Author: Jenna Moran, Jason Schupbach, Courtney Spearman, and Jennifer Reut
Publication Year: 2015
Media Type: Report
In 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts hosted Beyond the Building to better understand how performance-based organizations transform places through their artistic practices.
On November 3, 2014, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from
ArtPlace America, convened 26 representatives from performing arts organizations,
industry associations, and funders around the country. The convening focused on
developing a better understanding of how performance-based organizations, and
the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. The
day included public presentations and large group discussions as well as smaller
group breakout sessions. The public presentations and large group discussions were
broadcast live and were supported by a twitter conversation, both of which were
archived and can be found on the convening webpage.
The intent of the convening was:
1. to create an opportunity for a diverse range of performing arts
practitioners and supporters to connect, share experiences, build
networks, and exchange key points of view that will benefit their
individual and collective practices around creative placemaking;
2. to use the participant’s ideas to help broaden public knowledge about the
intersection of creative placemaking and the performing arts; and
3. to give the NEA, ArtPlace America, and other funders a better
understanding of their potential role in supporting performing arts
organizations that wish to do this work.
The day was shaped around six main questions that were based on the areas of
Language and Framing, Place and Mission, Events and Effects, Issues and Impact,
Relationships and Resources, and Equity. Each question was tackled individually by
the group as a whole and in smaller breakout sessions. The conversation was wide
ranging and varied under each question. Each section of this report attempts to
capture the essence of the conversation.
Arts & Intersections: Community Development