Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 2011 Engage - Austin's Creative Arts Capacity

It was a lively discussion around the creative arts this morning at the second Engage breakfast in our ongoing ATXpansion series. Panelists Elisbeth Challener (ZACH Theatre), Robert Faires (Austin Chronicle), Jamie Grant (The Long Center), and Rupert Reyes (Teatro Vivo), discussed the "growing" concerns and opportunities facing the arts and creative sector in Austin. Given our current growth trajectory and recent arts-organization struggles, does Austin have the infrastructure, working artists, and leadership needed to keep pace?

UPDATE: Read a recap of the event from Andrea Leptinsky of Community Impact News, and see the evening news coverage from KXAN.

November Engage panelists in the Long Center's Rollins Theatre

Moderator Leslie Rhode of KXAN kicked things off with a question about what attendees considered to be the biggest challenge facing the Austin arts community. In our live, interactive poll, an overwhelming 60 percent said financial support. Other polling results are below, along with references from the discussion and the audio podcast. What did you think of the program? What are your next steps for taking a leading role in this important aspect of Austin's unique culture? Leave a comment and let us know!

Thanks again to our Presenting Partner, Capital One Bank, and special thanks to our program partners, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, KXAN News, and Sterling Affairs Catering and Events!

References from the discussion:


Live polling results:

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