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Video Published: 16 Sep 2021

The Politics of Art: Panel Discussion

Social and political changes have a far-reaching impact on every aspect of the world around us. Opera companies have begun to implement strategies to achieve racial justice and reduce barriers to participation in the art form among artists, audiences, staff, and board members. While companies have become more engaged cultural citizens, is it time for them to emerge as cultural activists around issues that strengthen social cohesion and vibrant communities? Panelists from within and outside the field explore the dimension of our civic responsibility.


Dr. Antonio Cuyler (moderator), director of the M.A. program and associate professor of arts administration, Florida State University
Torrie Allen, president and CEO, Arts Midwest
Teresa Eyring, executive director, Theatre Communications Group
John Hoomes, CEO and artistic director, Nashville Opera
Cerise Jacobs, executive producer, White Snake Projects
Dave Ragland, composer
Kimberly Reed, film director and producer; librettist
Reed Smith, general director, Anchorage Opera
Tazewell Thompson, director, playwright, librettist; director of opera studies, Manhattan School of Music

Opera Conference 2021 is sponsored by Marquee TV, Threshold Acoustics, Fisher Dachs Associates, Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates, and Schuler Shook.