I want to move beyond current institutional models (such as "submit your work and we'll tell you if it's worth showing it in public") because they really aren't in a place to meet most of us where we are right now. There has to be a better way, but the first step is to get everyone together and talking.
WHO CAN COME
- Artists: people who make stuff
- Audiences: people who go to stuff
- Critics: people who analyze and evaluate stuff
- Administrators: people who work for organizations that create/present/promote stuff
- Not rigid categories (on purpose); people can be more than one thing
WHAT WE'LL BE DOING
Having a virtual get-together to talk about supporting arts that represent people who don't fit the straight, white, middle-class mold: what we're doing now, what we'd like to do, how we can make that happen.
WHY DO THIS?
To create a digital community that energizes underrepresented artists, audiences, critics, and administrators to connect, collaborate, and create
WHEN IS IT?
Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 8PM EST and Monday, November 11, 2013 at 1PM EST
WHERE IS IT?
Twitter (no hashtag just yet, so ideas appreciated)
WHAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT
- Current and future projects
- Audience engagement
HOW WE'LL DO IT
- Facilitated conversation with everyone present
- Not a panel! No experts sharing divine knowledge from on high
- Not a workshop! No Screenwriting 101 or Drawing for Dummies
- Raising questions to the group and watching/listening to answers and helping move conversation forward
- Share and evolve collective knowledge and wisdom (Don't forget to document! Storify is our friend!)
- Facilitate relationship-building among artists, audiences, critics, and administrators
- Explore social media as a way of facilitating vital conversations and organizing
- Examine challenges and opportunities for representation in the arts
- Identify ways to show leadership no matter who and where we are
- Encouraged continued conversation and organizing beyond the event
THE BIG PICTURE
Advance a grassroots movement of artists, audiences, critics, and administrators working outside the system to create and support art that represents those of us who live and work outside the straight, white, middle-class mold
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Show up! Bring your questions and ideas!
- Keep bringing this up on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
- Encourage other people to show up
- Continue talking after the event