Artists Are Necessary Workers


Facebook Live Conversation Series

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Enjoy this recap video of the 12 conversations!


After 12 weeks, Dance/NYC closes the #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Facebook Live Conversation Series. This has been one strand of the public campaign towards demanding the acknowledgement, representation and integration of dance and arts workers into the city’s future post-pandemic. 

Beginning on May 21st, these conversations highlighted the importance of the arts ecology, pointed to current challenges and offered considerations on our way forward as a field. Dance/NYC hosted 12 such events with 50 speakers across various roles: dancers, performers, choreographers, agents, curators, arts educators, administrators, city officials, technologists and many more. With an audience of over 1K unique live attendees, the topics covered disability justice, studio practice, digital futures and the future of touring, performance venues and festivals. The final conversation: Dance As Dignified Labor, further emphasized Dance/NYC’s commitment to advocating for dance worker rights and wellbeing. 

The “dream team” - Dance/NYC’s staff, board and advisors - thank you for your continued support and engagement with the #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers campaign during a pivotal time for the dance workforce.

Lastly, we hope you will take some time to fill out our post-series survey. This helps Dance/NYC to improve overall programming as well as learn more about the nature of our constituency to continue to serve the dance field with integrity and intention. Thank you!

The #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Campaign Is Not Over! Continue To Take Action By: 

1) Signing on to the latest advocacy actions Dance/NYC’s news page for this week includes actions pertaining to arts relief, PPP loan forgiveness and small businesses, and supporting the H.R. 40: Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. 

2) Joining Dance/NYC’s weekly field-wide calls that address the field’s questions, needs, and plans for the future.

3) Amplifying the 12 the #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers Conversations by sharing and re-experiencing the videos from our Facebook page [not captioned] and growing list on our Youtube channel [captioned].  

4) Sharing this conversation series as an insightful resource for you and your organization during this pivotal moment for the field. Revisit our captioned videos and visit each webpage for a list of shared resources.

Date Conversations
Thursday, May 21, 2020 #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers: A Call to Action
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Arts Educators Leading the Charge
Friday, June 5, 2020 A Moment to Pause/Dystopia
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Studio Practice Redefined
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Disability Justice as the Vanguard of Recovery Thinking
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 The Future of Performance Venues
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Dance in Community
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Cultural Workers Behind the Veil
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Touring in a Post-COVID World
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 A Digital Future for the Arts
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 What's Next for Festivals?
Tues, August 4, 2020 Dance As Dignified Labor




Series Schedule

Launch:  Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Full Series: Every Tuesday starting May 26, 2020 through August 4, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration: No registration was required. All conversations broadcast live, free and open to the public.

About: A series of transparent conversations with arts workers highlighting the importance of the arts ecology, pointing to current challenges and offering considerations on our way forward as a field. Most events were moderated by Alejandra Duque Cifuentes or Candace Thompson-Zachery, with the exception of a few guest moderators. 


Special Thanks

Dance/NYC thanks LC Interpreting Services and The Viscardi Center for ASL interpretation and Closed Captioning services throughout the entire series. 



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Dance/NYC convening is made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.



Dance/NYC seeks partners and speakers with a variety of viewpoints for its events with the goal of generating discussion. The inclusion of any partner or speaker does not constitute an endorsement by Dance/NYC of that partner's or speaker's views.




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