Wildfire Smoke Encroachment and the Performing Arts

August 11, 2023By Chris SolizCase Studies

Wildfire smoke has had a definite impact on communities worldwide in the past five years. The severity of wildfires exposes individuals to hazardous levels of smoke, which may lead to significant health concerns and disruptions in daily life.  It is crucial to acknowledge that the impacts of wildfire smoke are multifaceted and can have far-reaching … Read More

City-Wide Emergency Planning
in Las Vegas

July 27, 2022By Cheryl RossCase Studies, Planning

The Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Las Vegas received an emergency planning grant from the Performing Arts Readiness project in 2020 to assist with the development of a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that would address the needs of the arts community in their city. This COOP may be seen as a … Read More

Pulling the Strings of Resiliency Planning

December 14, 2021By Sara BurmenkoBusiness Continuity, Recovery

As performing arts organizations around the world shut their doors to in-person performances in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia was able to take advantage of our existing Digital Learning Department to expand their international virtual audience from 9 countries to over 94 countries. The … Read More

Wildfire Preparedness & Defensible Space

April 29, 2021By Chris SolizFire Safety and Preparedness

In these unprecedented times, with emergency situations seemingly occurring more than ever before, it is important for performing arts organizations and outdoor festivals to maintain an all-hazards focus when it comes to emergency and disaster preparedness. To stay ahead of the risk, it is useful to engage in continual risk assessment and mitigation projects accordingly. … Read More

Hand Sanitizer: An Unforeseen Fire Risk

March 31, 2021By Chris SolizFire Safety and Preparedness

In this time of modified operations, businesses and organizations of all types are faced with enormous challenges in labeling anything as “business as usual.” For the performing arts community, this has meant limiting the number of patrons, changing how to reach them, and of course navigating stressful financial realities. Re-opening, in whatever format, has also … Read More

Pivoting Your Programs Increases Possibilities:
A Case Study from Regional Dance America

December 3, 2020By Erika Davis, CEO, Regional Dance AmericaRecovery

Regional Dance America (“RDA”) is a nonprofit organization composed of pre-professional dance companies throughout the United States. Its mission is to elevate the future of dance in America – giving dancers new experiences and their directors new perspectives. Every year, RDA provides educational, performance, scholarship, and recruitment opportunities for aspiring dance students as well as … Read More

CARES Act Provides Support
for Artists and Arts Organizations

April 14, 2020By Lauren Hainley, Program Manager, Houston Arts AllianceRecovery

Two weeks ago, Congress passed the historic CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), a $2 trillion relief measure designed to provide resources and supports in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic confronting the United States and the world. Touching virtually every segment of the US economy, the CARES Act provides three … Read More