As we become increasingly isolated, we are connecting in ever more creative ways with our colleagues, our audiences, our communities, and our artists. Inspired by the ISPA community, ISPA hosted two virtual convenings for members to connect on March 24 (hosted by Judy Harquail, Ontario Presenters) and March 25 (hosted by Heena Patel, MELA Arts Connects). These hour-long virtual meet-ups were and opportunity to talk, seek advice, offer help, share solutions, and feel the support of our community. 80 ISPA members gathered over the two calls. The honesty of the conversations and the approaches people and organizations are taking to grapple with the situation were overwhelming. Below are key topics and questions that emerged from the discussions:
What are the realities of working from home, especially for those who are balancing with childcare?
How can we take care of the well-being of artists? There are many important examples of artists supporting artists in their communities.
What is happening with fundraising and sponsorship especially as programming moves online?
Can we reimagine what productivity is and the importance of self-care?
How are we going to gain the trust of our communities back and welcome audiences back into our venues?
Who really is going to suffer the most is these cases of force majeur contract nullifications? How far out are cancellations being seeing around the globe?
ISPAcovenes will continue to take place every two weeks until June 2020. ISPA members will receive details on how to join the discussions via email. If you have any questions please contact Nora Fleury at firstname.lastname@example.org.