|IPAY Webinar Series|
IPAY Webinar Series
As a multi-national service organization, it is IPAY’s mission to serve our members in the now, and also to continue searching for solutions to the concerns of our greater communities. We have developed new webinar series , , , and in order to bring our community deeper connection, inspiration, and the space to think critically about what's next for the touring and producing of performance for young audiences amid the global pandemic of COVID-19.
Our webinars are virtual gathering spaces to unpack topics that interest our valued members and colleagues. We believe that in conversations about art for young people, public health, emergency management, and climate change, the intersection of race, gender, nationality, ability and economic status is critical, and our webinars intend to address these difficult underlying conversations.
All sessions are offered free of charge, and will take place over Zoom, a virtual meeting and digital conferencing host. When you register below, you will receive the video call link. Registration and a Zoom account are required for security measures.
What's next for international touring in 2020-2021? What are Performing Arts Markets planning for 2020-2021? How can our industry evolve? Join IPAY for a second Global Kitchen Table as we begin to identify promising models, actions, innovations, and collaborations across our global community that point towards change for the future. What are our hopes and where are the opportunities?
Global Kitchen Table #2 - Lifting All Boats - Tuesday, May 12, 2pm-3:30pm EST: International Guests include Monique Martin (USA), Yvette Hardie (South Africa), Phil Kingston (Ireland), Vicki Amedume (UK), and Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (USA) Moderated by Edie Demas
Up Close and Personal
Up Close and Personal with Ryan Johnson of SOLE Defined
Thursday, June 11, 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
SOLE Defined Percussive Dance Company is a new company in IPAY's Community. They first attended IPAY Showcase in 2018 and performed in a Sponsored Spotlight. Now in 2020, they have applied for an official Showcase slot through IPAY's juried selection process. At a time when many artistic companies are pulling back on performance efforts, SOLE Defined is continuing to push forward. TJ will sit down with Ryan Johnson, Artistic Director of SOLE Defined, to explore their reasons for pursuing a Showcasing opportunity even when finances and certainty are limited.They will also discuss how Ryan's work, which lies at the intersections of black culture and dance, can exist in a predominantly white and theatre-centric sector.
*The above description was our original intent for this conversation. Of course, Ryan and TJ will also discuss the recent unrest in the US due to systemic racism and how the arts community is connected.
Continuing the Conversation
Climate Crisis & Impact of International Touring - Thursday, May 28, 6PM - 7:30pm EST
Led by Guest Speakers Paz Begue, Jessica Wilson, and Omar Alvarez Titeres, this conversation is a continuation of a Kindling Kitchen Table at Showcase 2020, and the ongoing global discourse throughout our sector. This virtual round table will focus on the impact of international touring on the climate crisis and the intersectionalities of race, nationality, gender, ability, and access to economic resources as we cross cultures and consider climate action. As a sector we place high value on the experiences of children, and have developed sophisticated networks across the globe as a means to enrich our artistic processes and outputs, and ensure that a diverse range of voices are able to contribute. But it is this very audience of children who will live to experience the real impacts of the CO2 we create in our work.
As artists and arts workers facing a devastating health crisis in addition to environmental degradation, we can no longer conduct our work as 'business as usual’. With no renewable alternative to flying on the horizon, and given the current state of our world, the reality of the personal impact of travel has recently shifted the conversation in our sector. We must now ask ourselves what our role will be within such a paradigm shift, as we consider our individual perspectives and cultural backgrounds. Faced with collapsing power schemes, what position are we, as artists, willing to take? How will we contribute to more caring, sustainable and equitable practices?
The goal of this virtual gathering is to transform these ideals into tangible, concrete action steps that artists, festivals and cultural organizers can commit to within this new reality.
International speakers include Paz Begue (Argentina), Jessica Wilson (Australia), and Omar Alvarez Titeres (Arentina)
*APAC – Alliance for Performing Arts Conferences is IPAY; Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP); Arts Midwest (AMW); Western Arts Alliance (WAA); Arts Northwest (ANW); North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (NAPAMA); South Arts; Folk Alliance International (FAI) and North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC).
Reopening the Performing Arts: Event Safety in the COVID-19 Era - Tuesday, May 19, 3pm EST: Join the Alliance for Performing Arts Conferences* and a panel of expert speakers for this essential conversation. Assessments on when to reopen performance venues and reschedule live events vary greatly by geographic location, physical space, event size and attendee population, to name just a few factors, yet we can all agree that safety comes first.
Based on the recently released Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide, this webinar will explore how to determine when to reopen, how to communicate with audiences, how to ensure a sanitized venue, and most importantly, all of the considerations to keep everyone safe, from front-of-house to back stage.
We encourage you to read the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide prior to the webinar.
Speakers to be announced!