NPAC update (6/09)
June 14 marked the one year anniversary of the National Performing Arts Convention in Denver, 2008.We’ve attached a report on the considerable progress made since the convention on the recommendations generated in 2008.
Here are some highlights:
- At the convention, three priority areas were identified for NPAC action: advocacy, arts education, and diversity. NPAC organizers added two other priorities that were featured in NPAC discussions: artists and technology.
- After the convention, task forces were formed of diverse groups of artists and arts practitioners from across the country, for each priority area. Each task force reviewed NPAC findings, articulated a vision for each priority, and crafted short and long term actions to achieve the NPAC goals on the personal, organizational, local and national levels.
- NPAC is at work on creating a user-friendly, inter-active web-based resource center to include information, links, research, best practices, lessons learned, distance learning and networking options for all the performing arts in each priority area.
- NPAC is at work creating multi-disciplinary meeting opportunities, both physical and virtual.
- Each task force created a range of specific recommended strategies and actions, to be detailed in reports NPAC will complete this summer.
NPAC REPORT AND ASSESSMENT ON THE FIELD’S CAPACITY FOR ACTION:
Elizabeth Long Lingo and Andrew Taylor, with Carolyn Lee created a report on the Convention titled “Assessing the Field’s Capacity for Collective Action.” In it, they analyze the performing arts community through a framework that includes community building, capacity building and opportunity structure (ability to identify key leverage points and translate them into strategies for action.) This report will be a useful guide as we continue our work together.
Teresa Eyring Vicky Abrash
NPAC Follow-Up Chair NPAC Task Force Director