Opening Debate: Paradigms + Priorities

DeAnna Cummings (Debate Moderator)

How do we imagine and communicate the value of our art spaces, projects and organizations? What are the most pressing concerns of our field — at local, regional and national scales? Which paradigms influence the ways we develop and sustain artists and arts activities, and how do these frameworks shape our sense of what is possible?

This opening debate will surface some of the assumptions and issues underlying arts organizing in Minneapolis-St. Paul, providing context for the location of Hand-in-Glove 2015, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the ways that arts organizing paradigms and networks develop, overlap or diverge. Four arts leaders from the Twin Cities will take the stage, introducing the values and goals that guide their projects. Attendees will be invited to participate, asking questions and setting the stage for a lively convening on arts organizing in different locales across the country.