The Art of Mass Gatherings
in North Carolina

The Art of Mass Gatherings is coming to three North Carolina regions this year, thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Our traveling national program uses festivals as classrooms to build community resilience and emergency preparedness. It invites artists, event producers, and emergency professionals to come together to share knowledge and best practices for enhancing the safety, accessibility, and sustainability of large gatherings. By bringing together a  community of professionals involved in producing mass gatherings, both event producers and emergency responders will become more fluent in each other’s craft.

Thanks to the support of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, each event in the program is free and open to 50 participants. Lunch is included and accommodations are available by request upon registration.

The Program At a Glance

September 2022

At Surfalorus Film Festival

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2022 on the Outer Banks, NC

October 2022

At LEAF Festival

Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 2022 in Black Mountain, NC

Coming in 2023

To be announced!

Coming in spring/summer 2023

Join us later this month for a free symposium for artists, event producers, cultural workers, first responders, and anyone else involved in the arts, events, culture, and emergency sectors! I’m helping bring the national Art of Mass Gatherings program to beloved LEAF Festival’s 50th anniversary edition in Black Mountain outside of Asheville. This touring symposium uses festivals as classrooms to build community resilience and climate change preparedness. It invites event and emergency professionals to come together to share practices for creating resilient events and communities, focused on the four themes of safety, sustainability, accessibility, and community engagement. Through workshops, participatory asset mapping, site tours, and interactive demos, professionals across disciplines gain fluency in each other’s craft, all while experiencing the music, art, food, and atmosphere of their regional festivals.

The symposium is free to attend thanks to the generous support of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with childcare and accessibility accommodations available by request during registration. Reserve your spot today! Art of Mass Gatherings attendees can also upgrade their symposium ticket to a full LEAF weekend experience. See details on the registration page and check out the LEAF Festival Schedule & Experiences to learn more about the festival.

The Art of Mass Gatherings at Surfalorus: A free experiential learning symposium for event and emergency professionals about how to enhance the safety, accessibility, sustainability, and community engagement of large gatherings of people.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Nags Head, NC for two days of free workshops for artists, event producers, first responders, and anyone else involved in event production or disaster planning and response! The event marked the first of three in our North Carolina program, produced in partnership with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and local partners.

The Art of Mass Gatherings at Surfalorus

An experiential learning & networking symposium for arts, culture, event and emergency professionals, focused on practical skills for enhancing the safety, accessibility, sustainability, and community engagement of large gatherings of people. This event is part of a touring national program, free to attend thanks to the support of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Lunch is provided, and childcare and accessibility accommodations are available.

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2022
10 am – 4 pm

Jennette’s Pier (View on Google Maps)
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959

Electrical Safety & Sustainability for Events

Join ETCP-recognized trainer Richard Cadena in a half-day workshop covering best practices for the safe and sustainable distribution of power for live events! A $250 value, offered for free thanks to the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 2022
10 am – 1 pm

Jennette’s Pier (View on Google Maps)
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959

 

Are you interested in presenting at or sponsoring one of our North Carolina Art of Mass Gathering events?

The Art of Mass Gatherings at LEAF Festival: A free experiential learning symposium for event and emergency professionals about how to enhance the safety, accessibility, sustainability, and community engagement of large gatherings of people.

Coming Soon: Join us at LEAF Global Arts Festival!

This October, join us in Black Mountain, NC for a day of workshops for artists, event producers, first responders, and anyone else involved in event production or disaster planning and response! The event marks the second of three in our North Carolina program, produced in partnership with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and local partners.

 

Are you interested in presenting at or sponsoring one of our North Carolina Art of Mass Gathering events?

MADE POSSIBLE THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS

The Art of Mass Gatherings in North Carolina is provided free to participants thanks to the support of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, as well as our local and national partners.




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