The Art of Mass Gatherings

The participation of event producers, preservation professionals, police/fire/paramedics, parks, planners, people of color, presenters and performers is paramount to the potency of this preparedness program.

What is it?

This experiential and immersive model is the first of its kind to use festivals as classrooms to activate an arts-focused approach to resilience and emergency preparedness. People who set up festivals are skilled at creating temporary cities with all of the necessary infrastructure such as water, waste, power, and structures. When we gather together to share our expertise, we elevate the safe, sustainable, accessible, and community-minded outcomes of events in our communities.

Este modelo experiencial e inmersivo, es el primero de su tipo en utilizar festivales como aulas de aprendizaje para activar un enfoque centrado en las artes de la resiliencia y preparación para en casos de emergencias. Las personas que organizan festivales son hábiles para crear ciudades temporales con todos los elementos necesarios, como agua, desechos, energía e infraestructuras. Cuando nos reunimos para compartir nuestras experiencias, exaltamos los eventos seguros, sostenibles, y accesibles con resultados orientados a la comunidad.

Community human cinnamon roll

Ultimate Goal:

Perhaps the greater, and longer-term benefit of these AOMG symposiums and workshops is that it embodies the “whole community” approach to resilience. This is an opportunity for those skilled in mass gatherings to share knowledge, join networks, and prepare to assist their own communities if impacted by an emergency, disaster, or a climate or health crisis.

workshop photo featuring The Art of Mass Gatherings

Who is it for?

  • Performers
  • Organizers
  • Promoters
  • City staff
  • Emergency Responders
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Vendors
  • Audiences and even the public


The AOMG provides an opportunity where more diverse stakeholders can participate in community resilience.

The Art of Mass Gatherings is Revolutionary

Providing clear understanding of the myriad systems involved in events can optimize outcomes in times of celebration and crisis. A simple concept, but one that can change the course of event production and emergency preparedness, AOMG uses experiential learning in an immersive environment to encourage skill sharing by experts, collaboration across agencies, and activates artists and often marginalized populations to prepare to be leaders. Community resilience will rely on people who have been empowered to build knowledge, form networks and manage resources.

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