Arts administrators, artists, emergency professionals & event organizers are invited to attend
About the program
- Holly Maniatty of accessibility advocacy organization Everyone’s Invited
- Tyler Bonner founder of sustainability advocacy organization Zero Waste Event Productions
- Atiba Berkeley of Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
- Fire Safety & Disaster Preparedness Consultant Chris Soliz
- City of Asheville Community Event Manager Jon Fillman
- Logistics experts behind the North Carolina Folk Festival
About the partners
MAJESTIC COLLABORATIONS works directly with arts organizations and agencies to address environmental and humanitarian concerns with art, culture, design and planning through training, consulting, advising, and experiential learning. Their experiential learning program, The Art of Mass Gatherings, and workforce development advocacy initiative The Art of Creative Resilience recognize that many of the skills and resources that artists and event workers possess align with the needs of communities when it comes to building local resilience and responding to crises more equitably. Learn more at majesticcollaborations.com.
NORTH CAROLINA FOLK FESTIVAL honors, celebrates, and shares the meaningful ways in which communities express their creativity and cultural traditions through music, dance, food, crafts and other folk arts to enhance appreciation of diverse traditions and contribute to community vibrancy and inclusivity. Their annual music and cultural festival each September welcomes over 150,000 participants to Greensboro. It is the successor to the National Folk Festival and continues that organization’s 87-year legacy of presenting the arts of many nations, races, and languages on the same stage on an equal footing. Learn more at ncfolkfestival.com.
THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES oversees the state’s resources for the arts, history, libraries and nature. We’re home to the state’s 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office, Office of State Archaeology, the African American Heritage Commission, and the Office of Land and Water Stewardship. Learn more at www.ncdcr.gov.
CITY OF ASHEVILLE OUTDOOR SPECIAL EVENTS OFFICE, A DIVISION OF COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT manages outdoor special event consultations, permitting, partnerships, lease agreements, and city service coordination for all event and festival productions on city-owned property, sidewalks, streets, and parks. The department works to provide the connections, resources, and guidance required to ensure seamless coordination of the approvals and support services needed for each event. Learn more at ashevillenc.gov/department/community-economic-development/arts-and-events/outdoor-special-events.
PERFORMING ARTS READINESS helps performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. Its work brings together knowledge of the performing arts field and expertise in emergency preparedness from both the performing arts and cultural heritage communities to conduct community outreach and engagement, sponsor grants, and develop and share informational resources to help support performing arts organizations in developing safety and preparedness plans. Learn more at performingartsreadiness.org.