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PAR for the Course!
Emergency Preparedness Educational Programming for Arts Administration Programs

The Performing Arts Readiness project offers free online training that is tailored to the needs of Arts Administration students.

1 - Introduce the next generation of arts leaders to the importance of emergency planning.
2 - Promote the inclusion of arts’ preparedness and emergency planning in degree-granting and certificate curricula.

Tom Clareson, Project Director, Performing Arts Readiness (PAR)  [email protected]
Jan Newcomb, PAR Performing Arts Coordinator and Executive Director, National Coalition of Arts’ Preparedness Emergency Response (NCAPER) [email protected] & [email protected]

When and Where?
We can adapt class length to your academic schedule and course offering needs. In 2020 and 2021, we have offered 90 min. to two-hour online presentations on key disaster planning issues in the arts, and we can do that type of session in 2022.

With generous support of the Mellon Foundation, we are able to assist you in teaching your students about readiness planning.  Please contact us to discuss how we may work together in helping your students gain a greater understanding of how to build resilience in the arts sector.

Classes available to all Arts Organizations

 Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations: Localized emergencies, regional disasters, and catastrophic events can have a devastating impact on performing arts organizations where even a brief loss of business can threaten sustainability. This session provides an introduction to why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities, including human-caused and natural crises. You will learn the typical process and contents of a plan and receive information about resources to help with planning.  This class is appropriate for attendees representing large and small performing arts organizations as well as those with and without their own performance facilities. Executive and management staff will find this webinar useful, as well as H.R., finance, communications, marketing, technical, and front-of-house staff.
Time: 90 min. to two-hours (with interactive exercises) versions available
Instructor Teams: Tom Clareson/Ellen Korpar; Steve Eberhardt/Janet Newcomb

Building Disaster Response Networks: This workshop focuses on the development of networks and partnerships between arts organizations, cultural heritage institutions, and the emergency preparedness and response sector.  Case studies of successful networks such as the Pennsylvania Cultural Resilience Network and Culture Aid in New York City are presented to help guide you on how to start your own, or join an existing cooperative disaster network.  You will learn how to use the Cultural Placekeeping Guide to direct your networking efforts.
Time: 90 min. to two-hours
Instructors: Tom Clareson, PAR and Amy Schwartzman, FEMA and PAR Consultant

Disaster Risk Assessment for Performing Arts Organizations:  What are the risks, hazards, and vulnerabilities that could cause an emergency or disaster for your organization?  This session will provide background on emergency preparedness and risk assessment, and help you identify potential hazards in your operations and facilities.  Focusing on how to mitigate risk, the class also provides a head start on disaster planning, and resource information as you assess your own organization.  Includes several exercises.
Time: 90 min. to two-hours
Instructors: Tom Clareson or Janet Newcomb, PAR

Business Continuity Issues for Performing Arts Organizations: How can you stay open, or reopen quickly after an emergency or disaster?  This session provides emergency management basics, and looks a business continuity issues including staying open and protecting your investments.  Providing information on emergency response basics, the class also provides a variety of resources for business continuity planning.
Time: 90 min. to two-hours
Instructors: Tom Clareson and/or Ellen Korpar

Coming Soon: Disaster Response; Protecting Your Assets:  Managing Legacy Materials for Performing Arts Organizations; Community Recovery through Arts and Culture.