Since the beginning of the pandemic, the US arts and culture sector has lost around $15.2 billion.
That’s a staggering amount of money from a sector reliant on the public to keep it afloat. Now that things are starting to open up again, the arts and culture sector is licking its wounds and emerging stronger than ever to make up for this loss.
One of the best ways to re-ignite interest and participation in the arts is by hosting an arts education event. Arts education events are wonderful opportunities to showcase artistic talent in any field, foster collaboration between artists, and learn from experts. Keep reading as we take you through a few key steps to take when planning your arts education event.
How to Host an Arts Education Event
When it comes to arts education events, there’s usually a long list of people involved in the process. It doesn’t matter whether your event is focused on the dramatic arts, visual arts, dance, or a combination of various artistic fields.
There will always be facilitators, performers, teachers, speakers, and attendees to juggle. This is why it’s essential to communicate every aspect of the workshop to those involved in detail.
For those performing, exhibiting, teaching, or speaking, send out a lengthy email before the event. This should include venue details, a breakdown of times and events, expectations, available facilities, and any other vital information. It might even be a good idea to print these out so that everyone has access to a copy at all times. For a smooth workshop, communication is key.
Plan Yout Program Strategically
Arts education events are all about educating and inspiring. This is why when planning your program, you should follow a formula so that attendees can maximize their time.
We’d suggest breaking up the event so that attendees are presented with inspiration, and then have time to take what they’ve learned and express themselves. This might look like a guest speaker, followed by a workshop facilitated by experts, or an art exhibition.
Shake things up! Attendees might get bored if they’re sitting down listening to speeches all day without getting a chance to try things out.
Choose the Right Venue
Choosing the right venue for your arts education event is exceptionally important. A venue is more than just a space to perform, listen and engage with art. It should serve as an inspiration in and of itself.
A historical venue with a history steeped in the arts like the Scottish Rite Theatre is ideal for both inspiration and physical working space.
Never Stop Learning
Finally, you should also look at hosting an arts education event as an opportunity for your own learning. Speak to attendees and participants before, during, and after the event. Encourage them to speak about what worked and what didn’t.
You could even have a physical suggestion box, a reflective workshop, or an email survey to gather information about the experience. This information is vital for planning any future arts education events, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn.
Go and Get That Arts Education!
Hosting an arts education event is an incredible way to jump-start interest and involvement in the art scene. All it takes is some careful planning, communication, and a killer venue to make your event magic. If you enjoyed this article, check out our education section for a whole lot more.