Live Webcast of Placemaking Convening

Focus on Performing Arts Organizations
dancers perform at outdoor creative placemaking event
The DC Casineros perform at DanceAfrica. Photo by Enoch Chan.
Washington, DC— The multiplatform convening, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place, will be live webcast on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 9:00 am-5:00 pm ET. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from ArtPlace America, is hosting this event that examines how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. To register for the live webcast, go to the NEA's webinar page The goal of the event is to create an opportunity for sharing experiences and exchanging key points of view that will benefit creative placemaking practices in the performing arts realm. The onsite participants include 26 representatives from dance, music, theater, and multidisciplinary organizations along with national arts leaders and are listed on the Beyond the Building webpage. The conversation will be facilitated by Barbara Schaffer Bacon, author, teacher, and co-director of Americans for the Arts' Animating Democracy initiative. As detailed on the day's agenda, snapshot case studies and breakout sessions will punctuate the group discussions. Twitter chats on the convening’s topics will be led by HowlRound's Vijay Mathew at #PerformPlace. The morning's chat at 10:45 will focus on "When is performance placemaking?" while the afternoon chat  at 3:15 looks at "What are the opportunities and challenges to performing arts organizations engaging in placemaking strategies? Participant bios and other resources will be posted on the convening page in the days leading to and during the convening. The webcast will be archived and posted on the NEA webinar page after the event. For more information on the NEA's creative placemaking work go to the Partnership section of the NEA website. 


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