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After attending the
TAPA presentation of their amazing Audiences Report
on Friday Nov. 8th I was concerned that work-for-young audiences was
not included in the discussion about “audience development”.
Artistic work for
young people is often missing in this dialogue I believe because, for the most
part, children are not ticket buyers. While the immediate needs of building a broader
audience in order to sustain dance, theatre and opera companies is apparent, we
must also work together as the Toronto arts community to build a sustainable
foundation of arts supporters/participants into the future. If we hope for a
vibrant city where all citizens have access to and interest in multiple
artistic experiences – we have to start with children.
Work for young
people can’t be seen as separate from our notions of audience development but
more as the potential beginning of the continuum of arts access throughout our
lives. Wehave to look at the work of
artists and arts organizations in and with schools as the very foundation of
the arts support that we seek. I sent those thoughts to Gideon Arthurs (GM –
Tarragon Theatre) who is chairing the Audiences Project working group for TAPA
– I am very grateful to him for subsequently inviting me to be part of that
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