FOR THE ARTS, FOR ALL
A Conversation with Regional Arts Organizations Cincinnati Ballet Dancers; "Swan Lake"; 2020; Choreography: Kirk Peterson; Photography: Hiromi Platt
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for the entire community but especially challenging for the arts. As the 2021 ArtsWave Campaign Chair, Terence L. Horan, CLU, ChFC, CAP, President & CEO of HORAN, believes the regional community needs to pull together to support the arts now more than ever. A strong, healthy arts sector is paramount to our collective healing and a vibrant, economically and personally connected future. We spoke with ArtsWave and many other regional arts organizations to discuss the importance of community support, how arts organizations are getting creative during the pandemic, the economic/cultural impact of reduced programming and the future of the arts for 2021 and beyond. 1. How are you continuing to make the arts accessible to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Conductor Louis LangrĂŠe with Pianist Inon Barnatan
DPAA; Dayton Philharmonic; Photography: Andy Snow
(Victoria Morgan): For our dancers, there is nothing as joyful as performing live in front of audiences. When the pandemic struck, we immediately began reimagining the 2020-2021 Season. While we remained hopeful that developments would move in a positive direction, we have been prepared to transition to a digital model for sharing performances with the community. In addition, we were so humbled by the communityâ€™s incredible response to our free Ballet in the Park performances in September. (Patricia McDonald): In June 2020, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance introduced a brand new series of programs called Summer Streams, virtual performances created in an effort to continue to provide audiences with access to music, song and dance from Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic from the comfort and safety of their homes. In October 2020, the DPAA announced a full line-up of Virtual Streams performances, a continuation of Summer Streams, with a full schedule of virtual concerts through the end of December, including a wonderful reuniting of Dayton musicians on the Schuster Center stage for two beautiful concerts, a grand celebration of Dayton Opera and a Dayton Ballet retrospective of 25 years of "The Nutcracker," and much more.