Home Grown and the Beginnings of a Slow Arts Movement

Earlier this month we posted a video interview with The Mellon Foundation’s Associate Program Officer Diane Ragsdale.  The interview discussed elements of the slow food movement how they might relate to a slow arts movement.  Three key elements of the movement are:

  1. Developing Relationships between the people who consume food and the people who produce the food
  2. Helping people cultivate their taste for locally grown.
  3. Foster multiple entry ways into the movement, by hosting festivals, going into schools, and finding creative ways of educating the public.

As we begin to think critically about taking these tenants and adapting them to our own movement, let us re-imagine our relationships with our audiences, and ourselves as artists and producers in Boston Theatre.  How do we talk to each other, how do we engage with each other and how do we make those engagements more meaningful?  How do we label ourselves and does that need to change?  Let us think of these key elements and shape them for our cause.  As you start to answer these questions, tell us about your findings.  Share your learning, your successes and your failures.

In the meantime, we present you with another video in the series by Diane Ragsdale.

In this video Ragsdale talks about what a Slow Arts Movement might look like.  Perhaps, you’ll watch and be inspired.  Tell us what this looks like for Boston, what it looks like for your company, your community.  We hope you’ll help us keep the conversation going by joining us in February for the Boston Theatre Conference.

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