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Until Further Notice: The Next Chapter for the Performing Arts in the Continuing US Pandemic 

Adrian Ellis and Eric Gershman

The not-for-profit performing arts sector – opera, dance, classical music, theater – is roiled. Joining the turbulence caused by the pandemic there are now demands from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists and staff alike that management address systemic racism with greater determination and urgency than they have to date. And many non-executive boards – even those that are generally hands-off – have been drawn by these exigencies into the grey area between governance and operations, their often conservative instincts not well-aligned with the pressures felt from below. Cumulatively, this is creating the most challenging environment in many arts leaders’ professional lives.

Read the full article here.  

Until Further Notice: The Next Chapter for the Performing Arts in the Continuing US Pandemic

Image: The New York Times / Parker Theatre

GCDN Conversations: Cultural Districts in Turbulent Times

The Global Cultural Districts Network

On June 30, the Global Cultural Districts Network held a webinar titled, "Cultural Districts in Turbulent Times", exploring focal areas and practical solutions in relation to urban cultural planning for the future, as well as challenges and opportunities. Panel guests included:

  • Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums Authority 
  • Justine Simons OBE, Deputy London Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Greater London Authority; Chair, World Cities Culture Forum
  • Kim Spence, Director, Kingston Creative; Researcher, Southampton Solent University
  • Adrian Ellis, Director, AEA Consulting; Chair, GCDN - facilitator 

Watch the conversation and read the summary here.

GCDN Conversations: Cultural Districts in Turbulent Times

Image: Global Cultural Districts Network

In Conversation With... Regina Myer

The Global Cultural Districts Network

Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, talks about the continuing evolution of this vibrant mixed-use downtown; plans and opportunities for the future in these turbulent times; and the need to define success for the broader community in terms of design, affordability and accessibility to promote equitable growth.

Read the interview here.

GCDN Zoom Sessions

Image: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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