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Monday, May 10 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
12 PM ET: The People and the Process: An Academic/Consultant Collaboration on a Performing Arts Study

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The co-authors of a national study will present a summary of their Performing Arts research and a detailed account of the collaboration process between a university professor and an arts industry analyst.

The first two ‘waves’ of Return to the Stage (www.returntothestage.com) yielded data about the resilience of Performing Arts workers in response to COVID-19 and related events. These two 14-day data collection periods recorded responses from over 4,000 self-selected individuals who worked or volunteered in the Performing Arts in the United States prior to the pandemic. The content of this study directly relates to the conference themes:

- Reimagining a new industry based on data about the resilience of Performing Arts workers with more generalist training as well as broader career paths.
- Reimagining how coping strategies that strengthen mental health and resilience can be taught as part of career preparation.
- Reconnecting with employees and independent contractors prior to the reopening of performance venues. Return to the Stage inquired about communication from producers and venues.
- Reconnecting with arts workers who were able to pivot into non-arts-based industries. Will these workers return when the venues reopen?
- Renewing society through the arts. The study also found high levels of civic and philanthropic engagement by Performing Arts workers, even while unemployed.
- Renewing the role of performing artists as agents of civic conversation, change, and generosity.

Such a substantial data set was attainable through a joining of academic and industry networks and strategies. This session will address the advantages and challenges of academic/consultant collaborations, including research independence, data management, timelines, funding, distribution, participant trust, and actionable items from the research.

The session will include a Q&A period to address both the study’s findings as well as the collaboration process. As AAAE explores working with arts consultants and serving as a consulting research hub, this specific project can identify potential challenges and serve as a model of a successful collaboration.

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avatar for David McGraw

David McGraw

Program Coordinator, Arts Administration, Elon University
David leads Elon University’s Arts Administration major, an undergraduate program of 80 majors, and has managed professional performing arts projects for several decades. He recently worked with the South African State Theatre on a Fulbright Specialist Grant and is serving as a... Read More →
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Meg Friedman, Senior Consultant, AMS Planning & Research Corp.

Meg is a consultant with AMS Planning & Research Corp., working from the the firm’s Connecticut headquarters. Following over a dozen years as a stage manager for regional and Off-Broadway theaters, she joined AMS in 2016, bringing a commitment to research and sensitivity to the... Read More →

Monday May 10, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
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