ArtsFwd Launches Google+ Hangout Dialogue Series

We kicked off the series with our first live video chat on Tuesday, June 12 with a conversation with our spring Blogging Fellows.

We are excited to announce the launch of ArtsFwd’s Google+ Hangout Dialogue Series.

The series kicked off on June 12 at 2:00PM ET, with a 30-minute online chat featuring our Blogging Fellows James Carter, Anna Prushinskaya, and Erinn Roos-Brown on the topic of “Why It Pays to Break Down Silos.” The chat explored three perspectives on the importance of working holistically with your staff, audience, and even scientists as you pursue adaptive change strategies in your organizations. 

How do I tune in?

The discussion streamed here at 2:00PM Eastern on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. A Google+ platform issue prevents us from archiving and sharing it here, but future live video dialogues will be archived and shared.

How do I participate?

Submit questions and comments on Twitter using the hashtag #FwdThinkers, on our Facebook, and in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Why a dialogue series?

When ArtsFwd was conceived, our goal was twofold: 1) to produce great content and 2) to be a platform for authentic dialogue. For the last 18 months, we’ve put a lot of energy into creating better blog posts, compelling videos, DIY activities, and more to spark new thinking and support your work in your organizations.

Now, we’re turning our focus towards our second goal. This Google+ Hangout Dialogue Series is our first experiment in sharing the dynamic, complex discussions about innovation and adaptive change happening in the field through an accessible online space.

Every month we’ll invite several guests with different viewpoints to tackle a timely and provocative topic in moderated discussion. Our hope is to spark meaningful dialogue about what it takes to generate and implement adaptive change strategies and how we might accelerate the journey towards an arts and culture sector that recognizes this work as a new organization discipline.

What are your hot topics?

Let us know what big ideas and topics you’d like to see discussed and from whom you’d like to hear. This series is an opportunity for the ArtsFwd team to test out a new technology, platform and strategy to create meaning for you — arts and culture leaders committed to doing things differently in your organizations.

The Blogging Fellows who participated in our first video dialogue:

JamesCarterJames Carter is a dramatist, experience designer and producer. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and its associate artistic director for eight years. He also served as season producer for The Ensemble Studio Theatre. Recent transmedia plays include FEEDER: A Love Story and NY_Hearts: LES, a site-specific audio story that guides participants on a journey through New York neighborhoods. For more about James, read his blog where he explores the intersection of art and technology, or follow him on Twitter @jdcarter. Read James’ posts here.

Prushinskaya-Photo cropAnna Prushinskaya explores the possibilities of technology for the performing arts at UMS (University Musical Society) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She first became interested in technology and the arts through the world of publishing, where she’s still involved as Midwest editor at Joyland Magazine. Follow her on Twitter at @anyavp. Read Anna’s posts here.


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Erinn Roos-Brown is the Program Manager for the Creative Campus Initiative at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, where she oversees its mission to elevate the place of art, artists and the artistic process at Wesleyan and to innovatively strengthen teaching, student learning, artmaking and cross-disciplinary exchange and inquiry. Previously Erinn has served as the Visual Arts Coordinator at Real Art Ways, Program Associate at Cultural Tourism DC, and Content Coordinator for the American Revolution Digital Education Project at the New-York Historical Society. Follow her on Twitter @ErinnRoosBrown. Read Erinn’s posts here.

Karina Mangu-Ward is the former Director of Strategic Initiatives at EmcArts.