Posts tagged ‘Simon Brault’

April 16, 2012

#beans and counting new ones

I went to a fantastic presentation today – COUNTING NEW BEANS: INTRINSIC IMPACT AND THE VALUE OF ART  by Clayton Lord, Director of Communications and Audience Development for Theatre Bay Area. He’s also the editor of the brand new book, Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art, (which I will definitely be purchasing) and author of the New Beans blog at artsjournal.com which I will definitely be following.

Here’s the link to the Intrinsic Impact site.

I tweeted during the event, mostly the questions that were being asked, as well as some interesting comments and  answers. It’s #beans if you’re interested. Lots of bigger picture things to think about:

When the art is the best it can be, you become inarticulate, it’s impossible to describe. #beans

Anecdotes vs numbers – should these things exist in tandem? The numbers always win. #beans

How do we make the unmeasurable measurable? “if you can describe something, you can measure it.”  #beans

How and when and where is it important to audiences to “prepare” for an artistic experience? #beans

Great inspirational stuff. It’s been a good week of things like this, from Simon Brault’s plenary, to Tim Jones’ challenges to us, and now counting new beans.

I have lots to think about. And a lot of work to do. Gonna go do both.

TOMORROW: A post dedicated to all things Fringe.


 

 

 

April 15, 2012

Sunday Roundup – April 15

It’s a grey drizzly day today. Coffee and reading are on the agenda (and the library).

Reading for Easter Monday – a bit of a roundup and an interesting article on the phrase “emerging artist”.  Still trying to think of another word. Rookie, maybe?

Off To APASO! – I attended two plenary sessions last week – Simon Brault on No Culture No Future and Tim Jones on Creativity in a Low-Growth Economy. Both excellent and thought-provoking and added to my stash of things to think about.

Cook A Meal. Do Laundry. Experience Art. – As I said, the conference gave me things to think about. This was one of them – art experience as life skill.

Quick PSA for an upcoming event – Workshop: Building an Ensemble With Jillian Keiley. I have known Jill since we were in directing classes together at York and I cannot recommend her enough.

Date: Saturday April 21, 2012
Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street)
Cost: $60 ($45 for CAEA members) or  $65 including a ticket to Oil and Water (April 18-May 6, 2013)
Please register with Associate Producer Jonathan Heppner at jonathan@factorytheatre.ca. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.

April 13, 2012

Cook a Meal. Do Laundry. Experience Art.

A wonderfully thought-provoking plenary session at APASO yesterday. Just as I thought. Simon Brault is so – interesting, and smart and makes you think and want to talk to other people about what you’ve learned and are thinking about.

Discussion around arts education. The lack of it. The lack of importance of art in everyday life. Cultural omnivores. Folks for whom art just does not register.

Lack of formal arts education. In schools. Which got me thinking.

Why can’t art be taught as a life skill? The point I made yesterday at the session was that we go after the students, the schools, we bring kids in by the busload for student matinees and talkbacks. Our numbers are great – we reached 5000 students this year, and the sponsor got some serious name recognition (thank you to the sponsor for allowing this to happen. Seriously, We couldn’t afford to do this otherwise.)

Perhaps some are affected by the work they saw, past having to answer a question from the Outreach and Education Coordinator. Perhaps not.

What have we taught them about experiencing art? What have they learned?

I think in many cases they haven’t been taught about the art experience, they’ve been taught how to go on a field trip for the afternoon.

How many are coming back of their own accord? I don’t know. And it occurred to me we do not teach experiencing art as a life skill. We teach children how to tie shoelaces, cook dinner, fold the laundry (I’ve taught my fairy godchildren how to hail a cab – city girl life skill).

We teach adolescents how to fill out college applications and try out for football or debate team or just how to get themselves to the mall so we don’t have to drive them.

And adults learn all their lives, whether it’s a excel workshop for your business, or how to find a reputable plumber or why exactly your child is making that ungodly racket.

What can we teach people? How can we give them access to our work?

Have we taught them what they need to know to experience and appreciate art of their own accord? That they can do this any time, of their own accord, but it takes a bit more work to find out what’s going on? (This is where the internet access generation comes in – it’s all on the internet).

What have we taught them?

Did we explain that PWYC means pay-what-you-can and you can go to that show and pay a toonie or a twenty and see the play? And those performances usually sell out so best get there early?

Have we taught them that some shows have rush seats for as little as $10? What does “rush seat” mean anyway?

That out of respect to the other audience members and the actors you turn off your phone, take off your hat if it’s in the way and try not to talk to your companion during the show? (We won’t get into hard candy. It seems nobody can be taught not to open them during the show).

Do they know about TO TIX and HIPTIX and that a lot of museums are by donation?

Have we taught them that we really do want them there, of their own accord, outside of the Wednesday 1:30 matinee?

Much more to think about.

(Yes I bought Simon’s book. It’s awesome and he autographed it for me. In FRENCH.)

ETA: you type too fast you get some nasty typos. Apologies.

April 12, 2012

Off to APASO!

I’m attending the keynote session today at APASO. What’s APASO? From the website.

The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations is an informal group of organizations from around the world that share a mission of providing services for arts organizations and artists. Since 1983, APASO has gathered annually to share best practices in marketing, providing community-wide ticketing and audience development programs, professional development, advocacy, and other support for arts organizations and artists.

That’s where I’m going.  Plenary 1 is at the Winter Garden, and the Keynote Speaker is Simon Brault, the CEO of NTS. Here’s his bio:

Plenary Description:
The idea of the arts as a distinct and separate sector of society became embedded in western consciousness early in the 19th century, and many of our arts organizations still operate on a 19th century business model. But as we advance into the 21st century, we can observe signs of a change of attitude. There is an urgent need to reconcile the notion of arts and culture as a specific sector of the economy with the notion of arts and culture as en essential dimension of your individual and collective lives. This is where our future lies.

Yes I’m buying his book, No Culture, No Future.  Maybe I’ll get it autographed. Details later, I’m really looking forward to this morning.

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