Teresa’s Weekly Update: The Remarkable Things Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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“It should not be remarkable that we stopped talking about arts in education and started talking about arts for education.”

I love this quote from Susan Booth, artistic director of the Alliance Theatre, in her essay for TCG’s Education Centerpiece, On Turning 50, Education Survey 2010 (PDF), which we released yesterday. Using our 2010 Education Survey’s tabulations and our online reporting and search tools, the Centerpiece includes metrics like the number of student matinees, education payroll and income from training programs. It also features essays from education directors around the country, reflecting on how, as Daniel Renner from Denver Center Theatre Company puts it, arts education grew in the 1990s to become “a central part of what we do.” View it all on our website, including our enhanced Building a National TEAM: Theatre Education Assessment Models, and share these resources with your staff.

Here’s another resource you might find useful. Grantmakers in the Arts just posted more keynote addresses from their Annual Conference, and I encourage you to take a look at them. I found this talk, from the demographer and economist Dr. Manuel Pastor, to be incredibly enlightening. I also enjoyed learning about the work of composer Mason Bates, which comes at the end of a short performance by the chamber group Del Sol String Quartet. All of the talks are worth seeing.

Now is your very last chance to register for the Fall Forum on Governance! There are a few spots left, but registration closes today, Monday, November 7. The Fall Forum is not only a chance to connect with peers in an intimate setting, but also exchange the big ideas that will help us better capitalize our art form.

Since 1984, American Theatre magazine has been a home for the big ideas and important conversations of our field. As part of our 50 Years, 50 Books celebration, we’re featuring the American Theatre Reader, a collection of 80 of the most influential essays and interviews from the magazine’s first quarter century.

In last week’s I AM THEATRE video, Allen Lee Hughes talks about finding his own artistic home at the Arena Stage. Throughout his years in lighting design, he’s found the resident theatre community to be much like a family that thinks about and takes care of one another. I have memories of Allen lighting a show at Children’s Theatre Company, where I was managing director. We went to the Minnesota State Fair together, where we saw livestock and butter sculptures and ate pretty much everything they had on a stick!

Lastly, I want to extend my condolences to the staff and board of the Geffen Playhouse and to the family of Gil Cates. Gil passed away suddenly last Tuesday. For those who didn’t know him, Gil was the founder and producing director of the Geffen, and was a talented and wonderful human being. Here’s an article about Gil by Charles McNulty from the Los Angeles Times.