TCG recently began a series called the “What If…?” Project, which ties in with our 2011 National Conference and 50th Anniversary themes. It offers a platform for people in the field to investigate, not just what is or was, but also to envision what could be. The series has gotten off to a great start, and I call your attention to the first two essays, “What if…Businesses Set Aside Part-Time Positions for Artists?” and “What if…Theatre Embraced Transmedia?” I hope you will take a minute to read these and comment. And of course, if you are inspired to suggest your own “What if….?” scenario, please email Gus Schulenburg. It is our hope that these “What if…” posts will lead to new ways of thinking, and will also contain some new tangible ideas that can be tested and implemented.
As promised last week, we’ve also posted Mark Hofflund’s testimony to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee. Big thanks to Mark, who is managing director of TCG member theatre Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He traveled to Washington DC last week and, in addition to offering this testimony, he visited Congressional offices and was received enthusiastically. His testimony weaves a story about the deep connection between art and the evolution of our nation, as well as the historically bi-partisan support that the NEA has earned. Providing testimony in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in the same docket with Mark Hofflund, was Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker and Azar Nafisi, Iranian émigré and author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.
Reminders: While the National Conference seems far away, with eight weeks to go, I encourage you to register if you plan to attend. We expect to sell out again this year! Also, it’s not too late to register for Robbin Walker’s Leadership Teleconference series on human resources. In Robbin’s Q&A on the TCG Circle, she addresses a few topics she’ll discuss in Leading Through Tough Times tomorrow – Tuesday, April 26, at 2pm (ET). Registration will remain open until tomorrow at noon EST.