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Loving Disruption: Creating Radical New Connections with Your Audience

Theatre Communications Group Annual Conference

This panel discussion explores how the changing landscape of our communities and audiences drives the Creating Connection movement, a national initiative to change social norms so creative expression, arts, and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life. We will provide emerging audience research, a brief overview of the frameworks used by the Creating Connection movement, and concrete examples from Oregon and California. The goal of our time together is to provide frameworks and examples such that those participating in the room may brainstorm the necessary institutional shifts that will allow for participants to lead into their own loving disruption. Participants will leave with inspiration from the power of collective learning. The workshop will help participants devise ways to use the findings at their own organizations, encouraging creativity, experimentation and meaningful communication with their audiences and stakeholders. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring artistic or education programing ideas and related communication pieces from their organization that can be used during discussion. When we share creative experiences and express our creativity, we build powerful connections with the people we’re closest to, with our community and the world around us, and with ourselves.



Brett Crawford, Ph.D. | Educator / Writer | Carnegie Mellon University / Arts Management and Technology Lab

Lisa Mallette | Executive Artistic Director | City Lights Theater Company

Brian Weaver | Artistic Director | Portland Playhouse

Earlier Event: May 18
Stakeholder Engagement
Later Event: June 18
Americans for the Arts