From Oct 11-12, Matthew Ché Kowal ventured to Lafayette LA for Music Cities Convention Lafayette.
At Music Cities Lafayette, Kowal noticed a high interest in the utility of emergency preparedness cross-training at festivals to help build resilience in cities.
Majestic Collaborations thinks that training for emergencies could go a long way in helping people respond with more finesse to emergency situations, while at the same time giving agency to city arts and culture institutions by allowing them to plan ahead instead of having authorities make top-down decisions in the event of an emergency.
Emergency preparedness cross-training could provide an answer to the question – How do we build resilience in cities facing climate-induced migration? Sharon Yazowski, the Director of the Levitt Foundation, delivered an excellent presentation about building programming themed towards inclusion and welcoming immigrants. She drew upon the great example that Dayton, OH is providing for the nation: Dayton was the first city in the US to earn the status of Certified Welcoming due to its inclusiveness and integration of immigrants.
In general, many at Music Cities Lafayette agreed that prescribed training would be very applicable to residents of the southern states; pre-planning for emergencies being naturally very important to people who live near the Gulf of Mexico. There was a consensus among convention delegates that we should be looking at long term, big picture goals of boosting the authority and agency of arts and culture institutions so that they can be prepared to make emergency decisions.
All of us at Majestic Collaborations can’t wait to see how this idea grows into practice as more and more artistic and cultural institutions are endowed with the training and knowledge to protect their artists and patrons.