Lights, Camera, Action!: The Nuts And Bolts Of Livestreaming For Small Venues

Elizabeth Bracey & Les Thompson

Making the decision to purchase livestreaming equipment is a significant financial outlay for a small venue. What exactly should you purchase now? What more will you need in the future? How will you use this equipment to your company's best advantage? Who will make these decisions? This new technology can significantly impact your income/revenue earning model and create new opportunities for program and partnership expansion, but how will you get the most out of your investment?

Elizabeth Bracey, Managing Director, and Les Thompson, Technical Director of Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, will walk you through the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How details of live streaming so that you can smoothly embark upon this journey and avoid costly mistakes now and in the future.



Transitioning To Hybrid: Best Practices Combining Virtual And Live Events

Robert Friend, Sean Kelly & Stephen Van Ness

With the pandemic trending toward a New Normal, entertainment operations across the country are slowly setting plans to bring audiences back inside their venues. Many believe the return to a full audience is still 12 or more months away, while others are ready to begin the comeback with some blend of a hybrid program.

This session, a sequel to this dynamic trio’s highly successful webinar last November on producing and monetizing virtual events, will discuss best practices in delivering virtual presentations in tandem with live events. Technology and pricing remain front and center in successfully welcoming audiences back to our venues while maintaining a strong virtual connection to those not yet ready for the return journey. Don’t miss this important dialogue on the impact and nuances of transitioning our audiences back to the live experience.



Learnings from High-Performing Organizations of Color

Zannie Voss

As the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing racial justice movement continue to expose the inequities faced by communities of color, it is critical to build a better understanding of the organizations that serve these communities, and the mechanisms that fuel or restrict their success.

SMU DataArts Director Zannie Voss, Ph.D., will present a webinar based on a new report from SMU DataArts and The Wallace Foundation. She will share insights from 21 leaders of high-performing arts organizations of color and discuss commonalities in their perceptions of the factors underlying their organizations’ financial stability. According to these leaders, deep community engagement and high-quality programming have been the keys to their success.

The report, "The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, Part II: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color," co-authored by Zannie Voss, Ph.D. and SMU DataArts Research Director Glenn Voss, Ph.D., is a follow-up to a 2020 study that suggested the same two factors as cornerstones for achieving organizational health. In contrast to the initial report, interviewees in the second study identified a number of challenges faced specifically by arts organizations of color, including racism, gentrification and lack of equitable access to funding, and severely limited organizational capacity.


(Webinars and Roundtables are at 11:00 a.m. PST. You will receive recordings of all webinars and roundtables.)

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The Wallace Foundation seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of arts for everyone. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding efforts to test innovative ideas for solving important public problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others. Wallace, which works nationally, has five major initiatives under way:
  • School leadership: Strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement.
  • Afterschool: Helping selected cities make good afterschool programs available to many more children.
  • Building audiences for the arts: Enabling arts organizations to bring the arts to a broader and more diverse group of people.
  • Arts education: Expanding arts learning opportunities for children and teens.
  • Summer and expanded learning: Better understanding the impact of high-quality summer learning programs on disadvantaged children, and enriching and expanding the school day in ways that benefit students.

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New From our sponsor, The Wallace Foundation:

How Can Nonprofit Arts Organizations Plan for the Future with So Many Unknowns?

Part of Wallace’s arts conversation series, this panel examines how organizations can approach scenario planning in light of COVID-19, the reckoning with racial justice and other pressing factors.

What Can Organizations Learn from High-Performing and Turnaround Arts Organizations?

Second panel in Wallace's arts conversation series examines how organizations can maintain relevance and resiliance through COVID-19, economic pressures and the national reckoning with racial justice.

What Audiences Want from the Arts as the Pandemic Rages On

Panelists in the first installment of Wallace's arts conversation series examine how COVID-19 and urgent conversations about racial justice are transforming the arts.

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