What is the purpose of art if we don’t have audiences who embrace us? Art only exists in relation to the audiences we serve. We need to stop thinking the world is not good enough for “us.” Listen to this great key note speech by Diane Ragsdale, at the Arts Alliance Illinois 2010 Members’ Meeting and Reception on June 21 at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Diane offers some great ideas of ways arts organizations can survive and thrive in today’s cultural environment.
Diane served until July, 2010, as associate program officer in the Performing Arts Program at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, overseeing all theater and dance grants. This speech has lots of great content. Its 41 minutes. If you prefer to read it click here.