I have a dream today too. I have a dream that the arts will learn to be more inclusive and welcoming. I have a dream that we as artists will bring passion and quality to all our art, productions and events. I have a dream that we will engage with our audiences and partner with our audiences to become our best selves as artists and arts administrators. I have a dream that we will collaborate more and become a part of our communities again. I have a dream that we will become part of the solution for our communities to earn our funding instead of feeling entitled to funding. I have a dream that we will start to experiment, take risks and stretch ourselves to the limits to create a new beginning toward a more relevant end. I have a dream that the people, all people will see the arts as the backbone of our society. I have a dream that we shall rise up to spread the word of the common good through our art, that we will continue to process history through art, that we will be brave enough to make ourselves heard once again. I have a dream that art will become a living, breathing form that speaks to us as we are today and not as who we were yesterday. I have a dream that if an artist or arts organization wants to succeed badly enough that they put in the work to make the difference to make a difference. Yes, I have a dream. Let arts ring!
Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. Happy MLK Day!
Cheers to happy and loyal audiences,
Audience Development Specialists
“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”
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