developing
and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists,” explained
Wilke. “We see it as an import and export of artistic creation.”

Last year, On the Boards received a grant from Southern Exposure:
Performing Arts of Latin America, a grant program of Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation, in partnership with the NEA and the Robert Sterling Clark
Foundation. This initiative brings the cultural richness and diversity
of Latin American dance, music, and theater to communities across the
United States. With the support of the Southern Exposure grant, On the
Boards and its consortium partners—Cumberland County College in
Vineland, New Jersey, GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, and
Teatro Stage Fest in New York, New York—presented Amarillo, a
contemporary visual and multimedia performance by Teatro Linea de
Sombra, a leading Mexican theater company. Highly visual and lyrical,
the production conveys in a visceral way the journey of figures in the
play, the men and women who leave their families behind and face
struggles to gain access to the U.S.

During its Seattle production, Amarillo was captured by
multiple high-definition cameras and then edited collaboratively. The
production is now available in its entirety online through
OntheBoards.tv so anyone with an Internet connection has the ability to
see the performance, overcoming both geographic and time
differences. “Our Inter/National Series brings together leading voices
in the arts from around the world and introduces them to Seattle. But
with OntheBoards.tv, we are going beyond that and providing a longer
lifespan to works like Amarillo,” commented Wilke.

OntheBoards.tv is a noteworthy marriage of worldwide artistic
performances and the Worldwide Web. It provides streaming and
downloadable access to contemporary performance films, a service
available either through a one-time purchase or a subscription.
Audiences in 122 countries as well as all 50 American states have
already used or subscribed to the service, as have 30 universities and
colleges. The content library features 31 performance films of
contemporary productions the world over.

OntheBoards.tv has also inspired another more local access point for
audiences: the Community Screening Project. Launching in April, the
Community Screening Project will present the filmed production of Amarillo to an expanded audience in the Pacific Northwest. Screenings will take
place in five separate rural communities, and will include a bilingual
panel discussion with local scholars and community leaders. In other
words, thanks to OntheBoards.tv, the art world truly has a worldwide
reach.

Interested in how other arts organizations are using technology
in innovative ways and to reach broader audiences? Check out our new
issue of NEA Arts!

- See more at: http://artworks.arts.gov/?p=16478#sthash.eOOZmw2L.dpuf

Usually
when a performance’s final curtain drops on a tour’s last stop, the
show only remains in the memories and experiences of its live audience.
Seattle-based On the Boards,
however, has come up with a solution to this “one-time-only” mentality.
Through OntheBoards.tv, the organization extends not only the lifespan
but also the reach of its presentations.

As explained by Managing Director Sarah Wilke, bringing artists to
the broadest possible audience is a core part of the organization’s
mission. So it was only natural that On the Boards would turn to
technology to eliminate the geographic and economic circumstances that
may keep art lovers from accessing international and non-traditional
arts experiences. “We were founded by a group of Seattle artists in 1978
to offer audiences the opportunity to see the work of international
artists in contemporary dance, theater, and music while also developing
and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists,” explained
Wilke. “We see it as an import and export of artistic creation.”

Last year, On the Boards received a grant from Southern Exposure:
Performing Arts of Latin America, a grant program of Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation, in partnership with the NEA and the Robert Sterling Clark
Foundation. This initiative brings the cultural richness and diversity
of Latin American dance, music, and theater to communities across the
United States. With the support of the Southern Exposure grant, On the
Boards and its consortium partners—Cumberland County College in
Vineland, New Jersey, GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, and
Teatro Stage Fest in New York, New York—presented Amarillo, a
contemporary visual and multimedia performance by Teatro Linea de
Sombra, a leading Mexican theater company. Highly visual and lyrical,
the production conveys in a visceral way the journey of figures in the
play, the men and women who leave their families behind and face
struggles to gain access to the U.S.

During its Seattle production, Amarillo was captured by
multiple high-definition cameras and then edited collaboratively. The
production is now available in its entirety online through
OntheBoards.tv so anyone with an Internet connection has the ability to
see the performance, overcoming both geographic and time
differences. “Our Inter/National Series brings together leading voices
in the arts from around the world and introduces them to Seattle. But
with OntheBoards.tv, we are going beyond that and providing a longer
lifespan to works like Amarillo,” commented Wilke.

OntheBoards.tv is a noteworthy marriage of worldwide artistic
performances and the Worldwide Web. It provides streaming and
downloadable access to contemporary performance films, a service
available either through a one-time purchase or a subscription.
Audiences in 122 countries as well as all 50 American states have
already used or subscribed to the service, as have 30 universities and
colleges. The content library features 31 performance films of
contemporary productions the world over.

OntheBoards.tv has also inspired another more local access point for
audiences: the Community Screening Project. Launching in April, the
Community Screening Project will present the filmed production of Amarillo to an expanded audience in the Pacific Northwest. Screenings will take
place in five separate rural communities, and will include a bilingual
panel discussion with local scholars and community leaders. In other
words, thanks to OntheBoards.tv, the art world truly has a worldwide
reach.

Interested in how other arts organizations are using technology
in innovative ways and to reach broader audiences? Check out our new
issue of NEA Arts!

- See more at: http://artworks.arts.gov/?p=16478#sthash.eOOZmw2L.dpuf

Usually
when a performance’s final curtain drops on a tour’s last stop, the
show only remains in the memories and experiences of its live audience.
Seattle-based On the Boards,
however, has come up with a solution to this “one-time-only” mentality.
Through OntheBoards.tv, the organization extends not only the lifespan
but also the reach of its presentations.

As explained by Managing Director Sarah Wilke, bringing artists to
the broadest possible audience is a core part of the organization’s
mission. So it was only natural that On the Boards would turn to
technology to eliminate the geographic and economic circumstances that
may keep art lovers from accessing international and non-traditional
arts experiences. “We were founded by a group of Seattle artists in 1978
to offer audiences the opportunity to see the work of international
artists in contemporary dance, theater, and music while also developing
and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists,” explained
Wilke. “We see it as an import and export of artistic creation.”

Last year, On the Boards received a grant from Southern Exposure:
Performing Arts of Latin America, a grant program of Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation, in partnership with the NEA and the Robert Sterling Clark
Foundation. This initiative brings the cultural richness and diversity
of Latin American dance, music, and theater to communities across the
United States. With the support of the Southern Exposure grant, On the
Boards and its consortium partners—Cumberland County College in
Vineland, New Jersey, GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, and
Teatro Stage Fest in New York, New York—presented Amarillo, a
contemporary visual and multimedia performance by Teatro Linea de
Sombra, a leading Mexican theater company. Highly visual and lyrical,
the production conveys in a visceral way the journey of figures in the
play, the men and women who leave their families behind and face
struggles to gain access to the U.S.

During its Seattle production, Amarillo was captured by
multiple high-definition cameras and then edited collaboratively. The
production is now available in its entirety online through
OntheBoards.tv so anyone with an Internet connection has the ability to
see the performance, overcoming both geographic and time
differences. “Our Inter/National Series brings together leading voices
in the arts from around the world and introduces them to Seattle. But
with OntheBoards.tv, we are going beyond that and providing a longer
lifespan to works like Amarillo,” commented Wilke.

OntheBoards.tv is a noteworthy marriage of worldwide artistic
performances and the Worldwide Web. It provides streaming and
downloadable access to contemporary performance films, a service
available either through a one-time purchase or a subscription.
Audiences in 122 countries as well as all 50 American states have
already used or subscribed to the service, as have 30 universities and
colleges. The content library features 31 performance films of
contemporary productions the world over.

OntheBoards.tv has also inspired another more local access point for
audiences: the Community Screening Project. Launching in April, the
Community Screening Project will present the filmed production of Amarillo to an expanded audience in the Pacific Northwest. Screenings will take
place in five separate rural communities, and will include a bilingual
panel discussion with local scholars and community leaders. In other
words, thanks to OntheBoards.tv, the art world truly has a worldwide
reach.

Interested in how other arts organizations are using technology
in innovative ways and to reach broader audiences? Check out our new
issue of NEA Arts!

- See more at: http://artworks.arts.gov/?p=16478#sthash.eOOZmw2L.dpuf

Usually when a performance’s final curtain drops on a tour’s last stop, the show only remains in the memories and experiences of its live audience. Seattle-based On the Boards, however, has come up with a solution to this “one-time-only” mentality. Through OntheBoards.tv, the organization extends not only the lifespan but also the reach of its presentations.

As explained by Managing Director Sarah Wilke, bringing artists to the broadest possible audience is a core part of the organization’s mission. So it was only natural that On the Boards would turn to technology to eliminate the geographic and economic circumstances that may keep art lovers from accessing international and non-traditional arts experiences. “We were founded by a group of Seattle artists in 1978 to offer audiences the opportunity to see the work of international artists in contemporary dance, theater, and music while also developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists,” explained Wilke. “We see it as an import and export of artistic creation.”

Last year, On the Boards received a grant from Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a grant program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in  partnership with the NEA and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. This initiative brings the cultural richness and diversity of Latin American dance, music, and theater to communities across the United States. With the support of the Southern Exposure grant, On the Boards and its consortium partners—Cumberland  County College in Vineland, New Jersey, GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, DC, and Teatro Stage Fest in New York, New York—presented Amarillo, a contemporary visual and multimedia performance by Teatro Linea de Sombra, a leading Mexican theater company. Highly visual and lyrical, the production conveys in a visceral way the journey of figures in the play, the men and women who leave their families behind and face struggles to gain access to the U.S.

During its Seattle production, Amarillo was captured by multiple high-definition cameras and then edited collaboratively. The production is now available in its entirety online through OntheBoards.tv so anyone with an Internet connection has the ability to see the performance, overcoming both geographic and time differences. “Our Inter/National Series brings together leading voices in the arts from around the world and introduces them to Seattle. But with OntheBoards.tv, we are going beyond that and providing a longer lifespan to works like Amarillo,” commented Wilke.

OntheBoards.tv is a noteworthy marriage of worldwide artistic performances and the Worldwide Web. It provides streaming and downloadable access to  contemporary performance films, a service available either through a one-time purchase or a subscription. Audiences in 122 countries as well as all 50 American states have already used or subscribed to the service, as have 30 universities and colleges. The content library features 31 performance films of contemporary productions the world over.

OntheBoards.tv has also inspired another more local access point for audiences: the Community Screening Project. Launching in April, the Community Screening Project will present the filmed production of Amarillo to an expanded audience in the Pacific Northwest. Screenings will take place in five separate rural communities, and will include a bilingual panel discussion with local scholars and community leaders. In other words, thanks to OntheBoards.tv, the art world truly has a worldwide reach.

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