TALKABOUTDANCE: WHY ADVOCACY?
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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What is the connection between dance and advocacy? Why does advocacy matter in the dance community? These are just some of the questions that we will explore as we kick off the 8th annual Dance for World Community Festival Week with the next installment of TALKABOUTDANCE.
Those who love dance know and believe that it can change the world. But as artists, we know that the arts are often under attack, threatened by funding shortages and constantly undervalued. We will explore how artists can advocate more effectively both for themselves and for the critical issues – ranging from homelessness to gender inequality to climate change – that impact our communities.
Panelists will share their expertise and experiences, and attendees will be encouraged to voice their perspectives and ideas about how we can strengthen arts advocacy efforts. Please join us as we explore how dance can be a force for change in our society!
Tracie Konopinski, Senior Campaign Organizer, MASSCreative
Brian Corr, Executive Director, Cambridge Peace Commission
Kenneth Bailey, Sector Organizing & Strategy Lead, Design Studio 4 Social Intervention
3:00 – Welcome/Who’s in the Room (coffee & refreshments)
3:15 – Panelist Presentations/Q&A
4:15 – World Cafe-style Conversations (wine & cheese)
4:50 – Wrap-Up
TALKABOUTDANCE is a biannual DWC event that brings together Greater Boston’s dance artists, activists, and other dance experts and enthusiasts who believe that expanding the role of dance in our society can help build stronger communities. One of the area’s most socially vibrant settings for dance-related learning and exchange of ideas, TAD offers a unique opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old friends and contribute to the ongoing dialogue about repositioning the role of dance in our community. EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, AND ADMISSION IS FREE.