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The Art of Modified Gatherings
Optimizing Online Events

The performing arts sector is encountering an unprecedented challenge for hosting in-person events safely during this global pandemic, countless wildfires, and a struggling economy. Fortunately, this presents an opportunity for artists to employ their creativity and ingenuity to develop new types of shared experiences. This webinar will begin with a framework to help guide decision makers to either modify or virtualize their gatherings using case studies from Denver’s 5 Points Jazz Festival (May 2020) and Alabama’s Women in Jazz Festival (September 2020).

On December 16, we will have two special guests, Owen Trujillo and Enrique Jimenez, share their expertise on digital marketing, choosing and implementing the best technology for your event, and modifying performance protocols. This webinar will be most helpful for performing arts and cultural organizations looking to enhance curation, accessibility, and partnerships.

Introduction to Festival Safety: The Art of Mass Gatherings Approach

Embracing a whole community approach to safety and preparedness means helping event producers master the art of mass gatherings. Gatherings like festivals, concerts and other special events are simultaneously powerful and vulnerable. They can be joyful, life-giving experiences, but they can also be a forum for disaster. They can elevate a community’s sense of pride and identity, yet they can be a source of enormous waste and missed opportunities.

The Art of Mass Gatherings approach is grounded in skill-sharing between creatives, events producers, and the agencies and businesses that serve our communities. Performers, organizers, promoters, vendors, audiences and even the public can be incorporated into a collaborative network and engaged through proper planning and communication. Providing a clear understanding of the myriad systems involved (including water, waste, electricity, communications, and shelter) will allow everyone to collaborate better in times of celebration and crisis.

TOPICS COVERED:

  • COVID-19 MODIFICATIONS
  • LIFE SAFETY, HEALTH AND PUBLIC WELFARE
  • LEGAL CONCERNS AND EMERGENCY PLANS
  • WEATHER EMERGENCIES
  • ENHANCING ACCESSIBILITY
  • MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH FIRST AID
  • CROWD MANAGEMENT
  • WASTE, WATER, AND POWER SYSTEMS
  • HARM REDUCTION, GENDER SAFETY & TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICES
  • MAXIMIZING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT