Brave new world

Thanks to all who continue to participate in this blog; our 10 performing arts bloggers, attendee bloggers, and those who have participated via their thoughtful and insightful comments. We're very excited about the conversations that have been and continue to be generated by the thousands who have visited!

Comments are flying around the blogosphere about NPAC's (lack of) digital presence.  Surprise - we agree!  Of course there was more we could have done digitally -  there was more we could have done in every aspect of the  convention, given more time, money, resources, man-power and experience - but now we can hope that arts organizations will use the digital work we did do here as a launch pad for their own conferences, meetings and events going forward.

So, let's hear it. Share your ideas here for better convention web strategies in the future. Sky's the limit. Let's pretend NPAC is the one arts organization in the world with unlimited  resources for the sake of discussion.

Here are a few to get you started:
Doug Fox on Great Dance
Andrew Taylor on The Artful Manager
Butts in the Seats
Theatre North Carolina
Drew McManus on Adaptistration

posted by Amanda Ameer.

June 19, 2008 1:11 PM | | Comments (1)



Much thanks for your encouragement of a broad-based conversation about how the performing arts community can use the Internet. And I much appreciate your openness to all ideas--both the positive and the constructive ones.

I look forward to learning how other performing arts organizations, both through national initiatives such as the NPAC conference and on a local and regional level, are using the Internet for advocacy, outreach and other efforts.

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About this blog From April 1 through June 9, 2008, weekly entries were posted here by some of the performing arts community's top bloggers. This 10-week intensive series served as a unique forum for digital debate and brainstorming, and both the entries and comments were archived for use at the live NPAC sessions in June.  Participants:

Jaime Green - Surplus
Nico Muhly
Kristin Sloan - The Winger
Jason Grote
Jeffrey Kahane
Eva Yaa Asantewaa - InfiniteBody
Greg Sandow
Hilary Hahn
Tim Mangan, Paul Hodgins, Richard Chang - The Arts Blog
Andrew Taylor -
The Artful Manager

During the convention, June 10 through June 14, 2008, a
ttendees from across art forms and job functions reported on their conference experiences. Participants:

Amanda Ameer
- web manager, NPAC
Sarah Baird - media and public relations executive, Boosey & Hawkes
Joseph Clifford - outreach and education manager, Dartmouth College Hopkins Center for the Arts
Lawrence Edelson - producing artistic director, American Lyric Theater
James Egelhofer - artist manager, IMG Artists
Jaime Green - literary associate, MCC Theatre
James Holt - composer; membership and marketing associate, League of American Orchestras
Michelle Mierz - executive director, LA Contemporary Dance Company
Mark Pemberton - director, Association of British Orchestras
Mister MOJO - star, MOJO & The Bayou Gypsies
Sydney Skybetter - artistic director, Skybetter and Associates
Mark Valdez - national coordinator, The Network of Ensemble Theaters
Amy Vashaw - audience & program development director, Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State
Scott Walters - professor, University of North Carolina at Asheville
Zack Winokur - student, The Juilliard School
Megan Young - artistic services manager, OPERA America

Please note: the views expressed in this blog are those of the independent contributors and participants, not the National Performing Arts Convention or the organizations they represent.

NPAC - the National Performing Arts Convention - took place in Denver, Colorado on June 10-14, 2008. "Taking Action Together," NPAC sought to lay the foundation for future cross-disciplinary collaborations, cooperative programs and effective advocacy. Formed by 30 distinct performing arts service organizations demonstrating a new maturity and uniting as one a sector, the convention was dedicated to enriching national life and strengthening performing arts communities across the country. 

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