As a follow-up to our February 2021 symposium exploring innovation and resilience, The Next Normal 2.0: Flexibility is the Future focused on the urgent need to build performing arts institutions that are more flexible and adaptable structurally and programmatically, responsive to communities, and open to evolving ways of making art.
This free, virtual event brought forward innovative artists and administrators presenting and discussing their real-world experience, centered around the following thematic questions:
You can view the recorded presentations and panel discussions from this event below, and please stay tuned for news about the next important event in the Next Normal series.
Thank you for participating in The Next Normal 2.0: Flexibility is the Future. Between the inspiring presentations, thoughtful panel discussions, and active participation of attendees in the chat and Q&As, we surfaced so many critical issues facing the field and heard about creative approaches that are working right now to start to turn the tide toward a more open, flexible, inclusive, relevant, responsive, and nimble future for the performing arts.
There is much work to do as we continue to address the long-term issues challenging our field. But I am confident that the curiosity, honesty, commitment to growth, and comfort with discomfort that were evident throughout this Next Normal dialogue are exactly the attributes that will sustain us in this work.
Dean Fred Bronstein explores the post-COVID future of performing arts in an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun.