Performing Arts Readiness Project

The Performing Arts Readiness project was formed in the recognition that performing arts organizations are especially vulnerable to disasters and emergencies which can halt performances, sometimes indefinitely, and can put an organization out of business overnight.

The project includes:

- Outreach and community engagement efforts to raise awareness of the value, increase the priority for, and improve understanding of the importance of planning for emergencies among all stakeholders in the performing arts.

- Information resources, models and best practices, online and in-person training, and conference programming specific to the contexts of performing arts organizations to address the need for expanded emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise in the field.

- An online resource to build customized preparedness plans to suit the needs and capacities of a diverse range of organizational sizes and situations.

- “Circuit Rider” mentoring programs to provide local community-based training, consulting, and expertise in selected cities and states. Mentoring supports the development of individual institutional emergency plans and area-wide networks and partnerships.

- Grants to provide the resources to build or enhance cooperative emergency networks in cities, states, and regions, and to support the creation of continuity of operations and emergency preparedness plans for individual institutions.

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Mollie Quinlan-Hayes



Critical Function



ArtsReady is a
national initiative of:

South Arts