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On September 10th AdkAction.org hosted an all-day symposium that brought together many Adirondack cultural organizations to discuss and attempt to solve common problems.
Despite low population density, the Adirondack region has hundreds of these cultural institutions – performing art centers, theaters, museums, libraries, fine art cooperatives, etc. – that work very little with one another. We all face the same challenges: attracting visitors and members, securing grants, promoting programs, and funding operations. It has been suggested that greater cooperation between and among our diverse cultural organizations could improve the results both locally and globally.
The symposium let those responsible for local cultural institutions meet with peers in both their and related disciplines to discuss how common problems might be addressed with collective solutions. Examples are:
• Shared services, e.g., grant writing, licensing, purchasing, facilities
• Regional ticketing for multiple venues
• Joint promotion
• Better coordination with local, county and state tourism offices
• Common programming (e.g., for traveling exhibitions and performances)
The symposium was moderated by Jim Herman and Dave Mason as an extension of their Future of the Adirondacks Project, and by Jim McKenna, the director of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. Speakers included Lisa Robb, Executive Director of the NY State Council on the Arts, Rich Newman, Executive Vice President of State Marketing Strategy and Gavin Landry, Executive Director for Tourism, and Bill Farber current Board Chair of Hamilton County and head of the Adirondack Partnership on Trail Towns.
The video of the conference is available here.
Notes from the breakout session are available here.
Presentation slides are available here.