In addition to stopping live and personal performing art productions, cultural and artistic organizations are finding ways to take advantage of large empty theater stages while fundraising initiatives continue.
By doing everything possible to move forward and keep the facilities operational, the performing arts centers are constantly seeking permits, funds, and grants to keep them afloat, while retaining the work of artists and employees.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts formed an advisory board of the committee specifically for fundraising, became a producer of Internet content, and was recently allowed to use its theatrical stages only for the purpose of filming or broadcasting.
“We have recently set up a fundraising committee to focus our efforts on funding and reopening,” said Johann Zietsman, president and CEO of the Arsht Center. “Board members will work together to participate in fundraising efforts by either writing checks or finding sponsors and donors to support us, and this will help move the needle.”
The Adrienne Arsht Center remains relevant and combined, producing online content such as Arsht @ Home, where the public can interact with artists performing remotely and learn new artistic skills with artist coaching. The county also recently approved an art center to use its stages for streaming or filming purposes.
“We recently applied to the county and were allowed to use the building for art projects that would require very few human beings using the building,” Mr. Zietsman said, “for example, like the Miami City Ballet, where there will be two or three dancers. recording of performances and recording for distribution is allowed. “
Provided everyone wears a mask during filming and social distance, he said, “We are thrilled. This means that the blood in the building starts to flow and we get out of the coma. It’s a small step, but an important one. “
By taking similar initiatives, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is seeking permission to use its stage for the purpose of renting, rehearsing and broadcasting live.
“We have always been a renter with self-production. We can collaborate with several artists and provide space, ”said Eric Fliss, artistic director of the center.
If renting is allowed, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will be able to recruit employees and hire suppliers, he said.
“Until we know what kind of permits we will get, we will see what the possibilities are for using our lawn outdoors,” Mr. Fliss added.
Once rapid test vaccines and viruses are widely available and accessible to the public, the Arsht Center will see the possibility of people returning to large theater spaces, Zietsman said, but for now the art community should take children’s steps, not rush.
“If people know they’ve all been tested before coming indoors like a theater,” he said, “they’ll feel safer, more comfortable and more secure.”