Let’s Talk About Arts And Technology


By: Drew McManus

In: Catch All

Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 12:30-2:00pm CT I’ll be taking part in Arts Alliance Illinois’ ARTS MOVE POLICY (AMP): Arts + Technology webinar.

Thanks to the generosity of The Joyce Foundation and the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, registration is free of charge.

This webinar is part of their larger AMP series, which take a deeper dive into topics as they intersect with the arts. Previous topics include Arts + Immigration and Arts + Civic Engagement while this session focuses on Arts + Technology. My portion of the webinar will focus on what arts orgs and individual artists need to focus on in a post net-neutrality era and getting in sync with accessibility compliance.

Session Description

Whether making, distributing, or marketing creative work, technology is indispensable to artists. We are in the middle of significant change in technology policies that impact the creative sector. Will the recent rollback of net neutrality push your content to the bottom of the search pile? How will changes in wireless technology regulations affect your theatre or orchestra?

Learn about these issues and more as we make complex but impactful policy issues easier to understand and give you opportunities for action. Featured speakers include Drew McManus of Venture Industries Online and the blog Adaptistration, Laurie Baskin of Theatre Communications Group, and staff of The Chicago Center for Arts & Technology.


About Arts Alliance Illinois

The organization’s mission is to build the vitality of communities statewide through service and advocacy, thereby generating resources for the cultural sector and creative industries.

With more than 46,000 network members, 25,000 active subscribers, and hundreds of Alliance member organizations, the Alliance is the largest statewide arts advocacy network in the country. By driving change within the creative sector, our work is critical to the statewide arts and culture landscape.

Learn More At ArtsAlliance.org/about

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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