Festival Safety, Sustainability, Accessibility, and Community Engagement:
The Art of Mass Gatherings Approach
The future of bluegrass is being shaped by natural disasters, climate and socioeconomic disruptions. Artists, event organizers, and culture-bearers have long leapt into the role of first responders for their communities in times of crisis. Whether a concert, protest, refugee encampment, or emergency shelter, mass gatherings of all kinds share a common infrastructure. By evaluating just four key factors, you can design more resilient events, and play a pivotal role in the practice of resilience of your entire community.
Through community stories and interactive site tours, we’ll explore these ideas hands-on alongside fellow members of the bluegrass community. Songs, stories, and art play a key role in resilience, and will play a part in this session, as well as a walking case study of the Raleigh Convention Center, which has doubled as an emergency festival venue during hurricanes.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Creative Resilience Pop-Up Recording Studio
Share your stories of “creative resilience” and be featured on the upcoming The Art of Mass Gatherings podcast! In this pop-up recording booth, we’re collecting stories, songs and thoughts about resilience, mass gatherings, community preparedness, and the intersections between the arts and disaster response. Memories related to safety, sustainability, or accessibility at festivals, stories about North Carolina, Bluegrass, Piedmont Blues, artists as responders, and more: surprise us! We will be interviewing and trying to bring out the most heartfelt content we can.
The Art of Mass Gatherings in North Carolina
Online, Tuesday November 14th
Join festival producers, artists, and event professionals from across the state for a celebratory learning & networking event to close out our North Carolina program! We’ll feature top takeaways from our events in the Outer Banks, Black Mountain, and Raleigh, and share exciting next steps for enhancing creative community resilience in the state. This event is entirely online.