Hear what symposium participants, partners, and press are saying about this innovative model for workforce development.
As featured in the Arts & Experiential Learning Inspiration Book, created by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) on page 28. The programs in this book were selected to show how arts and experiential learning can drive equitable engagement, increase accessibility to
resilience messaging, and help communities build a culture of preparedness.
… or keep scrolling to hear from participants.
“Training like this helps us work more effectively with partners across the state around issues of climate change, public health, accessibility, conservation, and community benefit. This ‘whole community’ approach will help build North Carolina’s capacity in mitigating and preparing for the effects of climate change.”
REID D. WILSON, SECRETARY OF THE NC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
“Hosting the Art of Mass Gatherings is a significant step towards strengthening our collective commitment to a safer, more prepared, and more responsible industry. With everyone doing their best to independently survive and thrive, building a consistent and supportive network requires a concentrated forum for knowledge sharing and an exchange of best practices. This timely and thorough gathering is exactly that!”
AENGUS FINNAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL
“Before this, I myself had never stopped to think how everything we have been discussing with regard to [accessibility in] emergency planning could relate to mass gathering events. It was like an aha moment: you have to make sure that you’re taking into consideration the needs of everyone in order for your event to be truly successful and to be truly inclusive of people with disabilities, whom I’m sure would love to– and need to– participate in these events and feel they are part of the community.”
BETZAIDA RAMOS CHÁRRIEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MOVIMIENTO PARA EL ALCANCE DE VIDA INDEPENDIENTE (MAVI) IN PUERTO RICO
Bring the Art of Mass Gatherings to Your Community
Would you like to bring an Art of Mass Gatherings to your community? Applications must be submitted in collaboration with a local festival which will serve as the symposium’s living classroom.
Thanks to a grant from Performing Arts Readiness, we can offer a small number of symposia each year at no cost to your festival or community. View or download the application to learn more!