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Performing Arts Readiness Project: Emergency Preparedness

The Show Must Go On

The Performing Arts Readiness project was formed in the recognition that performing arts organizations are especially vulnerable to disasters and emergencies which can halt performances, sometimes indefinitely, and can put an organization out of business overnight. The project will include:

  • Outreach and community engagement efforts to raise awareness of the value, increase the priority for, and improve understanding of the importance of planning for emergencies among all stakeholders in the performing arts.
  • Information resources, models and best practices, online and in-person training, and conference programming specific to the contexts of performing arts organizations to address the need for expanded emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise in the field.
  • Online toolkits with resources to build customized preparedness plans to suit the needs and capacities of a diverse range of organizational sizes and situations.
  • “Circuit Rider” mentoring programs to provide local community-based training, consulting, and expertise in selected cities and states. Mentoring will support the development of individual institutional emergency plans and area-wide networks and partnerships.
  • Grants to provide the resources to build or enhance cooperative emergency networks in cities, states, and regions, and to support the creation of continuity of operations and emergency preparedness plans for individual institutions.

Why Readiness?

Why Readiness? A disaster can put a performing arts organization out of business overnight. Preparedness is the key to resiliency and recovery; the better prepared an organization is, the more quickly and effectively it can respond to emergencies and crises, re-open for performances and programs, and return to normal operations.

How is readiness relevant to my performing arts organization?  Whether you are a producing or presenting organization, and have your own facility or travel between many facilities, being prepared for natural and man-made disasters can help you resume business faster, and better protect your assets and your legacy.

What does the Performing Arts Readiness project do for my organization? The PAR project will provide a variety of information resources, education (through conference presentations, webinars, and onsite classes), tools, and grant funding to help you create or update a disaster plan that is tailored to your organization.

For more information: http://performingartsreadiness.org/

Funded through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.