What might community engagement look like for the performing arts sector in the future?
for the future
Crispin Butteriss Ph.D.
What might community engagement look
like for the performing arts sector?
What is your role
in your community?
To run a performing arts facility?
To support the performing arts?
To bring the performing arts to your community?
To cultivate an appreciation for the performing arts?
To expose your community to new artists, art forms,
ideas, stories, cultures…?
To get more bums on seats.
To develop deeper relationships.
To open up new funding opportunities.
To make your organisation more robust.
People respond to things they understand.
People respond to things that directly affect them.
People respond to things with emotional content.
People respond to an opportunity to self-promote.
People respond to an opportunity to learn skills & knowledge.
People like to be mentored.
People need to trust you. Flat structures
People need to know their input is genuinely
valued (to come back).
(Younger) people prefer to be involved
‘creatively’ and ‘constructively’ rather than
‘dialogically’ or ‘didactically’.
What could your ‘business’ look like online?
How might (digital) engagement help you
achieve your organisational objectives?
How could you use digital to expand your
influence, reach and impact?
Who is your community?
How big is your community?
How are you leveraging that community?
Can you get more value out of your community?
What does your community think about your
priorities, plans, program and more…?
Who gets to decide what you put on stage?
Is there room for community input into part,
or all, of the calendar?
Can you curate an online ‘space’ for community
Could you have YouTube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud,
channel for community content?
Could you stream this content to your website to
create an integrated hub for your local community?
Can you generate interest, enthusiasm, learning
(and theatre attendance) by asking people to
respond to your program creatively?
Would competitions work for your audience? Would
they grow your audience?
Does your audience really need to be in the room?
Do the performers all need to be in one place?
Do the performers need to be a ‘troupe’ of professionals?
Can your community ‘perform’ and ‘direct’?
Can you harness local knowledge, interest,
skills, creative potential?
How can you support your local performance artists?
How do they connect with each other now?
What would support VCE and younger students?
Can you help to bring international
performances to your community?
The fault, dear Brutus,
Is not in our stars,
But in ourselves,
that we are underlings.