Lending Your Tenor

If only they came and saw our art, they would be hooked for life. This is one of those commonly voiced assumptions that is untrue. Some people need more than one interaction, often with diverse artistic expressions, before they become interested and invested in the arts. For some it doesn’t ever happen. Obviously, there are some that are hooked at first sight. While the problem arts organizations face is often stated in terms of “how do we get them to come to our event,” there are a couple programs that focus on … Read more

Making Data Mean More Through Storytelling

Making Data Mean More Through Storytelling

One of my college professors told my class that he started each morning by watching one Ted talk.  Since here in Chattanooga, our summer is a little more relaxed then during the season, I’m taking up his advice and starting each day with a TED talk*. One of my favorites that I’ve watched this summer was given by New York based Ben Wellington, author of the blog I Quant NY self-proclaimed data storyteller at 2015 TedxBroadway.  His blog is truly a data-geek’s paradise and showcases a variety of stories told using open … Read more

Presenting Sensory Friendly Events

Presenting Sensory Friendly Events

In Tennessee, our state arts council has spent the past year working with arts organizations in the state to be more inclusive with regards to audience members with disabilities or developmental differences.  I would venture a guess that most arts groups are like us; a little unsure of how to enter this area.  Over the past season, we’ve worked with members and families of the Autistic and Down Syndrome communities to present several sensory friendly concerts. Talking about and to audience members with disabilities One thing that organizations may struggle with is … Read more